Sony CD/MD Decks

Sony MXD-D400

Sony MXD-D400CD/MDLP deck
Intro: 06/2003
¥66,000, £230
In: line, optical. Out: line, optical, headphones.430w x 108h x 399dmm, 5.4kg


  • CD/MDLP deck (not a 5-CD changer, as Musician's Friend states)
  • ATRAC DSP Type-S (MDLP mode support)
  • 4X CD->MD dubbing (but realtime, analog dubbing for MP3-CDs->MD)
  • CD section supports MP3 CDs.
  • Digital/Analog REC level control
  • Group mode support
  • 6-second time machine recording
  • Music synchro recording, smart space
  • Program play, shuffle play, 3 repeat modes: 1 track, all tracks, A-B
  • Scale Factor edit
  • Pitch control (pitch increase not possible)
  • Timer recording/playback (with separately purchased AC timer)
  • Wireless remote (RM-D54J)
  • No music calendar, no Kanji display
  • Compatible with RM-D20 QWERTY keyboard remote
  • Availability: Japan, UK, USA


Specs: SNR & Dynamic Range > 96dB. Freq resp: 5hz-20khz +/-0.5dB. THD: < 0.005%. Hybrid Pulse DAC (192khz, 24bit), ADC (96khz, 24 bit)


User Manual: MXD-D400

Service Manual: MXD-D400

Sony MXD-D40

Sony MXD-D40CD/MD combo deck
Intro: 2/2001
IN: optical, coaxial, RCA
OUT: headphones, RCA
430 x 120 x 290 mm, 4.7kg


  • MDLP compatible. Sony ATRAC Type-R (ATRAC Type-R is used only during realtime SP mode dubbing, not for MDLP or high-speed SP mode dubbing).
  • 4X CD-to-MD dubbing speed in SP mode, 2X CD-to-MD dubbing in MDLP mode.
  • 6-second time-shift recording.
  • Scale Factor Edit for digital level adjustment of previously recorded tracks (SF Edit applies to SP mode tracks only).
  • connectable with PC Link Kit (PCLK-MN10A).
  • digital recording level control and memory function.
  • CD-TEXT support.
  • two-line fluorescent display simultaneously displays CD and MD information.
  • playback pitch control.


Specs: Hybrid-Pulse D/A converter, wide bit stream technology.


User Manuals: MXD-D40, MXD-D40

Service Manual: MXD-D40

Sony MXD-D4

Sony MXD-D4CD/MDLP combo deck
Intro: 12/2000
IN: RCA analog, optical digital
OUT: RCA analog


  • CD Player Integrated with MDLP Recorder.
  • ATRAC 4.5
  • Wide Bit Stream Technology.
  • 4x High Speed CD to MiniDisc Capability.
  • Scale Factor Edit.
  • Large Two-Line Fluorescent Display.
  • Playback Pitch Control.
  • 20-Bit Analog-to-Digital Converter.
  • Hybrid Pulse D/A Converter.
  • Sampling Rate Converter.
  • Jog Dial.
  • Off-Center Insulator Feet.
  • Digital Record Level Control.
  • Advanced Timeshift Recording.
  • CD Synchro Record.
  • Smart Space Recording.
  • Shuffle Play/Program Play.
  • Remote Commander® Remote Control

Note: The MXD-D4 is essentially an MDLP version of the MXD-D3 except for the following additional features: digital record level control, playback pitch control, Auto Cut, and Scale Factor Edit.


Specs: 18W power consumption, 5-20,000 Hz ±0.5 dB frequency response.


User Manual: MXD-D4

Service Manual: MXD-D4

Sony MXD-D5C

Sony MXD-D5CMD/5CD changer deck
Intro: 9/2000
MSRP ¥79,000
IN: line, optical, PS/2 keyboard
OUT: line, headphone
430x120x395mm, 6.5Kg


  • ATRAC with Type-R DSP (ATRAC IC: CXD-2662R)
  • 5 CD changer. MDLP recording modes
  • Scale Factor edit
  • Can record from CD to MD at 4X realtime in SP mode, or 2X realtime for MDLP recording (If a CD is not in good condition (e.g. scratched, dirty, warped, etc.) and a reading failure occurs the unit will try to record the track once again in the high speed mode. If the second try fails, it will revert to copying the CD at normal speed for the remainder of the CD). (ATRAC Type-R is only available when recording in realtime in non-LP modes from CD to MD)
  • Can display Kanji titled MDs
  • Unit is compatible with PCLK-MN10 PC connection kit
  • A PC keyboard can be connected for titling.



Specs: Dynamic range >97dB, Freq response: 5hz-20kHz +/- .5dB, THD <.005%. Hybrid pulse DAC.

