My little MiniDisc family has grown with another two members. Joining the collection is two popular Sony recorders.
Presenting the MZ-R50 and the MZ-R900:
The R900 was, at the time, the player of choice for a friend of mine and the R50, in orange, was one of the very first units that really caught my eye when going to the list in the minidisc.org link he provided.
The MZ-R900 is pretty nice – I like the way I can set the bass. The menu also works well and I prefer the design of this remote to the newer one that came with my MZ-N10. It sounds great, but I haven’t done any serious comparisons with my other units. It came with a battery, but it lacks the charger so I’m running it with the battery cradle attached.
The R50 was bought untested but turned out to be working fine. Also came with a bunch of extras like a dozens of minidiscs and a bag, which alone would be worth the (great) price I paid. My only regret is that it’s the silver version and not the orange one. Nothing wrong with silver, but all my MD portables just happen to be silver units and a bit of color would look great there. And the R50 just looks so stunning in orange. Oh well.
The build quality feels pretty amazing, by the way. People have said it’s built like tank and I can only nod in agreement. Sure, for a portable, it’s a bit heavy (and large) but it sure feels good to touch.
Speaking of robust MD recorders, sadly, the old MT832 I picked up in April last year just stopped reading the Table of Contents on discs the other day, giving an error message. Strange, as it felt just as sturdily built as the R50.
Luckily, the Sharp MD-DR77 I picked up from Yahoo Japan back in March is still working.
I’d say with this, my thirst for new MD units have been pretty much quenched. Although there are a couple of units out there I still want to play around with.
Oh, and as you can see I also picked up the classic KOSS PortaPro…cheap (well, sort of) and for the price well sounding.
Let’s end this post with just a bit more eye candy : )
Haven’t been much activity around, for which I apologize but…I bet all three of you are used to that by now.
I have been picking things up left to right this past month(s) but maybe one of the most important things I just got must be this:
The Sony NEX-C3, which will be replacing my ageing Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 as preferred camera of choice from here on out. The NEX-C3 can also film in 720p so maybe, just maybe, we will get some use out of that for youtube or something. I would very much like to, but I have the refined speech capabilities of a submerged otter.
Now for the rest of the loot.
There’s a lot of fun stuff in here, but since I’m short on time, let me just highlight the really cool things. First off, new Minidisc player/recorder. It’s one that I’ve been wanting for quite some time. It’s very cool. It would be even cooler if I had some proper 4-pole headphones to make full use of the good sound tho’.
The other, for me, big pickup in there is Bulk Slash for the Saturn. Been wanting this game almost as long as I’ve had the system itself. Properly hyped to give that a spin later.
Moving on, Patlabor OVA LD box. MMmm….what can I say. Patlabor is a really cool show, you ought to check that out if you haven’t. I actually bought another version of this (called the Early Days box) on eBay in summer but it never turned up, sadly. So I was able to pick up another one through Yahoo Auctions. Very classy stuff.
While on the subject of anime, you maybe also noticed the Aika artbook to the left there…yes. Hrm…I still think AIKa is pretty bloody good, for a fanservice show. 99% of the known internet WILL disagree with me but to be honest, there is tons of fanservice shows that are so, so, so much worse. AIKa actually sports some really decent animation values not to mention good character & mechanical design – which is why it’s fun to have the artbooks. This is the second artbook, as I picked up the first one in what might be one of my first posts on this very blog.
Before I have to run, I’d just also like to mention the Dexule ARIEL soundtrack which, not only have the music on a disc, but also comes with a mini novel of sorts and a mini artbook. Very nice stuff. I got the LDs a while back and the soundstrack’s really nice and…not very common on eBay, so another Yahoo find then.
And now I own 3 PC-FX games without owning a console to play them on. Hmm.
And that’s it!
Actually it isn’t. But that’s most of it. There’s a few other bits & bobs that I maybe will make a separate post for, but this will be all for now.
I got another MD recorder off eBay. This time it’s a Sharp MT832, and I must say, it seems to work quite well. Even the battery is still holding a decent charge, especially for a pre-2000 model. My other recorder is a Sony MZ-N10. It’s one of those NET-MD players which you can connect to a computer in order to quickly record songs. Except I can’t get it to work. In any case, my Sony is a bit temperamental and I find the stick-remote to be bit flawed. Older Sony stick remotes almost seems better thought out, weirdly enough.
The Sharp is a bit fatter and a little bigger but most importantly weighs more than the Sony. That it’s only drawback really, even though it does feel more sturdy than the Sony. Sound quality-wise they’re both good. Maybe the Sony is a little bit sharper (ha!) but I still prefer the 832 because of the dedicated bass-button and overall ease of use.
But! “It’s 2012, why are you digging up old tech, you dumbnut?” you ask. Short answer: They’re cool. Long answer: They’re cool and have great sound quality. And as long as the cables match up, you can record essentially anything, using analog or optical line in. For example, I recorded almost all song performances from my Idol Defense Force Hummingbird LDs. And last night I recorded the best songs from a pair of instruction cassette tapes back when I used to play drums. They’re produced 1987 and there are some cool original tracks on there. Minidisc is good for odd jobs like that. Though, an optical recording from a high quality source like a CD yields the best results, of course.
They might not be very practical nowadays and there is undoubtedly a bit of work involved, but the joy of physical media is hard to beat. Especially when it’s this cool. Sleek & modern or retro-futuristic, there is an MD-player for everyone. And the discs themselves are beautiful and available in different styles & colors.
If you’re the slightest bit interested, minidisc.org is a great place to check out.