Sony MDS-JE520


Name MDS-JE520
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1998/07
Device type deck
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 430 x 95 x 280mm
Weight 3.5kg
ATRAC ver 4.5
Power cable AC
Price (launch) $360
¥54 000
Inputs RCA in, Digital optical (TOSLINK), Digital coaxial
Outputs 1/4 inch headphone, RCA out, Digital optical (TOSLINK)

Features: ATRAC1 4.5 (IC: CXD2654R), hybrid pulse DAC, 20 bit delta-sigma ADC, digital recording level control (with fade in and fade out), 6 second time machine recording. Two-line text display on front panel provides increased track and title information over previous Sony decks. Larger level meters than previous JE5x0 units. 15 element music calendar (vs. 25 in previous JE5x0 units). Editing can be performed from the remote (not possible with previous JE5x0 units). User settable LEVEL SYNC threshold (i.e. silence threshold for track-marking). TOC Cloning possible. Remote: RM-D15M. Unit does not spin the disc in record-pause mode (as the JE500 and JE510 do).

Midlevel Sony Deck, Optical and Coax digital output as well as RCA, and Optical and RCA input. 6.35mm Headphone jack with volume control.

Very popular and robust deck with good features. No known mechanical niggles.

AutoPause function useful for live audio use (theatre, radio).

IR Remote: RM-D15M

Drive: MDM-5A

Content adapted from: Sony Press Release

MDS-JE520 page Sound-on-Sound (SOS) Review


Very solid deck. No known mechanical weaknesses.

Drive: MDM5A (CXD2654). No belts.

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