Portable MiniDisc Players

General Information for Portable MD Players

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digital amp IC

Sony MZ-E720
portable MDLP player
Intro: 9/2003
Street: ¥19,500
Availability:
Out: headphonesmax: 74.1w x 80.0h x 15.1d mm, w/o protrusions: 71.5 x 77.9 x 13.9 mm, 64g (91g w/batt)

Features:

  • New High Definition Digital amp IC (10dB less noise than MZ-E710 at low volumes).
  • New "Quick start" function keeps audio data in memory, reducing startup time from dead stop to about 0.4 seconds.
  • Aluminum body.
  • ATRAC Type-S.
  • 6-band equalizer.
  • VPT ("Virtual Phone Technology") Acoustic Engine (cannot be used simultaneously w/6-band equalizer).
  • One touch eject.
  • Available in silver, blue, pink and brown.

Included Accessories: MDR-EX51 earbuds, backlit 9-character Roman/Kana LCD remote, NiMH cell, charge stand, external AA cell case, carrying pouch, AC adapter

Links:

Specs: 5mW+5mW into 16 ohms

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH38/47/60 hr3.5 hr
AA x 163/79/99 hr
Both98/124/155 hr
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Aiwa AM-PX3portable MDLP player
Intro: 11/2003
``Open''
Availability:
Out: headphones76.4 x 81.2 x 16.9mm, 67g (body only)

Features:

  • ATRAC DSP Type-S.
  • Headphone cord retracts into LCD-remote.
  • Group mode functions.
  • Available in silver, blue, green and pink.

Links:

Reviews:

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Aiwa AM-PX1portable MD player
Intro: 3/2003
Street: ¥18,000
Availability:
Out: headphones76.5 x 81.2 x 17.55mm, 65g (body only)

Features:

  • E.A.S.S. GP shock protection
  • Backlit LCD remote

Links:

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH26/32/42 hr4.5 hr
AA x 1?/?/130 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX300portable MD player
Intro: 11/2001
¥23,500
Availability:
OUT: headphones81.3W x 75.8D x 17.8H mm, 72g (97g w/ batt)

Features: Targeted at teenagers and young women in their 20s, users can create their own original MD player by placing a printed film, photo, or illustration inside the large front panel on the AM-HX300's main unit. MDLP long-time playback mode, MD Group function compatible, battery charger stand, program search function that automatically lists the names in Japanese kana and alphanumeric order (allowing users to view the titles on the remote control unit's LCD panel and select a favorite song), sentence repeat function, 25-track programming, 40-second/80-second (LP2)/160-second (LP4) skip-preventing memory.

Links: Aiwa's official Japanese page for the AM-HX300. T-Station has some further information on the AM-HX300.

Specs: 3.8mW+3.8mW output.

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Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiCad14/23/28 hr5 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX400portable MD player
Intro: 11/2001
¥26,500
Availability:
OUT: headphones77.9W x 73.4D x 13.8H mm, 89g w/ batt

Features: Playback starts in approximately 0.6 seconds after start (unit achieves this short time by reading and storing the music data in the main unit's memory when the disc is first inserted, retained whether the power is turned on or off). MDLP long-time playback mode, MD Group function compatible, battery charger stand, program search function that automatically lists the names in Japanese kana and alphanumeric order (allowing users to view the titles on the remote control unit's LCD panel and select a favorite song), sentence repeat function, 25-track programming, 40-second/80-second (LP2)/160-second (LP4) skip-preventing memory.

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Specs: 3.8mW+3.8mW output.

Reviews:

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH34/46/60 hr3.5 hr
AA x 156/80/100 hr
Both90/129/165 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX150portable MD player
Intro: 5/2001
¥29,800
Availability:
OUT: headphones71.1W x 12.6H x 77.2D mm, 56g (81g w/batt)

Features: Smallest and lightest portable MD player as of May 2001. MDLP compatible. Includes clip-type headphones that wrap behind one's ears, with pause and play buttons located on the headphone housing. 40-second anti-shock protection (160 seconds in LP4 mode), unit is recharged by being placed in recharging stand, sentence repeat function, LCD can be disabled to extend battery life, backlit LCD remote control,

Links: Aiwa's official English page for the AM-HX150. A Japanese press release covering the AM-HX150.

Specs: 8mW x 2 output. Times listed are for SP/LP2/LP4 modes.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH29/38/45 hr3.5 hr
AA x 140/72/75 hr
Both75/107/125 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX100portable MD player
Intro: 4/2001

Availability:
IN:
OUT:
71.1W x 12.6H x 77.2D mm, 56g (81g w/batt)

Features: World's smallest and lightest portable MD player, with longest playback time (as of April 2001). MDLP and Group Function compatible. 40-second anti-shock protection, remote control has 10-character backlit LCD, sentence-repeat function, unit is recharged by placing it in recharge stand, power-saving mode to extend battery life (by disabling the LCD), programmable alarm functions, available in silver, black, and blue.

Links: Aiwa's official English page for the AM-HX100. The T-Station also has a page on the Aiwa AM-HX100.

Specs: 8mW per channel. 100V AC when using included AC adapter. Times listed are for SP/LP2/LP4.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH29/38/45 hr3.5 hr
AA x 140/72/75 hr
Both75/107/125 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX200Portable MD Player
Intro: 3/2001
MSRP: ¥34,000
Availability:

OUT: Headphones
72.2W x 78.3D x 13.9Hmm, 84g (109g w/batt)

Features: MDLP support. All-titanium body (first for Japanese market) with double the rigidity of aluminium. Sentence repeat function (to assist language learning): using any 0.5-second silence as an identifier, unit will repeat the "sentence" 9 times. "Digital tone processor" allows for bass/treble adjustment (-6 to +6). Alarm function (settable from 1 to 180 minutes), 25 track program play, power save mode ("PS"), as on previous Aiwa players. 10 chararcter backlight multi-jog remote. Track select during playback has been updated: when viewing the track list during playback, the tracks are displayed in sorted order (Japanese titles sorted in Japanese character sort order).

Accessories included: LCD remote control, stereo headphones, battery charger stand, AC adapter, nickel-hydrogen rechargeable battery, battery case, carrying case, clip for remote control unit, rechargeable battery carrying case.

Links: Aiwa's English and Japanese pages for the unit. JIJ Announcement (Japanese).

Specs: 8mW+8mW headphone output. 20-20,000Hz, +-1dB (with 10 ohm load). 1 bit DAC.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH18/21/22 hr
PS mode 25/32/38 hr
70 minutes
AA x 128/31/33 hr
PS mode 36/50/60 hr
BothPS mode 68/87/100 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX77portable MD player
Intro: 1/2001

Availability:
OUT: headphones77.7 x 12.8 x 71.6mm, 83g

Features: 40-second anti-shock protection, backlit LCD remote, "Digital Tone Processor", "sentence repeat" function, alarm function (1 minute to 3 hours), 1-bit D/A converter, 25-track program mode, 3-point battery check indicator.

Links: Aiwa's Hong Kong website has a page for the AM-HX77. T-Station has an Aiwa AM-HX77 info page.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
Ni-MH? hr? hr
AA x 1? hr
Both67 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX70portable MD player
Intro: 9/2000
¥27,800
Availability:
OUT: headphones71.6W x 77.7D x 13.5H (mm), 85g

Features: Power-save function extends battery life (see battery table below). 25-track programmable playback function, digital tone processor (bass/treble control), 40-second anti-shock memory, and several alarm functions. A "sentence repeat" mode will loop a portion of audio that has at least half-second moments of silence at each end, supposedly this feature is useful when learning another language and using MiniDisc.

Links: Aiwa's official page for this unit. Josh Pelland wrote up a great in depth review of his player.

Specs: 8mW per channel.

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Battery Life
(power save: off/on)
PlayRecharge
NiMH19/25 hr70 min
AA x 129/38 hr
Both51/67 hr
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Aiwa AM-CL33portable MD player
Intro: 7/2000
¥25,300
Availability:
OUT:80(W) x 82.8(D) x 20.4(H) mm, 110g

Features: Available in three colors, power save feature allows unit to run for an extended period of time, backlit LCD remote control, alarm function, 40-second skip protection, three step base boost.

