In a message dated 02/09/99 19:03:54 GMT Daylight Time, James.Lanpheer@cai.com writes: > that the "best" (highest quality of sound) option is to have TWO MD > recorders (i have one). Are there any other options that come VERY >CLOSE to > this one? the 702 doesn't have a digital out, .....so best option is to get a non-portable minidisc player with digital out (their cheaper than the portables) as (as far as I know) you can't get a portable with digital out. while you will be copying digitally, the copy still won't be exact in the same way that a DAT or CD-R would be, because your signal is going to be decompressed and then Re-compressed, so you should keep track of which disc is the original and make all copies from that. Andy Butler.....runs on..... <someone else said> <The ATRAC encoding is very sophisticated and uses multiple <strategies to make sure that most of the information lost <is information that you could never possibly hear. but when I recorded grasshoppers at the foot of a cliff they somehow got lost, although I could hear them through headphones while recording there was alot of other noise about (from the sea) so I guess the ATRAC couldn't handle it.