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Re: Re: Minidisc backup

Subject: Re: Re: Minidisc backup
From: Doug Von Gausig <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 10:01:22 -0700
At 09:39 AM 6/7/2003, oryoki wrote:

>Minidisc recorders in this price range do not
>permit digital transfer of recordings from
>minidisc to PC.  You'll have to play the
>recording through the analog audio out
>(line out or headphone port), and re-record
>on the PC.  Lots of people do this and
>report that it works fine.
>One alternative is to buy a Japan & European
>market mindisc deck like the Sony MDS-JE780
>(, $460) that has S/PDIF
>digital optical output.

There is an alternative - the Sony MDS-PC3 is a computer-interfaced editing 
deck that has, unfortunately, been discontinued by Sony. There is one now 
on e-bay at 
They sold new for about $350 and are going on e-bay at $300+ .

I love mine, couldn't do without it. The convenience of having the editing 
deck interfaced with the computer and sound editor is great. It has digital 
transfer capability, too, though I find that the difference between digital 
and analog transfers, at least with a decent sound card, is negligible.

Doug Von Gausig
Clarkdale, Arizona, USA
Nature Recordists e-mail group

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