John, this is perfect timing! I have several Sony Minidisc decks which I
have been wondering what to do with! I'd be happy to send a couple of
them to you, at little cost plus shipping. 

There is a lot to know sbout the MD format - I have an associate who was
as much of an expert on them as you could want; I'll ask him if he can
help you learn abut them. 

I can say for sure that you cannot load them to a coputer at faster than
real time, unless they are the later Hi-MD format. You have to play them
in realtime. 

But if you get 2 or 4 of my decks, you can do multiples at a time - that
is what I do with cassettes, with three Nakamichis and an 8 track

Get in touch with me offline and we can talk or email about it. I would
LOVE to see these decks go to a good home where they will serve and be
useful. I saved them from our old radio studio and am too attached to
just send them to recycling, but have no actual use for them - we long
ago transferred all our MDs to computer. 

Send me a direct email and we can talk about it! 

Lou Judson: loujudson (at)



On 2022-02-25 07:25, John Schroth wrote:

> Hello Fellow ARSC Members.
> We have a project that just came in-house, that includes a collection of Sony MiniDiscs. I've heard and read a bit about this format but in 20 years of business, this is the first time we've had this format in house.
> After several hours of research, I still cannot come up with a deck that we should consider purchasing for this job. I'm asking for some advice from the collective.
> Is there one playback deck that is the best option for migration from MiniDisc to file format that covers all the advancements in MiniDisc technology, including the capability for the long
> playback MDLP modes, ATRAC3plus (3.5) or higher encoding, Hi-MD, and any other advancement considerations?
> Is there a way to connect this playback deck to a computer and simply migrate the data off MiniDisc, in faster than real time, just like we all rip data from an audio CD to file? If so, can you recommend software, proper computer platform and operating system, etc?
> Looking forward to any input that the expert opinions at ARSC can provide, as this one is outside of my wheelhouse!
> Kind Regards,
> John Schroth
> Media Transfer Service, LLC