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Sony MZ-NH1 Silver Hi-MiniDisc Walkman

by Sony
23 customer reviews

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  • Transfer up to 45 CDs onto a 1 GB Hi-MD disc with ATRAC3plus compression
  • SonicStage 2.0 software for easy music management and unlimited check outs of your favourite tracks
  • Supports all popular digital audio compression formats: ATRAC /MP3 / WMA / WAV
  • Large 3-line LCD remote control with jog dial for easy navigation
  • Record from multiple sources: USB-in / Mic-in / Analogue-in / Digital-in
  • Extreme fast music transfer from and to PC:1 CD in less than 40 seconds
  • Capable to store audio, video, and data files on your Hi-MD Disc / Word

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: MZ-NH1
  • ASIN: B0001ZN75O
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Feb. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,841 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The MZ-NH1 is Sony's lightest, slimmest and sexiest HiMD personal recorder and it retains all the advanced functionality of the HiMD format. The recorder's supplied docking station offers a convenient port for housing the "NH1" during file transfers to and from PC and when charging the supplied rechargeable battery.

Box Contains

  • MiniDisc Player
  • SONICSTAGE version 2.0
  • Remote Control
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Power adapter
  • Headphones
  • Carrying Case
  • Instruction Manual


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    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 2005
    Just got this little beast a few days ago, and I have to say it's the best portable I've ever come across. Its dead easy to use, has a decent battery life (around 13 hours playback on a 1hr charge), and has more features than you would expect for something so small! And with that shiny metal casing, it's not a shoddy, cheap looking plastic thing like most portables nowadays.
    First, the bad news, much of which is more due to dodgy advertising than flaws in the product itself: Sony say you can get over 10 CDs onto a single standard 74 or 80 minute MiniDisc, but this is at 64kbps, which doesn't sound all that great (comparable to 96kbps MP3). Another gripe is that the MD SimpleBurner software will only copy CDs directly to a Hi-MD formatted disc in either 64kbps or 256kbps, and nothing between. It is possible to use a 132kbps setting, which will let you fit 4-5 cds onto a 74 minute MD at decent quality (which is more than enough for me, having used MiniDisc since it first came out), but you will need to copy the files onto your computer's hard disk first (although this is easy enough). However, these are the only negative points I can think of, and they are very minor. It'll take about 3-5 minutes to copy from CD to MD, (maybe longer if you have an old PC).
    A complaint many people have is about the software. I have a word of advice. SonicStage 2.0, which is bundled with the unit, is naff, but you can download version 3.1 for free (check [...] I must say that this software is perfectly stable on WinXP (I had it on for over 3 hours in one sitting copying my fave CDs to MD and it never crashed once). Its dead easy to use, very stable (although it can be a little bit slow at times) and it looks just as good, if not better than iTunes.
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CC on 24 Aug. 2005
    Right, I have read many reviews of minidiscs, but none were able to provide me with the information that I needed (mainly how it faired as a recorder for gigs etc.) so this is a concise overview of how this Minidisc recorder works (forgive me if I repeat things that you already know, I'm just doing it for completeness.)
    This particular recorder has a line-in and a mic in. The Mic in supplies phantom power of around 3V (the manual doesn't specify) so it can use certain condenser mics that are on sale on eBay. Type in "Minidisc microphone" and you should find what I mean. I have also managed to plug in a bass into this input and it recorded, although there was a fair amount of clipping (obviously this can be sorted by the volume pot.) The recorder has a setting for anti-clip which works for a very loud venue, but I turned it off because it makes some of my recordings sound a bit strange with sudden drops in levels. It works nicely when it's constantly loud though!
    The Line-In is used for plugging into televisions and hi-fi's and the like.
    Adding track numbers can be done at the time using the T-mark button. I'm not sure about this, but I think this button is absent in second generation Minidisc recorders.

    For getting the music from your Minidisc onto the computer, you can do it, but only if you have recorded in Hi-MD mode and using the line-in or mic input (digital input is a no no). Normal Minidiscs (eg. "74 min" ones) can be converted into Hi-MD mode, and 1Gb discs only come in Hi-MD. Also, you need the latest version of SonicStage, which is downloadable from Sony. The files are saved on your computer as ATRAC3plus or Wav, depending on what you choose.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Liu Qingdao on 9 April 2005
    Not only I am happy with the playback of sound tracks ripped from CDs but also very pleased with the recording quality that the Sony MZ-NH1 possesses when using an external microphone. The recording on the minidisk can be easyly downloaded to my PC using SonicStage, then you can convert the file into wav format using Sony's WAV Conversion Tool. You can, of course, further convert the wav file into any format such as mp3, rm etc using third party software. It's really great. A must for voice artists.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By andysnap VINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2005
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    Minidisc may be getting a little forgotten as iPods become ubiquitous, but the NH1 really should be grabbing back the limelight. It's simply a beautiful item - the magnesium body is good to the touch, warming comfortably to hand/pocket temperature, also strong and solid, more than any other Minidisc player. Add a spec that can play and record in either NetMD or Hi-MD disc formats, and a mic input too, and this music player can do more than an iPod. Be different than the iPodders out there, and go 'retro' with this excellent Minidisc unit.It's a very special Sony.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil Clark on 12 May 2005
    This is a great little gadget for the Minidisc enthusiast. I wanted another Sony Minidisc Walkman to replace
    my ageing MZR-30 from 1997, and there's unsurprisingly a big difference between the two machines.
    The NH1 is a beautifully-designed little machine, hardly any bigger than the discs it plays, with a sleek platinum finish.
    Sound quality is excellent, and the device just drops right into your pocket. Perfect!
    THere are snags, however. The supplied earphones are poor - you'll need to buy better ones. The plastic cradle is used just for charging, and for some reason a separate USB cable is supplied for connection to your computer. This looks to me like an afterthought. Why isn't this incorporated into the cradle? And the software that comes with this unit is just awful. Once again, a high-quality hardware product is let down by the bundled programs that are supposed to make it workable. This happens so often. It seems that when corporations have a whizzy new device to sell they spend all their R&D budget on the hardware, all too often viewing the software as an afterthought. No exception here. We get the usual badly designed, ugly interfaces and glitchy translations and one of the two supplied packages, Simple Burner, wouldn't work at all on my XP computer. The other package is Sonic Stage, and that worked, but just looks like a poor man's ITunes. Ugh. Lucky for me that most of my music is on vinyl, so I won't be using these applications much ... but I'm sure I'm the exception. The software really needs to be sorted.
    One other thing. There is so much functionality built into this little machine as to be baffling. In fact it probably does too much. It's the well-known "most users will only use 10% of this software" syndrome.
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