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My first MD recorder, maybe I'm easily amused, but...,
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This review is from: Sony MZ-NH900 Hi-MD MiniDisc Walkman (Electronics)
...this thing has worked for me from the beginning, with no hitches. All software installs, including Sonic Stage updates, have gone smoothly. For just ripping CDs onto the MD unit, Simple Burner works perfectly and quickly. Sonic Stage is a little clunky, but it hasn't failed on me yet. USB transfers have been seamless and fast.
The rechargable battery life is excellent for just playing music, and if you know you're going to be using it a lot on a road trip, just bring a spare AA or two and you'll be good to go for a lonnng time. I find the screw-on battery gives much greater flexibility. It adds about 3/4 of an inch to the length of the NH900 when it is attached.
Live concert recordings made with binaural stereo microphones are just amazing. Just don't use the automatic gain control (AGC), and DO set the mic sensitivity and recording levels according to what kind of mics you use and what kind of music you are recording.
The newly-released Sony wave converter utility improves upon the Hi-MD's overall usefulness by allowing you to convert material recorded on the MD unit into wave files for editing, CD burning, etc. It works perfectly.
Some improvements I would make if I were King:
1. The NH900 unit's display should most definitely have a backlight, as it is awkward to read under anything but ideal lighting conditions without turning it to get the best view.
2. The headphones Sony ships with this should be much better. They are just plain uncomfortable. They do, however, have a shortened cable which makes them better for use with the remote. I use Sennheiser PX-100's with mine.
3. Navigating the menus, both on the MD and on the remote, takes a little practice, mostly because of the very small display (i.e. one line on the remote).
4. Speaking of the remote, this one is nice and sleek and works well enough, but there is another one Sony sells overseas, the model RM-MC40ELK (Google that and you'll find it at several online sources for about $80) that has a larger, 3-line backlit display.