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|Ivan Cheng points out PCAVTech, a site with many PC sound card performance test results.
|The MD importer MinidiscAudio appears, saying they'll guarantee their prices are the lowest on the Web.
|Steve Pearse notes that the recent Fisher MD boombox is the same as the Sanyo MCD 3100, sold in the U.K.
|Michael Moore points out Nirvis, selling a serial port to Sony Slink/A1/IR interface adapter.
|Roscoe Mittleman makes an MD supplier rating page and an MD specific web search engine.
|Jonathan Schwartz finds a photo and Japanese information on the JVC KW-MC808, an in-dash unit that accepts CD, MD or Cassette in its single slot.
|Jordan Schweitzer spots Sharp Japan's English MD pages.
|Kirk points out a digital optical i/o option that Creative offers for their SBLive board.
|Jim Coon finds a page devoted to Sony Control-A1 (Slink) hacking.
|Matt Sephton points out Lee Chin's USC term paper on MD.
|Kristian Widjaja finds a Fisher MD boombox for sale at The Good Guys.
|Matt Dramowicz and Jamal Kirk find an MD vs. Rio comparison favoring the former.
|Engage those retro rockets: Matt Sephton finds a 1996 Austin Chronicle article on MD's success in Sony's test markets.
|Michael Toliver graciously prepares a splendid Sharp MD-MS702 manual in HTML format.
|Martin Danek now offers Audiolib, a Windows program for storing and titling MD track names.
|MinidiscNow has set up an Online FAQ/Answer service for MD equipment and accessories.
|Robert Nguyen has made a thorough comparison of the Sony MZ-R55 and Kenwood DMC-K7R portables.
|A friend points out photos and Japanese information covering what's inside a Rio MP3 player. It doesn't exactly look jam packed.
|Romain Kang spots somewhat grumpy comments about an MZ-R50 used for dictation.
|John VanderWerf has made a package for hacking DMX web pages into text files for titling purposes.
|Martin Borus mentions an MD competition in German (under "fun&win", the correct answer is "c" [Herbert Groenemeyer]).
|Chris McClave has made a Sony MZ-R55 page and discussion board.
|Justin DeAre notes that several refurbished Sharp portables available from onsale.com.
|Japan Direct has some clear snapshots of the Aiwa AM-F70, including one of it beside an MZ-R55.
|Dorian spots a photo and Japanese info for Onkyo's MD-P20, their Sharp MD-ST521 clone.
|David Jansen points out Japanese info on the Prospec MSP730, an apparently legal SCMS stripper being sold in Japan for JPY 16,800.
|Marcus Johansson finds the Swedish site Ginza selling Pre-recorded MDs.
|Michael Negus spots Aiwa's English AM-F70 page.
|Noticing the shortage, Planet Minidisc adds an MD discussion board.
|Eisaku points out the ultimate MD accessory, a Sony MD label printer that connects to their portables (some sketchy English details).
|Roscoe Mittleman has made a Minidisc discussion board.
|Linus Sweers's Toslink Transcievers Page now sports a digital link discussion board.
|Iein (via Simenc & Satz) spots Panasonic's tiny SJ-MJ70 player, 16 hours playing time from the smallest package ever.
|Luca Lusuardi's Italian MD page is worth a visit even for its fashion exuberance alone.
|Aaron Satz finds the MD retailer Electronic Shopping Mall in Hong Kong.
|Phil Gartman points out Sony's MDM-X4 MKII page.
|Dave LaDelfa points out Ricoh's CD-R handbook, with a good description of how CD-R recording works.
|Peter Neff finds a Stereophile article on MD's growth, reporting that the number of US retail outlets selling blanks has grown to about 9000!
|We conduct a short interview with Stephan Voser at BPS, concerning their new Sprinter 750.
|Information on the Aiwa AM-F70 has been added.
|Balzers Process Systems introduces the Sprinter 750, a high speed MD production machine.
|A reader spots a photo and Japanese info for Aiwa's AM-F70 MD recorder, with backlit buttons, remote and main LCD.
|Joseph Reagle kindly submits a Sharp MS721 review.
|Sony Components has brief parts brochures for MD audio manufacturers, giving English information on MD optical pickups, loading units, mechanism kits, magnetic heads, and spindle motors. All their component brochures make interesting browsing.
|Iein (via Grega Simenc) finds Aiwa's English page for their AM-HX30 portable player.
|A reader brings news of the JVC KW-MC808, according to the Nikkei Weekly: ``Starting in November, JVC is to market an audio system for cars that can handle MiniDiscs, CDs and cassette tapes in the same slot. The company claims it is the first such multi-function system on the market. Users of the JPY88,000 KW-MC808 model can choose from seven kinds of sound quality and ten patterns of display indication.''
|Seamus Dunpy forwards news summaries stating: ``Sharp Corp. has announced its total production of MiniDisc audio player products has passed the 5 million mark. The company began producing MD systems in February, 1993.'' (NewsBytes), and: ``TDK Corp. will raise production capacity of recordable compact discs by 41% to 12 million discs a month from next April, company sources said Thursday. It also plans to boost MiniDisc capacity by 57% to 4.7 million at the same time.''
|Steve Davis spots a useful (but pricey) USB to S/PDIF (coax) converter.
|Katie DeYoung types up Matt's scan of the Studio Sound article on the Sony MDS-DRE1.
|Patrick Elliott spots TDK 60' blanks below $2 at Cassette House.
|Aaron Satz has made a brief comparison of the Sharp ST521 and Sony E55 portables, with photos.
|The MD discussion board seems to be down. I've contacted the maintainer.
|Michael Nosal finds a review favoring MD over Rio/MP3.
|Jake Eu submits a nice scan of the Sharp MD-MS722 user manual.
|Grega Simenc brings word of Aiwa's AM-HX30 MD player.
|Nick Perry kindly upgrades the MDCP's search form to use a local Excite search engine. Try searching for "wild".
|Claudio Bassi has an enthusiastic MD page in Italian.
|John Manson takes a close look at the effects of an SCMS stripper on Sharp MS702 control codes.
|Eugeni Babrov kindly reformats the entire Sharp MD-MS701 service manual in PDF format.
|MinidiscNow has freshened up their pages and offer TDK blanks for $25/10, including shipping.
|Brian Houghton describes construction of a radio controlled record button for Sony portables.
