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Re: New Sony Hi-MD's - comments?

Subject: Re: New Sony Hi-MD's - comments?
From: Rob Danielson <>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 22:48:52 -0500
At 9:21 PM +0000 8/25/04, smorytko wrote:
>Anyone here tried or have comments regarding the Sony MZ-NH1 or MZ-
>NH900? How good (bad) are they?

I tried a MZ-NH900 tonight in standard MD ATRAC SP (3?) mode. The
plug-in-power from the Mic jack seems fine-- powered my usual p-i-p
mics with no changes I could hear. The MZ-NH900 is pretty much like
the better consumer MD recorders we're used to. Manual gain
adjustment during recording, low and high mic input sensitivity,
similar mic preamp noise, instant record, you can add track/markers
on the fly. More menu driven stuff then I want to deal with in the
field but with all the USB features, menus are a given. One feature
I'm not crazy about is it defaults to automatic record gain after you
stop a recording session.  To switch back to manual requires several
button presses.  It records/organizes files in "groups."  Can't say
anything yet about the a->d quality. When you consider that a MD
digital transfer deck alone costs $250-500, getting USB digital
transfer capability (to a PC, not Mac) even hi end MD quality would
be an upgrade. Then there's the uncompressed 16 bit mode which I
didn't try yet. It will be a while for Sony's software upgrade for
transferring these files onto your PC and accessing them for editing.
Rob D




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