SNAMM05: Sony Hi-MD recorders

Cute new toys - another 'must-have'      29/07/05

SNAMM05: Sony Hi-MD recorders
MZ-M10 and MZ-M100

Buying Choices
Sony has a genius for design, it's fair to say - it's hard not to be hit by the 'gimme-factor' when you see their latest portable gaming platform, the PSP, for example.
And next in a long line of cool products are their new Hi-MD MiniDisc Recorders.

We thought that the MD platform might be winding down, what with the popularity of MP3 players and new solid-state portable recorders coming online, but Sony obviously see there's life in the format yet, given impetus by the recent introduction of 1GB 'Hi-MD' discs.

Have to say, these puppies look gorgeous in the flesh (or is that 'in the metal'?) and the temptation to pocket one and run quickly from the building shouting "he went that way" was hard to overcome ;-) Here's what they say:-

The new MZ-M100 and MZ-M10 MiniDisc-based field recorders are designed for musicians and broadcast professionals, and offer superb sound recording and playback capabilities combined with extensive storage capacity at a practical price.

"These units represent a significant leap in affordable field recording," said Paul Foschino, senior manager for professional audio in Sony Electronic's Broadcast and Production Systems Division. "Their ability to record and playback high quality uncompressed PCM linear audio and to transfer those files directly to computers for editing represents a tremendous savings in time. These capabilities, coupled with long battery life and easy-to-read display visibility address the real-world needs of recording engineers and journalists."

The new recorders, with removable 1GB MiniDiscs, allow up to 94 minutes of uncompressed recording time and as much as 34 hours in ATRAC3 plusâ„¢ format. The low cost of the Hi-MD media, which has a suggested list price of $7, allows users to archive their original recordings and makes data transfer extremely easy and inexpensive.

The recorders also feature a USB port for Macintosh® and Windows®/PC operating system connectivity to address a range of professional recording applications including music, interviews and field recording.

The Hi-MD MZ-M100 features a six-line large EL (Organic Electro-luminescence) display and the Hi-MD MZ-M10 has a large five-line LCD display. The new recorders also include:

  • ECM-DS 70P stereo microphone
  • MDR-EO931 ear bud headphones for improved field monitoring
  • Recording capability from multiple sources: mic in jack, USB port for uploading material to MAC or Windows/PC
  • Supports PCM linear (44.1 kHz, 16 bit), MP3/ATRAC3® / ATRAC3plus recording formats
  • Extended-life rechargeable internal battery

    The Hi-MD MZ-M100 and the Hi-MD MZ-M10 are both planned to be available in August at suggested list prices of $439.95 and $329.95, respectively.

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