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH20 hr70 min
AA x 135 hr
Both60 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX55Portable MD player
Intro: 8/1999
¥29,800
Availability:
headphone out71.6mm W x 14.5mm H x 78.5mm D

Features: 25 track program play mode, 40-second anti-skip buffer, alarm function, program search, backlit LCD,

Reviews:

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit. R.M.Morrien has started an Aiwa AM-HX55 page, with some good photos of the unit. Minidisco has a rotatable 3-D spinning image of this unit.

Specs: headphone output 8mW per channel (load impedance 16 ohms), NiMH battery DC1.2V, 1 AA alkaline battery DC1.5V, 100 VAC household current.

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH19 h r70 min
AA x 127 hr
Both50 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX50portable MD player
Intro: 7/1999
¥27,800
Availability:
headphone out71.6mm wide x 14.2mm high x 78.5mm

Features: Was smallest, lightest portable player with longest battery life for a short period of time (July 1999). Display of both the disc name and track number on the remote, programmable playback, backlit LCD remote control, 40-second skip preventing memory, alarm function,

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit. Dave Bell has made a Aiwa AM-HX50 review. Ian McFarlane has made a review of the Aiwa AM-HX50 player. HiFi Choice magazine (UK) has a review.

Specs: Frequency range of 20 - 20,000Hz, 1dB (with 10 ohm load), headphone output 8mW per channel (load impedance 16 ohms),

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
Nickel-hydrogen19 hrs70 min
AA x 127 hrs
Both50 hrs
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Aiwa AM-ST40Portable MD player
Intro: 3/1999
¥32,000
Availability:
H eadphone, DC IN: 1.5v90.1W x 89.1D x 21.7H (mm), 136g w/batt

Features: "Outdoor type" player, with carrying strap, neck strap, and corner bumpers. Unusual "Time Alarm" function can be set at designated time intervals, from 10 minutes to three hours, in one-minute increments. An electronic alarm sounds at the designated time. This function can also start MD playback at a selected time. Backlit remote with 10 character display shows MD disc name, track name and number, and functions. Program play (25 track), 40 sec shock memory.

Links: Aiwa's English and Japanese pages for the unit. MiniDisc World's review for this unit.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH8 hr70 min
AA x 1? hr
Both21 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX30Portable MD player
Intro: 12/1998
MSRP ¥31,000
Availability:
out: headphone86.8 x 77.6 x 16.3mm, 132g

Features: ATRAC 4.5 Back-lit remote, song name search, 25 program play, 40 second shock memory. 8 hours playback on internal rechargeable cell.

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Aiwa AM-R10Portable MD/AM/FM player
Intro: 9/1998
MSRP ¥34,800
Availability:
OUT: headphones80.9 x 97,8 x 26.4mm, 225g (main body), 255g w/battery

Features: Built in AM/FM/TV tuner (Euro/US models [do they exist?] have world band AM/FM tuners). Backlit remote, jog dial for track or radio station selection. Double speed playback option.

Tips: To set the radio's tuning band (Japan, Europe, US) try these steps: 1) Press ENTER. Within one second jog + on the TUNING jog shuttle. 2) Press PRESET + or - key to cycle through JPN,USA,EU. 3) Press ENTER to lock in your choice. [from cholden9_5@hotmail.com]

Links: Aiwa's English page for the unit.

Specs: Headphone amp: 10mW+10mW

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRadio
LiIon11 hr7 hr
AA x 333 hr19 hr
Both45 hr26 hr
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Aiwa AM-HX3Portable MD Player
Intro: 9/1998
¥32,800
Availability:
Headphones97 x 77.6 x 21.6mm, 178g (main unit), 208g w/battery

Features: Jog dial for track selection, double speed playback mode, backlit remote. Program (up to 25 tracks), repeat 1, repeat all, and shuffle play modes. Silicon rubber cushions on ear caps for better fit and bass reproduction. 1 bit D/A. Battery life: Rechargeable LiIon: 7 hr, AAx3: 19 hr, both: 26 hr. Recharge time: 2hr.

Links: Aiwa's English page for the unit. Japan Direct's clear photos of the unit.

Specs: Headphone amp: 10mW+10mW

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Aiwa AMD-50Portable MD player
Intro: 1/1993 (? guess)
MSRP $599, Street $179 (1998)
Availability:
headphones, DC in: 6v84.4x26.1x110.1mm, 294g w/batt

Features: Reportedly a clone of the Sharp MD-S10. ATRAC 1(?) 3 second shock memory. One step bass boost. PLSS (personal listening setting) changes sound so that headphone noise does not disturb others. Opens with button, not slide. Remote displays: track number, play mode (random, repeat), bass boost, PLSS, battery empty. Rechargeable 4.8v (NiCad?) battery life: pre-recorded MD: 100 minutes, recordable MD: 90 minutes. AC adapter can charge battery and operate the unit simultaneously. Full charge: 5 hours. Button press confirmation beep may be toggled by holding the DSL/PLSS button for 3 seconds while in playback or stop mode. Pushing the play button repeatedly toggles the play mode (normal, repeat, random).

Specs: THD: 0.07%, Headphone amp: 15mw+15mw

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Audiophase MDP-1Portable MD Player
Intro: 10/1999 (? guess)
MSRP(?)
Street: US$99
Availability:
OUT: headphone99w x 17h x 75d mm, 115g (w/o batt))

Features: Appears to be clone of the Casio XG-3. Top (clamshell) disc loading. Uses one AA battery or AA-shaped NiMH rechargeable battery (included) Backlit in-line remote. Unit has all controls on remote, main body has only "hold" button and "open" slider. Two level Bass Boost. Battery save feature (the 10 sec. buffer is switchable to autoPS (auto power save, or buffer off) or PS off (buffer on)). Includes headphones (standard style, not ear buds seen in Best Buy ads), drawstring bag, and AC adapter for playback and in-unit battery charging.

Variants: Unit has been rebadged and sold by several others, including Goodmans (UK) who sold it at two different times, each with different model numbers(!) (the GMD16RB and MD100).

Mis-features: No recharging while playing, no "mono" indicator on display (but plays mono discs fine), 3 (!) hours on an LR6 (AA) battery, 5 on the NiCad battery (?!).

Links: Apparently imported (and manufactured?) by Venturer Electronics 725 Dennison Street, Ontario L3R 1B8 Canada. Unit appeared in a Best Buy advertising flyer. Best Buy sells the MDP1 for $79 (for a brief period of time in November 2000, the unit was available for $49 with free shipping!).

User comments: Upon listening, it sounds great, plays great, and is pretty good all-around. My only gripe is that is has pretty short battery life. For anyone who is just getting into the MD hobby, or a budget-minded pro who wants a travel companion, this is the unit to get! If anyone would like to contact me, I can be reached at ffourtwenty@hotmail.com. -Dave Cruz

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User Manual: MDP-1

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
1300mAh in AA form factor
5 hr4 hr (for NiCd)
AA x 14 hr
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Casio XG-3Portable MD player
Intro: 2/2000 (? guess)
Street US$129.99
Availability:
OUT: headphone99 x 19 x 76mm, 140g (w/battery)

Features: 40 second shock memory [powersave off/on], 2 step bass boost, backlit remote, repeat, random, track skip and search.
MD info on remote: [Total # of tracks, total play time, disc name] or [Current track #, track time, track name].
Unit info on remote: 4 segment power, bass boost, play mode, volume, shock buffer status and 6 character text. No LCD on body. Unit accepts NiMH in AA formfactor, or AA cell.

Links: Christopher Vallo's review of the unit. The Casio XG-3 MD player is spotted at Circuit City (search for "casio xg3").

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH5.5 hr4 hr
AA x 13.5 hr
Times based on: Vol 24/30, 16ohm load, temp 25C, PS-off.
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Casio XG-1Portable MD player
Intro: 2/1999 (? guess)

Availability:
OUT: headphone107 x 24.5 x 82mm, 145g (body only)/td >

Features: 40 second shock memory [2 step, settable], 24 track program play. 3 step bass boost.

