Product Type: Sony portable MD players
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An *ACCURATE* opinion
Sony MD Walkman MZ-N707
Member Name: Bob Barley
Sony MD Walkman MZ-N707
Date: 14/11/02, updated on 14/11/02 (1220 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent battery life, Stylish, Fantastic quality
Disadvantages: Expensive, Bad software
This MD player is extrememly good.
I was on holiday in Gibraltar and saw one in a Sony shop. At the time I'd only ever seen adverts for the player, I'd never seen any in the shops, so I instantly wanted it. I scrounged together enough travellers cheques to pop into the shop and buy it. I got back and was more than happy with it.
The player is very stylish, there are different coloured ones I believe but mine is silver. It's well designed, with not too many confusing buttons, and it's extremely small, much better than the earlier Sony MD player I used to own. The menu system on the player however can be a little confusing at times. Plus at first I thought the player was broken, then realised you have to push the buttons quite hard for them to work, whoops :)
The sound from the player is fantastic! Regardless of which speed recording you use I've struggled to hear any difference. It doesn't distort at high volume, and it goes pretty LOUD!! :) You can also set up three treble and bass levels and switch between them by pressing one button on the remote control.
this is where the player really comes into it's own. It came bundles with a whole range of useful things. Firstly is has a very nice and easy to use remote control. A rechargable AA battery, earphones, carry pouch, power adaptor and extrememly useful docking station for it, so you can just s
it it on the dock and it can charge.
The main reason for the player however was for it's 'Net MD' feature. Basically this means the player connects to your PC via a USB port, so you can copy songs from your computer to the player, much faster than recording it in real time. You can copy across CD's, MP3's or a variety of other formats I believe, I only use them two myself though. The only problem is the 'Jukebox' software the player comes with is very very poor. It's difficult to use, uneccesserily pretty, and crashes frequently.
The player supports extended recording so you can record in 2x and 4x modes, giving hours of playback from one single Mini Disc. If you choose to record at normal speed though (74/80 minutes) the player records using 'Type-R'; which according to the manual gives quality equivelant to that of professional DJ equipment. It's hard to tell with it being a small portable unit, but I'll take Sony's word for it :)
Unlike some Sony MD Players this one doesn't come with a radio built into the remote control unit, although I've always thought it a fairly useless feature, plus I've heard that there's serious problems with the radio remote controls in terms of it telling the MD player the battery is empty all the time.
The anti-shock on the player is also very good, I go out walking and sometimes running whilst I have the player with me, and it's never skipped on a track, not once!
I'm not sure on the exact battery life, you can check the Sony site for accurate figures, but it lasts a VERY long time just using the single rechargable AA battery supplied. Once fully charged I can do a lot of recording and still take the unit out, and not have to worry about recharging it for some time. Even when the battery indicator starts flashing you can get another hour of playback from it. The unit will last
ever longer if you use an ordinary AA battery.
Value for Money
I'll admit the player was quite expensive, but at the end of the day you're paying for quality, which I believe Sony have delivered exceptionally! If you pay a bit more you can get the same player but with backlit LCD display, but I reckon it's pointless because even in the dark I know what track is playing because I can hear it!! :)
So if you're in the market for an excellent MD Player, then don't hesitate to consider this one. It's extremely hard to fault, except that maybe it's a little expensive.