|Originally posted by Earthsnail |
I wanna know some opnions on a MD player from those who have them. But don't give me just positives I wanna hear some negatives too. Right now, I'm completely for mp3 players. Somebody convince me as to why MD's are better than mp3s
OK. I've messed with MD from 2000 till 2002, when my third one in two years broke down. One of them (Sony MZR-70) just stopped recording, the other (Sony MZR-500) just shuts off randomly, and the other had a battery explosion whilst charging. My remote stopped working in the MZR-70. Take in mind that I spent about 250 USD on each unit when they first came out. I was a fan of MD for a while before I got into PCs, but I started getting into live sets and having fixed time for MD of either 75 (ATRAC SP), 150 (ATRAC3 LP2), or 300 (ATRAC3 LP4) minutes per disc wasn't cutting it for me anymore. Plus, in LP4 mode, fast-forward and rewind within tracks went EXTREMELY slowly! Take into account all this was even before NetMD and since 2001, MD has improved dramaticly. It just doesn't have what I need now (economic storage and playback of native MP3s). That's why I left MD and went iRiver when I learned that they make the best MP3-CD players.
I still visit Minidisc.org and I see that MD is slowly improving I love the fact that you can finally record in Linear PCM (read: WAV!) and even reformat old regular MDs to hold double what they previously held. You can even record a little LPCM onto them. a 1-GB High MD can hold about 100 minutes of LPCM audio. Pretty nice for a small CD-sized live set or two. I heard that things are getting even better when Sony just allowed (please confirm this anyone?) upload of any recording to WAV format on the PC. Does this mean that I can record an LPCM live set straight from a mixer via optical line and transfer it directly to PC??? :-D I hope so! From what I've heard, as ATRAC is now in it's 5th or even 6th or 7th version, things probably got way better in that dept. too. The new Hi-MD units support this 'ATRAC3plus' format, which allows a bitrate between 40 & 256 kbps. I've always believed MD sounded better than MP3, even back in the plain ATRAC3 (LP2 & 4) days of 2001, when I used it for live sets, and I bet this ATRAC3plus blows MP3 out of the water now. Even if MD decided to play MP3s natively, I won't go back unless they hold about 4 GB+ per disc. I like the size and I LOVE the battery life (what? 100 h on a single AA now?), but economically, MD just doesn't do it for me when I got over 400 CDs here that have all MP3s on them.