Links: Puwa-risu's excellent Japanese MD site has info on this unit.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH7 hr? hr
AA x ?? hr
Both? hr
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JVC XM-C3portable MDLP player
Intro: 9/2003
Est: ¥20,000
Availability:
Out: headphones75.4w x 17.4h x 82.2d mm, 76g (101g w/batt)

Features:

  • Mindblowing 315 hour battery life (nearly two weeks continuous running!)
  • 3 blinking LEDs indicate playback mode and battery condition.
  • 4 Equalizer settings: "energy", "crystal", "subway", "heartful".
  • "Active Clear Bass" 2 step bass boost.
  • Available in green, pink and blue.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 3mW+3mW

Accessories: LCD remote, earphones, NiMH cell, charging stand, carrying pouch, AA cell case, manual

Reviews:

Battery Life
(Power save on, sound setting: "normal")
PlayRecharge
NiMH
BN-R129
58/80/115 hr3.5 hr
AA x 192/140/196 hr
Both158/220/315 hr
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JVC XM-S5portable MDLP player w/built-in speaker
Intro: 9/2003
Est: ¥20,000
Availability:
Out: headphones75.4w x 18.2h x 82.2d mm, 76g (101g w/batt)

Features:

  • Mono speaker built into case.
  • Digital amp.
  • 3 blinking LEDs indicate playback mode and battery condition.
  • 4 Equalizer settings: "energy", "crystal", "subway", "heartful".
  • "Active Clear Bass" 2 step bass boost.
  • Simultaneous recharging (in charge stand) and playback possible.
  • Available in green, pink and blue.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 3mW+3mW, Speaker amp: 95mW (Mono)

Accessories: LCD remote, earphones, NiMH cell, charging stand, carrying pouch, AA cell case, manual

Reviews:

Battery Life
(Power save on, sound setting: "normal")
PlayRecharge
NiMH
BN-R129
51/70/93 hr3.5 hr
AA x 180/120/156 hr
Both136/190/250 hr
(Speaker: 9.5 hr)
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JVC XM-ZX5portable MDLP player
Intro: 9/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones, DC IN75.4 x 16.0 x 82.2mm, 75g (110g w/batt)

Features: MDLP capable, group mode functions. Unit incorporates small speaker in charging stand. "A-B Repeat" function allows arbitrary section of disc to be repeated (intended for language learning). 7 step bass and treble controls. Multicolor "Rainbow Illumination" LED built into charging stand indicates when unit is charging. Sleep timer and timer alarm promote and prevent (resp.) missed train stops. Disc "one touch eject" mechanism. Colors: Silver, Blue, Pink.

Links:

Accessories: LCD remote, headphone, NiMH cell, charging stand (with speaker), AC adapter, carrying pouch

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW, 20-20kHz +/-3dB

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
BN-R129
22/26/30 hr3.5 hr
Using speaker9.5 hr
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JVC XM-PX501portable MD player
Intro: 8/2001
$209
Availability:
OUT: headphones75.9H x 17.5D x 81.0W mm, 78g (103 w/ batt)

Features: MDLP and Group function support. Unit's body changes color as it charges. 40-second anti-shock protection (160 seconds in MDLP 4X mode), A-B Repeat function, 7 step Bass/Treble adjustments, Redesigned LCD remote, "Top-open" clam shell disc insertion.

Links: JVC's official Japanese page for the XM-PX501. MiniDisc T-Station has further information on the XM-PX501.

Included Accessories: LCD remote, headphones, NiMH rechargeable cell (BN-R129), Charging stand, AC adapter, carrying pouch

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW, Dynamic Range: 20-20kHz (+/-3dB)

Reviews:

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH BN-R12922/25/29 hr3.5 hr
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JVC XM-PX601portable MD player
Intro: 8/2001

Availability:
OUT: headphones73.8 x 15.6 x 79.3mm
65g (body only), 90g w/batt

Features: MDLP and Group function support. A small speaker has been incorporated into the charging stand, to allow music playback without headphones. 40-second anti-shock protection (160 seconds in MDLP 4X mode), A-B Repeat function, 7 step Bass/Treble adjustments, Redesigned LCD remote, "Top-open" clam shell disc insertion.

Links: JVC's official Japanese page for the XM-PX601. Minidisc T-Station has further information on the XM-PX601.

Included Accessories: LCD remote, headphones, NiMH rechargeable cell (BN-R129), Charging stand with built-in speaker, AC adapter, carrying pouch

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW (EIAJ/DC), Charging stand speaker amp: 170mW (EIAJ/AC), Dynamic range: 20~20kHz (+/-3dB)

Reviews:

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH BN-R12922/26/30 hr3.5 hr
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JVC XM-PX50portable MD player
Intro: 10/2000
¥29,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones76.0mm H x 17.4mm D x 81.0mm, 74g (w/o batt)

Features: MDLP support, Digital A.C.BASS circuitry, 7-level adjustable bass/treble control, backlit remote, 40 seconds anti-shock protection, alarm function, auto power off, charging stand lights up to indicate battery charge.

Links:

Specs: Headphones amp: 3mW+3mW at 10% THD, 16 ohms

Reviews:

User Manual: XM-PX50

Service Manual: XM-PX50

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH21/23/26 hr? hr
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JVC XM-PX70portable MD player
Intro: 10/2000
¥35,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones71.0mm W x 14.6mm H x 78.0mm

Features: Lightest MD portable as of October 2000. Aluminum body, MDLP support, Digital A.C.BASS circuitry, 7-level adjustable bass/treble control, backlit remote, 40 seconds anti-shock protection, alarm function, auto power off, charging stand lights up to indicate battery charge.

Links: JVC's official Japanese page for the XM-PX50. The JVC Appreciation Page has some photos of the XM-PX50.

Specs: 5 mW headphones output.

Reviews:

User Manual: XM-PX70

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH25-36 hr? hr
AA x 142-60 hr
Both70-100 hr
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JVC XM-P2000Portable MDLP player
Intro: 7/2000
MSRP ¥35,000
Availability:
IN: DC 1.5V
O UT: headphone
80.1 x 17.2 x 84.4mm, 107g

Features: First MDLP portable player. Aluminum body and aluminum "lipstick" remote. Auto power off, defeatable beep.

Links: JVC's Japanese page for the unit.

Reviews:

Battery Life
SP/LP2/LP4
PlayRecharge
NiMH NH-14WM10/6.5/7 hr3 hr
AA x 19/6/6 hr
Both24.5/15.5/16
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JVC XM-PX55portable MD player
Intro: 5/2000
¥35,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones71.0mm x 14.4mm x 78.0mm (61g bare, 81g w/batt)

Links: JVC's Japanese page for this unit.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH27 hr3 hr
AA x 143 hr
Both75 hr
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JVC XM-PX33portable MD player
Intro: 5/2000
¥28,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones76.0mm x 17.5mm x 80.5mm (83 g w/o batt)

Links: JVC's Japanese page for this unit.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH20 hr3 hr
AA x ?hr
Bothhr
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JVC XM-PX3Portable MD player
Intro: 2/2000 (? guess)
¥28,000
Availability:
headphone out76x17.5x80.5mm, 74g w/o batt

Features: Available in pop candy colors ("navel orange", "blueberry", "lemon yellow"). LCD on remote. Repeat/Random play modes. Remote beep on/off. "Active Clear Bass" boost employing DSP. "Train" mode (less disturbing to those sitting nearby). 40 second shock memory.

Links: JVC's Japanese page for this unit (machine translation). A photo of Sanrio's Hello Kitty version of the unit.

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH18 hr3 hr
AA x ?? hr
Both? hr
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JVC XM-PX5portable MD player
Intro: 10/1999 (? guess)
¥35,000
Availability:
CONNECT71 x 14.4 x 78mm, 88g w/batt

Features: Magnesium alloy body, Lipstick style aluminum remote.

