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Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD Walkman MiniDisc/MP3 Digital Music Player

by Sony
3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Combination MiniDisc recorder and digital audio player with CD-quality sound
  • Plays downloaded Linear PCM, ATRAC, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus, and MP3 formats
  • Records in uncompressed Linear PCM format; adjustable "on the fly" recording level
  • Dynamic normalizer automatically equalizes volume of each recorded track
  • Measures 3.45 x 0.68 x 3.45 inches (W x H x D); 1-year parts warranty (90 days labor)
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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: MZ-RH1
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 1.0 GB
  • Supported Standards: WAV
  • Hardware Platform: PC

Product Description

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Product Description

Record your music from multiple sources and monitor your recording levels from your microphone or line input with Sony's Hi-MD field recorder. The MZ-RH1 not only gives you the ability to record music from multiple sources, but takes playback sound quality to the next level. This compact device plays back MP3, Linear PCM, ATRAC and ATRACplus audio formats, and supports WMA and WAV formats with conversion to ATRAC3 format. ATRAC, Sony's own format, provides higher sound quality at a small size. The MZ-RH1 is backwards compatible, so you can revive your old MiniDisc libraries as digital music by uploading music to your PC. Enjoy superb CD-quality sound whether you're listening to music recorded at a live concert or from your own personal library. VPT Acoustic Engine & 6 Band Equalizer Dynamic Normalizer Recording Property Display Mode Self Recording Upload Feature HD Digital Amplifier Archive Data with Low Cost, 1GB Removable Hi-MD Media Up to 19 hours battery life playback and 10.5 hours recording when fully charged Store up to 1GB of data and/or audio files on one disc Compatible with Both Hi-MD and Standard MiniDisc Media Music and data transfer through USB Plays Back MP3/ATRAC/ATRACplus Audio Formats Supports WMA and WAV Audio formats with conversion to ATRAC3 Skip-Free G-Protection(TM) 7 Technology Store and transfer data, such as presentations, documents, spreadsheets and photos Up to 100x Transfer Speed Compatible with The Connect Music Store Power Requirements - LIP-4WM Lithium Ion battery (included), AC Power adapter (included). USB power charges NiMh battery and power PC connection only. Playback is not available when USB is engaged.


The MZ-RH1 builds on the success of Sony's earlier MiniDisc players but adds several new features, taking digital audio playback to the next level in the process. The sleek and slim audio player plays digital files downloaded in Linear PCM, ATRAC, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus, and MP3 formats, but also serves as a pocket-sized MiniDisc recording studio for live concerts and other occasions. The dual functions make the MZ-RH1 extremely versatile, with unsurpassed CD-quality sound and an unlimited storage capacity (each 1 GB MiniDisc holds up to 45 hours of music). In addition, longtime MiniDisc users can now revive their classic MiniDisc audio libraries and upload them to PC using the MZ-RH1--a much anticipated feature among audiophiles.

Sony has improved the MiniDisc recording experience with several sonic enhancements, including an adjustable recording mode that adapts to the type of event that's being recorded. So whether you're capturing a live concert, a basement jam session, or even a business meeting, you'll enjoy crystal-clear sound that's custom fit to the occasion. The device also boasts several listening modes that match specific genres and acoustic atmospheres, such as "club," "jazz," and "pop." The MZ-RH1 even lets you adjust the mic sensitivity and recording level on the fly, helping you adapt to changing sound levels or audience noise during a concert.

Recognizing that professionals often record in dark environments, Sony added an easy-to-use button array and a backlit display. And thanks to Sony's Hi-MD next-generation formatting technology--which records in the uncompressed Linear PCM format to ensure the same sound quality as the original source--you'll enjoy studio-quality sound time and again. The playback quality is consistently excellent as well, with such features as a dynamic normalizer, which automatically equalizes the volume of each recorded track to a listenable level, and a high-capacity coupling condenser that accurately reproduces the bass.

Additional features include a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, Mac compatibility, an HD digital amplifier, complete PC storage for such files as text documents or JPEG photos, and a switchable headphone/line-level output. The MZ-RH1 comes with a rechargeable battery with a battery life of 19 hours, a set of high-powered headphones, and a remote control for easy listening and playback. And at 3.45 by 0.68 by 3.45 inches (W x H x D), the MZ-RH1 takes up only a tiny amount of space. Finally, the MZ-RH1 is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and a 90-day warranty on labor.

