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A friend very kindly gave me a box of albums yesterday. When I collected them, he had a big bag of minidiscs and a hifi separates style player which he said I could also have. Thinking there might be some classics hidden on the minidiscs, and knowing he was getting rid anyway I took them.I'm a bit lost what to do with a mini-disc player/recorder. I never bothered when they were current technology, using a CD walkman initially and later an MP3 player for portable music. I now listen to CDs and (as of last night) vinyl again when at home, and 320kbps MP3s on the move or for convenience. If I want to record radio, I just set it on the PVR or (more often these days) don't record it and listen on catch-up.Before I retire the Minidisc player to the junk-yard in the sky (loft) I thought I'd check there's not some cunning use I'm missing through lack of experience.As ever, any help appreciated.

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Hi splasher, no, I don't think you're missing some 'cunning use' for MiniDisc. Back in the day I used it quite a lot: the discs, being smaller than CDs, we're easier to carry about and at one point I even had a MD player in the car. I too still have a standalone Sony MiniDisc deck, but to be honest I haven't used it in years.

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Can it be used as a DAC? (If you don't aleady have one.)

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splasher wrote:
A friend very kindly gave me a box of albums yesterday. When I collected them, he had a big bag of minidiscs and a hifi separates style player which he said I could also have. Thinking there might be some classics hidden on the minidiscs, and knowing he was getting rid anyway I took them.I'm a bit lost what to do with a mini-disc player/recorder. I never bothered when they were current technology, using a CD walkman initially and later an MP3 player for portable music. I now listen to CDs and (as of last night) vinyl again when at home, and 320kbps MP3s on the move or for convenience. If I want to record radio, I just set it on the PVR or (more often these days) don't record it and listen on catch-up.Before I retire the Minidisc player to the junk-yard in the sky (loft) I thought I'd check there's not some cunning use I'm missing through lack of experience.As ever, any help appreciated.

To be fair to it, it was a good medium in its day. I used it in the studio mixing down to stereo. The one thing everyone moaned about was the compression factor it had. When recording on to it though, you could record +3dB quite happily and on playback it would come out as 0dB. Now, for HiFi at todays standards it doesn't cut it for playback but, to be honest, it was a very useful medium. And a lot more useable than DAT.

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chebby wrote:

Can it be used as a DAC? (If you don't aleady have one.)

I guess it might - it has an optical in and analogue outs - but I'm not sure it would be any better at converting MP3s than the built in DACs of my AV receiver in the living room or my Marantz all-in-one box in the bedroom. Just another dust collector and remote control kicking about.

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Could the discs be used for marksman-level clay shooting practice? Smile

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They come in handy for starting a new thread on WHFSAV that is of more interest than cables or 'active' speakers.  Smile

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Do they have holes in the middle?

Shame if they do, you could've used them for speaker spike stands on wooden floors.

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Dog frisbee?

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Isn't that technically just a frisbee?

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BenLaw wrote:

Isn't that technically just a frisbee?

Try telling the dog that.

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Do they throw them after they've caught them?

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BenLaw wrote:

Do they throw them after they've caught them?

No they just 'gum' them a little, make they all yeucky,... and wait for some human they have got trained to come and throw it for them again. excellent!

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RE: Minidisc! Huah! What is it good for?

I remember reading a post on a forum somewhere about a bloke who bought a MD deck for a few quid to use as a DAC and he was very impressed. Worth A/Bing against your amp AV amp at least.

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I can remember seeing a table of SQ in a mag that suggested MD came between standard MP3 & AAC. They make poor frisbees 'cos they are not bare discs! My Sony MD recorder is jewel-like & still worked OK when I checked it a year ago.

As a format - it's now pointless as you can't convert its digital data to anything useful & I know of not a single player that has a digital out anyway. All you can do is listen to the discs or re-digitise the analogue output if important enough. I still have some new discs but am not sure if any players are still in production.

Mine was great fun to listen to before MP3 players took off & made them rather obsolete. I suspect the DACs in most TVs will out-perform most MDPs!

 

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It was an excellent format - for its time. I've owned four or five players but only ever bought seven or eight pre-recorded discs. I rememer paying £15 each for a couple in Virgin Megastore on Oxford St.

 

They are fine as a DAC and the top of the range ones had 24bit DAC chips. Aside from that use I think they're completely redundant.