Links: JVC's Japanese page for this unit. An English translation of JVC's XM-PX5 player announcement. Tony Wang contributes an informative JVC XM-P5 review, and also sends in a substantial Panasonic SJ-MJ75 vs. JVC XM-PX5 comparison gallery.

Reviews:

User Manual: XM-PX5

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH21 hr? hr
AA x 130 hr
Both55 hr
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JVC XM-P77Portable MD player
Intro: 2/1999
MSRP ¥35,000
Availability:
OUT: headphone89.2x19x84.1mm, 131g

Features: 40 second shock memory. "Active clear bass" (adjusts the boost level according to the signal level, giving strong bass without distortion, even when the volume setting is high). 10 character backlit LCD remote.

Links: Japanese announcement of Victor XM-P77

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH7 hr? hr
AA x 1? hr
Both16 hr
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JVC XM-P55Portable Player
Intro: 8/1998
MSRP ¥35,000
Availability:
out: hdphn84.4 x 16.6 x 80.1mm, 103g (body), 128g (w/batt.)

Features: 40 second shock memory, ``Active Clear Bass'' (adjusts the boost level according to the signal level, giving strong bass without distortion, even when the volume setting is high). LCD remote with ``jog control'', 10 character backlit main LCD and an unusual ``Favorite Track'' function that lets you set where you'd like an MD to start playback. Battery life: NiMH: 7 hrs, with AA cell added: 16 hrs.

Links: JVC's Japanese page for the unit. A user's comments on the unit with links to more photos. JVC Belgium's XM-P55 page. Tony Wang contributes an informative JVC XM-P5 MD player review.

Reviews:

User Manual: XM-P55

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JVC XM-PJ1Portable Player
Intro: 8/1998
MSRP ¥35,000
Availability:
out: hdphn82.9 x 18.5 x 103mm, 124g (body), 145g (w/batt.)

Features: 40 second shock memory, "Active Clear Bass" (adjusts the boost level according to the signal level, giving strong bass without distortion, even when the volume setting is high). LCD remote with "jog control", 10 character backlit main LCD and an unusual "Favorite Track'' function that lets you set where you'd like an MD to start playback. "Push eject" mechanism for disc removal. Body accepts two cells simultaneousy: a NiMH gumpack rechargeable and an AA cell. Battery life with both cells: 16 hrs (also operates on either cell alone).

Links: JVC's Japanese and European pages for the unit.

Reviews:

User Manual: XM-PJ1

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DMC-S77
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DMC-S55
Kenwood DMC-S77
Kenwood DMC-S55
portable MDLP player w/speaker/charge-stand
Intro: 10/2003
DMC-S77: ¥24,000. DMC-S55: ¥22,000
Availability:
Out: headphonesDMC-S77: 72.3w x 78.0d x 16.7h, 73g (98.2g w/batt) DMC-S55: 72.3w x 78.0d x 16.0h, 64.6g (89.8g w/batt)

Features:

  • Digital (1-Bit) amp.
  • DMC-S77: Main body's front panel "active illumination" indicates playback and charging states. User settable to "Mellow" (slow), "Vivid" (fast), etc. illumination modes (plus "off").
  • "Digital Clear PWM" power circuit produces lower noise.
  • Mind blowing 230 hr battery life (NiMH+AA).
  • Charging base with control buttons (stop, play, FF, volume, mode) and stereo speakers (DMC-S77's base also includes sleep timer and alarm clock).
  • 2-line LCD remote.
  • Jet-search (quick selection of desired track)
  • Play modes: A-B repeat (for study and language learning), Intro, Random, Repeat (1, all, random, group)
  • 180(!) second shock memory.
  • Alarm and sleep timer (both units).
  • Beep on/off.

Variants: DMC-S77's has fancy front panel illumiation and its base includes a timer, the DMC-S55 does not. DMC-S33 also belongs to this family of portables (similar, but has simple charging base).

Included Accessories: LCD remote w/clip, In-ear phones, Charging stand, NiMH battery w/case, AC adapter, external AA cell case, carrying case

Links:

Reviews:

Specs: 4.3mW+4.3mW into 16 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz (+0/-6dB)

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
NB-14
47/64/79 hr7 hr
AA x 178/110/143 hr
Both131/178/230 hr
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DMC-S33
Kenwood DMC-S33portable MDLP player w/charge-stand
Intro: 10/2003
DMC-S33: ¥20,000
Availability:
Out: headphonesDMC-S33: 72.3w x 78.0d x 17.7h, 73.6g (98.8g w/batt)

Features:

  • Digital (1-Bit) amp.
  • Charging base.
  • 2-line LCD remote.
  • Jet-search (quick selection of desired track)
  • Play modes: A-B repeat (for study and language learning), Intro, Random, Repeat (1, all, random, group)
  • 180(!) second shock memory.
  • Alarm and sleep timer (both units).
  • Beep on/off.

Included Accessories: LCD remote w/clip, In-ear phones, Charging stand, NiMH battery w/case, AC adapter, external AA cell case, carrying case

Links:

Specs: 4.3mW+4.3mW 20Hz-20kHz (+0/-6dB)

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
NB-14
42/58/71 hr7 hr
AA x 170/95/120 hr
Both115/157/200 hr
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Kenwood DMC-Q35portable MDLP player w/charge stand
Intro: 6/2003
Est. ¥20,000
Availability:
Out: headphones72.3 x 14.4 x 78mm, 64.3g (88.3g w/batt)

Features:

  • Digital (1-Bit) amp
  • Impressive 200 hour max (AA+NIMH) battery life.
  • 5-pattern digital sound EQ, including user-preset.
  • 2-line remote
  • Folding charge stand.
  • 20 minute quick charge 8hr LP4 playback.
  • Alarm & sleep timer (1-120 minute settable).
  • Group mode
  • Jet-search (quick selection of desired track)
  • Play modes: A-B repeat (for study and language learning), Intro, Random, Repeat (1, all, random, group)
  • 180(!) second shock memory.

Included Accessories: LCD Remote w/clip, In-ear phones, recharge stand, AC adapter, NiMH cell, carrying case, external AA cell case

Links:

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
NB-14
45/60/75 hrFull: 2.5 hr, Quick: 20 min (plays 8 hr in LP4)
AA x 165/95/120 hr
Both120/157/200 hr
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Kenwood DMC-Q33portable MDLP player
Intro: 10/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones72.3w x 14.4h x 78.0d mm (outer dim: 74.0x15.7x78.6mm), 64.3g (88.3g w/batt)

Features: MDLP and group function support. Charging stand (without speakers). "D-Class" (digital) amplifier employed in DMC-"Q" series units (a full digitization of the audio circuit) reduces distortion and decreases power consumption. "D.P.A.C. (digital pulse axis control) function incorporated for high quality audio playback." Alarm timer (1-120 minutes), useful for avoiding missed train stops. Sleep timer (1-120 minutes), turns unit off automatically. Repeat, shuffle and intro play modes. "A-B" repeat allows reptition of audio sections up to 40 seconds long (handy for language learning, etc). Backlit LCD remote has 2 lines for displaying [track number and playback time] [disk name] [track name] [group name] [KENWOOD] [playback mode] in various combinations. Selectable (on/off) beep. Differences from DMC-Q55: no Digtal 3D effect, no Kanji support on remote, one type of headphone (earbuds).

Links:

Included Accessories: LCD remote and clip, attachable AA cell holder, NiMH rechargeable battery (w/carrying case), headphones, charge stand, AC adapter, carrying pouch.

