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Shai, I believe that HiMD only works if the material was recorded in
HiMD format. It would be grand if I am wrong, but I am farily sure, as I
still have a small portable HiMD deck, and it only worked with MDs
recorded on it, not regular MDs. 

Have you ever done that yourself? It is dangerous to make professional
recopmmendations unless you have direct experience with it. 

Richard Hess, have you that experience?

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On 2022-02-25 08:06, Shai Drori wrote:

> Your best bet is a HI-md deck that can connect directly to a computer for
> direct download.  I forgot the model number but it's one of the high price
> walkmans.  This will avoid going analog AFAIK. Maybe one of their rack
> mount decks does the same trick.
> 
> On Fri, 25 Feb 2022 at 17:27 John Schroth <[log in to unmask]>
> 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