Re: NTLK Off topic: minidisc (was MP3 decoding chip?)

From: David Nett (
Date: Tue Jul 18 2000 - 10:48:18 CDT

*why* would you get a minidisc player/recorder
when CDRs are just over $100 (and can be used for
other purposes), CDs are <$1 and portable CD
players are $60 (and you've probably already got
one)? I've never understood minidisc players.

> You know, if you're going to shell out the
> money for an external unit, you
> should do yourself a favor and buy an MD
> recorder instead. MiniDisc sounds
> better than any MP3, even those recorded at the
> highest bitrates
> (~320kbps). Media is cheap: ~$2.00 per many
> times reusable disc which can
> hold 74 minutes of music (80 minute MD blanks
> can be had for a little
> more), compared to upwards of $150 for the
> equivalent capacity in Compact
> Flash or Smartmedia. Portable recorders can be
> had for as little as $150
> (or as much as $300 for the newest and smallest
> units). And *any* audio
> source with a line out (or preferably an
> optical line out) can be used as a
> source.

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