Sony MDS-W1


Name MDS-W1
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1998/05
Device type deck
Recorder Recorder
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 430 x 120 x 295mm
Weight 5.2Kg
ATRAC ver 4.5
Battery No
Sidecar battery No
Voltage 100
Power cable AC
Price (launch)
¥89 000
Inputs RCA in, Digital optical (TOSLINK), Digital coaxial
Outputs 1/4 inch headphone, RCA out, Digital optical (TOSLINK)

ATRAC 4.5 Double MD deck.

Simultaneous usage/recording is possible. Songs can easily be moved between discs and MD → MD copying is possible. All data (track names, disc titles) is also transferred.

Came with RM-D22M remote.

Think of this machine as two independent MD decks. Each MD drive has a complete set of controls, including AMS knob and buttons for edit/yes, display mode, source select, etc. The large (140 x 40) dot matrix display allows a small “GUI”-like interface that's reasonably well laid out and straightforward to read and use. All buttons and messages in English (manual was Japanese however). Regarding inter-disc move: Inter-disc move runs at 4 times realtime (a 60 minute disc can be moved in 15 minutes). There are two move modes, “whole disc” and “single track”. Whole disc mode moves all the tracks from one disc only onto a blank disc, defragmenting while moving. Single track mode moves a single track onto the end of the target disc, defragmenting while moving. The normal input sources available for each drive are: optical #1, optical #2, coax, analog, analog from other drive and digital from other drive (in this case digital means S/PDIF, observing SCMS limitations). Unit has pitch control (you must enter a menu to adjust it) and line out level control. Can do “relay” recording; if set, when recording comes within 10 minutes of the end of one disc it starts recording on the next one.

Content adapted from: Page, Audio Heritage Page (Japanese)

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