Anyone still use Minidisc, NetMD or Hi-MD???

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Chris_G, May 8, 2013.

  1. Bhob

    Bhob Forum Resident

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    I just got a MZ-R500 that is working perfectly. Didn’t need it, but I did need the 10 blank discs (5 unopened 74 min. and 5 opened 80 min.).
     
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  2. Vetiver

    Vetiver Well-Known Member

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    The MZ-R500 and MZ-R501 (especially) are my favourite MD portables, solely for the sake of simplicity. Gumstick batteries? No, thanks!
     
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  3. Bhob

    Bhob Forum Resident

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    I regret having bought so many that required gumstick batteries. They either have to have the bulky external AA battery packs, or are forever tethered to an AC outlet to be usable.
     
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  4. BruceS

    BruceS Member

    Like other audio gear, the better units are more expensive. High end is what it is, and there is still some demand for the best MD units.
     
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  5. rockindownthehighway

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    Do you dispute the facts of my joke? ;)
     
  6. Vetiver

    Vetiver Well-Known Member

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    Some of the models, which require gumstick batteries, are absolutely beautiful. If they were powered by 2x AAA batteries, I would have gladly bought a few.

    Believe me when I say that resisting the urge was, initially, tough. I remember falling in love with the MZ-R900, the first time I saw it...
     
  7. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Joke . :laugh:
     
  8. rockindownthehighway

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    In all seriousness I thought your question was valid and deserved an honest answer. :D

    Anyway it worked, we woke up the thread! Let the minidisc discussion continue! :)
     
  9. phantomime

    phantomime Well-Known Member

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    Use to enjoy making minidisc comps before the ubiquity of cdr, still have a player but the price of blank discs are prohibitive
     
  10. rockindownthehighway

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    From ebay it looks like you guys can get them for 2.50 UKP a piece. We do ok on ebay if we can get them for 4 Euros a piece delivered. Still cheaper than chrome cassettes!
     
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  11. andy749

    andy749 Forum Resident

    Have a Sony MD deck. Recently recorded a couple albums off of YouTube. Sounds pretty good.
     
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  12. rockindownthehighway

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    This came in the last few days.

    I think if more people would be aware of the great editing capabilities of MD it could really come back. MD is so much nicer to use for recording, mix tapes, etc. than cassette and is more flexible than CDs.
     
  13. rockindownthehighway

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    Found a LNIB Sony for a fair price on the bay. Just put it under my Yamaha mini stack this morning.

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  14. rockindownthehighway

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    Where's Clark Kaufmann! We need a seminar on his incredible label-making process :)
     
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  15. Bhob

    Bhob Forum Resident

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    Love the Yamaha stuff too.
     
  16. rockindownthehighway

    rockindownthehighway Not interested

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    Thanks, it's really a nice little system. It was not cheap, but it has a lot of nice features. It plays DSD over USB, has a nice AM/FM/DAB+ tuner, CD player, plays FLAC etc. from dlna shares or USB stick/drive, has support (via PITA phone app) for most streaming services, free vtuner account, and the firmware gets updated occasionally. The weak point is the amp. It was actually fine with the speakers it came with but it's not happy with the speakers I'm using now. I'll eventually get rid of the amp and replace it with something with a lot more power and breathing room. But I'll lose the USB DAC which is in the amp and is kind of a weird design. It kept me in music while I was putting my main system together.
     
  17. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident

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    Just recorded the new 5-CD archival set "The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions" to Minidisc.
    Used still-frames from the promo video for artwork....





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  18. rockindownthehighway

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    Incredible work, Clark! It would be great if you would post a video of your whole process, with narration.
     
  19. rockindownthehighway

    rockindownthehighway Not interested

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    What's everybody using for disc storage? I don't really have room for any display-type racks. I bought a lot of blanks because they're not getting any cheaper. So far it's mayhem trying to organize them. I like the aluminum suitcase style cases I've seen online but I have not seen one in person. I have not found a good source for them.
     
  20. carlsongw

    carlsongw Well-Known Member

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    I've been using the wooden containers that Bookers bourbon comes in, the sides are grooved and a plexiglass lid slides in the grooves. A little wider than a disc without a case, but a decent fit for discs in cases. Unfortunately, it's a very expensive solution unless you like to drink Bookers!
     
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  21. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident

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    WalMart stores sell those black aluminum-cornered suitcases and hinged boxes in a variety of sizes. I have a couple of cherry wood wall mounted racks but I’ve outgrown them and have all my multi-disc sets in five-disc flip-top boxes that used to come with the Sony Color Collection discs.
     
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  22. rockindownthehighway

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    That's all well and good if you live in a country where people know what WalMart is! ;)
     
  23. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident

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    Good point! Sorry about that. (You’re not missing much, believe me....)
     
  24. rockindownthehighway

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    Who knows, maybe you can make a business reselling cases from WalMart to those of us in disadvantaged, WalMart-free zones ;)
     
  25. ShallowMemory

    ShallowMemory Classical Princess

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    I don't find the price of blanks even NOS blanks that prohibitive so long as you avoid the sharks and that species that sees them a rare collectable prepared to pay over GBP £7 per disc for a regular TDK or Sony. I've been redoing some Karajan Tchaikovsky discs as Atrac is suprisingly good on classical program.
     
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