Basically I have a portable CD and love it but as you know they skip. I want something I can run with. I’ve been told mini CDs have like 40 seconds anti-skip and you can use them to record your CDs without sound quality loss and it is hard (though not impossible) for them to skip.
Most have a ten second buffer. If you plan to run with it, the 40 second model would be better, but I’ve dropped my ten second model, and it never skipped at all. Shaking it however, produced a little flutter.
Try your own test before buying, and I do mean clip it on your waistband and jump up and down. No way to be sure but a real test.
They do use a compression scheme called ATRAC, so there may be a slight difference in quality, but I don’t think you can really hear it with a musical source. At any rate, the sound quality is excellent.
But what kind of CD player must I have to record to these mini CDs. I had one saleslady tell me I could record from my Panasonic portable to the mini cd player. I don’t see how. But anyhow. Before I invest what player do I need to buy?
All I have now is my portable. I can buy a mini cd that records and plays back? Is this right?
If you get one that records, you can simply run a connecting cord from the line outputs of your cd player, to the line inputs of the mini-deck.
Generally this will be the headphone out of the cd, to the line in of the mini.
Usually, 1/8" stereo, male, both ends, will be correct. Set the mini to record, set the input level, start the mini, start the cd. Let it run till done, and that’s all there is to do.
Most mini-disc recorders also feature editing features, that let you name discs, titles, etc, and most also feature optical digital inputs for making dubs from larger home cd decks.
Either way, the sound quality is excellent, they’re small and portable, the discs can be re-recorded. Disc prices have come down to the point where you can get 10 for about $20.
About the price of a good quality cassette.
I have three mini-disc recorders, and the portable, a Sharp 702, is more sophisticated than the Sony that I use to dub cd’s from. 24bit state of the art. The coolest thing is that the player and ten discs fit in a small drawstring bag.
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(Oh yeah, and shop around, new models and pricing come out often.)