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post #46 of 261
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Ok, I have a MK1231GAL drive sitting in front of me ask I speak. According to the comparison I did this appears to be the same type & physical dimensions as the Hitachi drive that is in the Korg(I'm taking dazzer1975's word on this as he openned the Korg up to have a "look/see" at what's in there). The MK1231GAL is actually from my Ipod Classic(which I was very disappointingly "underwhelmend" by) so if I can use this drive, I don't see any great rush to replace it(until I decide to pass it on to my nephew who is not an "audio nut"). A couple questions before I jump into things. First(& I may be being paranoid here) did Apple do anything to these drives so that they are only Apple compatable. There's a little Apple symbol on the drive(or was this just a courtesy from Tosh.?) If it's a go after this, will I have to format the drive or will the Korg automatically do this? & the last question for "now" is "Am I correct in assuming that the side panels come off first & then I push in the release clip on the bottom edge of the Korg?" Thanks, guys get back to me so we can have "Korg MR-1 120g" up & running. Oh yeah , I recorded an Sacd to the Korg through the line in , it came out pretty well. Gotta run, time to go to work so I can pay for all these marvelous toys! Cheers! (I'm not a Brit,but this is a nice salutation)
post #47 of 261
Qusp, with DSD on your harddisk, you start looking for good dacs. Direct digital out from the player doesn't matter much. Wish you luck getting your Mr1.

Podtweaker, thanks. At least 4 ears hear the same. My advice would be, take the time with the VPI and try a new p-up perhaps, like a mid-price Lyra. Analog recording outperforms most digital, except very good-recorded SACD, in my setup, and what I hear among my friends.

Do you find that battery power makes for better playback from the Mr1? Can you give a link or specify the battery?

A larger disk is my own main concern. 32gb still seems too small. Having only 15 albums (or around 10 now, with 20gb) to play turns into a nuisance considering the usb makes changing an album into a "please wait four minutes" option.
post #48 of 261
Podcaster: Re: getting "Korg MR-1 120g up & running"
Great, you are doing earkind (did i say mankind?) a service. You can probably reset the device if things dont work (pinhole for reset is at the right side down from the volume buttons).
post #49 of 261
@ podtweaker:

Simply unscrew all 4 screws (2 on each side) remove the side panels and then the front and back of the machine simply seperate easily. From memory, if you face the screen downwards, the back should just lift off completely as there are no wires attached.

Take note on dissambly of the side panels as there is a copper grounding strip just floating free, when you reassemble you want to make sure you haven't trapped it and it is in the same position as when you first saw it when removing the side panels.

Other than that it is exceptionally straight forward with regards a zif ribbon folded under the small and light battery before it enters the hard drive, simply de-attach that and swap out the hdd.

the top slide buttons are fiddly as they just rest in the chanel but take note to observe the cut out on the bottom edge, the cut outs sit over really small black switches on the motherboard and is that which actuates the movement of the switch.

It all becomes apparent when you actually open it up and see for yourself... I always have difficulty either explaining clearly or visualising properly unless I have done it myself kind of thing.

qusp and podtweaker, keep us updated on your forays too, unless I can find a drive here (doubtful, although I may have a 20gb drive just to see if the ability to swap it out is straightforward enough) it will be a while before I splash out on a replacement.
post #50 of 261
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Alright, we have the case off the Korg. I can't figure out how the ribbon detaches from the drive! It's not the same attachment that was on the Tosh drive from the Ipod ( you guys don't mind if I curse a little bit ! Damn it!) I was really hoping to just detach the Hitachi drive & pop the other one in , but I'm not sure what is part of the drive & what is part of the ribbon . Anyone familiar w/ the Hitachi ZIF ribbon attachment? I hope one of you guys are around & have some suggestions. Damn, I thought I had this in hand!! I hope one of you can point me in the right direction . I really don't want to give up on this mod! Brainstorming is requested, Thanks! Steve.
post #51 of 261
pics are required
post #52 of 261
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pics are required
I was hoping that was't needed ,as a digital camera is probably the only tech item I don't have. I have a computer repair place near by maybe they can take a look at it (& hopefully they can even swap out the drive for the 120g Toshiba). When I'm able to get around to things I'll keep you posted. Thanks anyway(I guess I should put some money aside for a digital camera,so that I can document things)
post #53 of 261
Good news from the other side: the new Audiogate version (2.0.1) is able to burn dsd discs. Quite simple and reasonably fast - haven't tried the result yet. Doesn't remove the need for a bigger harddisk, but makes the player much more convenient. Must be one of the best values in audio today.
post #54 of 261
So, it sounds like a CF card is possible (I'd like to hear more about this) which means a different hd maybe possible (I hope...a 120gb drive would be sweet!!).

Now, is it possible to rip SACDs that you have using the Audiogate (or other) software? I'd love to be able to rip my SACD of Dark Side of the Moon and drop in into this player.

Thanks,
Jim
post #55 of 261
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Originally Posted by JDUBS View Post
So, it sounds like a CF card is possible (I'd like to hear more about this) which means a different hd maybe possible (I hope...a 120gb drive would be sweet!!).

Now, is it possible to rip SACDs that you have using the Audiogate (or other) software? I'd love to be able to rip my SACD of Dark Side of the Moon and drop in into this player.

Thanks,
Jim
I've checked out Audiogate & it appears to be more of an editing application tool for files you've recorded or placed on your computer. If you want to try putting a SACD on the Korg you will have to record the analog output of the disc being played to the line inputs of the Korg. Set the record format to DSF & record it to the Korg as you would normally make a manual recording from a source component to a recorder. Refering to the Korg user's manual helps a little. This is a roundabout way to have SACD on portable player ,but unless you have professional studio equipment I don't think you can transfer DSD to a player in the digital domain. I recorded a SACD to the Korg this way & it came out pretty well & used about 2& a half g of HDD space for a 64min SACD. Make sure you use your a/c adapter plugged into a/c whenever you record. If I've left anything out or given some incorrect info,someone feel free to correct me! I'm still trying to get some more info on the 120g HDD switch & will let everyone know when I've made any progress on that! Everyone, enjoy your Korgs! Later!
post #56 of 261
but if u use hard disk, you only have 2 to 3 hours playback time.......
post #57 of 261
without ext battery pack, or even perhaps upgraded battery, which with a little research I am sure could be found.
post #58 of 261
do you have the link for upgraded battery?

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Originally Posted by dazzer1975 View Post
without ext battery pack, or even perhaps upgraded battery, which with a little research I am sure could be found.
post #59 of 261
Podtweaker, did you solve the hd problem? Some pics & advice regarding ZIF connectors.
http://www.leog.net/fujp_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12497
post #60 of 261
Here is a forum that has pictures of replace original hard disk to CF card:

link
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