Sony Portable Mini-Disc Player/Recorder (MZ-R500PCNAVY)
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- MDLP (MiniDisc Long Play) allows up to 5 hours of music on one minidisc
- Flexible editing (add text, combine, divide, move, erase)
- Level control for consistent recordings
- Up to 48 hours of playback with one AA battery (in LP4 mode)
- Digital Mega Bass Boost for full, rich low-end
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ThereM-^Rs not much more you could ask for with this MiniDisc player from Sony. Besides looking good with its cool navy case, it has SonyM-^Rs G-ProtectionM-^Y anti-shock system and Digital Mega Bass« that provides rich, deep bass. The power consumption technology allows a single AA battery to last for up to 48 hours of playback or about 5 hours of recording. Now listening to your very own mix of music is just a touch away.
From the Manufacturer
The jacket size MD Walkman player/recorder MZ-R500 easily slips into a pocket for personal enjoyment just about anywhere. MDLP Long Time Recording and Playback lets you record 2X (LP2) or 4X (LP4) longer on an 80-minute MiniDisc to provide as much as 320 minutes (over 5 hours) of music with excellent sound quality. Skip-Free G-Protection technology makes the MD Walkman an ideal on-the-go companion, with an advanced system that provides more than 10-times faster shock recovery compared to conventional systems, ensuring perfect playing performance without skipping even during such active uses as jogging. Download new songs from the net in any format you like with the Analog PC Link cable.
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The player included a pair of high quality fonotopia earphones with a gold-plated plug, which I recall getting a pair from Tandy for $40 Australian! The instruction booklet is very easy to follow, just as long as you read the English one, not the Korean one!
The only thing I hate about the player is the small buttons, where the >>/ button was pressed when I intended to press the [Enter] button, but I only use it for recording, as I use my player for playing them (the MZE300 has big, easy to press buttons).
Unfortunately the Australian model MZR500 doesn't have the online music download feature, but MP3s and WMAs can be recorded by using a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable.
Battery life is commendable, with up to 22 hours recording time or 40 hours playing time using 1 Dick Smith NiCad rechargeable AA battery.
If the MZR500 included compatibility with a remote control, the deal would be unbeatable. The only other problem with the recorder is the 6 character text display which is used to display the track number and track name, along with the menu functions, and can become very awkward and a pain to use.
All in all, an unbeatable MiniDisc recorder. When Sony iron out the few problems discussed here, no other MiniDisc player manufacturer will be able to sell anything.
One complaint however... I don't like the fact that the recorder always defaults to "automatic" recording volume level. You will quickly find out that the auto volume feature doesn't let enough sound in. It also makes "mush" out of live albums as it compensates too much for the crashing percussion instruments. I found this out when I recorded the live version of Orange Blossom Special by Johnny Cash. I thought something was wrong with the MD recorder. When I set the recording volume manually, the mush went away.
It must be set to manual each time you record, from song to song or album to album. Any time you start recording, in other words. All other settings the user makes stays put, just this ONE feature resets to auto. Quite frustrating.
Once these small issues are figured out, this is a fantastic little gadget. Certainly meant for folks on the go. Simply start it playing and slide the "hold" feature in place. All the buttons are now disabled and can't be hit accidentally. Drop it in your shirt pocket and go! This thing does NOT skip either!
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