|Thomas Hjorth has a Sharp MD-MS722 page that includes a scan of the English user manual.
|Kenn Hom points out Kimawa in Osaka, selling Sony MD equipment by mail order and accepting credit cards.
|Adam Heath (from Sony!) kindly submits the MDS-DRE1 manual in PDF format, we've also added its table entry.
|Jake Eu gives a sobering review of the Sharp MD-MS722, saying there are few real differences over the MS702.
|Allen Scofield describes his use of MD for radio voice-over work.
|Christopher Lloyd submits a good review of the Kenwood DM9090 deck.
|Esben Johansen starts a Danish MD discussion board.
|Andrew Marchetti points out Rob's thorough review of the Kenwood DMC-K7R (a sharp MD-MS722 clone).
|Chris Stanley reports his success with the self turn-on fix for the Sony MDS-JE510.
|We get passing mention in the WSJ. (Thanks Mr. Mossberg!)
|R. M. Morriën shows how to make 60' MDs longer with a TOC clone from a 74' disc.
|Howard Chui spots a Cnet comparision of CD, MD and MP3.
|Hynek Syrovatka upgrades his EasyTitle PC keyboard titling adapter.
|John Magsino finds Onkyo's MD-2321, their first US MD deck.
|Florian G. finds preliminary info on Sony's SRP-MD1 rack mount machine.
|Joe Redifer has made a page describing how to alleviate the MDS-JE510's self turn-on bug.
|The MD Titling Contest and Richer Sounds voucher were apparently hoaxes. Very sorry!
|John Smith points out an IASA bulletin with good hard coverage of MD as it applies to the archivist (search for "MiniDisc" after the page is fully loaded).
|Katie DeYoung brings word of a contest with MD equipment prizes.
|Peter Ravn spots MiniDisc racks and cases from AM in Denmark.
|Ken McGreevy spots a San Fransisco Chronical editorial on the RIAA's blunder towards the RIO MP3 player.
|David Tamkin writes the book on TOC cloning with the MDS-JE520.
|Martin Danek upgrades his WinRemote MD Titler package to integrate with CDDB for easy titling of CD copies.
|Alan Webster uncovers the Casio MDH-1 mini boombox, the first MD boombox to run on batteries (19 hours on 6 D-Cells).
|Andrew Batiuk encourages support for Team MiniDisc, a participant in the RSA Labs contest to crack the RC5 code.
|Petr Simanek comes through again, providing a complete scan of the MDS-B5 user manual. This pro-use machine is fully controllable through an RS-232 interface.
|Marcus Johansson has made a thorough MZ-R55 page, with many nice photos.
|Huy finds an MD article from Popular Mechanics, they mildly praise the format.
|Michael Moore notes further news on RIAA vs. Diamond, indicating that Diamond is, for now, allowed to distribute their MP3 player.
|Amulation.com (the MD mailing list host) is experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by (they're expecting a full recovery by Oct 29 or so).
|Bryan Mo points out a page for downloading Japanese versions of Sony's MD Editor software that controls MDS-PC1 decks and PCLK-MD1 connected Sony machines.
|Hsin-Chia Cheng spots Japanese info on Kenwood's DMC-K5 player, a Sharp ST521 clone.
|Jaime Balli (and others) find Sharp's MD User manuals (in Acrobat format) for US models, under the Customer Service section of Sharp's US MD page.
|Toni Umlandt points out Otari's MR30 industrial MD unit. Among its features: a varispeed setting (+/-9.9%) that can be saved on disc.
|Marc Tsai comes across a good set of pictures of Sony MD gear.
|Did you know Samsung may introduce an MP3 player too?
|CDmail in France has an extensive stock of pre-recorded MDs available online.
|Harry Jones finds Sharp's MD-MS702 at Onecall for under $240.
|JP Nicholls spots Starmount selling Hi-Space blanks in the UK for GBP 1.70.
|Wilton points out a Wired article stating that the Diamond Rio MP3 player's release has had a 10 day restraining order imposed upon it.
|Johan has a nice MD page in Swedish.
|Marc Herbert kindly translates a 1994 MPO document about MD and MD-Data.
|Hue Beavers points out Sony's MDBundle5 press release.
|Andrew Campbell kindly submits the English section of the MZ-R55 user manual, and fire those retrorockets Batman, Graham Morrison comes through with a complete scan of the MZ-R3 user manual.
|Adam Lysne has started an Online MD Discussion Board.
|Desmond Ng spots Japanese info on Sony's MDLink Walkman Link Cable. It couples a Sony MD portable to a DHC-MD777, MD555 or JMD-7 bookshelf system for MD to MD recording that copies track names and track marks.
|Miko points out Sony's Japanese announcement of the MDS-JA33ES deck equipped with Type-R ATRAC DSP, and their MDX-D2 CD/MD deck, both controllable from a PC.
|Rich Westerman notes further news of the RIAA vs. Diamond suit, this time from Stereophile.
|Patrik Hall points out a Swedish MD page.
|Janik Joire forwards news that Diamond has been sued by the RIAA for producing a portable MP3 player.
|Sam Wu and Howard Chui report news of an MZ-E35 review on CNET.
|Hue Beavers notes US Sony's MDS-PC1 announcement.
|Simon Corner sells Fiber Optic receivers and transmitters for construction projects, from the U.K.
|Petr Simanek in the Czech Republic graciously submits a full scan of the JE520 service manual. Did you know the JE520 has several built-in odometers?
|Premiata Video in Brasil sells Sony MD gear and blanks.
|MinidiscNow hammers TDK XG blank prices down to $29/10, including shipping.
|Brian Mooar writes in the Washingon Post that MiniDisc is alive and well in the US.
|Brand Michael points out a thorough Sony MDM-X4 review in German, from the Swiss magazine Workshop.
|Christoph Cech suggests a cheap and easy velcro mic strain relief for MD portables.
|Jacob Gemmell spots JVC's EX-MD90 and FD-MD9000 bookshelf systems.
|Jamie Smith has an MD DB labeller program ready for beta test.
|L.T. points out more general info, a price, the specs and a photo for Sharp's MD-X8 ``Internet recording'' bookshelf system.
|Adrian Sim points out Mydo's English page. They offer Sharp portables direct from Japan and accept payment by credit card.
|Stefan Baden has made an MD Trading page.
