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Sony MZ-N10 Mini-Disc Player
Page 1 - Introduction and Specifications
Author: Philip Lam (Phirewerkz)
Date: April 12, 2003
Category: Audio
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Sony MZ-N10 Mini-Disc Player

Looking back 5 years ago, the Mini-Disc player has come a long way. In the year of 1996, Mini-Disc recorders were heavy, bulky, and energy consuming compared to the ones available now. The new age MD Players have become more efficient, allowing 32x transfer, LP4 and longer battery life.

However, the newest MD Players are still very expensive. The MZ-N1 is priced at $280 US, but is one of the best MD Players out there. Most consumers tend to buy the cheaper models, such as the MZ-N505, which prices at around $150 US. Although they may not be as light, they still provide the user with the essentials of great listening.

As of now, the buzz is still about the MZ-N1 Mini-Disc Player; I only know a few people who own one. However, Sony has released an even newer model, the MZ-N10, on their website. They have been slowly popping up in oriental shops, but not at major retailers.

Luckily, I was able to catch a glance of one of these during my stop in Hong Kong. The MZ-N10 strives to take the place of the MZ-N1 with more improvements on design, reliability and style.

Until the MZ-N10 is available in major tech stores, here is a full-length review of the MZ-N10: celebrating the 10th anniversary of Sonys use of the Mini-Disc format!

Here are the specifications for the MZ-N10:

Sony MZ-N10 Mini-Disc Player
Body Magnesium
Dimensions 77.7 x 71.4 x 13.8 mm
Weight 90 g (with no batteries), 117 g (including NiMH cell)
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (Built-in), LIP-3WMB, 3.7 V 340 mAh, Li-ion
Inputs MIC: stereo mini-jack (minimum input level 0.25 mV)
Line in: Stereo mini-jack for analog input (minimum input level 49 mV) optical (digital) mini-jack for optical input
DC: In 6V jack, USB (with USB Cradle AC Power adapter DC 6V)
Outputs Headphone/Line Out: stereo mini-jack (dedicated remote control jack)/194 mV (10k)
Maximum Output Headphones: 1.4 mW + 1.4 mW (16 ) (European models), 5 mW + 5 mW (16 ) (other models)
Audio CODEC SP: ATRAC (Adaptive Transform Acousting Coding) (292 kbps stereo) {Type-R ATRAC used for realtime SP recordings only}
LP2: ATRAC3 (132 kbps stereo)
LP4: ATRAC3 (66 kbps joint-stereo)
Anti-Shock G-Protection
Revolutions 350 rpm to 3600 rpm (CLV)
Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz
Recharge Time 65 min with 120 V AC, 60Hz, 35 min with 230-240 V AC, 50 Hz (U.K. + Hong Kong)
Transfer Speed 64x speed transfer directly to the recorder
Colours Silver, Black

Here are the recharging times for recording and playback:

Battery Life when Recording
  SP Stereo LP2 Stereo LP4 Stereo
Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery 8.5 11 14
Sony LR6 (SG) Alkaline Dry Battery 7.5 10 11.5
Built-in rechargeable battery + Sony LR6 Dry Battery 15 20 26.5

Battery Life when Playing
  SP Stereo LP2 Stereo LP4 Stereo
Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery 17 20 24
Sony LR6 (SG) Alkaline Dry Battery 27 32 36
Built-in rechargeable battery + Sony LR6 Dry Battery 42 52 58

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