Sony MDS-JE500/MDS-S37

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Name MDS-JE500
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1996/06
Device type deck
Recorder Recorder
MDLP No
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 430 x 93 x 280.5mm
Weight 3.5kg
ATRAC ver 4
Battery No
Sidecar battery No
Voltage 100, 100-110
Power cable AC
Price (launch) $600
¥59 000
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Inputs RCA in, Digital optical (TOSLINK)
Outputs 1/4 inch headphone, RCA out, Digital optical (TOSLINK)
Control

20 bit, ATRAC 4 device. Shipped with RM-D8M remote, but can also use the RM-D10P remote commander.

TOC cloning not possible (machine automatically ejects disc when power applied).

The JE500 has gold plated input and output connectors and a 1/4“ headphone jack. The S37 has an audio bus connector for Pixy systems, and the RM-D10P can not be used when the audio bus connector is in use.

The German Stereo Magazine claims the converters are far from Sony's claim of 20 bit resolution, the 18 bit converters of the JA3 were much better (“a few grades”). The reason for this seems to be the bundling of ADC / DAC into one chip, whereas the JA3ES has separate AD and DA chips. They still claim it is excellent for most users, however.

Daniel Matos has a guide for entering and using keycheck mode to check all display segments, buttons, dials and toggle switches on the unit.

First device to use Sony's new 1 chip MD SoC.

(MDS-JE500) MD Mechanism: MDM-3A
Optical Block: KMS-260A/J1N
ATRAC IC: CXD2650R


Content adapted from: MDS-JE500 Minidisc.org page Atrac version confirmation harmony-central news

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