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Sony MDS-JE440

MiniDisc player/recorder

Item # 156MDSE440

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Overview

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MD joys abound in the MDS-JE440! It delivers Sony quality plus a host of MiniDisc conveniences for a very reasonable price. It's got the stuff MD fans crave: crystal-clear recording from any digital or analog source; extensive disc/song titling (up to 1700 characters per MD); and powerful editing options (instant erase, move, divide, combine).

MD joys abound in the MDS-JE440! It delivers Sony quality plus a host of MiniDisc conveniences for a very reasonable price. It's got the stuff MD fans crave: crystal-clear recording from any digital or analog source; extensive disc/song titling (up to 1700 characters per MD); and powerful editing options (instant erase, move, divide, combine).

For glitch-free radio recordings, the time-shift record feature captures audio 6 seconds before you hit the Record button. The multi-function jog dial make selecting and using any feature easy. You even get MDLP, or long time recording, which increases compression for 2 to 4 times the standard recording time with each blank MD!

Details:

  • disc/track titling
  • digital record level control
  • MDLP long time recording
  • optical digital input
  • analog in/out
  • remote control
  • 24-bit A/D converter
  • sample rate converter
  • Hybrid Pulse D/A converter
  • frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio 96 dB
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-3/4"H x 12-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year

What's in the Box:

  • Minidisc player/recorder
  • RM-D47M wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 22" Toslink cord
  • 2 Pairs of 3' RCA patch cords
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty card
  • Safeguards
  • Owner Registration Card
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Features

Digital Signal Processing: The player uses ATRAC type "R".

Jog dial: The player has a jog dial which, besides being used to access tracks and titling is also used for accessing a set up and edit menu to select many of the recording/playback options.

Hybrid pulse D/A converter: This places the converter and digital filter on the same IC to reduce signal leads and minimize interference.

A/D Converter: This unit uses a 24-bit A/D converter.

Shock protection: A shock resistant buffer holds up to six seconds of music for shock protection and Time Machine recording.

Recording level: In addition to the standard analog level, this unit also allows you to set digital recording levels for better control over your digital recordings.

Peak hold: This function freezes the level meter display at the highest level reached by the input signal.

Track numbers: The track numbers may be set manually or automatically. When recording from an analog source, auto track marking is based on the signal dropping to a specified level for 1.5 seconds or longer. The level can be set from -72 to 0 dB in 2dB steps.

Smart Space: Long silent spaces will be replaced with a 3 second blank. This feature may be turned on/off and you must be using the digital input.

Auto Cut: When the source is connected through the digital input, if no sound is input for 30 seconds it will replace the silence with 3 seconds of silence and place the unit into record pause.

Time machine recording: The last 6 seconds of data is stored in buffer so you can start recording 6 seconds before you actually engage the record function.

Recording: You can record in both stereo and mono. Mono recording doubles the recording time.

Long Play Recording: In addition to normal stereo recording, this unit has two long time recording modes; LP2 and LP4. When recording in LP2 Stereo mode, you can record two times the normal recording time. When recording in LP4 Stereo mode, you can record four times the normal recording time.

Updating: After recording, editing, or changing the table of contents the MD is only updated when power is turned off on the front panel or the disc is ejected. An interruption of power through the AC cord will cause everything that was changed since the last updating occurred to be lost.

Name erase: This function allows you to erase all titles on a disc simultaneously or you can erase them one by one.

Undo: This function cancels the last edit and restores the MD to the way it was prior to edit.

Automatic conversion of digital sampling rates: This allows you to convert 32 and 48kHz to the 44.1 kHz sampling rate of MD, so you can record from DSS with digital out or DAT/DCC.

Sleep function: You can select 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes or off.

Music synch: This allows you to synchro-record with any audio equipment.

Synchro buttons and CD buttons on remote: These buttons allow you to synchro-record with a Sony CD player.

Inputs and Outputs

Rear panel:

  • Analog in: RCA analog line in
  • Analog out: RCA analog line out
  • Digital in: Toslink digital input (covered by a plastic cap)

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