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Sony MZ-N710 Silver Net MiniDisc Walkman

by Sony
102 customer reviews

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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

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 721 g
  • Item model number: MZN710S
  • ASIN: B00008AF65
  • Date first available at 1 Jan. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,021 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

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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 in 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 a 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 cueing 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

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By "chump84" on 29 April 2003
I've had the minidisc player for about a week and i'm well impressed with it. I had a good look around everywhere and this was the best deal i found. I was pleasantly surprised with the delivery (i got within 6 days of ordering - and that was over Easter Weekend!!!).
The player looks brilliant and is well built, and cos its a sony, it'll never go wrong. Controls are logically laid out and you can figure out most of them without refering to the manual. There are some group function buttons on the main unit if you want to manually edit groups, but its quicker to do it using the computer. Similarly, changing track information with the main unit controls is cumbersome and timewasting. The control has well layed out buttons, and shows track/group/CD inforation. However, A back lit remote would have been nice at this price.
Transferring music using the USB cable provided with the sonic stage software is easy and quick. At LP2, it takes around 8-10 minutes to transfer around 3 cds of music on a single mindisc.AND you can record over them too! Sound quality is superb. Software-wise, Sonic stage is one of the best i've seen. Have to hand it to SONY, the software is simple to use even without the manual, and it looks slick.
If i have to name one bad thing - its the headphones. The only way they will stay in ur ear is if you glue them to your ear lobe. They are suppremely rubbish and sound lame, and should be binned staright away! I bought and would recommend the Sony MDR-EX70LP Fontopia Headphones.
Cos amazon have a lame list of what u actually get --> you get - the mZn710 unit, Control, Headphones (useless), MD link, USB cable, Carry pouch, Charging Cradle, AC adapter, Dry battery cell adapter, Lithium rechargable battery, Battery holder, and the Sonic Stage software.

Overall - a Great buy from SONY and amazon. Ditch the headphones and you should be fine.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "cldall" on 4 Jun. 2003
What can I say I am very impressed with this product. It is my first MD purchase ever. The features that most appealed to me most where the ability to connect it to the PC and the faster than real time transfers.
At first I was very dissapointed at how long it took to fill a 80Min MD, i was expecting something in the region of 2-3mins (32x faster than 80mins), in actual fact it took about 30mins for 17 average length songs. The mode I was using for transfer was SP! I then tried using standard mode which transfers the music files at LP2 or LP4 depending on the bitrate. I put a CD in the drive CDDB2 named all the files for me and within 3mins all the files had been copied to the MD. This was the performance I was expecting!!! At first i was a bit sceptical about the quality of the song on LP2 however having listened to both a SP and LP2 MD I can hear no great difference on the supplied headphones.
Highly recommend for anyone looking for something to listen to music on the move. (Far more robust than an MP3 player aswell)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By PeeBee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 April 2003
The MZN-710 is a fantastic bit of kit. I bought mine a few weeks ago and have not been disappointed with any aspect of it. It's beautifully built (puts my old Panasonic MD player to shame) and very ergonomically designed. The buttons have a lovely weight and feel to them which makes you feel like you made the right choice in buying this player, every time you press one.
The battery really does last a very long time and the USB connection is so convenient. The only area where this product falls down is the software that comes with it -- it's not all that intuitive to use and it's a little buggy. I suspect that my PC's low spec has something to do with the occassional crash I've suffered with the software, so am looking forward to trying it on a different, more powerful machine that I have.
The ability to put upto 5 albums on one MD in mp3 format is great. This single feature makes the Sony a winner for me -- all the rest is icing on a huge cake.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Franklin on 12 Sept. 2003
I highly recommend this player to anybody who is keen on portable music- the sound quality is superb and the unit is considerably smaller than my first MD unit which I bought 4 years ago. Firstly, don't be fooled by the small stated volume output- the player is plenty load enough, and I suggest that if it isn't then you need you ears testing (or buy some decent headphones; the ones that are supplied are rather weedy).
I was initially scepticle about the NetMD function as I never download MP3s of the internet and have had no problems with copying CDs via an optical cable. However, upon purchasing this unit I was rewarded with the knowledge that the NetMD function can be used to copy CDs as well, by copying them to your computer hard disk and then downloading them to the MD unit.
While copying from CD to hard drive is relatively slow, about 10 minutes for 1hr worth of decent quality music, it is far quicker than copying in real time and the quality is very impressive. The sonic stage software is also simple to use and very useful- don't look at it as a simple product promo its really rather good.
I only have one slight niggle; the lack of a backlight for the display, which makes searching for tracks in the dark... interesting! it would be useful to have a backlight on the in-line remote control (sony only seem to offer it on the top-end units).
That aside, this is a quality unit; well made, it includes a USB and optical cable (and headphones), the instructions are clear, the battery lasts ages (with an additional AA battery), the sound is great and the NetMD function is very impressive. Oh and it comes with a wicked little carry pouch. Why spend your money on anything more expensive?
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