Specs: Headphone amp: 4.3mW+4.3mW (into 16 ohms), Charge stand amp: 35mW+35mW (into 6 ohms)

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH36/52/57 hr100%: 2h30m. 3 hours of SP mode playback: 30m
AA x 158/83/91 hr
Both100/144/158 hr
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Kenwood DMC-Q55portable MDLP player
Intro: 10/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones72.3w x 14.4h x 78.0d mm (outer dim: 74.0x15.7x78.6mm), 62.6g (86.6g w/batt)

Features: MDLP and group function support. Charging stand (without speakers). Comes with two types of headphones: ear buds and "clip-on" phones. "D-Class" (digital) amplifier employed in DMC-"Q" series units (a full digitization of the audio circuit) reduces distortion and decreases power consumption. "D.P.A.C. (digital pulse axis control) function incorporated for high quality audio playback." Digital sound EQ and 3D effect with two user definable settings. Alarm timer (1-120 minutes), useful for avoiding missed train stops. Sleep timer (1-120 minutes), turns unit off automatically. Repeat, shuffle and intro play modes. "A-B" repeat allows reptition of audio sections up to 40 seconds long (handy for language learning, etc). Backlit LCD remote has 2 lines for displaying [track number and playback time] [disk name] [track name] [group name] [KENWOOD] [playback mode] in various combinations as well as Kanji titles. Selectable (on/off) beep. Differences from DMC-Q77: comes with two kinds of headphones, no speakers in charge stand.

Links:

Included Accessories: LCD remote and clip, attachable AA cell holder, NiMH rechargeable battery (w/carrying case), headphones, charge stand, AC adapter, carrying pouch.

Specs: Headphone amp: 4.3mW+4.3mW (into 16 ohms), Charge stand amp: 35mW+35mW (into 6 ohms)

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH40/57/64 hr100%: 2h30m. 3 hours of SP mode playback: 30m
AA x 165/92/102 hr
Both11/159/174 hr
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Kenwood DMC-Q77portable MDLP player
Intro: 10/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones72.3w x 14.1h x 78.0d mm (outer dim: 74.0x15.2x78.6mm) , 64.8g (88.8g w/batt)

Features: MDLP and group function support. Folding charge stand with built-in stereo speaker (akin to the DMC-P55). "D-Class" (digital) amplifier employed in DMC-"Q" series units (a full digitization of the audio circuit) reduces distortion and decreases power consumption. "D.P.A.C. (digital pulse axis control) function incorporated for high quality audio playback." Digital sound EQ and 3D effect with two user definable settings. Alarm timer (1-120 minutes), useful for avoiding missed train stops. Sleep timer (1-120 minutes), turns unit off automatically. Repeat, shuffle and intro play modes. "A-B" repeat allows reptition of audio sections up to 40 seconds long (handy for language learning, etc). Backlit LCD remote has 2 lines for displaying [track number and playback time] [disk name] [track name] [group name] [KENWOOD] [playback mode] in various combinations as well as Kanji titles. Selectable (on/off) beep.

Links:

Included Accessories: LCD remote and clip, attachable AA cell holder, NiMH rechargeable battery (w/carrying case), headphones, charge stand, AC adapter, carrying pouch.

Specs: Headphone amp: 4.3mW+4.3mW (into 16 ohms), Charge stand amp: 35mW+35mW (into 6 ohms)

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH40/57/64 hr100%: 2h30m. 3 hours of SP mode playback: 30m
NiMH (w/speakers and SP mode)10 hr
AA x 165/92/102 hr
Both11/159/174 hr
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Kenwood DMC-P33portable MD player
Intro: 10/2001
open price
Availability:
OUT: headphones79.7 x 15.6 x 72.8 mm, 87g (111g w/ batt)

Features: MDLP and Group function support. "Jet search" function allows 2X playback, 40 seconds anti-shock memory (160 seconds in MDLP 4X mode), seven-level bass and treble adjust, when docked in cradle unit's remote displays the remaining time needed for a full charge, remote capable of displaying track titles, "Intro play" mode can play the first 0.3, 1, or 2 seconds of each track (configurable).

Links: Kenwood's official Japanese page for the DMC-J33. Kenwood's original Japanese press release (trans) announcing the DMC-P33.

Included Accessories: Inner ear headphones, Backlit LCD remote, NiMH rechargeable cell, external AA cell case, rechargable battery carrying case, recharging stand

Reviews:

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH32/44/54 hr3 hr
AA x 153/74/95 hr
Both85/120/153 hr
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Kenwood DMC-P55portable MD player
Intro: 10/2001
open price
Availability:
OUT: headphones72.8 x 17.1 x 79.7 mm, 88g (112g w/ batt)

Features: MDLP and Group function support. "Jet search" function allows 2X playback, 40 seconds anti-shock memory (160 seconds in MDLP 4X mode), seven-level bass and treble adjust, when docked in cradle unit's remote displays the remaining time needed for a full charge, remote capable of displaying track titles, "Intro play" mode can play the first 0.3, 1, or 2 seconds of each track (configurable), charge stand includes built-in speakers and a timer function, allowing it to be used as an alarm clock.

Links: Kenwood's official Japanese page for the DMC-P55. Kenwood's original Japanese press release (trans) announcing the DMC-P55.

Reviews:

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH32/44/54 hr3 hr
AA x53/74/95 hr
Both85/120/153 hr
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Kenwood DMC-M55portable MD player
Intro: 11/2000
open price
Availability:
OUT: headphones79.8 x 15.7 x 73.0, 87g (111g w/ battery)

Features: MDLP, active power saving circuit activated when shocks to unit are not detected, 40 seconds anti-shock protection, defeatable audible headphones beep when pressing buttons, backlit remote, charge pond.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese press release for the DMC-M55. T's MD Comparison page lists the DMC-M55.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH23-37 hr3 hr
AA x 137-55 hr
Both65-100 hr
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Kenwood DMC-L5portable MD player
Intro: 11/1999
¥30,000
Availability:
headphone out79.4x14.5x71.7mm, 96.4g

Features: Magnesium alloy body. "Battery Reminder Warning" reverses LCD information to indicate low battery level. 40 second shock memory.

Included Accessories: LCD remote, headphones, NiMH rechargeable cell, AC charger, battery, dry battery case, rechargeable battery case, carrying case

Links: A Japanese news announcement has information on the units. Kenwood press release.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlay
NiMH NB-1422 hr
AA x 134 hr
Both63 hr
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DMC-L5 Shown
Kenwood DMC-L3portable MD player
Intro: 11/1999
Open
Availability:
headphone out99.9x17.4x75mm, 145g

Features: LCD on main body and remote. "Battery Reminder Warning" reverses LCD information to indicate low battery level. AA shaped rechargeable allows normal AA cell to be used when NiMH quits. 20 second shock memory.

Included Accessories: LCD remote, headphones, NiMH rechargeable cell, AC adapter, rechargeable battery carrying case

Links: A Japanese news announcement has information on the units. Kenwood press release.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlay
NiMH NB-150S15 hr
AA x 118 hr
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Kenwood DMC-K3Portable MD player
Intro: 3/1999 (? guess)
MSRP ¥27,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones< 99.9x17.4x75mm, 120g/td >

Features: 10 second shock memory. Auto play mode starts play on disc insertion. Newly developed remote weights 8.2g, Uses AA cell sized rechargeable, or can accept Alkaline cell. LCD display also on main body. Button confirmation beep can be turned on/off. Dynamic bass boost (adjusts the boost level according to the signal level, giving strong bass without distortion, even when the volume setting is high). Hand strap can be attached, but is not included. Appears to be original to Kenwood (not a clone).

Links: Japanese announcement of Kenwood DMC-K3. Kenwood's Japanese announcement for the unit.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH (AA shaped cell)9 hr? hr
AA x 110 hr
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Kenwood DMC-J3
Goodmans MD100
Portable MD Player
Intro: 2/1998
MSRP ¥35,000
Availability:
Headphone, ?99x17x75mm, 115g w/o batt

Features: All control buttons on main body are organized in a raised circular area for ease of operation while in a pocket or bag. Small LCD on body, plus backlit LCD remote. Playing time: 1 AA: 6 hours, NiMH cell (AA shaped): 5 hours, both together with external BC-C45 dry cell case: 14 hours. Recharge time: 4 hours. Available in red, silver and blue. Unit is unique to Kenwood (not a clone).

Links: Kenwood's Japanese announcement of the unit with pictures in all three colors.

