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Re: OT: Sharp MD 702

thanks for the input Pierre, I researched the best I could and decided on 
the Sharp MD recorder. thanks for the tips...sounds like you got a lot of 
use out of your MD to me ...4 to 10 hours a day for a year...that's a 
where can I get the IBM mic.? thanks papadave55@hotmail.com      ps (maybe 
you should buy another)

>From: Pierre LIONNET <pierre.lionnet@eurospace.francenet.fr>
>Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
>To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
>Subject: OT: Sharp MD 702
>Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 11:20:47 +0200
>I have had a sharp MD portable recorder for a little over one year now...
>And I used it extensively, almost 4 to 10 hours a day on average for both
>recording and listening. I used to carry it along with me all the time to
>capture sounds and noises.
>It worked well, except you can really feel the difference between the
>recording and the original (the ATRAC compression is very hard with 
>sounds - it gets rid of 'em, as well as with scratches, hums and ambience
>noises) when you record sampled music. Actually I have the feeling that 
>recordings sound very polished compared to the original and this is only
>due to the ATRAC compression. Sounds like the very old fashioned DOLBY A 
>the low end tape recorders of the early eighties... without the flutter.
>Regarding recording from a microphone I had my best results (strangely
>enough) with the little microphone that was supplied with my IBM
>computer... don't ask why or how: crystal clear sound with no audible
>difference from the original. But then I used it only to record speech and
>ambient sounds (trains pasing by, cars in traffic jams etc.).
>As a whole I have been happy with the unit until the warranty expired
>(after 12 months) and 4 days (repeat FOUR DAYS) after it broke down...
>The unit is now useless, and *FUNNY* enough it CANNOT be repaired (at 
>not here in PARIS France) because the repairmen cannot run the routine
>TESTS on the unit which is not able anymore to support them. Indeed the
>problem is that the unit cannot access anymore the Table of Contents of
>whatever MD you slot in. Of course it will not be replaced (warranty
>Note that the unit was not dropped, nor exposed to excessive heat or
>I may have been unlucky, but I believe others may face the same problem, 
>Also you HAVE to know that you cannot always EDIT (and sometimes not even
>REPRODUCE) the music recorded on a MD by a given model with another 
>My next buy wil be a CD recorder instead, I am also fed up with the price
>of blank MDs (an average 25-30 French francs where a blank CD is less than
>10 Francs). But what am I gonna do with my MD collection?
>Good Bye
>PiR - FreezerMan

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