Sony MZ-N710 Silver Net MiniDisc Walkman
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- Net MD Walkman
- Slim & compact aluminium body
- Record from multiple sources (PC, digital In & analogue in)
- Net MD portable recorder MP3/WMA/WAV compatibility
- Max 32x faster music data transfer (high speed recording) from PC
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The Sony MZ-N710 Net MiniDisc Walkman offers great looks, a compact design, up to 85 hours battery life and the ability to store over five hours of music on one 80-minute MiniDisc.
MiniDisc technology has come on in leaps and bounds these past few years. As the units have become smaller, the battery life and storage capacity have increased. The MZ-N710 is a compact unit that fits nicely into a pocket or in your hand. The player boasts an LCD display for track listings and other such information, as well as offering all the buttons you'll need to get the most out of the device. For direct audio recording the user has the option of microphone, digital optical and line-in sockets. Those with a PC can connect the MZ-N710 to their computer via the USB socket.
Connecting the unit to your computer via USB allows you to transfer CD audio, MP3, WMA and WAV files using the included SonicStage software. The software converts the audio files into Sony's ATRAC TYPE-S format before transfer. You can also change the audio quality setting to give yourself more music per disc. When it comes to recording, the MZ-N710 does an admirable job too. With the Quick mode you can have faster cueing and FF/RW speeds in exchange for battery life. The unit also offers a bookmark track function for easy access to relevant recordings.
The MZ-N710 is powered by a rechargeable Ni-MH battery which is charged via the included cradle. There is also the option of adding an addition 'AA' type battery via a connectable battery dock. The additional battery dock will be a godsend to those who plan to be away from the charging cradle for any length of time. The remote control also serves as the main conduit to the player, allowing the main unit to be hidden out of eyes reach.
Aesthetics aside the sound quality is very good. The player comes with six graphic equaliser settings and a virtual surround mode to enhance your listening pleasure. While sounding like a whim, the virtual mode is actually very good and on testing, it actually took away that hard edge normally found when listening to music through headphones.
Overall this is a very comprehensive player and delivers the goods. The slim and compact aluminium body does convey a sense of durability and it looks like it could take a few knocks. The ability to add a further battery can be a lifesaver if you are out in the field. --Jason DenwoodSee all Product Description
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The player looks brilliant and is well built, and cos its a sony, it'll never go wrong. Controls are logically laid out and you can figure out most of them without refering to the manual. There are some group function buttons on the main unit if you want to manually edit groups, but its quicker to do it using the computer. Similarly, changing track information with the main unit controls is cumbersome and timewasting. The control has well layed out buttons, and shows track/group/CD inforation. However, A back lit remote would have been nice at this price.
Transferring music using the USB cable provided with the sonic stage software is easy and quick. At LP2, it takes around 8-10 minutes to transfer around 3 cds of music on a single mindisc.AND you can record over them too! Sound quality is superb. Software-wise, Sonic stage is one of the best i've seen. Have to hand it to SONY, the software is simple to use even without the manual, and it looks slick.
If i have to name one bad thing - its the headphones. The only way they will stay in ur ear is if you glue them to your ear lobe. They are suppremely rubbish and sound lame, and should be binned staright away! I bought and would recommend the Sony MDR-EX70LP Fontopia Headphones.
Cos amazon have a lame list of what u actually get --> you get - the mZn710 unit, Control, Headphones (useless), MD link, USB cable, Carry pouch, Charging Cradle, AC adapter, Dry battery cell adapter, Lithium rechargable battery, Battery holder, and the Sonic Stage software.
Overall - a Great buy from SONY and amazon. Ditch the headphones and you should be fine.
--THE GOOD POINTS -
-----Well for starters it's a nice size - probably the same as the others - but it also looks better than a lot of the others as well!
-----Next it's got the net function meaning that you can plug it into the back of your computer and simply open the program and transer the songs onto the minidisc - this takes about 30 secs per song - much faster than real time. The software does seem to be a little 'rough around the edges' for example it loads slowly due to (probably) the amount of images it uses - also it seems to be a little hard to get the songs onto the software straight away - but apart from one or two SMALL bugs there's nothing wrong with this aspect of the player.
-----The player and the remote allow you to see the song being played (much like all the others on the market) - but it's got the remote - which can make a difference.
-----Supplied with a leather case which i don't think it says on the site. (with belt clip!!!)
-----Sound quality's great (and there's 320 mins you can fit on)
-----Rechargeable battery and stand (easier than the others that use normal aa batteries.
-----Varying sound profiles - myou can make the volume much, much louder if you have the urge with this function - it also has surround sound!! But this doesn't really serve mcuh purpose unless you especially love the sound of it.Read more ›
At first I was very dissapointed at how long it took to fill a 80Min MD, i was expecting something in the region of 2-3mins (32x faster than 80mins), in actual fact it took about 30mins for 17 average length songs. The mode I was using for transfer was SP! I then tried using standard mode which transfers the music files at LP2 or LP4 depending on the bitrate. I put a CD in the drive CDDB2 named all the files for me and within 3mins all the files had been copied to the MD. This was the performance I was expecting!!! At first i was a bit sceptical about the quality of the song on LP2 however having listened to both a SP and LP2 MD I can hear no great difference on the supplied headphones.
Highly recommend for anyone looking for something to listen to music on the move. (Far more robust than an MP3 player aswell)
The battery really does last a very long time and the USB connection is so convenient. The only area where this product falls down is the software that comes with it -- it's not all that intuitive to use and it's a little buggy. I suspect that my PC's low spec has something to do with the occassional crash I've suffered with the software, so am looking forward to trying it on a different, more powerful machine that I have.
The ability to put upto 5 albums on one MD in mp3 format is great. This single feature makes the Sony a winner for me -- all the rest is icing on a huge cake.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The rechargable battery did not work on its own. it neede the extra battery case driven by the Aa battery in order to function.Published on 15 Jan. 2013 by drama princess
First the positives: the MD works: it's possible to record things on it and listen back to the music, and the sound is OK. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2010 by Jodro
I'm going to get to the point with this review, because I can understand the mixed opinions from annoyed and happy people. Lets get the iffy negative's out of the way first. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2008 by Picard
After getting this MD player, i took it home and within 10 minutes realised that the sonicstage software is a complete joke and was never, ever going to work. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2006 by A. D. Wiliams
I bought mine because I specifically wanted a lightweight portable means of listening to music and recording samples, speech, instruments, etc. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2005 by D. Gladden
i've had this minidisc since it first came out and it's never broken, or crashed it's fabulous and its worth the money i paid for it.Published on 10 Mar. 2005
or how heavy it is!
i have had this player for about 6 months.
i bought this md from a sony dealer after researching a lot about md players and i have to say that it does... Read more
this minidisc is a complete joke. unreliable, poor software for transfering songs. the reason i bought this was because it can be used with my computer, but it just doesnt work... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2005 by Mr. B. Mogridge