Sony MZ-N505 Personal Silver Net MiniDisc Player
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Get ready to record MP3s or CDs at up to 32x Speed and utilise affordable MD Media for over five hours of Music storage with Sony's MZ-N505 High Speed Net MD Walkman Player/Recorder. You'll enjoy up to 56 hours of playback in LP4 Mode (using one "AA" battery), and the "Easy Skip" Group/Folder Function will help you navigate your listening experience with ease. In addition, this recorder supports Multiple Internet Audio Formats and enables ATRAC3 playback. Create a truly affordable, portable music library with the MZ-N505.
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 MZ-N505 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 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.
This Net MD Walkman also includes all the great features of MiniDisc that you've come to expect from the Sony range. MDLP long time stereo recording and playback (up to 320 minutes/over 5 hours of music) on one 80-minute disc lets you record 2X (LP2) or 4X (LP4) longer on an 80-minute MiniDisc to provide as much as 320 minutes (over 5 hours) of music with excellent sound quality. Ultimate Skip-Free G-Protection technology makes this Walkman an ideal on-the-go companion, with greatly advanced digital-based system that provides 10-times faster shock recovery compared to conventional systems, and ensures perfect playing performance without skipping even during such active uses as jogging.
The MZ-N505 is supplied with Open MG Jukebox software, USB cable, optical cable, Fontopia headphones, rechargeable battery, AC adaptor and carrying case (belt clip type).
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Previosully I`ve been recording music from CD & PC to my old Sharp mini-disc via phono leads which connected to a 3.5 mini microphone jack which then plugged into the microphone socket to the mini-disc. Sound was okish but not perfect. With my new Sony mini-disc this procedure was obsolete. Downloading music is very fast and the compression is excellent.
I`m particualy into rock music, and enjoy listening to the Rock Show (Raido 1) which is broardcasted from 12am to 2am. With working and getting up early Im too knackered to listen to it, so I set my mini-disc up to record the show, slap in a 74min mini disc set the recording compression to LP4 and Bob's your auntie. The funny thing was I set the mini-disc to record at 12am and woke up around 5am ish and the thing was still RECORDING!! Brilliant!!!!
Sound quality is excellent the digital bass works very well. The optical in works a dream, espeically when you hook it upto a PS2 - OOhh the posibilities!!
The only 2 downsides to the product is the the lack of highlighted screen on the mini-disc and the remote. Its a bit of a pain when using the mini-disc in low-level lighting or pitch black. Perhaps (via testing) you can attach another remote that features the highlighted 'glow' to achieve light? And secondly, the software. Its not the best user-friendly piece of software but I guess it does the job.
Overall an excellent and must have purchase if you're into downloading music, copying etc. Its much more cost effective than an MP3 player.
If you get one enjoy it!
Other than that, the player is brilliant. The long-play feature means that you can fit about 60 songs on one minidisc, which is great, because it means you don't have to take lots of discs around with you all the time. It's really easy to add and delete tracks, and change their position, on the computer, and since the computer automatically writes the track names, it saves a lot of fiddling and working your way through the alphabet for ages trying to name tracks.
The battery life is great - i use it every day, and i hardly ever have to think about charging it up.
I think this is a brilliant minidisc player, and i definately reccommend it.
I actually found the organisational part of the software very useful. Basically it just holds a database of all the tracks you've recorded and then lets you sort tracks by artist/genre etc. All pretty standard and intuitive and after you've transfered just a part of your CD collection it'll start suggesting playlists etc that work better than going to the mental strain of choosing a track yourself.
The first time I used the MD I just used the supplied optical cable to record off my Playstation 2, which works fine (apart from the track names, obviously), and I noticed tends to give a warmer sound than recording from PC or hi-fi, whichever recording mode I use. So I kept using it as I prefer the sound! In the Bass-2 mode it gives a very powerful sound, even through the supplied headphones.
Downers are that the controls on the MD itself can be fiddly and no back light on the LCD, so using it in the dark is more luck than anything. And the remote stick is a bit pointless as it doesn't have a screen and it's easy to accidentally stop the MD. Other than that though, can't really fault it.
The software isn't the best, but it does the job if you're careful. I've loaded 4hours worth of music on a single disc numerous times without any crashes.
LP2 is definitely the best compromise of quality and quantity. It gets you around two and a half hours on a 74 minute MD and the sound quality is excellent. LP4 is a nice feature but the quality definitely drops off, as you'd expect frankly. I only use it if I only want to go anywhere with a single MD of music, but that's rare as they're hardly cumbersome are they?
Speed of transfer is fine and the player is a great compromise betwwem solid state and traditional MD.
All in all, a good buy.