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Sony MZ-NH900/BM Black Hi-MiniDisc Walkman

by Sony
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Hi-MD - Store 45 Hours of Music or 1 GB of Data on one Hi-MD MiniDisc
  • Compatible with Standard MiniDisc Media - Store 13 Hours of Music on One Standard 80 minute MiniDisc
  • Record your MP3s or CDs at up to 100x Speed
  • Backlit LCD Remote with Editing Functions
  • Charging Stand and Rechargeable Battery Supplied
  • 6 Band Equalizer
  • Mic sensitivity (high/low) selector
  • Digital pitch control
  • Self-Recording Upload Function to Computer
  • Ability to Record from Multiple Sources (Line In, Mic In)
  • Up to 23 Hours Continuous Battery Life Using 1 "AA" Battery
  • Easy Jog Dial Navigation
  • 3 Line LCD Display
  • Data File Storage - Store and Transfer Presentations, Documents and Spreadsheets
  • Music Transfer Powered by USB
  • Plays Back in ATRAC3 Audio, ATRAC3plus Audio and Supports Multiple Audio Formats (MP3, WMA, WAV)
  • Music Management Software Supplied Skip-Free G-Protection Technology
  • Group/Folder Function
  • Inputs: USB, Line In (analog and optical digital), Mic In, DC in 3V
  • Outputs: Headphone/Remote/Line (1/8" stereo mini plug)

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: MZ-NH900
  • ASIN: B0001ZN75Y
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Feb 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,796 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Hi-MD WALKMAN with large LCD and jog dial for easy navigation. Hi-MD is Sony's next generation of MiniDisc player, providing high capacity, high speed and high versatility. It has all the same functinality as NetMD, still giving you the ability to download from the internet or convert your CD collection onto MiniDisc, but it also has the added bonus of increased stroage capacity.

Hi-MD players are compatible with 1 Gb MiniDisc's providing extraordinary music storage capabilities up to 45 CDs can be stored on a 1Gb disc!Conventional MiniDisc's can also be used in Hi-MD players and using the Hi-MD format, their storage capacity can be doubled.Plus, Hi-MD has the added functionality to store other data formats such as video and PC data files providing you with maximum storage capabilities and maximum style.

Store 1GB of audio and/or data on a single disc;The new 1GB high-capacity Hi-MD disc can store an extraordinary amount of music - up to 45 CDs onto one 1GB disc (using ATRAC3plus technology). By using the new linear PCM mode you can record and playback uncompressed music, preserving its full audio quality. Hi-MD discs can store not only audio, but also video and PC data files. The Hi-MD format can be applied to conventional MiniDiscs, approximately doubling their capacity. And the SonicStage software allows easy management of your music collection and speedy up- and download of tracks from and to your Hi-MD Walkman. You can simply drag and drop your data files using Windows Explorer as your PC will reconize the Hi-MD as a external mass storage device; No drivers needed! Your Hi-MD discs are extremely cheap, small and versatile. Unlike CD's these disc are much smaller, about a 1/3 of a size of a CD, they come in a plastic protection case and they are rewriteable.

Fast 100x downloads;You can download music data edited with "Hi-MD" compatible software "SonicStage*1" to "Hi-MD" at a speed of up to 100x*2 real-time. You can quickly create your own compilation disc using this easy operation. With these fast speeds you can spend more time downloading your music from the internet. You can download a CD in as fast as 40 seconds. (*1 "SonicStage" bundled with "Hi-MD" products,supports this functionality). (*2 The speed at which ATRAC3plus 48kbps transfers data from PC to Hi-MD device). Additional time will be required for data storage. Also note that transfer speed will differ depending on the performance of the computer.

Advanced Microphone recordings with PC uploads;In addition to the popular PC to MD download function that was already available on "Net MD", with "Hi-MD", it is now possible to upload music data to a computer. A transfer speed of up to 100x* real-time makes network music even better. By using "Hi-MD" compatible software "SonicStage*", you can upload music recorded on a disc to a computer. The ability to transfer data to other discs from the computer increases usage versatility.

Now you can record your lectures, interviews, band practices and any other microphone recordings onto your Hi-MD and upload them back onto the PC. Your Hi-MD walkman has some great functions for your microphone recordings; it comes featured with a microphone power input, the ability to change the recording levels, auto track marking and enjoy the long battery life of your walkman.

Further to this you can also record in a uncompressed mode to sustain the highest possible audio quality. Linear PCM mode is compatible with digital, analog, and microphone recording; you can record and play back in high quality sound, without compressing the original sound source. This function can be used in various ways such as recording a music performance.