What's in the Box
MZ-RH1 MiniDisc/MP3 player, USB cable, digital optical cable, AC adapter, remote control, carrying pouch, software CD-ROM, user's manual.

Product Information

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Technical Details

Brand Name Sony
Item Weight 3.7 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.3 x 3.3 x 0.6 inches
Item model number MZ-RH1
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Power Source Type Corded-Electric, Battery
Number of Items 1

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,955 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Players
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available October 2, 2001

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Sony appears to have pulled out of marketing MiniDisc as portable MP3 players, indeed this unit is marketed as a professional recorder. And quite a good recorder it is, while also an excellent player in terms of audio quality.

The build quality is great, the unit feels great in your hand and the audio components are top notch, both listening and recording.

The most major improvement over previous generation models, however, is the ability to record and upload in various bitrates. With this unit, Sony has removed restrictions on upload of tracks recorded on MD. So, if you have a MD recorded 5 years ago with a special song not found anywhere else, this baby can upload it to your computer and let you burn it to CD.

For me, that alone made it worth buying.

Note that you will not be able to upload tracks that were originally copied to MD from a computer using SonicStage.

The display is not very useful when using as a player (won't show track name) but the supplied in-line remote takes care of that. In addition, the MC40ELK MD remote that can be purchased separately gives you the ability to scroll through your albums / tracks just like on the MZ-RH10.
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I am a violist and I needed the Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD Walkman MiniDisc/MP3 Digital Music Player to record myself to make audition CDs for orchestra auditions and festivals. The recording quality is excellent and the MD player is easy to use. Transferring to the computer was very simple. I used the Sony ECMMS907 Digital Recording Microphone and it worked great. For all you orchestra musicians out there looking for a recording device to make your audition tapes, this is it right here. I highly recommend this!!
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I upgraded from a Sony MZ-NH900 (which I still have) to the RH1 primarily for three reasons: the OLED display; its ability to retain manual recording settings without having to navigate through the menus to re-set it to manual recording for each recording; and because I just plain wanted it.

I was already pretty happy with the recordings my NH900 made, so why are these things a big deal for me? Because I primarily record my kids' concerts, which are in dimly-lit auditoriums. The NH900 display is totally unusable in poor light situations. And even when I can see it, I almost always use Manual recording volume settings. It is a large PITA to go into the menu to re-set my preferred recording settings each and every time.

With the RH1, the beautiful display is clearly visible in every light situation. And whenever you go into Record, it automatically uses the same settings you used last time, so I never have to fiddle around with it. And the display on the machine shows recording levels which allow you to optimize the level (which you can change on the fly with the jog lever) for whatever type of sound you are recording.

Build quality is very nice. Sleek metal casing. I have no problems with the buttons...even the Eject button, which seems to kind of stick out further than it needs to, is fine because it cannot be engaged while the RH1 is recording.

The RH1 is optimized for recording, no doubt. But it is also an excellent playback machine as well. I believe it has a slightly better bass output than the NH900 when using Shure E3c canal phones which are a little thin on bass.

If I could add *one* thing to the RH1, it would be the add-on AA battery case which comes with the NH900. That would add much welcome recording and playback capacity when I have it out on the road without the means to recharge, or having to carry the A/C charger. [...]
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To All who are interested in the MZ-RH1,

I recently had this item purchased from Japan in silver. The black model is the same, and in some ways better only due to the manual being in english. As for the machine itself, there is a clear definition as per sony's maturity in its years since the inception of Minidisc. After purchasing the 10th anniversary n10 model, then having it stolen, I was hesitant in purchasing another model in the fear that there will be an update that will be better. In the mz-rh1, I have no fear that this is the model that will define the sound and reputation of minidisc for the rest of its years. It's clearly lit OLED screen on the side of the player is simply brilliant, conserving battery life while displaying the necessary functions of the player. One downside is the lack of a group button. Those familiar with minidisc will know that sonicstage stores your music in groups, and pressing the group button will skip groups so you can find the album that you are looking for. This is missing on the player itself, but it is handily found on the remote for those who choose to use it.

For those of us who really take our sound quality seriously, this player/recorder has the most clear and balanced sound I have ever heard from any minidisc, and quite arguably from any recorder. Sony was not hesitant to create this model as a portable recording studio. I am impressed with the sound, which rivals compact disc quality, and it's levels in line out will never distort. Not to mention that the new version of Sonic Stage is much more user-friendly than before, with compability for Apple's; finally!
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