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Copying minidiscs

Saludos de la frontera!

I have a question for those of you with experience in MD recording:

Is it ABSOLUTELY crucial when making backup copies of MDs to record them
digitally via the optical output and input?  Is there noticeable audible
difference by going through the line outs of one MD machine into the line
ins of another MD machine?

I have experience with DATs, and can hear no difference between an original
DAT and the copy made via the line outs and line ins.  This must mean that
the D/A and A/D converters are good in the Sony DAT machines I use.  I
wondered if the (much cheaper) MD technology would be about the same.  One
can get a Sony MD deck for just under $200, but without optical output.  


Dr. Michael S. Yoder
Assistant Professor of Geography,
Coordinator of Urban Studies
Texas A&M International University
5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX  78041
Tel. (956) 326-2634; FAX (956) 326-2464