Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2000 08:56:29 -0600
From: "Walt Kienzle" <>
Subject: Re: What happened to AS2 & AS3?

Thank you Rob, I couldn't have said it better myself! I agree that I would have to make a critical side by side comparison between MiniDisc and CD to find any difference. Keep in mind that the original conversation in the thread was about cassette tapes. MiniDisc sounds better than any analog consumer tape out there, has much better editing capabilities, and in some cases longer run times. It seems like we have a bunch of MiniDisc bashers that are using outdated arguments to make their case. Come on guys, find out what is happening now before you start badmouthing something based on information that is two years old. Walt Kienzle "Rob Malkin" <> wrote in message news:8tt2vg$ef$ > > **.** wrote in message <8tsuc5$c6g$>... > > > >"Walt Kienzle" <> wrote in message > >news:39ff785e$0$56656$ > >> CD-R's aren't a good comparison, since they can only be recorded once. > If > >> you could get CD-RWs for 50 cents and make them so they could be used in > >any > >> player, you would have my interest -- even though they still aren't as > >> versatile to use as a recording medium as a MiniDisc. > > > >Mini-Disc is just not a good recording medium though, the A-Trac > compression > >medium destroys the width and top end of the music and reduces bass relfex > >depth. Give me a deecnt CD-R any day > > > > > That hasn't been my experience. I'm a musician who listens critically to > recordings all the time because I transcribe arrangement for bands. I do > this through high quality headphones and my B&W Matrix 804 speakers. I love > mini-disc. I have a mini-disc unit as part of my home stereo, a portable > that I record rehearsals and gigs with, and a playback unit mounted in-dash > in my car. To me, mini-disc sounds comparable to CDs played in my Sony ES > series CD player (again, through the B&W speakers). I just took possession > of a new Saab 9-5 wagon and I'm trying to figure out the best way to get > mini-disc playback in it. > > The ATRAC compression method has improved a lot since the early 1990's when, > I believe, it was first introduced. My units are all from the last two or > three years and they sound great - at least to me. > > But mini-disc's biggest advantage isn't when you compare it to CD, it's when > you compare it to what it was meant to replace - cassette. I used cassettes > for years before switching to mini-disc and I'll never go back. As a > recording medium (both live and from CD's) and for playback in the car I > think it fulfills it's promise admirably. I'm constantly changing the > sequence of my compilations, adding and removing tracks, etc. and I'm > getting digital sound quality from a medium that's handier and more rugged. > > - Rob Malkin > > > > > > >

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