Re: where to buy mini discs (was: mini disc erase undo?)

From: Rob Danielson (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Mar 29 2006 - 00:25:33 PST

(Apologies, I made similar comments regarding HiMD a month ago.)

Hi Jeff--
The lower cost CF recorders don't seem to be putting up much
competition as yet. CF media is $50/GB compared to $5/GB for HiMD.
With $50 of Hi-MD disks, one can bring home 900+ minutes of 16/44.1K
at PCM mode. Need long takes? Use HiSP/ATRAC3+ mode which yields 7
hours and 50 minutes hours _per disk_ (ATRAC3+ > old SP quality).
Used to be we needed a fancy external mic preamp for the line input,
but Hi-MD can provide sterling noise/gain performance with a simple
portable phantom power unit on the mic input. "Naw!" you say,..
"Can't be!?" Email me and I'll send you some links to some
comparison tests. As best as I can tell, the HiMD mic pre's noise bed
is right at -123 dBu with 75dB gain. The Microtrack potentially has 8
bits more resolution but 21dB less gain and a noise bed of -103 dBu.
If you are recording ambience/location sound with the gain cranked,
you'll get less effective resolution with the Microtrack than the
HiMD. The MicroTrack's balanced line input I tested was surprisingly
noisy, so using your Schoeps pre and the line input in quiet settings
could be jeopardized as well. Best, Rob D.

At 8:11 PM -0600 3/28/06, Jeff Kreines wrote:
>On Mar 28, 2006, at 7:56 PM, Bill Seery wrote:
>>Apparently there's new life being breathed into the format
>I like MD, and have a couple of MD recorders -- which sound great
>with a Schoeps CMB-i preamp. But I suspect that tiny flash
>recorders like the Microtrak will end up winning this battle --
>small, pretty cheap, and capable of greater quality and longer
>recording time.
>Flash is the future... for image capture, too. (Film is still
>alive and well, unless you like reversal.)

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