Sony MDS-JE530


Name MDS-JE530
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1999/06
Device type deck
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 430x95x280mm
Weight 3.5kg
ATRAC ver Type-R
Power cable AC
Price (launch) $300
Inputs RCA in, Digital optical (TOSLINK)
Outputs 1/4 inch headphone, RCA out, Digital optical (TOSLINK), Digital coaxial
Control 3.5mm control

Features: ATRAC1 Type-R (IC: CXD2656R), 24 bit ADC (hybrid pulse) and DAC, digital recording level control (with fade in and fade out), 6 second time machine, Two-line display, pitch control. Control A1-II connectors (S-Link). Remote RM-D7M is smaller and with fewer buttons than previous JE5xx units, requiring multiple presses to enter a single character. Stereo/mono rec switch. Settable output level. FADER key on front panel and on remote. TOC-cloning possible.

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

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

Successor to the popular MDS-JE520 in the same case design with similar features. Upgrades to ATRAC1 Type-R and adds a pitch control function.

Notes: NO date/time stamp recording.

IR Remote: RM-D47M

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Very solid deck. No known mechanical weaknesses.

Drive: MDM5D (CXD2656AR). No belts.

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MDS-JE530 Front (UK)

MDS-JE530 Rear (UK)

MDS-JE530 Top (UK)


test86.10.54.208, 2022/05/08 20:22
This is the home deck I have. I am happy with both the build and sound quality. It’s still in frequent use. I make most of my recordings digitally (optical) sourced from lossless CDs in my Denon 520 CD player. I play back my minidiscs while out & about in my Sony MZ-R70 portable with the excellent Austrian Audio Hi-X15 headphones. None of my other portable audio sources can match this for sound quality, including iPhone 11 Pro, Sansa Clip, Linsoul XDUOO X2S. I am building a nice neat collection of minidiscs and am happy with them. 💽 😉
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