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  Reply # 1680470 1-Dec-2016 08:10
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I still have a Sony mini disc head unit in my beat up old Hilux which only gets used for off-roading these days. It plays my music perfectly, even on the roughest of off-road trails, and I don't have to worry about the discs ever getting scratched rolling around the car. I also have a Sony desktop recorder/player which I can still plug in to my current home stereo.

 

Before mp3's were really a thing, I used to record the top 20 countdown off the TV so I always had the latest songs - "Yea, straight from the top of my dome... as I rock a rock a rock a rock a rock a microphone" - It's fun to relive the music choices of my twenties with all the old discs I have lying around lol.

 

Then we had mp3's but not iPods, so I started  plugging the MD recorder into the audio output of my PC. And the optical input on the recorder meant I could create clones of my CD's - one copy for home and another for the car.

 

MD were always so under-rated in NZ and never really took off, but they seem to have been pretty big in the UK at the dawn of the millenium.





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  Reply # 1680474 1-Dec-2016 08:18
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elpenguino:

 

But yeah, real time transfer in each direction so don't be in a hurry.

 

 

I owned a couple of minidisc units in years gone by, including a Net MD player that someone's mentioned above. I'm positive this unit - it was an MZ-N10 - provided for far faster transfer to the discs, and Wikipedia confirms it can transfer at up to 64x speed (some other units at 32x).

 

That said, the software was a complete dog; ripping CDs and then transferring recordings was too much of a hassle, and I was easily swayed a couple of years later by that ENORMOUS 40GB capacity of the iRiver H140!

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1680480 1-Dec-2016 08:25
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Before mp3's were really a thing, I used to record the top 20 countdown off the TV so I always had the latest songs - "Yea, straight from the top of my dome... as I rock a rock a rock a rock a rock a microphone" - It's fun to relive the music choices of my twenties with all the old discs I have lying around lol.

 

 

This post just makes me feel so nostalgic (that song is so from that era!), and also guilty about selling my old units at the time - the problem is part of my sales pitch to my wife when buying a new device was and still is justified by saing part of the cost can be offset by selling the superseded product. Simply having a player and discs today as a time capsule would be worth it...

 

I used to do a similar thing with top 20 on the TV - record them on our Pioneer hard-disk PVR. edit the recordings on the PVR to keep the ones we like, copy them across onto a DVD as a compilation, then copy that back to the PVR to watch - the quality dropping with each transfer!




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  Reply # 1680652 1-Dec-2016 12:32
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It's on TM at $1 reserve if anyone wants it!






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  Reply # 1680703 1-Dec-2016 14:15
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elpenguino:

 

But yeah, real time transfer in each direction so don't be in a hurry.

 

 

I owned a couple of minidisc units in years gone by, including a Net MD player that someone's mentioned above. I'm positive this unit - it was an MZ-N10 - provided for far faster transfer to the discs, and Wikipedia confirms it can transfer at up to 64x speed (some other units at 32x).

 

That said, the software was a complete dog; ripping CDs and then transferring recordings was too much of a hassle, and I was easily swayed a couple of years later by that ENORMOUS 40GB capacity of the iRiver H140!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've still got my Sony MiniDisc MZ-N1, works and plays the mini discs, but it's the battery that stuffed on mine.

 

Funnily enough, I went from the MZ-N1 to a iAudio X5L...


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  Reply # 1680707 1-Dec-2016 14:20
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Yes, I've got a portable with 2 failed bubblegum batteries too. There are some copies/fakes available on Ebay etc but I haven't taken the plunge. Anybody tried them?

 

Spending godknowshowmuch on a genuine battery seems dead money at this stage of the game.

 

 

 

I'm sure OP will sell his unit - my guess is $40-$50


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  Reply # 1680728 1-Dec-2016 14:41
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I got $50 for mine on TradeMe but that was several years ago.

 

Edit: My old brain mixes things up. I'm thinking of a later Sharp version I had. The Sony was many years earlier.

 

 





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Geektastic:

 

It's on TM at $1 reserve if anyone wants it!

 

 

Don't have the patience for auctions. So I did the buy now :)







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  Reply # 1680785 1-Dec-2016 16:40
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Geektastic:

 

It's on TM at $1 reserve if anyone wants it!

 

 

Don't have the patience for auctions. So I did the buy now :)

 

 

 

 

Sold to the man at the back with the funny hair!

 

 








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  Reply # 1680959 1-Dec-2016 22:46
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Geektastic:

 

It's on TM at $1 reserve if anyone wants it!

 

 

Don't have the patience for auctions. So I did the buy now :)

 

 

 

 

I think you also get the award for the fastest TM sale I have ever had, too!

 

 

 

 






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  Reply # 1680968 1-Dec-2016 22:53
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I had the MZ-N505. Used to really like it, but absolutely hated the wannabe-iTunes software. I seem to remember recording directly from my CD player using an optical toslink connection, but might be wrong about that.

 

I wish I knew people still wanted the discs. I dumped about 30 I came across when I moved house just over a year ago!


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