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Sony MZ-N1 NetMD Walkman - Silver

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  • Record MP3s or CDs at up to 32x speed on affordable MD media for over 5 hours of music per standard 80-minute disc
  • Up to 110 hours of playback using the supplied rechargeable battery and 1 AA battery (not included)
  • Plays ATRAC3 and ATRAC files
  • converts audio from MP3, WMA, and WAV files
  • Includes USB docking and recharging cradle
  • Music-management software ensures seamless file transfers to and from your hard drive
  • multi-speed transfers via USB port
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: MZN1S
  • ASIN: B00005YXSL
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Feb. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,524 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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Record MP3s or CDs at up to 32x Speed with Sony's New MZ-N1 high speed Net MD Walkman Player/Recorder. Supplied with a USB cradle for charging and easy PC connection, this Net MD recorder rocks! Featuring a three-line Dot Matrix LCD display, up to 110 hours playback, an "Easy Skip" group/folder function, ATRAC3 play back and the support of multiple Internet audio formats, this recorder utilises affordable MiniDisc Media for over five hours of music storage on one 80 Minute Disc. Record from the Internet in no time with Net MD. The MZ-N1 has a magnesium body which is ultra-thin, ultra lightweight, and is produced by an advanced manufacturing process that results in exceptional portability and high durability.

The breakthrough with Net MD products is high speed transfer from your PC to MD, providing up to 32x speed transfer directly to the recorder. The title/track information you create in the jukebox automatically will be transferred to the Net MD Recorder. The three-line Dot Matrix LCD display features track number, MDLP recording mode, elapsed time, song title, artist name, play mode, depending on the mode chosen. An additional backLit LCD remote with editing functions is supplied and provides direct access to the player's functions, even in low light.

The MZ-N1 has the ability to record from multiple sources including PC, portable CD player, home CD unit, cassette player and radio, making this a most versatile system. The software and cradle is compatible with the following PC systems: Windows 98/98SE/2000/Me/XP. The bundled software includes Music Management Software Supplied to manage and store your digital music files (MP3s and your CDs), make custom playlists, and transfer music directly to your NetMD Walkman.

The MZ-N1 is supplied with the battery charging stand, Open MG Jukebox software, USB cable, optical cable, Fontopia headphones, rechargeable battery, dry battery case, AC adaptor and carrying case (belt clip type).

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Sony MZ-N1 is a top of the range Net MD Walkman with full magnesium body. Sony's MiniDisc format became a portable digital music standard before the age of MP3s. Sadly, though, MiniDisc lost its flavour as MP3 players became ubiquitous. Sony aims to fan the flame up once more with their Net MD line, MiniDisc players that can also connect to your PC to transfer downloaded music. Despite some minor drawbacks, this pricey but versatile digital music player is generally impressive.

Firstly, you can use the optical connection cable to transfer songs directly from your stereo (CD player, DVD player, Xbox, etc) to the Net MD. Like traditional MDs, the transfer takes place in real time, so a three-minute song takes three minutes to move. With Sony's OpenMG software, you can also move songs from your PC to the MD. But your music files must be converted to the OpenMG standard before being moved over, which slows down the transfer rate. Music moves at the rate of about a minute per three-minute song (although songs transferred more quickly subsequent to the conversion process being completed). Ironically, Sony's Net MD Simple Burner, which allows you to transfer songs directly from CDs in your PC's CD-ROM drive to the MD, proved more efficient. It takes only 10 minutes to move an entire 45-minute album to the MD.

Unfortunately, you can officially only move tracks from MD to the PC that made the reverse trip: you can't load up the MD with songs from a CD in your stereo and then transfer them to your PC. We say "officially" because there's a workaround: connect the MD's headphone output to your soundcard's input and then catch the music with a software mixer. Users with an advanced audio setup such as Creative Labs Extigy can easily handle the process.

Transfer caveats aside, the Net MD is a well-designed digital music player with excellent sound output. Its mid-cord remote control, complete with back-lit LCD display, clips onto your shirt and puts tools for manipulating the sound menus close at hand. And the inexpensive MD format means that you can load up lots of your favourite albums (at the highest compression level of LP4, an MD disc can hold almost 300 minutes of music). In addition to the rechargeable battery, you can connect a single AA battery to the Net MD to increase your play time to up to 110 hours.