|John VanderWerf spots Case Logic's MD specific storage solutions.
|Michael Hay finds a surprisingly complete Japanese MD page.
|A Sony brochure points out the MZ-R55's tiny size.
|Arnau Tornos Casanovas reports Sony Europe's Piccolo MD, ZS-M7 boombox, and Pioneer Europe's MJ-D707 pages.
|Justen Reed finds Sony blanks for $3+shipping at Crutchfield.
|Shalev finds a 6 disc car MD changer from Pioneer.
|Sharp has a Japanese page for their MD-F10 CD/MD/FM boombox, with timer recording and world band FM tuner.
|Cindy Chen kindly sends in a summary of Ken Pohlmann's Stereo Review article, he seems to have warmed towards the format slightly.
|Japanese info on Sony's VAIO PCV-M350 indicates it has optical S/PDIF output (with SCMS), an A1 control port, and MD titler/controller software.
|Eye on Future in Holland, provides +/- 16% speed-control modified MD decks to DJs and dance schools.
|Robert Kinann is selling Sony MDs cheaply.
|An article in the Malaysian Star defends MD in the face of CD-R.
|Toni Umlandt provides English information and a German web page for Becker Autoradio's new Mexico Pro MD 4937 in dash MD unit.
|Taking some inspiration from Yahoo, along with readers' suggestions, we've freshened up a bit.
|Martin Clinton finds another Sharp MD-F20 double MD boombox page.
|Eddie McCarroll spots a What HiFi article comparing CD-R(W) and MiniDisc.
|Remember the mp3mobile? They're making a commercial version, 35 hours of MP3 music in your car for under US$1K.
|More pictures of the new Sony MZ-R55 and MZ-E55 portables, courtesy Japan-Direct. (The E55 is remarkably close to the frontal area of a bare MD.)
|Alain finds Sharp's Japanese page for their MD-F20 double MD boombox with world tuner.
|Karsten Fryd spots a Japanese page for the Marantz MD19 MD deck, with 20 bit ADC, 24 bit DAC, ``latest ATRAC'', 98dB dynamic range, 100dB SNR, 2 optical and 1 coax input, and CD-TEXT recording.
|Whiipsmart has made 1 2 nice scans of a Japanese MZ-R55 brochure.
|Sevo Stille contributes a good introduction to Microphone technology and setups.
|Grega Simenc kindly scans in the entire JE520 user's manual.
|Peter Ravn finds a nice Danish MD page.
|Kelvin Chang spots Panasonic's English SJ-MJ7 page.
|MinidiscNow has the Sony MZ-R55 for sale.
|Tim Setai points out Denon's DN-M2300, a pro-use dual MD recorder/player.
|Chris Sanchez finds Pioneer's Japanese PMD-R55 and PMD-P5 page.
|Here come the CD recorders: Arzeno Fabrice has made a brief page covering Philips 3 new CD recorders.
|Jamie Balli has information on a Sony Technology Presentation in Mexico City, this Saturday.
|Cameron Croft has made a review of Sony's MDX-C8900 car MD unit.
|Kelvin Raharja spots a Japanese announcement and photo of Pioneeer's PMD-R55 and PMD-P5 portables, they're clones of Sharp's MS722 and ST521 portables.
|Diamond Multimedia's Rio portable solid state MP3 player stores 32MB (30-60 minutes) of MP3 audio, runs for 12 hours on a single AA cell, and costs $200. Additional memory chips are $100/32MB.
|TB Fisher reports an MSNBC story [surprising for its lack of detail and bias against MP3 legitimacy] on the impending release of an MP3 walkman from Diamond Multimedia.
|Michael Robertson reports that Fraunhofer Lowers the Patent Boom On MP3 Software Developers.
|Ethan Straffin has made a page for reporting and viewing the Sony MDS-JE510's self turn-on problems.
|Vincent spots a short news story indicating that Sharp will begin making MD optical pickups in Malaysia.
|Iein spots a Japanese announcement and photo of Panasonic's SJ-MJ30 portable player, a unique slot-in design measuring 75.5 x 83.5 x 16.9mm and running 34 hours on NiMH gumpack plus AA cell (a table entry for it exists). He further notes Panasonic's Japanese announcement with photos.
|David Sowa notes Sharp USA's new MD page that includes a little MD manga.
|MiniDiscNow offers TDK and Sony blanks for $3 each in lots of 5, including shipping.
|Jac Goudsmit notes a Dutch article and photo of the Philips CD-R760, a dual drive CD player/CD-RW recorder selling for about US$450.
|Japan-Direct has photos of the Kenwood DMC-K7R, a Sharp MS-722 clone.
|Peter Knight kindly provides information on the S/PDIF C channel coding.
|Entries for the Sony MZ-R55, -E55, and -E33 portables have been added.
|Patrik Hall has started a nice Swedish MD page.
|Eli Cochran spots Sony's Japanese announcement and photos of the MZ-R55, MZ-E55 and MZ-E33 portables.
|Gray Market Goods is offering Sony blanks for $3, including shipping.
|Marc Herbert kindly splits the portables table into recorders and players.
|Japan Direct has some clear photos of the Sharp MD-ST521 and Aiwa AM-HX3 portable players.
|Iein finds a Japanese announcement and photo of the Sony MZ-R55 portable recorder, on sale from Oct. 10. At 78.9 x 18.9 x 84mm and 147 grams it is the smallest and lighest recorder to date. Employs 1.2v ``gumpack'' rechargeable (reducing battery space 25% over previous model).
|A reader spots a nice Japanese page covering the Panasonic SJ-SW9MD portable MD player.
|Ralf Kuchenhart points out a Sony MD technology animation for kids, in English.
|Harold Kuykendall notes Pioneer's MJ-D707 MD deck (with "Variable ATRAC"), their first to be sold in the US.
|Martin Borus pays a visit to Cebit '98.
|Peter Ravn spots further online MD blank sales from Thomann in Germany.
|Michael Moore notes a MiniDisc intro piece from Ziff-Davis [that unfortunately exhibits a few misunderstandings].
|Nic Pillinger finds English info for Aiwa's AM-R10 portable MD player with builtin AM/FM/TV tuner.
|Peter Ravn notes that Richer Sounds in the UK is selling MD blanks on the Web.
|Wilton Vargas points out Japanese information for Kenwood's Sharp MS722 and ST521 clones.
