Best choice mini disc recorder

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Des
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I used to have a Sharp MD recorder but it packed up eventually. It was quite good with a manual record setting as well as auto. I used it in place of a radio mic mainly because I could not afford radio mics.

I recently purchased a Sony 510 as a replacement. It says in the instructions that it has a mic input but on the outside of the player it only has a line input with no internal setting rating it up to a mic input.

Any good choices recommended please?
Must be small, have auto and manual setting for record and so on.

Thanks
Des

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John Willett at Home
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Stick with a Sharp.

They are also better than the Sony as they automatically find the next balnk spot when you go into record.

If you listen on a Sony and then record without doing "end search" it will erase the track you listened to.

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Des
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Thanks John for your reply.
I previously saw a note you posted recommending a Sharp DR420HS - is this still state of the MD art or should I be looking up market a little but still with Sharp? I certainly like the ability to alter the manual setting whilst rcording.

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John Willett
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I must admit I am getting a littly rusty on current MD models - they change them so often.

I just know that Sharp are consistantly the best for this sort of use.

I would suggest looking at the Sharp website.

John

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RayL
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John

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They are also better than the Sony as they automatically find the next balnk spot when you go into record.

If you listen on a Sony and then record without doing "end search" it will erase the track you listened to.

As a blanket statement the above has me puzzled.

As a regular user of minDisc machines I have yet to come across one that did not automatically use a blank spot when you went into record - and that includes Sony (which are the type that I use most regularly). Or is there a subtle message in the wording, that you are somehow going into record while in playback (ie without going through Stop) and in that condition it deletes the previous recording?

Did you have a particular Sony model in mind?

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John Willett
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Originally posted by RayL:
Did you have a particular Sony model in mind?

No - but it's a comment I have heard from several users of Sony.

Please put me right if I am wrong on this.

But what I heard was that if you record a track, go and listen to it, stop and then go into record to record something else it will overwrite the track you last listened to instead of going to the next blank spot.

Unless this was only a problem with earlier units that has been fixed on newer units.

The other thing with Sony and Sharp is that the Sharp has a manual recording level that you can change while recording - on a Sony you have to stop or pause to change level (unless this has been fixed???).

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BrianR
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I purchased a Sony a little while ago - and John is Half right.
It recorded over the previous recording when I tried it out.
Then I read the manual.
There are options for recording - and you have to select record at end to use it to record in the next blank area instead of over the top of the previous.
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John Disdle
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Sony MZ-R700.
You have to press End Search before Record, or be at the end of the last track, not to over record a previous track.
I don`t know if all minidisks are the same, but pressing record from a cold start produces all sorts of rumbles and groans.

Mark M
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I am using a Sharp DR410HS which I picked up really cheap at Richer Sounds. It works very well recording from line levels, but doesn't have a microphone input. I actually needed to use it with a mic the other day, and it was cheaper to buy a mic pre-amp than to upgrade to a MD with a mic input. So Des, this is not the model for you!
Unlike my previous Sony model I have not - so far - inadvertently overwritten any tracks. It's great to be able to adjust the levels while recording. Battery life very good.
However, am going to scrap it in favour of the iRiver IHP-140, which is an ipod type thing that records to .wav and has a mic, line, and optical inputs, a 40GB HDD, two way USB connections to computer, and all sorts of other bells and whistles. It's about £ 240.

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Des
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Thanks Mark, I think I'll stick with the 420 then, but as for your impending purchase - wooooof....

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tom hardwick
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One thing to look out for is to check that the mic input has a switchable limiter. It's all very well having manual level controls, but there's a huge audio difference between the bride saying I do and the audience singing Jerusalem.

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Sony MZ-R900 - has a non-volatile menu setting:

'record from here'
or
'record from end - i.e. next blank space'

I don't remember the factory default for this setting, but once you set to 'record from end' - well - it records from the end - even after power cycling. You don't need to do 'end search' before recording.

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