* Transfer speed from a computer to "Hi-MD" with ATRAC3plus at 48kbps.;* "SonicStage" bundled with "Hi-MD" products, supports this functionality.

Small size but Long battery life of 37 hours;Fit your Hi-MD walkman in your shirt pocket, it is so small and light that you will not notice the weight but only notice the high quality audio. Enjoy up to 37 hours of battery life with the supplied rechargeable battery. You will never need to worry about your unit's battery life again. Charge your unit once with the supplied AC adapter and you can listen to uninterrupted music for up to 2 weeks if you use your unit for 2 hours a day. While connected to your PC for music/data downloads by your USB, your USB port will provide power to the unit to save on battery life and uninterrupted downloads.

High quality audio and record from multiple sources;"Hi-MD" adopts high-quality sound linear PCM and ATRAC3plus (256kbps). ATRAC3plus captures sound quality comparable to CD at a high compression rate, while recording with linear PCM produces uncompressed sound that provides enhanced quality and enjoyment when recording and playing back. Hi-MD allows multiple storage compressions; you can mix and match the compressions on the disc for seamless playback. Below is a table with the compression types and the storage times associated with them.

Your Hi-MD walkman is not dependant on your PC. You can record from multiple sources including your HiFi, DVD, radio and basically any source that has a line output or optical output. You can also record from your microphone! When your recording has been complete, you have the choice to edit your tracks on the unit itself or on your PC. In the case where you are not near a PC, you can split, combine, delete, delete all and name your tracks from the unit.

Easy to use play and search options;Your Hi-MD walkman comes built in with a lot of great playing options and search functions to improve your listening experience and looking for your songs much easier. Your Hi-MD walkman has an easy to use navigational system and for your ease of use it comes with a remote so you do not have to pull out your unit to perform simple functions.

Your Hi-MD walkman features sound control options (6 band equalizer), Auto Personal Disc Memory, Group function, Bookmark function (up to 2047 tracks), AMS (Auto Music Search) and multiple playback options (Repeat, shuffle, program and more). With the advanced search option you can select to listen to all the songs from the same artist or album.

Manufacturer's Description

This stylish and versatile player lets you store up to 45 hours of digital music and bring it with you on a single, skip-free, 1 GB Hi-MD MiniDisc. The Walkman is compatible with MP3, WMA, WAV, and ATRAC3 audio and ATRAC3plus audio formats, and includes an AM/FM/TV/weather radio built into the remote. When you want to record, the USB connection delivers burn rates at up to 100x for your MP3s and CDs. A handy Jog Dial provides easy navigation, and Music Management software lets you group your tunes and customize your playing environment.

