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INTRODUCES HI-MD WALKMAN DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYERS
Hi-Battery Life and Hi-Quality Combine to Create Ideal Digital Music
VEGAS (CES Booth #N109), Jan. 7, 2004 -Taking the
MiniDisc™ a big step forward, Sony today announced its new Hi-MD™
Walkman® digital music players.
Hi-MD technology, users can record up to 45 hours of music at up to
100 times transfer speed on one disc, while still enjoying the
extensive battery life, compact design and robustness for which MD
players are recognized. Removable, re-recordable Hi-MD media
provides music lovers with unlimited storage capacity to build an
infinite library of their favorite songs.
MD Walkman recorders have been the top-selling digital music players
for the past 18 months and with Hi-MD players, we're giving music
lovers more choices," said Todd Schrader, vice president of
marketing for Sony Electronics' portable audio products. "Nothing's
been left out. We've created the best overall portable music
solution that addresses digital music fans' needs for high capacity
storage and long battery life in a small and extremely durable
Walkman recorders incorporate the ATRAC3plus™ codec. The ATRAC3plus
format is a high-quality audio compression technology that Sony
developed to effectively reduce the size of audio files while
preserving more of the sound quality.
ATRAC3plus compression, more audio files can be burned to Hi-MD
media or for that matter, to a standard MiniDisc. Music can be
compressed to 132, 105, 66, 64 or 48 kbps (kilobits per second), so
you can store more music or record at higher fidelity. By
compressing at 48 kbps, users can enjoy 45 hours of music on one
Hi-MD disc or 13 hours of music on one standard, 80-minute MiniDisc.
Manage and Play Back Your Music
recorders connect to the PC via a USB cable for high-speed music
transfers. They are compatible with the new Connect™ online
music service. They also come bundled with SonicStage® version 2.0
software and the Simple Burner application, which makes it easy to
import, manage and transfer music collections. With SonicStage
software, playlists or track information created in the jukebox are
automatically transferred to the Hi-MD recorder. Additionally,
SonicStage 2.0 jukebox supports many Internet audio formats,
including MP3, WMA, WAV files.
recorders make it convenient to locate favorite tracks and customize
listening options. The devices feature Sony's Jog Dial™ navigation
system, offering a single-hand way to scroll through playlists and
songs. Albums, artists and song titles can be viewed on the Hi-MD
player's three-line liquid crystal (LCD) display. Hi-MD recorders
also include flexible editing tools so you can change the order of
tracks or delete unwanted songs right on the device and without
having to re-visit the PC.
Features, Added Functionality
new Hi-MD players are packed with extra features that add
convenience and utility to the digital music experience. For
example, with the new upload function musicians or note-taking
students can use the mic-in feature on several of the models to make
a self-recording on the device and transfer the content back to the
PC. When connected to the PC, Hi-MD recorders act as an external
drive enabling users to store and transfer such data files as
presentations, digital images and spreadsheets on the discs. Since
the USB will feed power to the unit when connected to a PC, there is
no need to worry about draining battery life when transferring to
the Hi-MD device.
speaking of battery life, Hi-MD Walkman players let music fans make
the most of all that capacity by providing up to 30 hours
of continuous playback using just one "AA" battery (MZ-NH600D
Hi-MD digital music players are backwards compatible, so they will
play back and record music on standard MiniDisc media. All of the
players come supplied with a Hi-MD disc and will be available in
of the Line MZ-NH1 Model
and chic best describes the MZ-NH1 model. With its full magnesium
body and ultra-compact shape, this new recorder sets a new standard
in digital music design. The recorder has all of the Hi-MD
convenience features, including the mic-in function, and comes with
a three-line backlit LCD remote. The elegant USB cradle makes for an
easy PC connection and convenient charging of the supplied
rechargeable battery. The MZ-NH1 model will be available for about
Level MZ-NH600D Model
about $200, the MZ-NH600D model is an ideal solution for digital
music fans looking for a high-capacity portable player that won't
break the bank. With enough battery life to support hours and hours
of music, and the rugged endurance to survive a marathon, this Hi-MD
recorder is ready to go anywhere.
up in the line, the MZ-NHF800 model has an AM/FM/TV/Weather Band
tuner remote, making favorite radio and TV programs and on-the-fly
editing just a click away. This player also has a line-in and mic-in
to enable easy recording from multiple sources and is expected to
sell for about $250.
MZ-NH900 model has an LCD tuner remote that makes managing music on
the fly a breeze. It is supplied with a charging stand and
rechargeable battery. The MZ-NH900 Hi-MD recorder will be available
for about $300.
standard MiniDiscs, Hi-MD discs are small, durable and re-recordable
up to a million times without degradation in audio quality. Each 1GB
disc can hold up to 45 hours of music compressed at 48 kilobits per
second (kbps). In addition, Hi-MD media can store PC files,
including Microsoft® Word® documents, PowerPoint® presentations and
JPEG images. Hi-MD discs are expected to cost about $7 each when
they become available in April.
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information regarding the nearest Sony authorized dealer or service
locations, your readers can call 1-800-222-SONY.
battery life may vary depending on usage patterns.
media is available in 1GB capacity. User available memory on each
disc is equal to 1,008,467,968 bytes, a portion of which is used for
data management functions.
Sony Electronics Inc.