Reviews:

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Kenwood DMC-G3Portable player
Intro: 3/1997
MSRP: ¥33,000
Street: ¥24,000
Availability:
out: headphone, remote, ext. pwr: 5.1V (odd)112.6x23.2x77.9mm, 171g w/ batt.

Features: ATRAC 3.5 (CXD2536CR), sound quality reportedly among the best of the MD players. EL-Backlit LCD remote displays: up to 6 characters of title information, volume setting, remaining battery, repeat mode (1/all), as well as animated "running indicator" of spinning disc in 3D perspective. Remote uses shift key to reduce remote button count, for example: volume and display controls use the same keys. Normal stereo mini-jack for headphones (like the Sharp units). Battery life: 9.5 hours continuous playback on Lithium Ion rechargeable, 20 hours when combined with 3 alkaline cells (using separately available drycell case). 3 step digital bass boost. Unusual double jack for headphone/remote. Batteries charge in unit when connected to AC adapter. Uses Kenwood NB-L9, which is apparently OEM of Sony LIP-12 battery. Available in black or silver accent colors (case is silver). No English summary in operating manual. Unit is unique to Kenwood.

Precaution: Manual states: ``This unit is designed for domestic use only, and it is very dangerous to use the attached AC adapter abroad. Never use it outside of Japan.'' (However, if you have some other way to charge an LIP-12 (using an MZ-R2, MZ-R30, etc), then no problem).

Misfeatures: No shuffle play mode.

Links: Kenwood Japan's Page.

Availability: Nic Boyde and Sawada Denki sell this unit.

Reviews:

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Onkyo MD-P30portable MD player
Intro: 8/1999 (? guess)

Availability:
headphone out79.5w x 14.2h x 71.7d mm, 115g w/bat

Features: Thought to be a clone of the shortly available Sharp MD-MT531/631 units. Aluminum body, MD jacket size.

Links: Onkyo's Japanese page for this unit.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
LiIon26 hr? hr
AA x 124 hr
Both50 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ18
Panasonic SJ-MJ17
portable MDLP player
Intro: 06/2003
Est: US$160
Availability:
Out: headphones76.2w x 80.2h x 16.9d mm, 70g (body only), 97g (w/batt) (SJ-MJ17: 69g/96g)

Features:

  • Digital amp.
  • Normal, X-bass1, X-bass2, and Train modes can be combined with Surround-1, Surround-2, Surround-3 and unsurrounded modes giving 16 DSP modes in all.
  • "Intro-scan" plays first 10 seconds of each track.
  • "Favorite-track memory" remembers up to 16 favorite tracks from several MDs (how many?) and unit can be set to play only those.
  • Backlit "skinny" design LCD remote.
  • "Eco" (economy) mode turns LCD off.
  • MDLP and Group mode support.

Variants:

  • SJ-MJ18 available in 20 different front panel patterns (limited sales reservation period [16 June - 25 July])
  • SJ-MJ17 has "Chess Board" motif front panel with 2 different button layouts.
  • Fall 2003 update: Panasonic adds 10 more designs for fall and winter ("ZK11 through ZK20"), sales reservation period: 16 Sep - 8 Dec 2003.

Included Accessories: Backlit LCD remote, earphones, NiMH cell, recharging stand, AA cell battery case, carrying case, instruction manual, warranty card

Links:

Specs: headphone amp: 3.5mW+3.5mW

Reviews:

Battery LifePlay
NiMH36/52/65 hr
AA x 157/86/115 hr
Both100/140/182 hr (198 hr in eco mode)
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Panasonic SJ-MJ15portable MDLP player
Intro: 9/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphonesexcl. protrusions: 74.1 x 79.8 x 15.4mm
incl. protrusions: 76.8 x 80.9 x 17.3mm
weight: 99.8g (w/batt), 72.8g (body only)

Features: Mind-blowing 193 hour battery life. LED indicator on body shows SP/LP2/LP4 playback mode. Charging cradle with LED indicator. Backlit "one finger" remote with battery level indicator. "Train" setting to reduce headphone noise that disturbs those nearby on the train. S-XBS (2 step bass boost). 1-track/all-track repeat and shuffle play modes. Intro-scan memory playback (plays first few seconds of each song). Couples to Panasonic "MD Network" components for label printing and [analog] audio transfer. Earbuds constructed with anti-bacterial material. Available in silver, blue, pink and yellow.

Links:

Specs: Headphone amp: 3mW+3mW

Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH40/53/70 hr3.5 hr
AA x 163/93/121 hr
Both103/148/193
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Panasonic SJ-MJ50portable MD player
Intro: 10/2001

Availability:
OUT: headphones72.2 x 79.9 x 13.7 mm, 70g (97g w/ batt)

Features: MDLP and Group function support, compatible with Panasonic's MD Network interconnection system. Anti-shock memory of 160 seconds in LP4 mode. Charging cradle is equipped with speakers. Slot-in loading mechanism with internal LED glow to help disc loading in low light conditions (?). Track scan plays only the first ten seconds of each track.

Links: Panasonic's official Japanese press release (trans) for the SJ-MJ50.

Specs: 3.5mW+3.5mW output.

Reviews:

User Manuals: SJ-MJ50, J

Service Manual: SJ-MJ50

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4/Speaker)PlayRecharge
NiMH29/41/48/9.5 hr3.5 hr
AA x 155/74/93/15 hr
Both83/110/130/26 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ90portable MD player
Intro: 10/2001

Availability:
OUT: headphones70.8W x 77.5H x 12.5D mm, 53g (80g w/ batt)

Features: MDLP and Group function support, MD Network compatible. Anti-shock memory of 160 seconds in LP4 mode. Track scan plays only the first ten seconds of each track. Two-level bass boost, magnesium body.

Links: Panasonic's official Japanese press release (translation) for the SJ-MJ90.

Specs: 3.5mW+3.5mW output.

Reviews:

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH36/45/54 hr3.5 hr
AA x 162/81/100 hr
Both98/127/150 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ10portable MD player
Intro: 8/2001

Availability:
OUT: headphones73.7 x 13.5 x 79.5mm
(max projection: 76.2 x 16.1 x 80.7mm)
63g (90g w/ batt)

Features: World's longest battery life as of Aug 2001 at up to 147 hours using LP4 and and add-on AA battery. MDLP and Group function support. S-XBS bass boost circuit, Up to 160 Seconds anti shock system, Large Two Line Display 12 X 2, FL Backlit Stick LCD Remote with iterchangeable covers, Charging Stand supplied.

Links: Panasonic's original Japanese press release announcing the SJ-MJ10. AV-Land (UK) posts photos and information on the SJ-MJ10.

Specs: 3.5mW+3.5mW output. Dynamic range: 20Hz-20,000Hz (+0dB~-6dB)

Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH29/41/48 hr3.5 hr
AA x 155/74/93 hr
Both87/114/147 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ78Portable MDLP player
Intro: 3/2001

Availability:
OUT: headphones71.5x78.5x12.7mm (73.1x80.3x15.5mm max w/protrusions), Body only: 62g (89g w/batt)

Features: Panasonic's first MDLP unit. World record breaking 104 hour battery life. Power cut alarm signals "pi-pi-pi-pi" for 2 seconds, 3 times, before power goes out.

Announcement commentary: (courtesy Leon) Audio section has identical spec to all Panasonic portables since the MR200 (3.5+3.5mW, 2-step S-XBS). Size is identical to the earlier MJ80 (12.7mm thick). Like the MJ80, it is possible to attach a hand strap to the MJ78. The MJ78 also has "smart change" (draws in disc when the lid is pushed closed, and one-touch eject). It seems that the MJ78 doesn't come with the charging stand - the specs say you need a separate adaptor in order to use AC power.

Links: Panasonic's Japanese press release for the unit (machine translation).

Specs: 3.5+3.5mW headphone amp.

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH24/32/39 hr3 hr
AA x 141/54/65 hr
Both65/86/104 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ80portable MD player
Intro: 2/2001
$200
Availability:
OUT: headphones??