This player also includes line-in functionality for a line, mic, or mini analog optical inputs, and a USB-in port, which you can use with the Self Recording Upload function and upload recordings you've made with the MZNH900 to your computer. There's also as such niceties as headphone volume control along with the included set of 'phones. And, the player's 3-line LCD display provides album, artist and song title information on a clean, single screen. You can even store data from your computer, such as documents and presentations, on this player via its USB interface. The single AA battery, which you'll need to take the device away from your computer, is not included.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Going Back To iPod 20 Sep 2004
By Lee Boehmer VINE VOICE
Verified Purchase
Having lost faith with my iPod due to poor battery performance I decided to invest in one of the new breed of MD player/recorder from SONY - due in large part to recommendations from friends about the format but also because these units are powered by a single, replaceable AA cell.
Having had the unit for some two months now I can confidently say that I am never going back to iPod!!!
What is most impressive about the performance of this MD player is the sound reproduction. I was disbelieving of friends' claims that seemingly new elements of recorded sound reveal themselves when a CD is transferred to MD but it is true! When listening to my MD recording of Peter Gabriel's "PASSION" CD it possible to determine guitar and bass tracks that are inaudible on the CD. (Apologies to Tim and James for being a doubting Thomas).
Furthermore, SONY have improved the capacity of the MD. I now have my entire Brian Eno collection on one MD - with room to spare!!
The software for managing transfer to/from PC and editing playlists etc is less ergonomic than with iPod but is still common sense and functional.
I also find it reassuring having a disc that can you can see and touch. It just seems more tangible than data residing on some internal medium.
Lastly, the battery life is miraculous! I would estimate that a single AA battery provides approximately 50 hours of play at four hours per day. No more annoying battery failure on long journeys (as happened all to often with iPod) - simply take a replacement.
I cannot recomment MiniDisc, and this unit in particular, highly enough.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NH900 Review 6 Oct 2004
I bought this product a few weeks back and although it took a while to be delivered (changes to address on my part)it has been well worth the wait.
The machine looks great in black;funky and snazzy. Although the screen on the main unit is not the best the remote more than makes up for it and displays all the information clearly.
The jog dial is a cool addition and allows the user to basically speed through the tracks to see which one to play. Kind of gimmicky but fun all the same.
The sound quality is also very good, clear and rich. There are many different sound styles all of which offer something a little bit different but I have plucked for Surround which makes my music sound great.
The charging stand seems to work well and now sits next to the PC for charging up the player when I am transferring music. The battery life is good, however if the unit struggles for power I can attach a battery pack.
Otherwise in terms of the actual HI-MD player I can find little fault.
The software supplied is easy to install and use. I have used both the MD simple burner and SonicStage and both seem to be a great way for transferring music between my PC and the MD player. It is quick and easy and I have transferred multiple CD's onto the HI-MD disc within a matter of minutes. SonicStage is used for importing audio files or other media and for storing music downloaded from the net, but for a quick transfer I use the simple burner.
All in all a great product. Looks great, sounds great and easy to use whether that be transferring or listening to music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money, if it's what you need 18 Feb 2005
By GregB
I can't find any fault in the unit, it does exactly what I paid for. 1GB sure is a lot for a removable disk, but will obviously lose out to high-capacity hd players, who's capacity seems to be growing by the day. I personally prefer the idea of removable storage, you have the freedom of being able to lend someone a disk. While the NH900 works perfectly as a portable music player, if that's all you're looking for, you can find mp3 players, and even md players that are far cheaper for what you want. The main selling point of the 900 for me was its abilities as a recorder, namely, the ability to record in uncompressed PCM. The quality of recordings i have made with this unit have been near CD quality, which is pretty impressive, given the size of the unit.
I have heard a lot of complaints about the Sonic Stage software provided with Sony units, but it works perfectly fine for me. Admittedly, I have mainly been using the MD simple burner to transfer CDs to the 900 (approx 6-7 mins transfer time per cd). The main Sonic Stage program works fine, and with a simple update available from Sony's website, you can convert files recorded on the unit to .wav files. (They are uploaded as ATRAC files) There's lots of nagging about the restrictions of Sonic Stage (uploading limitations) but I can't really see these getting in the way for me.
A few downsides:
The supplied 900 mAh rechargable battery isn't too wonderful on its own, although used together with the clip on AA battery attachment, you can get decent battery life. (Though this obviously makes the unit slightly bigger)
You can get line out or headphone output (you choose via the menu) when the remote is not plugged in, but headphone output is the only option with the remote.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HiMD - very good, if you like that sort of thing 19 Jan 2005
MD 900
I researched this player alot before buying and am still unsure whether this was 100% the right choice.
plus points to HiMD (compared to Mp3 players around the same price):
the capacity is endless, just buy more discs.
if mates have them, it's easy to share the music.
you can record from any input at high quality
you have choice of using AA batteries.
when used as an external drive you can store the discs seperately.
well built
g protection
good compression (48kb/sec sounds fine and there's plenty of choise of bit rate)comes with remote (although not used it much yet - wires too long)
digital recording level
you can reformat old MD's to huge capacity (60 min disc to 219MB)
(80 min disc will hold 610 mins)
size - MD's are small, but mp3 players are smaller.
you need extra cables to record and play back through hifis
(can only record CD's using digital cable supplied)
capacity is good but again mp3 players are smaller for more memory.
slow to convert files (maybe due to crap computer)
could do with radio (saying that though, portable radio is always poor quality)
not as easy to use as ipod/creative zen etc with only 3 line display
advantages of the 900 (as opposed to the other MD players)
aluminium nice finish
removable add on battery cell holder (useful if you dont intend to use AAs much)
backlit lcd remote.
charging cradle (although not USB connected)
3 line display on player.
if you just want to play mp3's get an mp3 player, like ipod mini.
if you want to listen to a bit of radio and record the odd thing, get a creative zen micro.
for good quality recording from all inputs and the ability to expand the memory forever get a HiMD player.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great.. well almost.
It looks fantastic. It's tiny. It holds loads of music.
Looks promising? That's what I thought - all in all the MZ-NH900 itself is almost fabulous. Read more
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Before selecting this device I looked at the whole range of HDD based music players / storage combo devices. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bought, Stolen... upgraded
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