- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: MZNH900
Sony MZ-NH900 Hi-MD MiniDisc Walkman
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- Store up to 45 hours of music on a Hi-MD MiniDisc
- Includes backlit LCD tuner/remote with editing functions
- Skip-Free G-Protection technology
- Easy jog dial navigation
- <b>NOTE:</b> The MZNH900's recording features and bundled software are not compatible with the Mac OS operating system.
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This player also includes line-in functionality for line, mic, or mini analog optical inputs, and a USB-in port, which you can use with the self-recording upload function and upload recordings you've made on the MZNH900 to your computer. There are also such niceties as volume control on the included set of headphones. And, the player's three-line LCD display provides album, artist, and song title information on a clean, single screen. You can even store data from your computer, such as documents and presentations, on this player using its USB interface. A single AA battery, which you'll need if you want to use the device away from your computer, is not included.
Note: The MZNH900's recording features and bundled software are not compatible with Macs.
What's in the Box:
The Sony MZNH900 Hi-MD Mini Disc Walkman, a backlit LCD remote, a rechargeable NiMH battery and charging stand, a dry battery case, headphones, a SonicStage software CD-ROM with MD Simple Burner, and a USB cable.
Top Customer Reviews
This could have easily been a 5 star review were it not for the DRM problems, and some other things...
1) Unless you are near sighted, you will have trouble reading the display on the recorder. The remote is illuminated and easier to see. The main unit display is not illuminated and the print is tiny.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
2) Hi-MD discs are unavailable - actually, you can order them from trusty Amazon.com (mine ended up coming from Circuit City). Took about 4 days. But they aren't really available at any stores except some Radio Shacks.
3) The DRM thing - Sony claims that they will have a wave converter "in the Fall" that should resolve the DRM issue on uploaded self-recordings.
I purchased this model after much research both here and on other websites. There were a lot of negative reviews however most of them pertain to SonicStage software that I had already decided I would not be using. As someone else stated this is not an MP3 player it is a MiniDisc player and there are major differences. If you have wav files get an MP3 player. If you have CD's that you want to be MUCH more poratable then buy an MD!
I had a Sharp MD player for 5 years and have probably about 25-40 74 minute discs. I just replaced 6 or 7 of those old recorded discs with ONE due to the HI-LP transfer that is available with the "MD Simple Burner". I recorded 11 CD's on one 74 minute disc. I decided on HI-LP because the player runs longer according to the manual in this mode.
Someone complained about the lack of "bass boost" on MD's. There is more to life than Bass. This player has 4 options to choose from in the Surround Sound module. Take a look, fool around a bit you'll be amazed! I am loving the "Club" setting, it's as if you are in a Jazz Club listening to a live performance. There is also Studio, Live and Arena settings in the Surround Sound module. There is also a 6 band Graphic Equalizer and there are 4 pre-sets for:
And there are 2 Custom settings available so you can make your own settings. Read the manual it only takes a few moments to figure it out and play around.
I'll admit that I am normally not a manual reader but with all this thing can do you MUST read the manual to learn how to use it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having "been into" Mini-disk since it's onset, years ago,
I still have the org "portable" recorder. & still use it some. Read more
Even though the 800 doesn't have a backlight, it has a radio, and uses a single AA battery instead of the dorky proprietary Sony NiMH + screw-on single AA battery adapter on the... Read morePublished on January 1, 2005 by KG
This MD is truly the best out of the 11 MD players i've had. I dont know why people dont like it. Here are some fixes that other people are having trouble with;
*The new... Read more
i dunno why people complain about this item. this is truly an amzing item for a very cheap price. compared to sony's website ( where this is 300$) i got this for 240 at amazon. Read morePublished on December 11, 2004 by Subs2687
i was inspired to write this after reading people's negative reviews about this wonderful little minidisc player.
yes, the font and contrast on the small screen is small. Read more
I bought this Sony HI-MD Walkman as a digital recording device. I wanted to record outdoor events as I biked around France.
I installed SonicStage on my Sony Vaio. Read more
I'm sure the MZ-NH900's recording quality equals or surpasses the previous models, and a host of other improvements lie within, however I'm returning a... Read more