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Re: MD Transfer hardware and software

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"Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 3 Jan 2011 20:01:53 -0500

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Hi, Jim,

As I understand it, the MZM200 and the MZRH1 ARE the same machine, just 
different accessories. I used my MZRH1 for the specific project I 
purchased it for and the client was happy and I did one or two 
additional personal MDs and am hoping to find the time to do all my 
personal MDs before the machine breaks.

I see Amazon is still listing them.

The manual is available
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/MZRH1-MZM200.pdf
and note that BOTH model numbers share a common manual.

I don't know how robust it will be in production transfers of vast 
quantities of MD, but I'd get a few if you have a big archive to 
transfer. Good news is the transfer is faster than real time (by a large 
factor--I forget how much--at least 6x (i.e. less than 10 min for a 60 
minute recording)).

Cheers,

Richard

On 2011-01-03 6:47 PM, Jim Sam wrote:
> Hi Richard,
>
> (and apologies for digging up an old thread)
>
> I'm re-evaluating my minidisc migration workflow, and I came across this
> message from last year.  All of this information is really helpful, so thank
> you!
>
> I see that, visually, the two machines look almost identical.  For
> clarification purposes, do you have first-hand experience with the Sony
> MZM200?
>
> Thanks,
> Jim
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM, Richard L. Hess<[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>> Hi, Andy,
>>
>> You might consider getting a couple of the Sony MZ-RH1  or  MZ-M200 (same
>> basic machine, different accessories).
>>
>> These come with a USB connection that lets you extract from all flavours of
>> personally recorded (i.e. not commercial) MDs faster than real time. I don't
>> know if it's 5x, but it is fairly fast.
>>
>> The software is a bit klunky, but it will make WAV files out of the ATRAC
>> files.
>>
>> This is a one-stop, $400/each solution that still appears to be available.
>> If you want to do this, I'd do it sooner rather than later as I had issues
>> getting one in Canada, but I found the RH1 at the Sony Style store in Ottawa
>> and they shipped it to my local Sony Style Store.
>>
>> The pricing difference between the two is absurd on Amazon.com. The M200 is
>> a lot cheaper than the RH1 and the M200 comes with a mic. Go figure.
>>
>> Someone sent me an MD project and the MDs were recorded in mixed formats
>> not the plain old standard format that I could play in my standard component
>> MD nor my portable MDs, so I had to buy this.
>>
>> I would purchase one unit per 1000 MD plus one if I were buying now as
>> rumours (at least north of the border) abound about this going away soon.
>>
>> I don't see a need for the UK stuff as it's based on an out-of-production
>> specific Sony DATA MD drive, which they buy and refurb and resell to you.
>>
>> I suspect the UK solution will be able to do recovery for some really
>> messed up MDs that the Sony won't be able to touch, but then again, I think
>> for those really bad MDs you're better off sending the MD to the UK and
>> letting them use their software. Their product is not inexpensive, and I
>> expect the experts there will do better on the few really bad MDs than a
>> more novice user might.
>>
>> When I first saw the UK product I wanted it in the worst way, but the
>> MZ-RH1 really is a good find and solves 99% of the MD problems I've seen.
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Richard
>>
>>
>> At 06:41 PM 2010-03-04, Andy Lanset wrote:
>>
>>> Friends,
>>>
>>> We have thousands of field recordings done on MiniDisc by our reporters.
>>> I've been looking for ways of accurately dealing with them at greater than
>>> real time for transfers. I have located some people in England who are
>>> offering up some hardware and software for up to 5X transfers.  I'd be
>>> very
>>> interested in your opinion of what they are offering.
>>> You can find them at:
>>>
>>> *http://www.esdl.co.uk/2/mdte_uk.shtml*<
>>> http://www.esdl.co.uk/2/mdte_uk.shtml>
>>>
>>> Thanks for your time and consideration.
>>>
>>> Andy Lanset
>>> WNYC&  WQXR Archives
>>>
>> Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada       (905) 713 6733     1-877-TAPE-FIX
>> Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.

-- 
Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada           (905) 713 6733     1-877-TAPE-FIX
http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.

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