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Johan Bové

Anyone else also making album / playlists of the week with their MiniDisc recorders?

Johan Bové

New addition to the MiniDisc devices collection: Sony MZ-R70

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New addition to the MiniDisc player/recorder devices: a Sony MZ-R70 in near mint condition!

Sony MZ-R70 front

No remote included, but it's not a big loss since the original remote didn't have the LCD display anyway and all the functionality is also accessible on the device itself.

I went with this non-NetMD device for the following reasons:

  • Nice big LCD screen on the device itself
  • Powered by a single AA battery - no hard-to-find gumstick batteries - Also if you're using rechargeable AA batteries, they will (slowly) recharge within the device when you connect the device using the 3V power adapter
  • Sturdy housing and buttons
  • This one has a mic input
  • Two headphone outputs!
  • I like to record music real-time - call it nostalgia - but it's part of what I like about MiniDisc - it's back to time when things went a little more slowly
  • This one does not do MDLP - but as the point above - it's part of the charm having to deal with media limitations

Some issues:

  • Louder mechanical noises when recording and playing, especially when connected to the power adapter. But it's still acceptable.

Johan Bové

MDCP: Minidisc Related Patents

I have heard that a patent filing typically runs about US$50,000. Perhaps we can think of these documents then, with their obscure and redundant language, as the Sutras of our technological age. Assembled at great cost, impenetrable to the uninitiated, they hold the hard won secrets of the world's technical priesthood. May you read, digest, and be nourished.

Johan Bové

Actively listening to music through a minidisc player almost gives the same joy as listening to Vinyl records. To me, it's the next best experience and it's fully digital.

Johan Bové

Discovering the excellent German band "Die Ärzte" only today - I have been living here ten years - after finding a live album on one of the mini discs I got second hand.

Johan Bové

The Gadget We Miss: The Sony MiniDisc

Most gadgets don’t have a funeral. The closest they get is a small note on a web site saying that the manufacturer is no longer supporting it, or a final post in an obscure fan forum from a last, desperate fan. minidisc, music, syndicated, tech

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Note to self: don't buy second hand Maxell Twinkle s. These are not made to withstand the test of time with a flimsy port cover and are made of very brittle plastic.

MiniDiscs that I haven't had issues with yet: Sony Neige, Emtec Maxima, Dark Blueish and Red Sony ones (I call these the BladeRunner themed ones)

Johan Bové

So effective to be able to listen to and record my favorite music using . And it works completely _offline_ too.

Johan Bové

Walkman SONY MZ R-500 tragbarer MiniDisc-Rekorder Silber | Neu + OVP | eBay

A rare find on Ebay Germany: a new sealed original packaging Sony MZ R-500 MiniDisc player! The auction ends in less than 2 hours and current bid stands at €95.