Sony MDS-J3000


Name MDS-J3000
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1996/10
Device type deck
Recorder Recorder
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 280x92.5x380mm
Weight 5.3Kg
ATRAC ver 4
Battery No
Sidecar battery No
Power cable AC
Price (launch)
¥77 000
Inputs RCA in, Digital optical (TOSLINK), Digital coaxial
Outputs 1/4 inch headphone, RCA out, Digital optical (TOSLINK)

Features: ATRAC 4 (IC: CXD2650R, same as JE500). Current Pulse DAC. Sampling rate converter. 2 second “time machine” function. A-B erase. Separate L/R recording level controls. R-Core transformer. Available also in black. Remote controller: RM-D10M. Optional keyboard like controller/titler: RM-D10P. Essentially the same unit as the MDS-JE700.

Part of the Series 3000 and less successful than the TA-F3000 or CDP-X3000, the MDS-J3000 was nevertheless part of the upper end of Sony's MiniDisc lineup with its 10mm aluminium front, pressed metal sides and R-Core transformer.

The 20Bit Wide BitStream is the star of the show, alongwith vanishingly low distortion. Basically the same d/a and a/d scheme as the contemporary MDS-JA50ES, bar the analogue-to-digital link to the ATRAC 4 which is performed with 24bit resolution on the latter and “only” 20bit on the J3000. Build-quality is also somewhat different :)

Also included is a convenient SRC (Sample Rate Converter) and Current Pulse d/a chips - plus the (optional) RM-D10P keyborad editor.

Frequency response : 5Hz…20Khz (± 0,3dB)
Dynamic range : 98dB (playback)
S/N ratio : 120dB (playback)
THD : 0,003% (playback)

Supplied remote : RM-D3000M
Optional remote : RM-10DP (keyboard / editor)

Model Name Using Similar Mechanism: MDS-JE500
MD Mechanism Type: MDM-3A
Optical Pick-up Type: KMS-260A/J1N

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