Features: Not MDLP compatible. 2-step bass boost, 40 second anti-shock protection, battery recharged by placing unit in charge stand. Unit includes hand strap. Available in three colors (blue, white, pink).

Links: Panasonic's official Japanese page for the SJ-MJ80 (more details, English translation).

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH? hr3 hr
AA x 1? hr
Both110 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ88portable MD player
Intro: 11/2000
¥32,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones78.5Dx 11.8H x 71.5Wmm, 54g

Features: Lightest, smallest, and longest-playing MD portable as of it's release (November 2000). Does not have MDLP compatibility, recharges in charge stand, 40-second anti-shock protection, S-XBS two-level bass boost, audible low-battery alarm,

Links: Panasonic's Japanese press release for the SJ-MJ88. The MD T-Station has a page on the SJ-MJ88.

Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

Service Manual: SJ-MJ88

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH40 hr3.5 hr
AA x 170 hr
Both110 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ33portable MD player
Intro: 10/2000

Availability:
OUT: headphones76 x 84 x 14 mm, 85g

Features: Redesigned SJ-MJ35 unit. LCD backlit remote (w/ 9 character display, 7.7mm thin), One Push eject, "MD Network" support, Train mode, 2-level bass boost, 20 second anti-shock protection.

Links: Panasonic's official Japanese page for the SJ-MJ33. A second Panasonic Japanese page on the SJ-MJ33.

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH25 hr3 hr
AA x 1? hr
Both67 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ77portable MD player
Intro: 5/2000
¥31,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones71.5 mm x 78.5 mm x 12.7 mm

Features: World's smallest size (71.3cc) and weight (60g) as of May 2000. Available in silver, blue, white, or red.

Variants: ``Will-MD'' SJ-MW1/2/3 portables are Panasonic SJ-MJ77 variants with frames on their lids so that stickers and photos can be inserted (different from the Panasonic, they come w/o a drycell case).

Links: Panasonic's Japanese announcement (and English machine translation) for this unit. T's MiniDisc Comparison Table has further information and photos on this unit.

Specs: Headphone output of 3.5mW+3.5mw,

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH24 hr? hr
AA x 137 hr
Both65 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ35portable MD player
Intro: 2/2000 (? guess)
¥34,000
Availability:
CON NECT76.3 x 83.5 x 13.9 mm, 89 g

Features: "MD Network" capable. Magnesium alloy body, "Magic Mirror" feature to indicate presence of disk in player, 2-step bass boost, 20-second anti-shock memory.

Links: Panasonic's Japanese announcement for the release of this unit. The T-Station has information on this unit.

Specs: Nickel-Hydrogen battery.

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH19 hr3 hr
AA x30 hr
Both51 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ75portable MD player
Intro: 10/1999 (? guess)
¥34,000
Availability:
headphone out71.5 x 78.5 x 13.9mm, 61g (86g w/batt)

Features: One of the lightest portable MD players, weighing in at 61g (without battery). Entire unit body made of magnesium alloy, allows title information to be copied from it when coupled to an "MD Network" equipped Panasonic MD deck. 20 second shock memory (according to ZDNews)

Links: A Japanese news announcemnt for this unit. Leon Kuo writes favorable Panasonic SJ-MJ75 review. Tony Wang sends in a substantial Panasonic SJ-MJ75 vs. JVC XM-PX5 comparison gallery. ZDnet discusses the SJ-MJ75 versus an MP3 player.

User Comments: See user comments under the SJ-MJ30 entry.

Reviews:

User Manuals: SJ-MJ75, J

Service Manual: SJ-MJ75

Battery LifePlayRecharge
Rechargeable21 hr? hr
AA x 1? hr
Both57 hr
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Panasonic SJ-SW90MDPortable MD Player (released 6/99)
Intro: 10/1999 (? guess)
¥39,800
Availability:
headphone out81.9 x 90.0 x 20.2mm (max outer dim: 82.6 x 90.5 x 20.6mm), 118g (143g w/batt)

Features: The second release in the Panasonic "Shockwave" line of portable MD players. Has unique headphone design where the standard around-the-head strap is replaced by individual parts which clip to your ears. Made of pure titanium (about four times the hardness of aluminum). Uses previous MD technology, enhanced to reduce weight of the unit by 20% and dimensions by 15%. Unit does not accept external AA cell case.

Links: A Japanese news page announcing the approaching release of the unit. A Japanese press release for the unit. Another Japanese press release for this unit. Minidisco has a rotatable 3-D spinning image of this unit.

Specs: Headphone amp: 13mW+13mW

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH Rechargeable16 hr? hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ70Portable MD player
Intro: 1/1999
MSRP ¥37,000
Availability:
Headphone, DC in71.7 x 79.7 x 14.5mm, 69g (94g w/batt)

Features: Was world's smallest, lightest MD player in January '99 (first player under 100g), employing Panasonic's newly developed thin-type optical pickup. Magnesium alloy body, 8.1mm thick EL back-lit remote. 40 second shock memory. Window on body reflects blue when no disc is inserted, or becomes see through when disc is present (using "magic mirror" technique).

Links:

Specs: Freq. Resp: 20-20kHz +0/-6dB. Headphone amp: 6mW+6mW

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH16 hr3 hr
AA x 124 hr
Both40 hr
Austrian (Euro?) ModelPlayRecharge
NiCd7 hr2 hr
Both32 hr
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Panasonic SJ-MJ30Portable MD player
I ntro 10/98
Intro: 12/1998 (? guess)
MSRP ¥33,000
Availability:
OUT: headphone. IN: DC 1.5V75.5 x 16.9 x 83.5mm, 149g (largest ext. dimensions: 78.9 x 18.1 x 85.1mm)

Features: Unusual disc loading mechanism in which top cabinet lifts up during disc insertion and removal (effectively a slot-in/clamshell hybrid). 10 second shock memory. Had world's smallest EL backlit LCD remote (8.1mm) in Oct '98. Remaining battery power indicator function on remote. X-Bass and "train" tone settings. Repeat 1/all, shuffle play modes. Battery life: NiMH gumpack: 12 hr, AAx1: 19 hr, both: 34 hr. Accesories: earbuds, remote, cord-clip, AA cell, battery case, carrying case, battery charger, NiMH cell, NiMH case. Optional accesories: car adapter RP-AK15 (¥3800), DC IN adapter RP-WA10 (¥1500), AC adapter RP-AC11B (¥2700), cassette adapter SH-CDM10A (¥3700). (Note: When using car adapter or AC adapter, the DC IN adapter is necessary).

Links: Panasonic's Japanese announcement with photos. Sankei Japanese announcement of Panasonic's SJ-MJ30 portable player.

Specs: Headphone: 6mW+6mW. Freq. resp: 20-20kHz +0/-6dB

User Comments: I've taken apart my Panasonic MJ30 and MJ75 and was able to dig up some info on the web about the chips I saw. On each of these units, there's a Sanyo chip set (decode-only ATRAC chip and "RF head amp", as listed on press releases), and a Panasonic chip (listed simply as microcomputer). The first Sanyo chip set documented online has ATRAC chip LC89640, and was announced in November 97. The set that has LC89641 was announced in September 98. While the older set consumes 120mW when in use, the newer set only consumes 46mW. These Sanyo chips all incorporate digital bass boost. However, they don't include the DRAM for shock-resistant purposes. Instead, they support external DRAMs. The MJ30 has the LC89641 set. The MJ75, meanwhile, has a LC89642 set. Info about the MJ75's chip was not found online, but it's probably another evolution. The specifications for the microcomputers have also been found. The MJ30 uses MN101C15C, which has RAM 2048(x8bit) and ROM 48K(x8bit). The MJ75 uses MN101C28D, which has RAM 2048(x8bit) and ROM 64K(x8bit). I'd like to mention that the MJ75 takes apart really nicely. Remove the screws that hold the bottom cabinet, then the unit can be split into three parts: bottom cabinet, chassis, top lid + disc holder. No small bits and pieces to worry about. The circuitry/mechanism is also uncluttered, almost elegant. -Leon

The Panasonic NiCd 1.2V 600mAh which came with the UK version of Panasonic SJMJ-75 and the Panasonic NiMH 1.2V 1400mAh that came with the Panasonic SJMJ-70 are compatible with the Sony MZ-R/E900. Both can be recharged on Sony's charger and vice versa. Sony's own NiMH 1.2V 1350mAh battery can be used on Panasonic models and charger. Jon Choo

Reviews:

User Manual: J

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Panasonic SJ-SW9MDPortable player
Intro: 5/1998
MSRP ¥39,800
Availability:
out: headphones. pwr: DC in 1.5?V79.4x80.0x21.8mm (outer dim: 82.2x81.4x24.1mm), 192g (w/batteries)

Features: Titanium case with rubber protector and buckle lock closure. New headphones with VMSS ("virtual motion sound system") (x-bass like feature). Comes with elastic armband attachment strap. Apparently an evolution of (or internally identical to) SJ-MJ7 design. Battery life: AA alkaline cell: 8hr, NiMH rechargeable: 6hr, both together: 15hr. 15mw+15mw headphone amp. EL backlit LCD on remote. Included accessories: phones, AA cell, AA battery case, NiMH gumpack rechargeable battery, rechargeable battery case, NiMH battery charger, and carrying case.

