Product Type: Sony MD players
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A very good example of what an MD deck can provide
Sony MDS JE520
Member Name: SimonMackay
Sony MDS JE520
Date: 05/09/01, updated on 05/09/01 (1487 review reads)
Advantages: Ease of use, Large clear display
Disadvantages: Not many disadvantages
I have regular access to a Sony MDS-JE520 and have found it so EASY TO USE! Due to poor eyesight, I often find that small or dim displays are a pain to use. With this unit, the display is so bright and easy to see.
As for use of advanced functions, this deck makes them available in an easy-to-understand manner. If you use REPEAT or change PLAY MODE, the unit confirms each action by flashing up a brief message. This came in handy when I was at the church who owns this deck that I use. The unit was being used to play background music before the service and it was set to Shuffle-Play mode, but was acting as though it was "stuck" on a particular song. I drew attention to this problem and pointed out the REPEAT 1 indicator showing on the large display. They wanted it in "REPEAT ALL" mode, so I pressed the REPEAT key until REPEAT was on the display. The text display showed up "Repeat All".
If you do an editing job, the unit lets you know that it has been done by flashing "Complete!" at the end of the operation -- what user friendly design have we got here!
Program Play is so intuitive! Once you start programming your play-list, a line on the display will show the play-list as "Track Number->Track Number"; and as you rotate the AMS wheel to select a track for the playlist, the track name will appear briefly appear on the bottom line. This has made the job of programming song lists for the church easy to do; and makes for an easier learning curve for newer operators.
The remote control may be too large for some people to use, but I appreciate the fact that it works well as a titling keyboard when you title tracks or discs.
Other feathres that underpin its flexibility are the Auto Pause function which causes the deck to pause at the end of each track; and the Fader key which works during playback. These functions are a must-have for anyone using MiniDisc as part of "presentat
ion audio"; like dance-calling, church use, theatre use and the like. The machine will wait for you to start the music going
All in all, I think that this deck has set a benchmark for a very flexible, easy-to-use MiniDisc deck which is value for money.