In case anyone still cares, I used the Maggie 515 HDD to record a few songs from one of the Comcast music channels, then burned them to a DVD, for the purpose of recording the songs to the car's built-in "Music Register," which can record, store and play back music from inserted discs.
First, the Maggie performed flawlessly, with excellent audio quality. I used SP and (sorry Wajo) I did record the video as well, just to see what it would look like on the car's screen. I used an ancient non-approved HP 4X DVD+RW with zero issues.
The car played the disc without any issues either, as long as I booted the system in Video Disc mode
. Eric Clapton never sounded better. A real kick watching Comcast's changing info. screens on the car's display as the music played, just like watching the H.T. setup.
I even saw the Maggie's Title Screen and was able to navigate to the title I wanted, just as you would normally do when you were using the Maggie and wanted to select a title.
Unfortunately, when I tried to record the music from the disc to the car's Music Register hard drive, I got a message the equivalent of, "Get that thing out of me and don't ever try that again!"
So, as I (we) already guessed, the Register will only record WMA and MP3 files. Period. It will not look at a video disc. That's a separate function of the car's system that plays back only.
I examined the disc I had made on the Maggie on the computer and it is (to me) undecipherable. Weird looking file names and structure. It does play fine on the computer, using the Windows Media Player.
As someone here suggested prior, whatever those files are would have to be converted to either WMA or MP3 to get them into the car's Register. Not sure I want to mess with one of those conversion programs.One other possibility for your feedback please: the car's Music Register says it will accept AUDIO DVD's for ripping music, nothing about video DVD's, which is what you would normally use in the Maggie and which the Music Register function of the car rejected. Does anyone think this would make a difference and would the Maggie accept AUDIO DVD's? Still, the files would have to be WMA or MP3 and apparently the Maggie does not create those files, so probably won't work.
Anyway, the Maggie is one great piece of equipment, as you already know.
Thanks for all your patience and help guys.
Originally Posted by BuTal63
Hey, thanks very much for the replies guys.Record.
The multi-purpose entertainment system has a built in "Music Register" which is a 10gb hard drive for recording MP3 or WMA files from various media types and playing them back. Haven't tried a +RW yet, but will do. Much appreciate your trying it out in the meantime.
Now that's interesting. Yes it does play video as well as audio DVD's. But I don't have clue #1 how to divide a continuous session into individual titles on the Maggie. Guess I skipped over that section of the manual. I'll look. Sounds like the ideal solution for editing out the songs I don't want, without babysitting the entire recording session.
Only one possible problem: The system will play
video DVD's, and audio from audio DVD's and CD's, but I'm not sure the Music Register section of the system will record
from DVD's like it will from CD's. I think it will, but I'll have to try it.
Sound like a good backup plan if all else above fails. Thanks for the tip.WAJO:
Thanks for the Help File link on recording audio from cable. Do I understand correctly that it's best to disconnect the video cable (yellow) from the Maggie when doing this? And there's no real difference in recorded audio quality between say , SLP, SP and HQ?
Here's some additional info on the car's Music Register requirements guys, just in case it's of any value in this discussion (IOW, I don't know what any of it means
The manual says the following are OK:
MP3 files with constant and variable bit rates from 32kbit to 320 kbit/sec. Sampling rate of 8khz to 48khz.
WMA: fixed bit rates from 5kbit/sec to 384 kbit/sec. Sampling rates of 8khz to 48 khz.
Thanks for your patience here guys. Sorry to take up so much space with this issue, which is probably only of interest to a limited number of folks.