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Sony MZ-NH900 Hi-MD MiniDisc Walkman

3.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: MZNH900

Product Description

Product Description

converts MP3, WMA, and WAV files to ATRAC, ATRAC3, or ATRAC3plus format for MiniDisc playback * stores music or data to Hi-MD media (a 1GB Hi-MD disc stores up to 45 hours of music at 48 kbps) * USB (1.1) interface (cable included) * minijack microphone input * playback time: up to 36 hours with included rechargeable and optional "AA" (not included) in supplied external case *

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Amazon.com Product Description This stylish and versatile player lets you store up to 45 hours of digital music and bring it with you on a single, skip-free, 1 GB Hi-MD MiniDisc. The Walkman is compatible with the MP3, WMA, WAV, ATRAC3, and ATRAC3plus audio formats. When you want to record, the USB connection delivers burn rates at up to 100x for your MP3s and CDs. A handy Jog Dial provides easy navigation, and music management software lets you group your tunes and customize your playing environment.



New, high-density Hi-MD recording technology doubles the recording capacity of standard MiniDiscs.

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.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 10.3 x 7.6 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B0001MMH8K
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Item model number MZNH900
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #91 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > Minidisc Players
Date first available at Amazon.com February 25, 2004

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I've been looking for a way to replace my professional walkman for several years, and finally decided to get this MD recorder when I found out that it could make wave recordings and upload them to your computer. I even read the manual before buying the unit to make certain that wave recordings could be uploaded. What I did not know AND SONY DOESN'T MENTION IT IN THE MANUAL is that ANYTHING you record on the machine will be encoded with DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGMENT. This means that if you make a recording of yourself, performing your own music, using a microphone, you will be unable to edit the recording and distribute it to other people on a CD. I called SONY to ask them about this, and how to get around it. They said that corporate policy was that ANYTHING recorded on the player was probably copyrighted, so you can't copy it! You can still use the original files, but if you were thinking of editing WAV files and burning CD's with the recordings you make, think again. The only way I have found to get a WAV recording is to play the protected file in a media player while simultaneously recording it with a wave recorder set to use the computer's WAVE output as an input. I don't know if this degrades the quality of the recording or not. It is a slow process because the conversion has to take place in real time. If you have a wave recorder, you already have this capability.

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.
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...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.
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1) Hi-MD discs are expensive... compared to what? $7 for 1 GB of removeable media? How much is a 1 GB flash or SD card?

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.
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I bought this to record live instrumental music (me!). The machine is great, apart from a somewhat awkward seek function. But the software (like all Sony software) is not good at all - cumbersome, and not well thought out. And you pretty much have to use the Sony software, because other programs don't support MD players/format. Too bad.
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I have owned this MZ-NH900 for about a week and I have been quite impressed with it since day one.

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:

Heavy metal

Pops

Jazz

Unique

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.
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