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  • Birthday 02/04/1933

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  1. Hmm . . Having listened very carefully A - -B - A etc That is : original live recording on HiMD, versus same original recording after transfer into SS and back from SS into HiMD. I also compared an original recording with that same recording after transfer thru SS into my PC and then back into SS and onto the same HiMD as the original! (Got that? sounds much more complicated than it really was). The differences here were marginal. Of course there should have been no differences but I think there are. However I would not be making a fuss about them. Whereas the CD copied from the same WAV files is dictinctly less good so - contrary to earlier belief I now have to look at the transfer from WAV to EAC and burner. Thanks to all who have contributed to this topic. I feel I am now making progress. Jon
  2. Yes - just done that very thing. Havn't yet listened to the result. 'Will report back in the morning!
  3. No. please read the text again. WE are not comparing a commercial CD with a home recording!!
  4. No its not "voicing". Its more like the difference between CD & SACD but much greater than that. The burned CD sounds more muddled, less spacious, less delicate, less brilliant. However commercial CDs sound superb and so do the copies I burn of them using the same gear!! So its not that. Anyhow, I am grateful for your interest and the other comments. Regards, Jon
  5. Yes I did air it on that Forum a few weeks back but generally people didn't think it possible. "You can't lose digits!" Hmmmm.
  6. If this is the problem then the analogue route thru the PC is the only answer.
  7. Yes - good point - I must look up how to read the file size in the MD. I'm not using compression in the MD unless I've misunderstood what Linear PCM is about. It claims to be compressionless. The playbacks I'm comparing come from the HiMD in the NH700 as recorded by me with v.g. condenser mics. lineout to my TVC, amps, speakers. All high end. the CD copies go thru an excellent modified Pioneer deck with balanced o/ps to TVC etc Jon
  8. Thanks to both for the comments. The problem is that the CDs I can make, whilst OK, simply miss important detail that gives depth, transparency, and fine audio quality. Its not the monitoring equipment which is valve amps/electrostatic hybrids etc etc all DiY. Its not the burning because I can burn perfect copies on EAC from other CDs. I import to PC using Sonic Stage 4.2 thence WAV files into Audition or direct to EAC. And, I'm using PCM. After weeks of consultation and discussion I was about to abandon the digital link for an analogue alternative & then I gazed at this bit of commercial cable and thought . . . hmmm? The cable looks undamaged - I doubt it's faulty in that sense. But I do wonder whether the tiny contact area of the pins or the shielding could be a weakness, or the fact that the cable is dragged round the magnetic blocks . . but no - either the wire is intact or its broken in which case - presumably - no signal. What do the strands do BTW. That would be useful to know. Jon
  9. It was heart warming to read that thread - it makes MDCF really worth while, thanks. Jon Finlayson
  10. Hi Guys, Some of you may know I've been trying to find out why I can't make perfect CD copies from some excellent live recordings on my NH700. Sonic Stage seems to be the culprit but looking at this 1M length of standard USB cable with a tiddly Sony type mini USB at one end and various magnetic clip on filters, I'm thingking perhaps this is the cause of my losses. Is there such a thing as a "High-End" or "audio" grade USB cable and is this "mini" USB socket a Sony special or a generally available item? There certainly are differences in digital coax cables so why not on these too? I'd be grateful to hear members views and experiences. Jon Finlayson
  11. Thanks very much. The clue was I had to highlight HiMD to find the advanced option. Easy when you know how! Now I'll try to make more progress. Thanks again, JF
  12. My previous attempt at a reply doesn't show so here goes again: Thanks for your advice. I know I should get a perfect WAV. file, but something ain't right. I may have a perfect WAV.file but I'm not getting a perfect copy onto CD and there's nothing wrong with EAC or my other CD copies. So I'm chasing shadows just now. I should try what you suggest but find using Sonic Stage is problematic. Certainly the Sony instruction book doesn't tally with my experience with NH-700, but that may be because I've now got 4.2. Where do you find the "disable option" you mention above? Again I can't stop SS from depositing the WAV & PK files into "My Documents" on the PC whereas there should be an option. Best, JF
  13. Has the Phantom PSU solved the problem? Yesterday I recorded a recital at London's Handel House. A small room with 28 people (well smallish). Same group I had trouble with last time. Strong Soprano voice which overloaded in earlier attempts when using Manual Level @ 17/20. This time I went down to 13 for the vocal items and risked 16 for the instrumental ones with the mics very close to the ensemble. - Very pleased with the results. The harpsichord solo sounds a million dollars - at least as good as any commercial recording I've heard, but those level meters are so misleading. I could have done with more rehearsal time for trial & error. I spent most of the day before ironing out a few little problems with the mics. - like a wiring error in the cable which left the HT screened but not the signal lead! (previous owner, let me say in defence) and I removed a thick cotton woven disc which previously protected the diaphragm. Now it has to be protected with special covers except in use but I think the HF will have benefitted. I may not have mentioned that these are old Hammond M100 Nuvistor amplifies condenser mics. with fully regulated mains supplies. Best, JF
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