|Eli Cochran notes that a search for ``MD'' at http://www.qvc.com yields several heretofore unseen (in US) MiniDisc units.
|Denis Dubuisson spots Sony's Japanese announcement of their DHC-MD777 component system, with an ``MD-Link'' feature for connecting Sony MD portables for copying MD audio [analog] and track titles. It also features a PC link option, digital recording level control, and world band (!) FM tuner.
|MiniDiscNow has started providing an extensive line of MD systems from Japan.
|Jaime Balli has produced an extensive Spanish MiniDisc Page.
|A reader spots Japanese info for a slew of Sony auto MD gear: the MDX-C5200 (1 DIN 40Wx4 wide bit stream), MDX-C62RF (standalone 6 MD changer that plays through car FM system (which freq??)), WX-C60MD (2 DIN 45Wx4 wide bit stream MD/CD w/EQ), and WX-C70MD (2 DIN wide bit stream 3MD/CD w/EQ) units.
|Arnau Tornos notes a What HiFi MD intro page mentioning that Sony will soon be using ``ATRAC-D''.
|Milind Shah and Ank Hsu spot word of increased MD player production in a CNET News column. Mario Zlatovic finds a more complete version of the same news on the Nikkei site.
|Ron finds a TWICE article stating that Sony's MD push is apparently working.
|Haresnape(?) notes a Dotmusic article stating that EMI and Virgin are again making MD releases.
|Eddie Talbot has made a nice page comparing CD-RW and MiniDisc.
|Audio Marketing Systems offers Windisc, professional MiniDisc production software for controlling up to 128 Sony MDS-B5 studio recorders.
|A reader spots the JVC MD/CD in dash combo on sale at Crutchfield, and a Japanese page for Panasonic's SC-NS70MD bookshelf MD system (with titler).
|David Morgan notes a Herald Tribune article on MiniDisc stating that MD is eclipsing the cassette.
|Mario spots a Nikkei English News report that Sharp has an MD-ST521 portable MD player (9% thinner than their previous one) and MD-MS721 recorder due out shortly. They also report that JVC has a portable player, a portable recorder, and minicomponent stereos equipped with MD that will be introduced in Japan this September and exported to the US, Europe and Singapore in February.
|Robert Dewhurst finds Japanese info on Sharp's MD-ST521 MD player, featuring 11 hours playback on the internal LiIon rechargeable.
|Eric Whitney has made a page listing CD players with optical out, if you know of a unit which isn't listed, please notify him.
|Valentinos Vassiliades kindly provides a full scan of the Aiwa AM-F5 user manual.
|The Sony MDS-JE510 service Manual is now also available as an entire image set in .zip format.
|Robert Dewhurst spots a Sony docu-manga (in English) on CD-Text, including a table showing which equipment supports it.
|Ted Rees mentions MD use in performance art.
|Mario Zlatovic finds a photo with Japanese information and specs on Hitachi-Maxell's GS-MD series blanks featuring a case surface that can be written on directly.
|Hynek Syrovatka offers parts and plans for Easy Title, a PC/AT keyboard hardware adapter that allows MD titling on Sony MD decks.
|Stephen Harris finds a detailed page explaining S/PDIF signal formatting.
|Mario Zlatovic keeps at it, finding Sony's announcement of a Flash Memory Module, which they intend for digital camera and audio player use (but at over 100 times MD's cost per MB, solid state audio is still a bit out of reach).
|Mario Zlatovic comes across Nikkei News articles on the aspects of fashion design in MD players and Fujitsu's 64Mbit flash memories, which they hope will replace MD as an audio medium.
|Hardeep spots Aiwa's new AM-HX3 MD player (an AM-F5/F7 look-alike), due in August.
|Paul Grant notes Best Buy's Blank Blowout: 4 Maxells for $10, through August 1st.
|Attila Balogh points out the Case Logic MD cases page.
|Greg Bronzert discovers JVC's US page (and Mike Blossom, JVC Canada's page) for the KD-MX3000 car MD unit.
|Steve Logan notes the formation of a CD-R mailing list.
|Wibisono finds JVC's Japanese RD-MD5 boombox and new portables page, from whence information has been added about the XM-P55 and XM-PJ1 units. He also uncovers Pioneer's Japanese AV Systems Page, featuring several MD bookshelf systems.
|A buddy spots Japanese info on JVC's new portable players, the XM-P55 and XM-PJ1 (photo). Both feature 40 second shock memory, LCD remote with ``jog control'', 10 character backlit main LCD and an unusual ``Favorite Track'' function that lets you set where you'd like an MD to start playback. The P55 is 16.6mm thick and 103g [body only], running 7 hours on the rechargeable or 16 hours together with an AA cell. The PJ1 has a ``push eject'' disc mechanism and accepts both an NiMH gumpack and an AA cell within the main body, running for 16 hours (also operates on either cell alone).
|Mads and Tim find a photo of Sony's MDS-DRE1 at Harmony Central.
|Tommy Madjar uncovers a photo of the JVC KD-MX3000 single slot CD/MD car unit (and Wibisono finds JVC's English page for the unit).
|Mario Zlatovic finds news of MPMAN's impending arrival.
|And pay no attention to that MP3 CD-R player behind the curtain!! Who would possibly want 175 songs in their [coat] pocket anyway!?
|Roger Scott has started a mailing list for multitrack MD equipment users, you can sign up easily via a web page.
|Japan Direct has taken a few snapshots of the new Sharp MD-MS722, and offer the unit for sale (as does MiniDisc Now).
|Adam Lysne points out Sony's MDS-DRE1 professional DJ MD unit.
|Denis Dubuissson and Eisaku have produced an English translation of Sony's MDS-W1 and MDS-JA22ES announcement.
|Matthew Richardson spots brief Japanese pages and pictures for Sony's latest MD gear, including the new MDS-E55 rack mount unit as well as a PC-Link homepage, featuring a cool Shockwave demo of the MD Editor program (hit the "demo" button, then start boning up on your Japanese).
|Wibisono comes back with a Japanese page for Onkyo's FR-S1 CD/MD/Tuner mini system, with 20 bit A/D and D/A converters.
