All About Shooters Mod., If you fuck with me, I'll
20 Year Member
- Oct 3, 2001
I used to have an MZ R70 and I thought it was pretty damn cool at the time. And I still kind of do.
Frickin' love minidiscs. I really thought that format had a lot going for it.
Are you using ATRAC compression? Because otherwise it sholuld be CD quality.
One of these days I want to pick up one of these:
The fucking king of all MD players
Yeah, the MZ-RH1 is sexy AF. I've got the N707.
I had to track down a patched copy of SonicStage 4.3. It takes in a ton of different formats, but upon transferring them to MD, it converts them - I'm not sure if turns them into ATRAC or into PCM. I was just using meh MP3s I had downloaded. I didn't bother ripping a CD and I don't think it will recognize my ALAC files on my legit music hard drive. I did make the mistake of recording in LP mode as opposed to standard mode.
Fun fact: The transfer protocol for PC/MD compatibility uses MagicGate, which is also what the PS2 uses for communicating with its memory cards.
I have been exceedingly fortunate to be in a position to own more than my fair share of nice audio gear over the years. It has always been a blast to get new gear and especially own multiple piece for comparison shootouts. In the end, you have to just go with what you enjoy. Several years ago, I was a hard core tube snob. However, I have bounced between tube and SS. I think the most important thing is to enjoy listening to music, and not equipment. The gear is simply a means to an end. I must admit that I, like many in the audio hobby, have been guilty of listening to just the equipment. That's something I have been trying to do less of as I continue to mature in the hifi hobby. My advice to everyone is to own stuff a little long and listen a little closer before making changes.
Recently some tube and solid state gear has been doing battle in my listening room; two titans, Bryston and Audio Research, facing off. What I have learned is there's no right or wrong. They both rock. I'm also doing another shootout with a tube preamp and SS preamp head to head, also from the same manufacturers.
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What's your process for replacing a component? What if you buy something new and don't like it after comparing? Are you able to return the new purchase?
I'm still quite interested in pursuing a low watt set up at some point; any new & or additional takes on it?
Thanks in advance!
One thing that really annoys me are the super uptight snobbish dealers that can be almost disrespectful to potential shoppers that fall outside of their preconceived notions of "what" their customer should be - big tymers. Often times that type of dealer all but alienate the overwhelming majority of buyers by offering almost entirely the most esoteric upper echelons brands. They're too caught up in selling an image and bling.
I'm going to get a new digital front-end soon but can't decide on a DAC or CDP
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Just got a new desktop setup for my desk at work. I would have put the receiver on a side table, but it helps line up the screen on my macbook with the bigger display. My friend gave me his dad's old Sansui 1000x, so I spent a few hours this weekend taking it apart and de-oxiting everything and cleaning the innards (it has obviously been stored long-term in a garage), plus giving the finish on the wooden cabinet a little TLC. This receiver really makes the Minimus 7's sound nice. I previously had them plugged into a Yamaha BPC receiver and they sounded gutless. I can now see why these speakers are held in such high regard for what they are.
The desk BTW is an old battleship grey Steelcase desk from probably the 60's or so. I saved it from being sent to University surplus.
Question: Does anyone use studio monitors for listening (as opposed to engineering / mixing)? I've been wanting to buy the 5" JBLs for a while now to use alongside Logic, but if they're good for general playback as well, that might seal the deal. Since they're nearfield monitors, would they not sound good / fill up a small room?