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Old 06-01-2012, 12:24 PM
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Sony MDS-JB980.

How good or bad is the Sony MDS-JB980 minidisc deck ? I'm considering buying one.

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Old 06-01-2012, 01:14 PM
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I have both a JB930 and a 940, and in my opinion they are both great pieces of kit.
I can't say I know much about a 980 though!
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:14 PM
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I’m not an expert on the Mini Disk decks but I have had a JB930 for some months and it works GTEAT! and has the ATRAC DSP Type-R D/A converter which I have been told is very good.
Usually the higher numbers indicate better products so based on that I would think a JB980 would be a very good MD deck.
I got a super deal on my 930 from GW for about $37.00 and it seems to be in perfect condition. Didn’t get the remote with it though but I picked up a PS/2 keyboard (GW $2.00) and it plugs right into the front panel of the 930 and makes editing the MD’s real easy. I think you can control every function the deck can do from the keyboard also.

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Old 06-01-2012, 02:12 PM
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http://www.minidisc.org/part_Sony_MDS-JB980.html


HERE, IF YOU ARE DON'T ALREADY KNOW is a Link for NEARLY ALL OF THE MINIDISC "Owners Manuals" (home deck, portable, etc -FROM nearly every manufacturer.........though SHARP and SONY machines have the best sound in my opinion.................ALL DECKS & PORTABLES manufactured , MAY 1997 onward are OUTSTANDING IN TERMS OF SOUND QUALITY, even the most basic entry level models from SONY & SHARP ( the other makers' models, even more costly, Do Not equal the most basic SHARP + SONY in sound quality, in my opinion...............but if you don't care what I think, review the SPECS and old reviews, or better yet find actual units and let your own ears be the judge! The other maker's stuff will sound Fine. SHARP + SONY just did it better than everybody else!!! Each successive SHARP + SONY model beyond 1997 DID HAVE FURTHER REFINEMENT IN its (ATRAC) but Subjectivity (what you like) is more of the case as by MID 1997 , MD QUALITY was superb in sound quality, UNLIKE earlier, 1995 and earlier models where ONE IMMEDIATELY NOTICES a huge difference between a TOP OF THE LINE DECK from '95 and the lowly MDS-JE510 from mid 1997. No comparison, the JE-510 blows the earlier TOTL units away in SOUND QUALITY. (It was the progression of MD and ATRAC advances!!!)
The later cheap, JE-330 from '98 sounds slightly better than the JE-510 and nearly all 1997 and earlier TOTL units.
(NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE THOUGH, as things were that good)
The JE-330 is much more irritating though BECAUSE IT HAS NO HEADPHONE JACK, which I find useful for Live Recording, recording shows from TV, recording concerts from Utube/Woofganz via 1/8 stereo phones output of Laptop, usually thru an 10band Equalizer.
(USUALLY THE Late 1998 thru 2002 MD DECKS from SHARP & SONY are the absolute best in SOUND, better than current Tascams in my opinion!!)
The late 1998 production SHARP MD-R3 MD DECK (cd changer/MD Deck) has among the best ATRAC sound that I've ever heard, better any SONY units, but the SHARP MD-R3 is not nearly as User Friendly as SONY decks from a operational standpoint. S/N ratio in the MD-R3 > 100
Sharp portables are wonderfully user friendly and far superior to SONY portables, but in the case of home DECKS, SONY is superior in user friendly, though Sound Quality is Superb!

http://www.minidisc.org/part_Manuals.html


The old MD machines are out there for very little money, even for the most expensive TOTL models, compared to what they sold for new back during the 1997-2002 era. You could always go for it and if it isn't to your liking, try something else. Last bit of advice: you are wasting your time if you are seeking any machine that records on Lp2 or Lp4 just to have extended time capacity------One should record at normal, SP speed and forget about everything else, and that includes the very early extended Double Time using MONO on '97 and earlier decks.
Have fun with MD and party like its 1999!!!
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:39 PM
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Buy the deck if it's under $300 and in good shape. I've been looking for one for under that price for a long time with no luck.

