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Re: Source for NH-900 HiMD's

Subject: Re: Source for NH-900 HiMD's
From: Rob Danielson <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 10:34:59 -0500
At 12:20 PM +0000 6/29/05, oryoki2000 wrote:
>Rob Danielson <> wrote:
>>  ...Sony NH-900 HiMD recorder...$200.
>The MZ-NH900's big jog dial reminds me of my beloved Aiwa AM-F70,
>circa 1999.  Since the NH-900 is discontinued and getting hard to
>find, also look at Sony's replacement, the MZ-RH910.  It's widely
>available for $175.  No big jog dial, however, and the case is plastic.
>My current favorite Hi-MD recorder is Sony's top of the line, the
>MZ-RH10.  I love its big, bright OLED display.

I  completely agree if the big LCD units are
going this low. I think the LCD is bigger with
the 910 too. I've tested the "metal" of the 900
case a few more times than I would have preferred.

>  It's much more legible
>than the LCD displays on all other minidisc machines.  That makes it
>worth the $240 price that several online retailers advertise.
>So far as I can tell, the preamp section and recording mechanism in
>all Hi-MD recorders is the same.

Perhaps,.. but don't you think its important to
not assume this?  MD mic pre performance is
varying for reasons I don't understand-- with
different mics, of course, but even with the
capacities of the batteries used.  I noticed that
the sony HiMD models seem to use different

For years I regarded the consumer MD/DAT mic pres
as the primary quality limitation for those on a
budget, that may not be true,.. we'll see.  I'm
sticking with only recommending specific gear
combinations based on tests until I know a lot
more about what is going with this consumer grade

>  The Hi-MD recorders may differ in
>features and layout, but they produce the same quality linear PCM or
>ATRAC recordings.

That's good to know. Rob D.


Rob Danielson
Film Department
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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