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Looking for a new unit

Any idea where i can purchase a new unit?
seems like they are a rare find and both my
home decks are on the way out.thanks!!

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I think that richer sounds may still have some I bought a je480 with a cheap 3 YEAR WARRANTY with cashback option if you don't claim, in Edinburgh £130 all in.

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Recorded mini discs no sound on playback

They should both have the same standard format, but my best guess is you may have recorded one MD in one of the sony longer formats which the Tecnics can't read. The normal MD Decks may not have the old sony extended paly format and even some of the Sony high end decks don't have all of the formats. Sony tried several says to give more recording timje on a disc before migrating to the HiMN standard as an example.

Mar 14, 2014 | Audio Players & Recorders

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Read error

The deck cannot read what is on the disc - probable causes are dirty head in deck, dirty disc, worn out head on an old unit. I'd check the disc looking for dust or scratches from a crash with the head, if messed up try another one. Try dusting off the head with a blast of compressed air or a q tip but be very careful they are delicate.

It may be the deck is worn out, many of these decks are very old...

Nov 26, 2013 | Sony MDS-JE480 Mini Disc Player

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My pioneer deck wont turn on after I turned the bass up.

you may have blown a fuse open it up carefully with the unit unplugged and look at the fuses and see if any are discolored or look broken.

Sep 19, 2013 | Pioneer Deh150mp Cd/Mp3 Car Receiver...

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MXD-D4 remote does not work

These units are often on ebay for cheap, there are several nearly identical CD->MD Recorders made by Sony, there is even a somewhat rare 5CD->MD Recorder deck.
I see these all of the time on eBay, prices vary with the seller and condition I think about $40 on the low end and up to a lot if one is mint. I recently got the 5CD>MD Deck for $25 at Goodwill since they did not know what they had. The remote control for that one is rare but also turned up a month or two later at another resale shop.
The D40 is a good unit to have since it clones CD>MD easily.

May 30, 2013 | Sony MXD-D40 Mini Disc Player

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MD Decks are now orphans, Sony just dropped the last of them stopping making of Hi-MD (1GB Discs) last fall.
Those rare 1GB discs are for the 45 hour recording portables were going for up $50 each on eBay like hotcakes as a result. I use an old program Sonic Stage in this old Vista Machine, but unless your system has some sort of pathway to handle older software programs I think you have gone beyond anything written for a modern interface.
I'd suggest you record and edit what you have the old way on the deck and then save or record the output into your microphone jack to get it on your system, then edit it further. I'm old school and better at editing it with a remote on the deck than with the computer. In the end it sounds the same if I rip it later or make a CD or whatever.
I personally use my MD deck to record whatever I like and edit it the old way since the MD allows me to edit it as I please.

Apr 29, 2013 | Sony Audio Players & Recorders

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No output to rear jacks

It's hard to do this long distance, but I have a feeling the problem is with your disc or your laser, not your connections. A distant third possibility is the deck's transport.

First, plug the deck into an amp, and make sure you have connected it to the right place. (It is very easy to get tripped up by tape inputs and tape monitors.)

I suspect that you accidentally erased the disc. So let's check. Play an MD that you are SURE has something on it and see if anything at all is coming through the amp and speakers. Be sure to look at the display to see if the disc is actually playing a track.

Then try recording something on the disc you have. Be sure to enable the disc to record. The little white tab on the bottom left has to be closed. If it is open the disc will not record. Make sure it is all the way closed, too. Do this by opening it and then closing it with a thumbnail or small screwdriver.

When you record, see if the record meter shows that something is actually going into your deck.

You should also see if the metal protective tab is still there (front right center), and try to jiggle it to see that it is not stuck. Don't force it - just jiggle it. Memorex discs are famous for having that part fail. That part has to slide down for your disc to play or record. This will make a lot more sense if you take the lid off your deck and watch the mechanism work.

1) Be sure there is something on your disc.
2) With the lid off see if the disc is actually turning.
3) Look at the display to see if it tells you that the disc is playing.
4) In case you erased your disc, try recording something on it or on a different disc). Check the display as it does so, and look at the transport to see if anything is turning.

If nothing is turning or moving, it MAY be dirt or it may be grease where grease shouldn't be or no grease where grease should be. That is unlikely, but check it out. What do you have to lose?

If everything is moving but nothing records and nothing plays back, your laser is dead. And they are not cheap. Fortunately, there are a gazillion MD decks on eBay.

When all else fails, read the operating instructions -

Dec 14, 2011 | Sony MDS-JE330 Mini Disc Player

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Our mds-je440 is not ejecting the disc, it's not coming up far enough to eject it

Your loader is probably worn out, or you jammed a disc into it. Take off the cover, then take off the loader mechanism internal cover to remove the disc.
I paid $250+ to get a loader rapaired professionally on a JA3ES and the repair did not last, I migrated to units with loader trays like the 20ES and the rare 50ES.
Probably the best thing to do is to get another similar deck since the prices have fallen on most of these units, they are readibly available with anything you could need for minidiscs on ebay. The decks are more popular in Europe and Japan than in the USA.
I recently had to buy a loader belt for a stuck loader tray on my 20ES, it will only work with the right sony band, your unit has no bands, so when the loader is bad you need to replace the entire loader mechanism.
Most MD parts are available on eBay Germany, most sellers routinely ship to the USA.

Aug 11, 2011 | Sony MDS-JE440 Mini Disc Player

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Din unlock? how do i get rid of it ?

Several problems here,
Overall the deck is not getting a signal from the input, so you need your input selector set to one which is active...
However, in some cases a copyguard system will prevent your recording from a second generation digital copy and depending on your deck give the DIN unlock statement.
In other rare instances the deck cannot handle the conversion rate from a DAT, in others if your are trying to record from a Dolby Surround sound source on an optical input, the older MD deck cannot decode Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 even when it is getting the digital signal, in that instance you need to get a digital convesion box on ebay which kicks down the 5.1 or 7.1 dolby to something the older MD deck can understand even though it is getting the optical signal.
I hope I addressed all of the options...

Jun 27, 2011 | Sony MDS-JE520 Mini Disc Player

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Strange recording problem - no diagnostic messages

Sounds like the servo is shot on the deck that moves the laser. MDS JE520 is a nice early deck 1998-1999 vintage, so it's had a great run and I'd look for another on eBay or at a "hamfest" swap & shop for parts.

Mar 26, 2010 | Sony MDS-JE520 Mini Disc Player

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MDS-JE 520

what the problem sounds like is that your power button on ur main deck is broken or its in a standby mode activated by the remote. like some new dvd players that have the click in power button on the front u can turn them off by remote saving having to turn on the whole unit again from the main to use it.

Oct 04, 2007 | Sony MDS-JE520 Mini Disc Player

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