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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
i just got my new md sony 700 md recorder... i just been using the sony :color: series. 5 pack for $10 at target. just wondering if premium md blanks :gold: md blanks sounds better than the cheapo md blanks..... or its just marketing thing.

and also toslink (optical cables) do brand-names cables (monster cable/ AR) sounds better than genric (rat shack brand)? or again just marketing thing.
post #2 of 15
panoz777-
my research on the net indicates that the premium minidiscs have a lower error/failure rate, not better sound.

some of the higher end optical cables use a polished lens, which is supposed to transmit data better. i haven't compared cheap vs. expensive myself.

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post #3 of 15
Don't bother with "premium" MDs. Unlike CDRs, where the substrate can be of higher or lower quality, the internals of MDs are virtually identical. Save your money and buy Hi-Space

(>100 Hi-Space now and still have yet to see a single error or defect)
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
my research on the net indicates that the premium minidiscs have a lower error/failure rate, not better sound
it will have lower audio error? therefore sounds better then

cuz most premium md have metal/alumiun (sp?) shell.... while cheapo md have plastic outside-shell.... thats probally why there so expensive.

btw, i read that md can i recordered over 1,000,000 times (thats pretty amazing). but before 1.000.000 times, does it degrade over time? when do i know when its time to replace and get a new md blank


IMO, bout the toslink/optical cables... arnt digital=digital? diff. cables will deliver the same info. of (1's and 0's) therefore sounds similar (or even the same)....with or without polished lens?


thx for helping me guys/gals
post #5 of 15
Quote:
it will have lower audio error? therefore sounds better then
Not really. It may skip less or last longer.

I have to laugh at one of the UK Audio Mags (Hi-Fi Choice perhaps?) where they compare different brands of MDs and say (for example) one "has tighter bass and a more relaxed midrange" or "more extended highs but a rather woolly bass".

LOL!
post #6 of 15
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it will have lower audio error? therefore sounds better then
rather than sample errors, it means things like the table of contents can get screwed up, which can render a md unusable. i really doubt there is any sonic differences, like there is between analog tape types.
post #7 of 15
I've never noticed any difference between the cheap md blanks and the gold ones in terms of sound quality. However, I once bought some cheap ones that both my md recorders (an MZ-R55 and a DHC-MD555) wouldn't record on. You'd record something and then try to play it back - it would work for about 10 seconds and then start skipping and cutting out. Other than that, all the other ones I've used have sounded the same to me. Since then I've been getting the inexpensive name brand discs and haven't had any problems.

Andrew
post #8 of 15
I like the Maxell Gold MD the best. I think there is a difference when I've compared them to cheaper brands. I have not had a single one fail either which has happened with other less expensive brands.
post #9 of 15
I use TDKs. no problems or errors encountered yet, they come in funky colors and some have cool pictures on em () and they're not Sony. the colors are the most important feature tho
post #10 of 15
I have around 100 HiSpace and 50 Sony Premium (not Gold). Never had a problem with a any of them in more than 7 months.

No sound difference either.

P.
post #11 of 15
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Originally posted by panoz777
btw, i read that md can i recordered over 1,000,000 times (thats pretty amazing). but before 1.000.000 times, does it degrade over time? when do i know when its time to replace and get a new md blank
No! it'll sound the same no matter what, i still have MD's from Spring 99 and still sound perfect.

George
post #12 of 15
ya no big difference in quality between MD's.

I use some coloured sony's and Gold Maxells. I prefer the gold maxells because they have a cool looking smoke colour to them. Plus they come with a different mini label that other MD's don't come with, its about 1/3 the size of the on disk MD labels.
post #13 of 15
Depends on what you mean by 'gold'. Maxell Gold 74's are SILVER colored, but the window is gold colored. A bit deceptive.
In fact, an untruth.

I had a lot of dropouts with some Sony's and many Maxell's.
I have been using MD for 2 or 3 years now. Now I just use TDK blanks, with no problems yet. I also get Memorex.

As far as the quality of sound, I can hear no difference between disc brands. But then, I have never compared any. You will hear much more differences between equipment brands and encoding/decoding software/firmware, and equipment models (of the same brand).

As far as official on line reviewers go, or magazine reviewers, well, have you ever heard or read a reviewer trash a product????
Not likely.

Your sound source and analog cabling are much more important than your disc brand.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
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and also toslink (optical cables) do brand-names cables (monster cable/ AR) sounds better than genric (rat shack brand)? or again just marketing thing.
what brand or model do u recommened? for under $50
post #15 of 15
I get drop outs on my older md's, i think it may have to do with not putting them back in their cases

George
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