It's not an inexpensive player, but its increased versatility, expansive removable media and long battery life make it worth the extra dough. The MZ-N1 is supplied with a battery charging stand, Open MG Jukebox software, USB cable, optical cable, Fontopia headphones, rechargeable battery, dry battery case, AC adaptor and carrying case (belt-clip type). --J Curtis

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I bought my MZ-N1 about a month ago and I have to say I am very impressed.
The unit is physically very small in size and it comfortably fits inside a shirt pocket. The remote control is very easy to use and makes changing volume, skipping tracks etc very easy especially as you can leave the device in your pocket. The player also comes with a leather belt clip, at first I didn't like the look of it but I have however changed my mind and I do use it as it will prevent the player from getting damaged and I can strap the player to my belt if I am not wearing a jacket or a shirt with a pocket.
I personally found the PC software very easy to use. I didn't like the installation as it took ages and seemed to consist of lots of seperate installations instead of one large one. The installation did however complete without any problems.
To put music on a MD is easy. Simply insert a CD into the CD-rom drive, enter the track name and artist and then click a button that will convert it into a format that can be copied to your MD. Once the music is in MD format you simply drag it to the MD player window and the files are quickly copied to the MD. Putting MP3's onto the player is a bit more complex because it automatically orders the files in name order and it is annoying putting them into the correct order. As however I use the original CD to convert the music I am completely happy.
I occasionally cram 4 CDs onto an MD, but usually I put 2 onto a single MD. I personally can not tell any difference in the music quality between the different bit rates.
My advise it to definately buy one. As mentioned you can fit 4 albums on a single MD and if you use the leather case you can put another MD in the case along with the player, this therefore means that you can have 8 albums at hand.
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By A Customer on 19 May 2002
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I logged onto amazon with the plan of searching for an MP3 player because my MP3 collection was growing and having to burn the files to a CD-R then to minidisc was taking ages, and costing me loads in buying CDRs. I really thought minidisc was coming to an end and MP3 was taking over! But then I found this little beauty.
I used to have a MZE-90 (smallest MD player in the world 2000) and the MZ-N1 is pretty much the same size, and weight with better battery life, but it also records and even transfers MP3, WMA, and WAV from the PC.
It looks very sexy on my desk next to the cable modem, with it's docking station, and the main power light on, and the recording light blinking like a CD-R drive. It takes minutes to transfer 5 hours of MP3 to the Net MD, along with all the names. But I was very surprised when I pressed the menu button and was given a long list of menus and options, including sound settings where you can change the bass and treble settings and then save them to one of the two presets. It also has pointless features like speed control, although when you're bored it's quite amusing to listen to Eminem at 3 times the normal speed.
One of my concerns about the ability to store 5 hours of music was that I thought I wouldn't be able to find tracks easily and that if I recorded 5 albums on the one disc they would all be mixed with each other . But the N1 has a group function where you can put a group of tracks into a group folder and then you can change tracks within that folder, but to listen to a different album you have to open one of the other folders.
The only thing I don't like about the N1 is the remote! It is big, ugly, and not user friendly in my opinion. Sony have really taken a step backwards with this one, my old remote was slim line with a clicking head rather than a jog dial, and had separate volume controls. On the N1 you have to pull the jog dial out to adjust the volume. I suppose I might get used to it but I prefer the old one!
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This is without a doubt the best way to take your music collection with you. At 75 mins CD quality sound per MD (or 150 mins (LP2) extremely close to CD quality sound or 340mins FM radio quality sound (LP4) per MD) it carries more music than all hardward MP3 players, and you can always take a handful of MD's with you to increase capacity.
NetMD works. OK the copy protection thing is a bit of a pain (each CD track from a Hard drive can be copied 3 times before you have to reload it from the CD) and the software's filing system takes some getting used to but making compilations is pretty much like any MP3 player - being a simple drag and drop system. Downloading to MD is fast (approx 10-20 mins per 150 min LP2 MD).
NetMD really should be the future - this system really does deserve to succeed. If you're considering a hardward MP player, don't. This is better, has more capacity, sounds better (ATRAC definitely sounds better than MP3), looks good, has great battery life (and a facility to use a AA battery), and links with a PC and can convert wave (CD) files, MP3 and windows media quickly to ATRAC for the MD.
Only irritating thing is that you have to remove the unit from the stand to get the MD out. This is irritating as it breaks the USB connection.
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By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2002
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I dont think it gets much better than this to be honest. Sony have no limits, with MDLP standard on all new Mini disc players you think it couldnt get better. Now that we have NET MD's you can record music straight from the internet, or from a cd you own. Its like burning a cd (except you can erase it as much as you like!) you can copy audio music 32X that of normal time. Sounds great but its even better than this. You require a pc to run the software, but the software that comes with it on CD is relativly straight forward...all these manuals you get with the product and you start to think its gonna be a hard thing it isnt believe me!.
Can MD's get even better? thats what id like to know!. This is by far the best ive seen so far. Also included is a charge cradle placing the mini disc on it and it automatically charges or records the music via a USB port from your computer.
This is bloody good, yeah it might be expensive but it worth every penny believe me!!.
If you were worried that the music isnt compatible beacuse it has been recorded fast, its compatible on any mini disc decks that are ATRAC3 standard.
Only negative point is that you need headphones, the ones you get are really poor and fall out your ears constantly. I would recommened a pair of Sony MDR-A35G (these are hard to find but are good) or MDR-EX70LP's as these have good sonic sound. But if over the head headphones are your thing (Hip hop style) MDR-G63LP are the daddys.
Anyway...Happy mini disc searching!
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