User Manual: MXD-D5C

Service Manual: MXD-D5C

Sony MXD-D3

Sony MXD-D3CD/MD deck
Intro: 9/1999
Street: US$400
IN: line, optical. OUT: line, headphone17"W x 4-3/4"H x 12"D

Features: ATRAC 4.5. Unit will dub CD to MD at 4X realtime, slowing down for CDs it has difficulty reading. Dual CD and MD AMS (track selector) knobs. 20-bit A/D converter. Hybrid-pulse D/A. CD-text display and recording to MD. Digital and analog record level control, 6-second time-shift recording, mono recording capability, 25-track programming, random and repeat play, remote control with direct track access, MD playback pitch control, headphone jack has volume control. Warranty: 1 year in the US, 2 years in Europe.

Notes: The Sony manual says "With the following kinds of CDs, you may experience a reading failure or noise when recorded to an MD. CD's with adhesive labels, Irregularly shaped CD's (Heart shaped, Star shaped etc..), CD's with printed text concentrated on one side only, Old CD's, Scratched CD's, Dirty CD's, Warped CD's"

User Notes: One of the things I love about the MXD-D3 is the fact that it transfers CD-Text information to the MD when recording from CD, so you don't have to sit and title it all manually. However, it appears there are some SCMS-like rules for CD-Text also, and when using most burning software I get a 'TextProtect' error, meaning that the song can be copied but the text won't get to the MD. However, I've noticed a glitch that still allows the text to be transferred. When the unit is copying a CD, it puts the CD-Text title in a 'name buffer' on the MD side. Then the unit uses the buffer to insert the new information into the TOC. When it's copying a CD-Text disc with protected text, it still copies the name to this buffer, but then doesn't send the name to the TOC. I've found that while the unit is copying, if you wait until after the unit says 'textprotect' hit the AMS knob. Select 'name?' and then 'name in?'. The data is there! just hit 'yes' and it copies the name to the TOC. I know it's slightly more 'manual' than it should be, but it still beats titling manually. -Adam Sowers

Links: Sony's Japanese press release for the unit. Sony Europe announcement. Crutchfield's page for the unit. Wired News recommends the Sony MXD-D3 CD/MD deck among the gifts Santa never thought of (under ``cut the tape'', about halfway down the page). Tim Yocum has made a handsome review of the MXD-D3. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit. etown gives a lackluster review for this unit.

Specs: SNR: 98dB


User Manual: MXD-D3

Service Manuals: MXD-D3-b, MXD-D3

Sony MXD-D2

Sony MXD-D2CD/MD deck
Intro: 12/1998
MSRP ¥74,000
IN: line, optical, coax. OUT: line, optical, headphone.430 x 120 x 290mm, 5.2Kg

Features: Can be coupled to PC with PCLK-PX1 connecting kit to allow operation, editing and recording with PC based GUI editor (also allows Kanji and Hiragana input). (PCLK-PX1 kit is for connecting bookshelf systems and components with the Control-1 interface). Digital recording level control (+/- 12dB). Hybrid pulse D/A, 20 bit delta sigma A/D.

Links: Sony's Japanese announcement of the unit. Andy Cheng's review of this unit.

Specs: Freq. resp: 5-20kHz +/-0.5dB, Dynamic range: >97dB, SNR: > 96dB, THD: <0.005%


Sony MXD-D1

Sony MXD-D1Home CD/MD Deck
Intro: 9/1998
MSRP ¥77,000
in: line, MICx1. out: l ine, optical, headphone430 x 107 x 280 mm 4.5Kg, 24W

Features: Built-in CD player eases CD->MD copying. "REC-IT" button on remote, pushed while listening to CD, will seek to start of current CD track and record one track to MD, putting the MD unit in pause when finished. The unit's CD "loop mode" and MIC input can be used for making DJ type dance mixes. When playing a CD, the loop button on the remote will cause the next "phrase" of the song to be repeated, the looped phrase can be repeated up to 5 times. After the loop completes replay continues in one of two user selectable ways: as if the loop had been inserted in the song (normal mode), or as if the loop had overwritten the song (rhythm mode). Example:

	a|b|c|d|e|f|g|h		original
	a|b|b|b|b|b|c|d		normal (insert)
	a|b|b|b|b|b|g|h		rhythm
Built in one knob mixer can fade between: line input and CD, MIC and line, MIC and CD. ATRAC version 3(?). No sampling rate converter. "Wide Bit Stream". No mono recording. 6 second time machine. Smart space. Included remote: RM-D12M. Can be used with RM-D10P remote commander.

Specs: Freq resp: 5-20kHz +/-0.3dB, S/N: > 98dB (digital rec/play), > 90dB (analog rec/play), Dynamic Range: > 96dB (digital), > 90dB (analog), THD < .008% (digital), < .008% (analog), Wow/flutter: less than 0.001% W-Peak.

Links: Sony Canada page.


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