|Wibisono Prayogo spots further Japanese info on Sharp's MD-MS722 recorder that includes interesting animations of the slot in mechanism and the jog ring. He also finds more English news concerning Aiwa's CSD-MD5E boombox, featuring a world-band tuner. Not content to stop, he scouts Pioneer's Japanese MD bookshelf systems page.
|Matthew Berrey has made a page for the Sharp MD-MS702, including a nice set of snapshots.
|MiniDecks is selling US model Sharp MD decks by mail order.
|Wilton finds Kenwood's explanation of how D.R.I.V.E. and ATRAC work together, he also spots a slew of Kenwood MD gear headed for the US: the XD-981MD bookshelf system, the 1090MD deck with 24bit A/D & D/A, their Avino compo system, the DMS-500 MD deck for Home Theater Systems, and their KMD-70R in-dash car MD player.
|Peter Ravn spots brief news of a long battery life MD recorder from Sharp, and another notes Sharp's Japanese page for the unit [MD-MS722 notable features: 40 sec ESP, new ATRAC, 20 bit A/D and D/A, 10% thinner than the '702, but the same weight, long battery life].
|Japan Direct, a Kobe Japan based exporter of MD equipment, opens for business.
|Solid state audio, radar blip #2: Peter Neff spots mu Fi, a tiny MP3 player prototype with removable flash cards. But at 100 pounds Sterling per 64 minute audio card it isn't exactly an MD slayer -- yet.
|Gary Duke describes his nifty Rhino case for the MZ-R50 and provides info on Sony's tiny ECM-DS70P `T' electret mic.
|Jamshid notes a PC World article discussing Sony's PC/HiFi integration schemes that include the ability to control a CD changer from a PC and record tracks to MD.
|Further information on the Marantz PMD650 is available.
|Minidisco has lowered blank prices and kindly created a MiniDisc Classified Ads page, devoted soley to MD.
|Sawada Denki is now selling the new Sony MZ-E44/45 and Panasonic SJ-SW9MD portable players.
|Bob Scott points out an interesting article discussing Sony's MD strategy from EE Times.
|Martin Voelker spots the Marantz PMD650 professional MD recorder.
|Balzers Process Systems, makers of MiniDisc manufacturing equipment, states that MiniDisc is here to stay, and mentions the specs for MD Data II, due in 1999.
|Shawn Lin notes that Dragon Systems recommends the Sony MZ-R50 as the dictation recorder for their speech recognition system.
|MinidiscNow hammers TDK blank prices down to $3.50, including next day shipping.
|Martin Clinton finds the Vestax AA-88, a DJ station with built in MD recorder.
|Renard Dellafave points out the Cadex battery chargers and analyzers site, with interesting details about battery maintenance and excerpts from a battery book.
|Ralf Kuchenhart outlines the SCMS situation when copying from MD to DCC-951.
|Peter Ravn finds word of Sony's (prototype) MZ-R50/PC connection that would enable music recording from the Internet.
|Jeremy Lang spots an evenhanded MaximumPC article comparing CD-R and MiniDisc.
|Eisaku kindly translates Sony's MZ-E44/45 announcement into English.
|The Sound Professionals has several new products: Cardoid mics from Audio Technica capsules, Eyeglass mounted mics, a Modular Binaural mic, and a Small ``T'' single point mic.
|Eric Whitney has made a page for Sony's new MZ-E44/E45 portables, he also kindly sends in a scan of the entire Sony DHC-MD515 operation manual.
|Hardeep keeps snooping and finds Japanese information on Sanyo's 2DIN MD/CD car receiver, with improved TOC reading speed (2X their previous product), 40W X 4 amp, and Japanese band FM tuner.
|Not MD but cool anyway: Hugo Altman has created MP3Mobile, an embedded Linux PC that plays from a collection of some 30 hours of MP3 audio in his car. (He NFS mounts the car from his laptop and squirts new tunes into it over the in-car LAN).
|Hardeep spots English news about Pioneer's MJ-D7 MD deck with several innovative features and an ATRAC compatible ``ASRAC'' recording system.
|Wes Brooks finds Sony's English page for the EP11 portable.
|Information on Sony's MDS-JA22ES and MDS-W1 double MD deck has been added.
|Linus P Sweers ([email protected]) is offering TOSLink Transmitters for $10, including shipping (or $12 if outside the US).
|Tom Kroh provides a brief review of the Panasonic SJ-MJ7 portable MD player.
|Eric Whitney points out pictures and Japanese information for the new Sony MZ-E44 and E45 portable MD players, featuring new ``edge mounted'' buttons, a backlit stick remote, and 5.5 hour operation on a NiMH ``gumpack'' cell (8.5hr on an AA cell, and 16hr on both together), price: JPY 33,000.
|MiniDiscNow hits some red tape and asks for public support to help break the logjam.
|Cecil Lau finds Alpine's current US car MD products: the Double DIN MDA-W890 CD/MD receiver and MDA-5048 MD car deck.
|JVC America offers the XU 301BK, an interesting 3CD/MD deck, it's available from The Good Guys.
|Daryl O. notes an article on strong MD growth in the Financial Times, reporting that 10.5 million MD units are projected to be sold in 1998, doubling by the year 2000. (You'll need to register to read the article, but it's free). He also comes across a Mostly New York article about MD and Sony's $50 cassette to MD trade-up rebate.
|Kve finds some English info on Aiwa's latest MD boombox and their new bookshelf MD systems.
|Hardeep points out Aiwa's English announcement for their new AM-F7 MD portable (looking distinctly like an AM-F5 with a new, LCD equipped remote).
|From the early days: Marc Herbert kindly translates MPO's French pages (circa 1994) concerning MD manufacture and Sharp's second try with MD-Data.
|Sawada Denki now offers the Aiwa AM-F7 and graduates to having their very own Order Form.
|Gray Market Goods is taking requests for overseas consumer electronics equipment.
|John Bunge notes a bit of Denon information for their DMD-1000 MD deck.
|Mandarin MiniDiscs UK opens for business, offering Sony and TDK blanks.
|Kenny G. has a page about a pouch suitable for MD portables that he found.
|Jamie Montgomerie has some MD label templates for MS Publisher '97.
|Shawn Lin notes that the '98 Cadillac Seville STS comes equipped with an in-dash MD player.
|Daryl O. points out a mildly positive MD article by Leonard Wiener in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report.
|In recent email, the RIAA clarifies the legality of home audio recording, stating that consumers are free to copy CDs to MD.