My reasons: both coax and toslink ins/outs. Plus it has a USB hookup for a computer to use with Sonic Stage, great for faster than real-time LP mixes and titling tracks. Plus it has the last DSP (Type-S) that Sony produced which I think makes a slight difference for LP playback.

If I remember correctly the general opinion on sound quality among those in the know rate it firmly in the middle of Sony's pack.

Let me know if you buy it and how it sounds!
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:26 PM
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I have both a jb980 and jb940 and I am looking for a second jb980 as backup.

The 980 has better editing facilities than the 940.
When you do a track divide you can fast forward and rewind with the divide option selected on the 940 you just have to do it straight off.

Miles more convienent for my radio recordings at lp4.

The 980 is a mid range machine which costed £300 in the uk.

Its my most used machine, Recommended
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:29 PM
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trotter3: try using the track skip buttons while the machine is in rehearsal mode. I think that's how my 940 works...
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:51 AM
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Many thanks for the replies folks.

I can't make up my mind whether to buy it or not. It's silver and I much prefer black.

Geoff.

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Old 06-05-2012, 08:41 AM
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The Sony MDS-JB980 is an excellent mid-range deck and in fact better than most high-end decks of the previous years. The obvious reduction in weight when compared to it's direct predecessor, the MDS-JB940, is in the power transformer - a really very good quality Japanese made R-core in the 940 and only an average quality iron core type in the 980. Other differences are in the D/A converter section - current pulse type (a linear converter with 24bit quantization and a separate IC digital filter with 4 selectable algorithms) and a hybrid-pulse type (24bit converter with an integrated digital filter with a fixed algorithm), different input section - two xoaxial inputs and pne coaxial output on the 980 versus only one coaxial and no coaxial output on the 980, the 980 has a USB input for direct computer download.

Sonically, the 980 sounds slightly more refined due to it's digital filter. However, I would say that 940 wins in terms of analog recording due to more silent power supply.

These machines do seem to go for a lot more money than 930 for example. Apart from the obvious lack of MDLP feature on the 930, it is a better deck than the 940 and 980 due to better switching system in it's power supply. this translates t better digital recording than either the 940 and 980. They go for a lot less money it seems.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:28 PM
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trotter3: try using the track skip buttons while the machine is in rehearsal mode. I think that's how my 940 works...
Hmm the 980 and 940 button layout is the same.

I will have a fiddle in the next few days to see if it only works with the track skip buttons on the remote.
(there are none on the deck itself)

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Old 06-09-2012, 09:52 AM
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the track skip editing on the jb940 didnt work unfortunately :(

Looks like i will need to keep looking for a backup 980 then

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Old 06-09-2012, 10:02 PM
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I think I remember now:
When you are in rehesal mode use the ff/rwd button to selelct either minutes, seconds or frames, then use the track skip buttons to move the divide point. I know it can be done on the JB940, i just don't have it set up to test it.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:28 AM
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I think I remember now:
When you are in rehesal mode use the ff/rwd button to selelct either minutes, seconds or frames, then use the track skip buttons to move the divide point. I know it can be done on the JB940, i just don't have it set up to test it.
I have figured out what you mean.

In rehearsal mode you can advance by a number of frames for fine alteration.

It is a lot more convienient editing on the jb980 as you can advance back and forth by seconds.

anyhow at least we have figured out what you remembered
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I just got a MDS JB930 at my local Goodwill for 30 bucks. I am already in love with it, never having used MD before it is truly a new format for me, and I love it already. Picked up 16 NOS sealed MD 74 discs that were sitting right next to it for 10 bucks. The 930 seems to be a very highly thought of deck, the 980 I can't speak to, but cheap enough I would jump on it. MD, huh, who'd a thunk it.
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I'd say you will be well pleased with your 930, and for $30...wow!!!
Welcome to the MD fold krisjay!!!
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