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Mike Rivers wrote:

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> By the way, what's the media cost on the high resolution Minidisk? How
> much time (uncompressed) can you record on a blank disk, and how much
> do blanks cost? If they're cheap, you can just file them like
> cassettes or CDs, but I don't think they're that cheap yet, so, like
> with flash card recorders, you're probably compelled (by cost) to just
> have a few disks and recycle them. Flash cards don't wear out (that we
> know about anyway) but disks do.

They're $7.00 at J&R. For detailed info on capacity at
various record modes check out:

http://www.minidisc.org/hi-md_faq.html#_q93

For the FAQ main page see:

http://www.minidisc.org/hi-md_faq.html


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"Bill Van Dyk" <trash@christian-horizons.org> wrote in message
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> Can you correct me if I'm wrong-- it appears to me that the new Hi-MD
> still records in a proprietary compression algorithym, but you are able to
> convert it to a wave file on your computer.
>
> If true, that would make it considerably less attractive as a medium,
> wouldn't it?

No, you are wrong. There is a linear PCM mode of operation.

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"Mike Rivers" <mrivers@d-and-d.com> wrote in message
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>...any DAT that you buy will be second-hand.
> These tend to not be maintained so you may have a couple of hundred
> bucks worth of refurbishment before you can get full performance out
> of it. That's a point against DAT.

A more important one is that for the past five years the only new DAT tapes
that have been of high enough quality to not light up my Sony 7030's error
lights like a Christmas tree have been made by Fuji. Now that DAT is no
longer a major computer backup format while remaining among the most
expensive, there is a serious question of reliable DAT tape stock remaining
available.

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On 2005-01-15, Bob Cain <arcane@arcanemethods.com> wrote:

>> Flash cards don't wear out (that we
>> know about anyway) but disks do.

Flash memory does have a limit on writes. It's not usually a practical
issue, but it is enough of a consideration to be a certification problem
for flash devices in aviation electronics.
 
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mrivers@d-and-d.com (Mike Rivers) writes:

> In article <87k6qf468c.fsf@uwaterloo.ca> Mannr@uwaterloo.ca writes:
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> > This is realtime, but hey, DAT is no faster! I've tried the upload and then
> > the WAV converter, but they are not all that fast anyway. About twice the
> > speed of realtime. So I just go realtime and have zero risk of losing my
> > data.
> >
> > By the way, I've just bought a used Nomad Jukebox 3, but I haven't even had a
> > chance to use it. The minidisc is just so convenient and portable. No
> > external power or preamps are needed.
>
> By that I take it you're using a mic that requires power that's
> supplied from the Minidisk player. True, the Jukebox doesn't provide
> "plug-in power" and it's a bit larger than a Minidisk, but I sure
> can't complain about the battery life. There's nothing that

Battery life is about two to three hours of PCM recording on a single NiMH AA
cell. The main advantage of MD is that I can carry a bunch of AA cells in my
pocket and replace the battery each time I change media. This is great for
festivals, etc, where you may record all day.

> prevents file transfer of recordings in either direction other than
> that you need their software to access it from a computer and unless
> someone's come up with a Macintosh file transfer program, it's PC
> only.
>

I'm using electret mics (AT853), with a self-made battery power circuit. I
plug these mics into mic in on the minidisc. I don't think there is enough
gain on the line input of the Jukebox to take these. I'm planning on using an
external preamp and A/D (Edirol UA5) but have not got around to this yet.
Minidisc is just too convenient for now.

> By the way, what's the media cost on the high resolution Minidisk? How
> much time (uncompressed) can you record on a blank disk, and how much
> do blanks cost? If they're cheap, you can just file them like
> cassettes or CDs, but I don't think they're that cheap yet, so, like
> with flash card recorders, you're probably compelled (by cost) to just
> have a few disks and recycle them. Flash cards don't wear out (that we
> know about anyway) but disks do.
>
>

High capacity disks are about $7 to $10. But you can record an unlimited
number of times. I've got four discs right now and I just keep cycling
through them. You can also buy lower density media for about $1 each. I use
these for playback of compressed material, pretty similar to MP3 I think. I
happen to like the removeable media more though.

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In article <87r7kkx3zp.fsf@uwaterloo.ca> Mannr@uwaterloo.ca writes:

> I'm using electret mics (AT853), with a self-made battery power circuit. I
> plug these mics into mic in on the minidisc. I don't think there is enough
> gain on the line input of the Jukebox to take these. I'm planning on using an
> external preamp and A/D (Edirol UA5) but have not got around to this yet.
> Minidisc is just too convenient for now.

I like a one-box solution. I don't think that a recorder, no matter
how tiny it is, is very convenient when you have to string it together
with an outbouard mic preamp and/or mic power supply.

> High capacity disks are about $7 to $10. But you can record an unlimited
> number of times. I've got four discs right now and I just keep cycling
> through them.

Is that enough to cover a day's worth of festival recording? Or two,
or three days? These tiny recorders are convenient for short term
projects, but eventually you have to unload them so you can re-use the
media. The nice thing about the Minidisk is that the recording media
is removable and storable. The not-so-nice thing is that its per-hour
cost is fairly high.

Choices and preferences.

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