|Superpig (?) finds Yamaha's page for their current (and first) US model MD deck, the MDX-793.
|Colin Blackburn announces the UK MiniDisc mailing list, send an empty email message to [email protected] to participate in discussions about MD in the UK.
|Edwin Gustafson spots the Aiwa XR-H3MD at Best Buy for $400.
|Shawn Lin points out a picture of the JVC KDM-X3000 combo MD/CD single slot car MD unit, at Autotoys.
|Mathic has made a page describing his CD-ROM drive to MD adapter.
|Marc Palmer and Nic Pillinger find a favorable Telegraph (UK) article about MiniDisc, within it are links to several short equipment reviews.
|A reader spots a picture and Japanese information for Panasonic's latest portable player, the SJ-SW9MD, featuring a titanium body, 6 hours playback on its NiMH cell (or 15 hours together with an AA cell), an armband mount and buckledown cover for active use, 15mw+15mw output and what they call a ``Virtual Motion Sound System'' circuit and headphones for improved bass response.
|Daryl O. discovers some favorable MD comments in Forbes, among them the news that in Japan, portable MiniDisc players have outsold portable CD players for the first time ever.
|Planet MiniDisc, an internet based MiniDisc and accessories retailer, opens its website.
|With the kind assistance of Renard Dellafave, the Sony MDS-JE510 Service Manual makes the scene (a no frames version is also available).
|Cameron Croft has started a page for the Sony MDX-8900 car MD unit.
|Joshua Maremont finds a good TASCAM page for their '301 and '501 PRO MD decks, with clear pictures and full brochures in Adobe Acrobat format.
|Hardeep spots a bit of Japanese info on Sony's new MDS-JA22ES and MDS-W1 decks, the latter being a dual drive unit. He also comes across a Japanese Kenwood page for their Bookshelf system with a built-in 5MD changer.
|Ken Deeter has begun an attractive MD Page.
|MiniDisc Switzerland http://minidisc.ch now offers free webspace to anyone wishing to make non-commerical MiniDisc homepages, you can even choose your own URL (e.g. http://minidisc.ch/yourname).
|Ralf Kuchenhart points out the new KMD-860R car MD unit on Kenwood Deutschland's MD site.
|Kelvin Raharja notes that Best Buy is carrying recent Sharp and Sony portables
|William Baras finds a postiive article on MD use in the radio station from The Independent (UK).
|Patrick Elliot points out a Tower Records Contest in which you can win a Sony MDBundle.
|Minidisco now carries Case Logic MD Cases
|MiniDisc Now can accept credit card payment for orders.
|Nicholas Randal talks about leaving MDs in a hot car.
|Katie DeYoung sends in a recent MD blurb from Wired, they seem to like MD now.
|Steffen Hung's Swiss MiniDisc Page has gotten its new name: www.minidisc.ch.
|Nik Post has made an MD Page with a cute MZ-R50 point and click diagram.
|Armando Hernandez points out TDK's Japanese MD site with many good pictures of their MD blanks.
|Kristian Widjaja finds a favorable MD article on MSNBC, oddly they prefer analog recordings to digital ones, and gold disks to silver ones.
|Servired now offers their MD porti cases in two case combo packages.
|Thomas Fortin notes that Sharp's US site has blurbettes on their new US MD products, including 2 ``MD Bundles''.
|The Sony MDX-C7900 car MD unit gets an in depth review.
|Tugrul spots a Malaysian review of the Sharp MD-X8 as well as mention of the unit in Popular Science.
|Rick Gardner has kindly scanned in the Sharp MD-MS702 Operation Manual.
|David Inoue points out a blurb in last week's WSJ which reads: ``Minidisc players, which play small recordable compact disks, are moving so briskly that some makers think they could outsell portable CD and cassette players among the Japanese next year. Manufacturers, which include Sony, Sharp and most of Japan's other electronics giants, sold 1.5 million portable Minidisc players in Japan last year.''
|Giri points out What HiFi's mention of Yamaha's new MD components.
|Steffen Hung has started a very nice MiniDisc page in Switzerland with good pictures and information on Sony's latest MD gear.
|Eclipse's Japanese page sports new car MD units for 1998, one of which is single DIN main unit that plays 4 MDs. (US versions would be appreciated!)
|Mathew Newton finds Mydo, a web site (in Japanese) that sells Sharp portables at reasonable prices, and accepts credit card payment. Details are scanty, but they accept English language email.
|Katie De Young has placed the Sharp MD-MS701 User Operation Manual online.
|Tomas Branicky points out Video Direct Distributors, a site with (small) pictures and information on Sony's new JB920 and JE520 MD decks.
|George Sopko describes a cheap and easy S/PDIF coax to optical converter circuit.
|HiFi World talks about the subtle quality differences between MD Blanks.
|Nic Boyde has info on the Sony DSC-MD1 digital camera and nice snapshots of the Panasonic SJ-MJ7.
|Sawada Denki now offers the SJ-MJ7 as well.
|Saehan is now offering preliminary sales of MPMAN.
|Nic Boyde has some photos of the new Sharp MD-SS311 portable player.
|Articles in Wired and The Lousville Cardinal discuss the recording industry's campaign against MP3 on the net.
|Ralf finds another Kenwood ATRAC 4.5 deck, the DM-SE7.
|I offer some guidelines for writing equipment reviews.
|Steven Cheng notes Alpine's Japanese pages on their new 2 DIN and single DIN car MD units.
|Bruce Attenborrow speaks favorably of TapEdit, Windows 95 shareware that helps you label MDs (also available at geocities and tripod). There is also a Corel Draw MD template available.
|John Lawrence contributes a nice review of the Sony MZ-R5ST docking portable.
|Martin Borus has some MD snapshots from CeBit '98 that include the MZ-R35. His MD homepage now sports a German translation and an interesting method of preventing SCMS by making a digital recording look like an analog one.
|Ralf Kuchenhart finds a German page for the new href="http://www.kenwood-electronics.de/ser21.htm#dms500">Kenwood DM-S500 ATRAC 4.5 deck.
|Karsten Wendt has graciously provided scans of the entire Sharp MD-MS701 service manual.
|Luis has the beginnings of a page devoted to MD advertising.
|Oliver Resch points out Sony Deutschlands's MD page (www.minidisc.de) which contains a German translation of the MD FAQ.
