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Sony MZ-N710 Blue Net MiniDisc Walkman

by Sony

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  • Net MD Walkman
  • Slim & compact aluminium body
  • Record from multiple sources (PC, digital In & analogue in)
  • Net MD portable recorder MP3/WMA/WAV compatibility
  • Max 32x faster music data transfer (high speed recording) from PC


Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: MZN710L
  • ASIN: B00008AF64
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,091 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Sony MZ-N710 Net MiniDisc Walkman offers great looks, a compact design, up to 85 hours battery life and the ability to store over five hours of music on one 80-minute MiniDisc.

MiniDisc technology has come on leaps and bounds these past few years. As the units have become smaller, the battery life and storage capacity have increased. The MZ-N710 is compact unit that fits nicely into a pocket or in your hand. The player boasts an LCD display for track listings and other such information, as well as offering all the buttons you'll need to get the most out of the device. For direct audio recording the user has the option of microphone, digital optical and line-in sockets. Those with a PC can connect the MZ-N710 to their computer via the USB socket.

Connecting the unit to your computer via USB allows you to transfer CD audio, MP3, WMA and WAV files using the included SonicStage software. The software converts the audio files into Sony's ATRAC TYPE-S format before transfer. You can also change the audio quality setting to give yourself more music per disc. When it comes to recording, the MZ-N710 does an admirable job too. With the Quick mode you can have faster queuing and FF/RW speeds in exchange for battery life. The unit also offers a bookmark track function for easy access to relevant recordings.

The MZ-N710 is powered by a rechargeable Ni-MH battery which is charged via the included cradle. There is also the option of adding an addition 'AA' type battery via a connectable battery dock. The additional battery dock will be a godsend to those who plan to be away from the charging cradle for any length of time. The remote control also serves as the main conduit to the player, allowing the main unit to be hidden out of eyes reach.

Aesthetics aside the sound quality is very good. The player comes with six graphic equaliser settings and a virtual surround mode to enhance your listening pleasure. While sounding like a whim, the virtual mode is actually very good and on testing, it actually took away that hard edge normally found when listening to music through headphones.

Overall this is a very comprehensive player and delivers the goods. The slim and compact aluminium body does convey a sense of durability and it looks like it could take a few knocks. The ability to add a further battery can be a lifesaver if you are out in the field. --Jason Denwood

Manufacturer's Description

The Sony MZN710 minidisc recorder features Net MD that allows direct USB connection for copying music and up to 32x normal speed. It also features "MDLP", this allows for up to 320 minutes of stereo recording using ATRAC3 compression.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2003
This minidisc player is great value for money and is the cheapest it can be found anywhere (i have looked) with free delivery. It is small and light and very easy to use, it looks pretty good too! There are full instructions for both the player and the CDrom. The program (sonic stage)is very good, it took about 3 minutes to record an album using LP4, which did not show any decrease in sound quality. Using LP4, I managed to record 7 CD albums onto one 80 minute minidisc, which was brilliant, as I was expecting 2 or 3. It is quicker to record from downloaded files than a CD, but both are very fast. The MD player came with a good quality leather case, a charging cradle (which does not look like it does in the picture!), a USB cable and an optical cable which I have not bothered to use as it is easier to just put the CDs into the computer and use the program. It is also a lot easier to connect the player to the computer to edit, rather than using the buttons on the MD itelf. This is a very good player, with a lot of useful features and I would recommend it to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Wilson on 23 Oct 2003
My first MZ-N10 was stolen while on holiday. So it was no surprise to find that when it came to re-buying, I had no regrets in purchasing the exact same model.
The unit itself is very light (not as light as the magnesium bodied models Sony also make e.g MZN-1) but quite a drastic change from my CD Walkman. The quality is second to none and I use it every day to play music through my stereo instead of using the standard CD player! The menus are very easy to use and recording using either the analogue or digital inputs is a doddle. You may however like me to specifiy certain options which can be tricky if you don't know where to look but a good read of the manual puts you straight.
The only let down of it was when initially installing the SonicStage software which was an utter disaster as it took absolutely ages to install and even when it was installed, failed to work properly. I have actually uninstalled it and use the previous version (which it itself doesn't even work entirely) that my dad recieved with his MZN-1. However, once working the software is pretty good and takes no time at all to transfer the data. That doesn't mean it doesn't take ages converting the MP3's to ATRAC format but there is no way round that, so my criticism is merely of the MP3-ATRAC system, not the software itself.
The in-line remote is great with its LCD screen making song selection easy. I would strongly recommend paying more for an MD player that has a remote with in-built LCD than getting a cheaper one that does not.
Finally the longplay function is a gem as it allows you to store either double or 4x te amount on a single MD. I persoanlly use LP2 as is retains the superior quality much better than LP4 does.
All in all this is one very good player only let down by the software and the hassle installing it. However once you do have everything working it is absolutely great!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Teinert on 27 Oct 2003
I got this for a birthday present to replace my old player and what can I say. The Atrac system, although taking up a little more space on a PC is very easy to use and very fast to use. Takes about 25 seconds for a 4-5minute track.
You can fit about 45songs on a 74minute disc in LP2 format and you loose no quality in the music. Battery life is also very good. Took mine away for a weekend and used it loads and the battery finally died the day after I got home. I got about 30hrs playback out of it on a single charge.
Ok so the docking station is a bit of a gimick and should have the USB connection through it and not just power and using the sonic stage software means you can only put a song on discs 3 times but who has 3 copies of teh same song with them anyway??
Its a great little, and very light piece of hardware and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a reliable and very nicely packaged unit. Well done sony
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "scotty_t35" on 17 Oct 2003
Well, what can i say. I received the delivery 3 days after it was dispatched using the super saver free delivery service. The box was alot lighter than i expected it to be and i began to ownder what could actually be contained. The mini disks were all there and looked top quality. The free case was there, a bit of a let down that you couldnt release the arm strap and use it as a simply carrying case but never the less i moved on to the Net MD its self.
It felt so well constructed and sturdy compared to the Sharp MD i had purchased just under two years ago and all the kit cntained was a nice suprise. The "Gum Stick" battery was easy enough to insert and charge and took no time at all to reach a full charge.
I then moved on to recording my tracks. The "Sonic Stage" software took a while to install but after it was done transferring and converting tracks was very easy. The transfer rate after this on LP4 was astonishing and i completed 296 mins of music in no time. The sound quality didnt deteriorrate one bit and the convenience of the track names being added was great.
After a slightly dragged out start to being able to use the MD it was superb. The battery times seem to be truthful and 46 hours recording on LP4 with no mains assistance is pretty good, even if i do say so myself.
A great purchase. And with the lowered price and free stuff its a great offer too.
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