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Sony MZRH1B.EU8 Hi-MD Digital Audio Player and Recorder

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  • Digital audio player / recorder
  • Record and playback jame sessions, business meetings, etc
  • Several different playback settings including "Club", "Heavy", "Jazz" and "Pop"
  • Plays files which have been downloaded in mp3, LinearPCM or ATRACmp3 formats
  • Remote control with digital display

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 x 1.5 cm ; 440 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Item model number: MZRH1B.EU8
  • ASIN: B000FSH3U2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Aug. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Product Description

The MZ-RH1 is a digital audio player that can play files downloaded in LinearPCM, ATRAC (ATRAC, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus) or MP3 format, or which have been recorded onto the device from a live music session. Sony has improved the recording experience with several enhancements. Users can adjust the mode to reflect what they are recording, which could be a live event, their own 'jam' session, or even a business meeting - creating crystal clear playback sound. The MZ-RH1 also features different listening modes to co...

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By doc-feelbad on 13 Dec. 2006
This is a great bit of kit without question! Sony has obviously decided to aim this unit at the field recorder or amateur enthusiast rather than as an ipod alternative. However, if you do want to use it as that, it does remarkably well. I have managed to store about 600 tracks on a 1GB disc in very good quality. In fact, when I play a disc through my Hi-Fi it is leagues ahead of my other MP3 player sound quality wise. There are loads of other features on this unit too like the date stamp, CD quality PCM recording and the ability to upload recordings made on previous MD recorders in WAVE format without any kind of restrictions to your PC. I can't recommend it highly enough, it's great!

If you want to make very high quality audio recordings this is definitely for you. Build quality is superb with an excellent display, long battery life and loads of features. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By John Smith on 28 Dec. 2007
As you can see from the photograph, the Sony MZ-RH1 is a beautiful little piece of kit. I've seen it described elsewhere as being like a miniature separates unit, and that's quite accurate as it has the display on the front, rather than on top like most players out there, and has four tiny little rubber feet on the underside, and it is made almost entirely of metal. It does, unfortunately, feel a little fragile - you really wouldn't want to drop it on a hard floor.

Sound quality is the best I have heard from any compressed music player, whether playing MP3 or oma files (ATRAC). The oma tracks have just a slight edge over MP3s - but this is down to the superiority of the ATRAC codec, rather than any limitation of the player. The same phenomenon can be experienced if comparing tracks on a PC or on a Sony hard disc Walkman. Overall, the sound is much helped by the player's integrated digital amplifier, which has given a subtle but very noticeable improvement over previous players in terms of clarity. The AVLS volume limiter is also easily disabled via a menu option and forgotten about, meaning you can enjoy your dynamic pumping tunes as they were intended (previous recent players had an AVLS system that could only be disabled by pressing buttons in a secret combination, obtainable from various unofficial websites). Limiters on personal media players are included by necessity of EU law to prevent us listening too loudly and hurting our poor wittle ears. However, they do make the music sound flat and lifeless, so disabling them is a must.

Being a 'Hi-MD', this baby takes 1GB discs, which hold just a little under 8 hours of music when recorded at the player's default recording bit rate of 256kbps.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mish Mash on 16 Feb. 2007
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I've had a few minidisc recorders and while they've all been really good they have some limitations; the MZ-RH1 has removed those limitations and this is one classy piece of hardware. I've stopped listening to my iPod for music as the sound quality on this device with good headphones (HD600) is just so much better. The size is nice and small and the looks really are great, a bit retro, and it is very quiet when spinning the disc. Being made of metal it looks and feels well made. The major limitations of not allowing uploads to PC of old Minidiscs has been removed - a major benefit, plus it now supports 48khz MP3s, which the others didn't. The sound quality of MP3s which was slightly crippled on previous players has been fixed on this model.

Only criticism I have is that the MD/MP3 titles only appear on the remote not the main unit.

Possibly the last Minidisc recorder to be released but Sony have produced a cracker.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Muscutt on 23 Feb. 2008
Rewind to the year 1995, I walked into my local SONY Store and exchanged 35 crisp tenners for a new recording portable Minidisc player. Whilst it was brand new technology, I was amazed at the size of the discs and the sound that came from them. I never really bought that many pre-recorded discs from the stores but checking out how much some of the rarer MD albums are selling for nowadays, wished that I did!

Back in the space machine to 2008 (13 years later), I visited my favourite online retailer (Amazon.co.uk) and bought an MZ-RH1 Recording Minidisc Player. I didn't have to part with as many tenners and the sound quality is as amazing as ever.

I think that the best thing about this player is that you can get about 550 minutes of recording on it using a very high rate, I can usually fit all albums by one artist on one 1GB Minidisc and that pleases me as I do not really wish to carry lots of discs around like I used to do in the 90's.

A good friend of mine who is an 'iPod' fanatic, challenged me to a 'Music-Off' yesterday, we both recorded the same album onto our respective players, then challenged other work colleagues to listen to a 30 second snippet of a classic rock track and choose, the results? MD = 9 iPod=1 (that was his own vote). I cannot help but feel the sound on the iPod is very 'thin', washed out and empty, whereas the MZ-RH1 player sounded rich, fuller and overall more pleasing to the ear. I have gone a little mad and bought 10x1GB discs and am in the process of transferring all of my classic CD's onto them now. To say that an album that you have heard over 100 times suddenly sounds different and you pick out instruments and noises on the songs that you previously never heard HAS to say something about the kit that you are using!!
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