|Bill Tang reports that the new Sony MDX-7900 car MD unit is now available at Carmedia, for ~$260.
|Kevin Wood notes a Studio Sound article in which a commercial CD is made from a recording session mastered on MD.
|Peter Cho contributes a brief review of the Panasonic SJ-MJ7.
|Tugrul finds Jon Deutsch's favorable MD commentary in Stereophile's Soapbox column, predictably their readers are still grumpy about MD.
|A reader spots Sony's Japanese page for their RM-IA9K remote. With stylus and touch sensitive LCD, this device allows MD/CD/Tuner station titling as well as full control of the DHC-MD919/MD717 bookshelf systems.
|MiniDisc Now has added an MD accessories page containing a good selection of MD racks.
|Nic Boyde has kindly made a translation of the Sharp MD-SS311 press release.
|Michael Klawansky notes that J&R is selling the Sony PMC-M2 bookshelf system for $500.
|Angus Bell points out Sharp Canada's Web page, prominently displaying their MD-MS702.
|Mario Zlatovic sends in a beautiful, fully HTMLed Sony MDS-JE700 manual.
|Jan Ruizendaal has begun a nice MiniDisc page in Dutch.
|Mathew Newton spots Sharp's Japanese page and news release for their new SS311/312 MD players, featuring slot-in loading and 10.5 hours (LiIon) continuous playback (17 hours w/additional AA cell). The 312's backlit remote has a built in watch and alarm clock.
|Thad Brown finds the SRC 2000 Sample Rate Converter from Behringer, that happens to strip SCMS flags during operation.
|Gregory Hersh notes an unenthusiastic E-town article entitled MiniDisc Survives, that mentions Sharp's MD-RS2/301 bundle.
|Larry Sherry spots Sony's Japanese page for their MDIO ZS-M7 ``Personal MiniDisc System'' (read ``Boombox'').
|Peter Ravn comes across a Sony press release that gives the launch date and prices for this year's MD gear.
|Ben Knights points out several good MD bargains at Richer Sounds, UK.
|Fels Limited in Hong Kong is selling Sony and TDK MDs wholesale (min. order 1000), bringing prices into the sub $3 range.
|Matt Saunders points out a comprehensive table comparing digital sound cards.
|Daryl O. kindly sends in a TWICE article about Maxell and the coming MD ``boomlet''.
|Pro Cense Technologies has a prototype IR remote control for MD portables. You can help make it a finished product by filling out their market survey.
|Seth Z. notes Sony's English MZ-R50 page.
|Bob Megling sends in a Stereo Review blurb about Sony's MD relaunch.
|Luke Luo points out an outlet store search page, useful because of the low prices on Sony car MD equipment you can find there.
|When good MD equipment goes bad: Shawn Lin analyzes the MD Optical Block Failure.
|Kevin Wood notes a Studio Sound review of the Denon DN-M1050R pro deck.
|Bull jots down the entire Sharp MD-MS701 EEPROM settings.
|Chris Bledsoe has made a page devoted to live recording with a Sharp MD-MS200.
|Minidisco is now offering unfinished pine MD storage cases.
|Daniel Perup has a page devoted to the MZ-E30 he won in a Sony contest.
|Steve Higgs reports that Montgomery Ward's is selling the Sony MDS-JE510 for $200 through the end of February.
|Michael Buchner points out Lytron's high tech battery charging system for getting extra life from NiCad, NiMH, LiIon, and Pb cells.
|MiniDisc Now has given their web pages a fresh new layout and offers TDK MD-XG blanks at $38 a 10 pack, shipping included.
|Garret Word spots a mini-blurb for the Denon DMD1300 at E-town.
|Daryl O. points out an MD screensaver for Windows95 at Sony Music Europe.
|Andy Fox passes along news that at all official Sony stores in the UK you can purchase a combined package of the MDS-JE510 home unit and MDX-C670RDS in car unit for 400 UK pounds until the end of February.
|Tom Kroh contributes comments on the Aiwa XR-H3MD system.
|Michael Hoffman has made a page concerning ear-bud style headphones.
|Michael Goolsby is offering an audio test and calibration MD and CD.
|Lawrence Borden extolls the remarkable fidelity of an MD portable and binuaral mics.
|Matt Sephton's added a Sony DHC-MD515 page to his MD site.
|Saehan (in Korea) is about to release MP Man, a portable MP3 player offering 16 minutes (upgradable to 64 minutes) of solid state audio playback. Price is rumored to be around $300.
|Jamshid points out similar developments at Audible Inc. where they offer two hours of solid state voice playback on a $200 handheld device.
|Steve Berube discovers a droopy article by Stereophile on Sony's MD relaunch that brings replies from Jon Deutsch and Reg Smith.
|Michael Hoffman finds a brief MD intro from The Good Guys.
|Cameron Croft kindly provides comments on the Sony MDX-C7900 Car MD Player.
|Rob Behm notes that Crutchfield's Tip of the Week is devoted to analog vs. digital recording to MiniDisc.
|Dostick makes a review of the Sharp MD-R2 deck.
|Martin Lazak kindly touches up the machine translation of the German technical article on MD.
|Mitch Gitman has written a MiniDisc article in the Arizona Daily Star discussing MD's reemergence.
|D. M. Clarke has completed the missing page sections from the MZ-R30 service manual.
|Daryl O. points out a PR Newswire clip about Sony's MD marketing launch, and a RealVideo clip of one of Sony's MD TV commercials.
|Anthony Vita has a MiniDisc Trading Post for those who want to swap MDs.
|The Sound Professionals' inline Microphone level control allows Sony MD users to adjust recording levels without stopping (photo).
|DAITEI pushes blank prices to US$3.50 (for orders of 30 or more), shipping included. They now also accept bank drafts in US$ or JPY.
|The Sound Professionals offers a useful binaural microphone comparison chart.
|Martin Frischherz compares the Yamaha MD4 and MD8 multitrackers.
|Eric Whitney types up a superlative, fully html-ified MZ-R50 user manual.
|Zak mails in an interesting interview from T3 magazine in which Sony and Philips PR folks discuss where they think audio formats are headed.
|Tugrul notes JVC's Japanese MD pages, with info and photos covering their current MD units.
|Sawada Denki now offers Sony MD blanks in quantity, with no accompanying order for a unit.
