For a chiuaua....
Thank dog we're back on topic.
HiFi / A/V / Bedroom
I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Cowboy Junkies' album 'The Trinity Session' was recorded onto minidisc. Maybe I'm misremembering.
For anyone who doesn't know it, It's a thing of beauty, remarkably atmospheric.
What classical music are you listening to?
I remember Yamaha (and possibly Tascam) making consumer multitrack recorders which took minidiscs. These were better than cassette multrackers because they didn't suffer from the practical and sq limitations of Compact Cassettes (even when running at 3 3/4 IPS). I even contemplated buying one once, in the late 1990s. But then I saw the price of the special 'data' Minidiscs you had to use (something like £16-20 for one disc, which back then was even more of a stratospheric price than it would be now) and I decided a cassette-based multitracker and its diet of £4 TDK SA tapes would do me just fine. I still have it (Yamaha MT4X).
Main system: Mac Mini 2011 > HRT II+ DAC • Cyrus 2 & PSX • Cyrus tuner • MS 10i speakers [on loan]
Also cluttering-up the place: Thorens TD160 (no cart) • Marantz CD 63 mkII KI & PM66 KI • Technics SL-P777 • Nakamichi DR-1
Thanks for the replies, both serious and funny. The player and discs have gone to AV heaven (loft).
Can it be used as a DAC? (If you don't aleady have one.)
Before I sold mine, that's exactly what I used it for.
Source 1) "Inspired" Manticore Mantra turntable c/w Rega RB 301 arm, Goldring 1042 MM Cartridge, Graham Slee Reflex M phono stage, Graham Slee CuSat 50 interconnect
Source 2) Cyrus CD8 SE CD player
Source 3) iTunes (ALAC), iMac, Devolo Homeplugs, Apple TV3, Toslink, Arcam rDAC
Source 4) Technics SL-7 linear tracking turntable.
Roksan Kandy L3 amp, Spendor A5 speakers.
Other rooms: more Airport Expresses and Homeplugs with Denon AV system and Denon Mini system.
mmm I have a Sony 555 ES model iin the store room, in the day it was the dogs whatsits, I know it had a DAC function, might dig it out this afternoon and see if it improves the sonos' output.......
There are bands like the Junkies I feel I ought to investigate (and will do) but have not got around due to my prejudice against bands that HiFi journalists go on about 'cos many are cr*p. I try not to choose music based on SQ alone otherwise I would have given up on pop years ago!
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds - the pessimist fears this is true."
James Branch Cabell
MAIN: Apple TV2, Mac Mini & iTunes Match, CA Azur 751BD or Panasonic P42V20B into audiolab M-DAC, feeding a Primare A34.2 via XLRs, 2x 5m of Atlas Ascent 2 firing up Totem Arros.
ON THE HOOF: iPhone 5S/Sennheiser MM450.
I feel exactly the same. If you choose your music on the basis of SQ, you're cutting off your nose to spite your face, or throwing out the baby with the bathwater, or some such cliche ... And some of the music they recommend in HFNRR makes me cringe.
I'd recommend giving the Cowboy Junkies a spin. The songwriting is pretty good. That album is great late-night music.
Still have my Sony MDS-JE510 but not for much longer as I'm putting all the MDs music content onto my NAS for Logitech Squeezebox playing.
The SQ was jolly good, in its day, but never caught on mainstream - its most successful application was for hotel/pub artists who had instant access to accompaniments for their solo performances. Most MD decks were rack mounted into studio chasses or as a socket in a small mixer deck. AFAIK they might still be in use as such though I would expect that SD cards would now have taken over that market.
I still have boxes of blank MDs if anyone is interested.
The editing options were superb. Moving tracks around, fade in and fade out, changing the recorded level of any track, the way tracks could be labelled and indexed etc.
I use a Sony MDR for time shifting radio broadcasts using a direct digital input from a Pure DAB radio.
That's one good reason for Spotify - am checking them out now
I now use my Minidisc deck, the MDS-JE 520 (bought second hand because it has optical out) to record vinyl. It has a very decent ADC, compared to the Griffin iMic which I used before. I connect the MD deck to my old MacBook with an optical cable and then run Vinyl Studio to record the vinyl. The sound is great. Latest project was the Mrs Jamie Cullum and Daft Punk records. Jamie Cullum came without digital download and the Daft Punk record sounds like EDITED as downloaded mp3's.
I record straight to Apple Lossless and the results are very, very good. Especially with brand new records.
Mac Mini (2013), iTunes (ALAC), Airport Express, Cambridge Audio DACmagic, Yamaha R-S500 stereo receiver, Infinity Overture 1 speakers, Sony KDL40HX750, Sony BDP-S-590, Humax iHDR 5200c, Pro-Ject 1Xpression III Comfort with Ortofon 2M Red, Logitech Harmony Touch, Atacama Eris Eco HiFi stand
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