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Sony MDS-JB930

Stereo Minidisc Recorder (1999)

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Sony MDS-JB930

Specifications

Type: Minidisc Player/Recorder

Track System: 2-channel stereo

Optical Pickup: KMS-260B/J1N

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz

Frequency Response: 5Hz to 20kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB

Analogue Inputs: 125mV (line)

Analogue Outputs: 2.0V (line)

Digital Inputs: coaxial, optical

Digital Outputs: coaxial, optical

Dimensions: 430 x 110 x 287mm

Weight: 5.2kg

Accessories: RM-D33M remote control

Year: 1999

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Reviewed Dec 21st, 2017 by tjs129

I bought this primarily for use as a DAC - Sony Minidisc players can be used this way by pressing record with no disc inserted.
In this regard the deck is excellent, and clearly outclassed a CDP-X222ES that I compared in the same system. The sound is probably the equal of some of the lower end ES CD players, and for that reason it can be recommended since it represents a low cost alternative as a DAC with the added bonus of a Minidisc recorder.
I've only really recorded via digital, which I would expect to yield very similar results to almost anything else. Playback of Minidisc recordings is very good, though obviously compressed by dint of the format.
Don't be put off by the weight of these units - Sony use a special type of power transformer that is lighter than a traditional transformer but is a trickle down from ES models as opposed to a cost saving measure.
The faceplate is plastic, but overall build quality is typical late 90s Sony; that is to say, not as good as early 90s Sony but much better than almost anything since!

 

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