From: Eric Woudenberg 
To: md-l@nstn.ca
Subject: Should I buy an MZ-R2 for $220?
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 1995 08:14:45 +0900

Hi,

Sorry to bother.

A guy in my office has offered to sell me his MZ-R2 for $220, this seems like a good price, no? It's in good condition and all, but as much as I love the technology, I keep wondering if it really makes sense to get an MD machine.

A few simple questions:

What's the best media price these days, here in Japan I don't see anything lower than about $10 for a 60 minute disc. If the media price doesn't come down, it's really not very cost effective (vs CD for $15).

What's the deal with the minidisc data drive? Is it out? Can I use it to digitally copy music MD's? (MD datadrive->hard disk->MD datadrive)?

Finally, is there a FAQ someplace?

Thanks for your time.

Regards,
Rick Woudenberg


From: Michael Schuster 
Subject: Re: Should I buy an MZ-R2 for $220?
To: md-l@nstn.ca
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 1995 20:07:18 -0400 (EDT)

> A guy in my office has offered to sell me his MZ-R2 for $220, this
> seems like a good price, no? It's in good condition and all, but as
> much as I love the technology, I keep wondering if it really makes
> sense to get an MD machine.

If you're sold on the convenience and decent audio quality for a portable, it makes sense. The MZ-R2 is probably the most solid and field-tested portable to date.

> What's the best media price these days, here in Japan I don't see
> anything lower than about $10 for a 60 minute disc. If the media price
> doesn't come down, it's really not very cost effective (vs CD for
> $15).

My friend in Japan says prices are usually lower there than in the US. During sales and promotions he has seen 74's going for well less than $10! He keeps offering to send me blanks, but somehow that didn't seem to make sense.

> What's the deal with the minidisc data drive? Is it out? Can I use it
> to digitally copy music MD's? (MD datadrive->hard disk->MD datadrive)?

It's out. It's slow. It will NOT write music MD's regardless of source.

> Finally, is there a FAQ someplace?

Yes, but I forgot where ... somewhere is the bowels of nstn.ca....


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