Product Type: Sharp portable MD players
Newest Review: ... low cost. At the moment, there seems a vast supply of discs still available at low cost to keep the format alive for a while yet. The ... more
Still a great piece of tech, even if its been overtaken by ipods etc!
Sharp MD MT888
Member Name: eddyfenton
Sharp MD MT888
Advantages: Outdated format, but still has its uses!
Disadvantages: Still has moving parts and uses discs!
The first question to consider is this; why would you still be looking to buy a mini-disc recorder / player?
Well, for me it is the recording function. I've been able to pick one of this model's up very cheaply on Ebay and buy a bunch of discs at very low cost.
At the moment, there seems a vast supply of discs still available at low cost to keep the format alive for a while yet.
The unit only needs one AA battery and that powers the thing for hours. The mini discs can record in high quality (comparable to CD) for about an hour, or be set to record lower quality for longer periods if that is what you need.
You can input a stereo source or a microphone (both 3.5mm jack plugs) and this is the feature I needed. I video various shows and wanted a way to record from the mixing desk. This allows me to do that with minimal connections. A single battery will keep it recording for hours at a time.
It also can be used to 'mic up' someone for an interview, using even a cheap lapel mic gives good results as the input is 'powered'.
You can then transfer what you've recorded to your computer in various ways for editing etc.
I don't really listen to music on my mini-disc, but the quality is excellent if you use a decent pair of headphones.
Summary: Mini Disc format is still alive and well and refusing to die!
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