Sony MDS JA-50ES DAT Recorder – Quick Impression
MD to the max
Underestimated machine with fantastic build quality and superb sound quality, almost as good as the XA50ES CD player. People who believe that MD never matured should listen to this one. Sadly the transport turned out to be unreliable: I’ve sent it in for repairs 3 times, same story for the JA30ES. The display would show “No Disc” after loading a disc, and occasional dropouts. This is a shame because all other (much cheaper) Sony MD recorders I’ve had have proven highly reliable. The ones still in use (2015) all still play with never a single issue.