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First Look: Macpower M9-Mini Pod [Updated]
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How would I know that! I have a small kid. If its not powerrangers or happining at chuckie cheese then i'm clueless.

I really thought that these things were dead. At least to the home user. Why not scratch digital? Pioneer makes a reall cool mp3 scratcher.

Record players...humm I guess I should have kept that Olivia Newton John record.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vinyl rules! A good turntable has a sound that's softer and livelier compared to digital.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, Blazer, you don't scratch?

Scratching digitally doesn't provide the same tactil3 feel that using a real table does. Or at least that's what I've heard, I haven't actually gotten into scratching yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a DJ. I'm into the Beatles, Stones, Floyd, and Clapton. The only two things I scratch are my feet and ass! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:40 pm    Post subject: Missed the price by $10.00 Reply with quote

$9.97 over my estimate, to be precise. And not a palindrome!

I wish the $50-$70 guys had been right, but wot the heck, that's better than ninjamini's $130-$150!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't there another manufacture that's going to make an enclosure for the mini sans the drive for 69.95?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 4:50 pm    Post subject: Another manufacturer? Reply with quote

I only know of the three, this one, the MiniPartner, and the MiniMate.

The MiniPartner is comparably priced with an 80GB drive. The MiniMate is about $20 more.

I think there's a fourth USB-only one, but who cares about that?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I care about it!

^ Just to stir up trouble.

So the $80 MiniMate is $100? That's not a bad deal. I really do with the M9 was cheaper; $79.99 makes it a lot more appealing considering the lack of a drive.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:16 pm    Post subject: OK you turntable detractors... Reply with quote

It's not just for DJs, though that's probably the most mainstream use. Heck, I use to DJ w/ friends over 20 years ago w/ SL1200's and Numarks.

Nope, this is strictly for audiophile quality sound. Note the tube amp to the left of the center channel. No MP3 file can match the warmth of vinyl w/ a tube amp. Digital is clean, yes, but not necessarily the best sounding.

Dissing 8 track? Were you alive when it was around? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Another manufacturer? Reply with quote

resuna wrote:
I only know of the three, this one, the MiniPartner, and the MiniMate.

The MiniPartner is comparably priced with an 80GB drive. The MiniMate is about $20 more.

I think there's a fourth USB-only one, but who cares about that?


You're right. There's a USB 2.0 drive coming out from ADSTech. I don't see a product page on their site???? I wouldn't want a USB drive anyways.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susurrus wrote:
So the $80 MiniMate is $100?


No, the MiniMate is $20 more than the MiniStack with a comparable drive in it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't want to rain on everybody's parade, but $100 bucks ($107 with shipping) for a plastic enclosure is a rip off. I had my hopes up for this one! Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xmen65 wrote:
I don't want to rain on everybody's parade, but $100 bucks ($107 with shipping) for a plastic enclosure is a rip off. I had my hopes up for this one! Sad

I don't care what it's made of, I care how it works.

It's only $10.00 more than getting each of the individual bits from Fry's would cost. And that would still leave you with a plastic enclosure. That's not bad, for something that also powers up and down with the Mac and fits precisely underneath it and has an Oxford 911 chipset. And it seems to do a better job than the one with the aluminum enclose, based on a previous review on this site.

I mean, how do you feel about $1300 for a plastic enclosure? Oh, well, it also has an iMac G5 in it, but it's still plastic, right...?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xmen65 wrote:
I don't want to rain on everybody's parade, but $100 bucks ($107 with shipping) for a plastic enclosure is a rip off. I had my hopes up for this one! Sad


But the aesthetics work for me. Plus, w/ my new $80 250GB Seagate drive, that makes a great looking companion for $180. Less than any of the pre-built, mini-like options.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

resuna wrote:
I mean, how do you feel about $1300 for a plastic enclosure? Oh, well, it also has an iMac G5 in it, but it's still plastic, right...?


I just really like that comparison to what xmen65 said, Laughing. I do think it's expensive, but it does include high quality parts (including the plastic) as well as a usb and firewire hub. Do they have the one that is USB only? I wouldn't want it, but it should be a good $10 cheaper, probably closer to $15, possibly $20, though I think that's a stretch.
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