|Ron Luyster points out a Wired Business article about cheaper audio CD recorders, but pricier CD blanks.
|Derek Streeter has a nice page describing his assembly of the Elektor SCMS stripper.
|Tugrul comes through with a Philadelphia Inquirer MD article claiming MiniDisc is a technical advance that's been ignored.
|How Bowers finds Sony's new English MD pages with a few details on the MDX-C7900 car MD unit.
|Tugrul Tanyol has conducted a comparison of the Sony MZ-E35 and Sharp ST501 portable MD players.
|Nic Boyde adds Norwegian Kroner to his long list of payment options.
|Denis Dubuisson kindly contributes instructions for a do it yourself optical miniplug.
|Nicholas Loscalzo finds yet another blurb about Sony's coming MD push, this one though holds to the old misconception that MD is intended to replace CD.
|Tugrul Tanyol scans several French adverts for the Aiwa H3 and H6, M30 and MD50, and H80 bookshelf MD systems.
|Tugrul also submits a super, 40 page scan of the Sony MDS-JA50ES user operation manual.
|Arnau Tornos locates Pioneer's Japanese announcement and photos of their PMD-P3 MD player (a Sharp ST501 clone). The PMD-RMX1 variant comes with fancy ``DJ'' headphones.
|Derek Fong contributes his comments on the purchase of a Kenwood 1050MD deck.
|Mark Corner has sussed out the Kenwood 1050 I/R remote codes, should you need them.
|A reader has kindly made a comparison chart for modern portable MD players.
|Shawn Lin has a FAQ sheet on MD recording and Digital recording.
|A November article from Time Magazine about A New World at Sony comments on how Idei is adapting Sony to the networked, digital era.
|Daryl finds a PR Newswire article about Sony's new packaging and pricing for MD blanks.
|Mark Corner spots a shot of the Case Logic 24 MD wallet.
|Peter Neff notes a further rumor of next-generation PlayStations with an MD slot from GameSpot News.
|Hardeep points out TDK's Japanese press release for their XA-PRO blanks that includes extensive charts and graphs, according to which they've improved the MO signal's carrier to noise ratio to >46.5dB (vs. >46dB for the XA blanks) and the signal jitter to <35ns (vs. <40ns). Block error rate for both are identical though. He also finds a press release for TDK's MJ Color blanks.
|Ralf Kuchenhart comes across a detailed German page on MiniDisc technology (There's also a version after Systran's machine translation into English, anybody offering to clean this up even a little would be welcomed).
|A friend points out TDK's Japanese announcement of their PCMCIA digital music card, for coupling PCs to MD units.
|Peter Ravn spots a Nikkei English News clip saying that Sharp plans to halve their time to market for MD portable players.
|Dostick kindly contributes a shiny new logo for our page.
|A friend finds a Sony teaser for their impending MD kickoff.
|Zak notes a Nikkei News clip indicating that TDK will begin selling a pro-use MD blank.
|Nic Boyde shows snapshots of the Sharp MD-ST601 and Onkyo MD-P10 [Sharp MD-ST501 clone] portables.
|Zak points out Sony's ``Million Dollar Shot'' MiniDisc promo.
|Matthew Brock contributes a page comparing the Sony MZ-R50 and Sharp MD-MS701.
|Huy points out a Popular Mechanics article musing about why MD is popular in Japan but not in the US.
|Katie DeYoung finds a few outré MD comments in a Wired Magazine Hype List (making the list apparently self referential).
|Derek Streeter (and others) learn how to disable SCMS on a Sony MZ-R50.
|Mars Plastic of Borg (who?) sends in some closeup photos of the Aiwa XR-H3MD bookshelf system.
|Daryl O. finds an LA Times article about the impending MD marketing torrent.
|Kenwood announces the DMC-J3 portable (English summary).
|Michael Goolsby's MD Page has a review of the Sharp MD-X5 bookshelf system.
|Emils Rode and Tolga Yaveroglu have written an interesting Analysis of Recorded Music Markets that discusses the future of pre-recorded music markets and delivery methods.
|Hardeep snoops some new items at KNG: the Casio MDH-1 MD recorder/CD player/AM/FM boombox-ette, the Aiwa CSD-M1 MD/Cassette recorder/CD player/AM/FM boombox, and several good prices on MD equipment (but for Japanese domestic sales only). Hardeep also finds several press releases from WCES: JVC touting their FS-MD9000 Executive Desk Stereo, XU-301BK 3CD-to-MD recorder, and KD-MX3000 car CD/MD player (it accepts either MDs or CDs in the same slot), and Aiwa announcing their XR-H66MD bookshelf system that incorporates a 5MD changer.
|Klemens Ullmann sends in a scan of a Sony MD Mystery Portable from 1992. Arzeno Fabrice finds another photo of this unit on Matsuoka's Japanese MD History Page where it's labelled a display prototype that was probably empty inside.
|Hue Beavers submits an article by Frank Beacham discussing the use of the MZ-R30 and MZ-B3 portables in radio journalism.
|Greg Malinowski notes that Hilton Audio Products sells a specially modified variable speed MZ-R30.
|Hardeep comes across the latest Sharp equipment: a picture of their MD-R3 (MD/3CD deck) and a picture and Japanese press release for their MD-ST601 portable player (at 20.2mm thick and 155g, it's slightly thicker and heavier than the MD-ST501, but has the same specs otherwise).
|Garrett Word finds a ABC News story about MiniDisc at WCES.
|Jason Simpson passes along a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the RIAA, bootlegging, and the 'net.
|Alex Lorbeer spots an announcement that Liquid Audio is showcasing a prototype system for the Sharp MD-X8 at Winter CES.
|Martin Frischherz discovers a hidden Yamaha MD-8 page with more information about the unit.
|Caleb Chan (and others) find an announcement of Sony's impending MD marketing blitz, in which is mentioned the new MDS-JE520 and MDS-JB920 MD decks along with several other units new to the US market.
|Nic Boyde's page has moved to http://www.boyde.gol.com/MDpage.html, please update your bookmarks.
|Chris Eastman and Rob Behm bring news of a report in Electronic Gaming Monthly that Sony may equip the new Playstation 64 with a High Density MD.
|Nick Perry has kindly restarted the MD Mailing list archive site.
|Happy New Year! Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Others (especially those closest to us!).