Sony is no longer making minidisc decks for the home?

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  1. KeithH

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    You may recall the problems I have had getting a Sony MDS-JA555ES minidisc deck repaied under warranty. Well, I am still waiting for the deck because a part is on back-order. Anyway, concerned that I may never have my 'JA555ES returned in suitable condition, I decided to check prices on the Sony MDS-JB940 minidisc deck through OneCall and J&R Music World. To my surprise, both dealers told me the 'JB940 has been discontinued, and OneCall said Sony is no longer making any "full-size" minidisc decks. Is this true? OneCall still has the 'JE470 on its web site, and Crutchfield has the 'JB940, 'JE470, and MXD-D40. My local Circuit City City still has the 'D40, though Best Buy stopped carrying minidisc decks. What has become of this great recording format is really sad. [​IMG]
     
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    Chris, I totally disagree with you. MD is not high-end recording. But, it can do wonders if you pick the right hardware. I use it to record compilations and some album that comes by and it is not worth spending the money on the CD.

    Keith! Still haven't resolved your case with Sony? I'm shocked to here the news, if they are real it is a shame. It is Sony's fault all the way. Will they do this with SACD too? Considering their enthusiasm for new technologies at first (Beta, MD, etc.) and their lack of support latter, abandoning it for some standard (VHS, CD-R, etc.) in favor for business, it won't hit me as a surprise if they do it again with SACD. Too bad, SACD looks very good to me. Damn Sony!
     
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    I'm really discgusted with the politics of SACD and DVD-A. There is so much B.S floating around it makes me sick. Both formats are outstanding and I don't think anyone could hear the difference if a proper DBT was set up. My interest lies exclusively in obtaining the best multichannel recordings, period.

    Minidisc for the home? Bwah!
     
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    That is sad, if indeed Sony has pulled the plug on MD. I've been using the format for about 4 years now (Sony MDX-C7900 car deck, Sharp MD-MS722 recorder), and I love it! I am by no means an audiophile, but I have always loved the convenience, and the quality is certainly good enough to fool my untrained ears.
    (Not to mention the sheer "coolness" factor...chicks dig an MD man! [​IMG])
    I'll be sure to pour out a little liquor tomorrow for my homey "MD".
    Cheers,
     
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    here's a link gleened from the minidisc community page in regard to the new mds-jb980 which will be released in august of 2002. no telling if it will ever hit the us but i don't think sony has totally abandoned md yet especially since it is hugely popular in japan and europe.
    kevin t
     
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    A few magazine writers said MD has lossy sound and wasn't as good as CD and the result was people turned their noises up, like Chris. It sounds like he never had one. It's true that CD does sound a little bit better. I have MD's and CD players outputed to the same outboard DAC, so comparing them is fair. By my estimation MD sounds 90% as good as CD. That's good enough for me to make recordings for casual listening! Remember not all CD recorders make bit for bit copies. I suspect some CD recorders hardly do better than MD recorders.

    I've never had anybody listening to my system say, hey that damn Minidisc sounds patentedly inferior take that trash off. People who have heard Minidisc at my house have been amazed how good it was. Most people know almost nothing about MD. Sony utterly failed marketing it in the U.S. Like so many of their products, they were too concerned with price-gouging the early adopters for one thing. By the time they got down off the high prices it was too late because people were buying CD recorders in droves.

    Most people who record CD's have a bunch of "coasters", discs that didn't record right. I've never had a single MD malfunction! I can make CD's too but MD's will do and the format's features make it a real pleasure to use. I'm stocked up on players and discs for future use. Last fall I bought a shit-load of 60 minute MD's for a bargain price to record vinnyl albums onto. If I want to I get to record each of them up to a million times....I love MD!!!!!
     
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    MD is compressed, obviously. It is not, however, anywhere near as bad as MP3, which seems to be all the rage these days.

    I'll agree with the 90% of CD quality sound statement. Some frequencies fair better in the ATRAC compression than others. I've got a live concert which was taped twice from the soundboard. Once from a DAT and once from MD. There are subtle differences in the recordings. They were both sounboard patches using similar cables. The only variable was the recordind device itself.
     
  9. KeithH

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    Chris said:
     
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    Keith,
    I've been up to date with your case since the "Boo Hoo.." thread. Wishing the best for you and hoping Sony does not get away with their mediocricy. Don't back down! ever! My local Sony dealer and mayor distributor will remember my face and name forever, after the hell I put them through with the JE510 case four years ago, no wonder they replaced the faulty JB940 five months ago with a new one the same day without questions and with a fake smile [​IMG] (remember?) Keep that fist up dude!
     
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    Matthew, no typo. I think 90% is pretty good, good enough for me. You have to sit around and compare the original to the recorded carefully to notice it. It's not like it jumps out at you. 90% is an 'A' on my grading scheame. I's loves MD! Best wishes!
     
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    Barton, don't you worry. I am not about to give up my fight with Sony. Ironically, I got a reply card in the mail today from Sony asking me to rate their repair service. They must have sent it out after the Bristol chapter was closed. Maybe they thought the situation had been resolved. Safe to say I am not filling out the card and sending it in just yet. [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah Keith, just remember to use the "ugly" pen when you fill up that card. [​IMG]
     
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    I agree with Rachel: the differences between MD and CD (CD-R/RW) don't jump out at you, but they are there.

    I would put MD at 95% of the quality of CD/lp, but keeping in mind that I would put a *good* cassette recording (Nakamichi Dragon/CR7A) at 90%.

    (Background noise, pre-echo/emphasis, wow/flutter, high frequency "presentation" etc.)
     
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    Kevin,
    I take it you've never heard a good metal casette recorded using Dolby-S. [​IMG] Sounds incredible. [​IMG]
     
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    Keith, I was just wondering...have you spoken to Oade Bros. about this possible development? Usually you can rely on them to give you the skinny. I'd be really surprised if Sony completely abandons the home MD market in the U.S. -- I sure hope they don't, or I might be scrambling to find a decent price on a 'JA333ES while they last!
     
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    I second Philip, A good metal tape with Dolby S sounds superior by a hair to MD (With a 3-head deck). But tape wear, wow and flutter and the lack of instant access makes MD the winner IMO.
     
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    Pictures of the JB980 from CeBit:
    http://www.minidisc.org/part_Sony_MDS-JB980.html
    I was going to buy the JB940, but now I'm going to wait a bit to see if the JB980 is going to be released in Canada/U.S. If it is announced, I'm snapping it up right away!
    I also have my eyes on a NetMD portable unit (MZ-N1).
     

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