Nope, optical was always only input. Another limitation by Sony. It won't be useful for extracting the audio. Either analog cable, or USB/SonicStage Atrac import.
fostex x55 - it doesnt work anymore (stopped working ages ago!!) - still have it though for memory sake - recording music as a teenager with friends =)
Obviously you need a MiniDisc player. I had one, I think it connected via TOS, so you may need some sort of optical adapter too.
To record I think you need the Sony Software (may not run in Windows 10 anymore, nor sure). But you want to get the from MD to your PC, so worst case you can get it from the headphone jack.
In case you get lots of noise, Audacity has great cleaning functions too.
Last edited by flameproof; 15-02-2019 at 03:36 PM.
Few topics spark joy on GXP as much as obsolete technology. Sounds like a fun project, OP. You've got the right forum denizen weighing in. Good luck.