Links: Panasonic's Japanese page for this unit. A Japanese page covering the Panasonic SJ-SW9MD portable MD player.

Reviews:

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SJ-MJ7
Panasonic SJ-MJ7
Panasonic SJ-MJ5
Portable player
Intro: 12/1997
MSRP ¥38,000
Availability:
out: headphones. pwr: DC in 1.5V80x72x16.9mm (outer dim: 81.2x72.9x16.9mm), 125g (w/batteries)

Features: Panasonic's first MD player. Player is ``MD Jacket'' size and the thickness of 2 MD cases stacked together. Magnesium case. EL backlit LCD on remote and main body lights up for 3 seconds when buttons are operated (up to 10 seconds when disc and track name are scrolled), displaying up to 10 characters with a 60 degree viewing angle. Cross shaped control key allows one finger operation. Skip, search, track select controls on remote and main unit. Repeat mode, random play mode, and bass boost on remote. "Inside phone" ear buds with flexible joint. Playback time 6 hours on NiMH gumpack rechargeable, 8 hours on AA cell, 15 hours on AA and rechargeable together. Included accessories: phones, AA cell, AA battery case, NiMH gumpack rechargeable battery and NiMH battery charger, carrying case. Headphone amp: 10mw + 10mw.

Links: Panasonic's English SJ-MJ7 page. Cosmo's Japanese announcement of this unit. Panasonic's official page for this unit. Peter Cho's brief review of the Panasonic SJ-MJ7. Tom Kroh's brief review of the unit. Tony Wang contributes a helpful Panasonic SJ-MJ75 player review.

Comments: The MJ5 has a matt finish front, similar to the Sony MZ-E30/E35. The MJ7 has a special finish, made by engraving many narrow concentric grooves (some frying pans have this circular groove design on their bottom), then coating it. However, having the MJ7 I wish I'd gone for the MJ5, as the coating is now a mass of scratches and dull patches (despite keeping the MJ7 in the protective neoprene bag). It looks like someone's been ice skating on it! The back of the MJ7 is the 'matt' style finish (same as the MJ5 I'd guess). -Martin Clinton

Reviews:

User Manual: J

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Panasonic SJ-MJ55
Intro: 1

Availability:

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Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

Service Manual: SJ-MJ55

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Panasonic SJ-MJ95
Intro: 1

Availability:

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Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

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Sanyo (?)
RCA RP-6001A
Sanyo MDG-P1
Saba MCD-1
portable player
Intro: 12/1993 (? guess)
MSRP $249.99
Street $95-$145
Availability:
out: line, hdphn/remote, DC IN: 3.6v3.5" x 5.63" x 1.13" 15oz w/nicad

Features: ATRAC 2, 10sec shock memory, wired in-line remote, external pack (3)AA batteries, 3 position bass+treble boost, backlit display (under AC), AC power supply, earbud phones, leather-like case. Remote: Play/pause, stop, track fwd/rev, hold, volume.

Controls: Play, pause, stop, track fwd/rev, fast fwd/rev, shuffle, 10 sec introscan, 20 track program, display shows: (level meters, track #, time elapsed) or (disc title, total tracks, total time) or (date/time recorded, track #, time elapsed), hold, volume.

Evaluation: Very sturdy, good feel and quality. Dropped many times with no effect. Dated manufacture 7/93. Came with SONY SAMPLER disc. Battery states it is used with Sanyo, Saba and RCA models. Power draw is in excess of 400mah. -Chris V.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiCd (900mAh)1.5 hr3 hr
AA x 30.75 hr
Both2.25 hr
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Sanyo MDG-P3Portable MD Player (released 3/99)
Intro: 10/1999 (? guess)
¥31,000
Availability:
out: headphoneDIM

Features: 40-second shock buffer. 3-level bass boost, 5-level battery indicator, single/all repeat modes, Automatic Volume Limitation System (AVLS). Ability to set its greeting and power off messages using a titled disc and special button presses.

Links: Sanyo's Japanese page for this unit. A German page for the Sanyo MDG-P3 player.

Specs: A unique combination of two rechargeable nickel hydrogen batteries (NiMH) allows the player to achieve a very long battery life.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH x 2215.5 hr
AA x 1hr
Both31 hr
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Sharp MD-DS70
Sharp MD-DS30
portable MD player w/charge stand
Intro: 9/2003
MD-DS70: ¥27,000. MD-DS30: ¥22,000
Availability:
Out: headphones, DC IN: 1.2V (NiMH), 1.5V (AA alkaline, Car adapter), 3.0V (AC adapter)MD-DS70: 71.2w x 78.1d x 12.5h mm, 74g (99g w/batt) MD-DS30: 72.8w x 78.5d x 13.5h mm, 73g (98g w/batt)

Features:

  • Sharp 8th generation ATRAC chip features Delta-Sigma modulation and reduced power consumption.
  • Digital amp.
  • Many DSP modes (65 on MD-DS70, 50 on MD-DS30).
  • MDLP "Navigation lights" on body has various blinking modes/colors for SP/LP2/LP4 playback.
  • "Favorite reproduction" (bookmark) feature.
  • MDLP group mode support.
  • MD-DS70 features Dolby NR headphone system and digital X-Bass
  • 100-240VAC adapter.
  • Charging stand.
  • Ridiculously long battery life. Units will play for over 8-days straight on one set of batteries!

Variants: MD-DS70: Dolby NR headphone system, 65 DSP modes (vs. 50 on MD-DS30), digital X-bass, Kanji display remote, marginally (~1%) better battery life

Included Accessories: LCD remote, headphone, NiMH rechargeable cell, AC adapter, external AA cell case, charge stand, manual

Links:

Reviews:

Specs: 3.8mW+3.8mW into 32 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz +/-3dB

MD-DS70, Lamp: off, VOL: 15, Dolby NR headphone: normal, DSP: flat, Surround: offPlayRecharge
NiMH35/52/69hr3.5 hr
AA x 156/80/119 hr
Both97/144/205 hr
MD-DS30, Lamp: off, VOL: 15, Dolby NR headphone: normal, DSP: flat, Surround: offPlayRecharge
NiMH34/50/68hr3.5 hr
AA x 155/79/112 hr
Both96/143/200 hr
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Sharp MD-DS5portable MDLP player
Intro: 2/2003
Street: ¥ 22,000
Availability:
Out: headphones, DC IN: 1.2V - 5V74.3 x 80.5 x 16.5mm, 75g, (100g w/battery)

Features:

  • One-bit digital amp
  • Bookmark playback function (mark up to 10 tracks for playback)
  • Intro-playback mode (plays first 9 seconds of each track)
  • MDLP "navi" uses LED to indicate MDLP playback mode
  • Digital X-bass
  • Backlit LCD remote
  • Charging stand
  • Available in silver, blue, pink and green (remote and charging stand color match unit)
  • Differences from MD-DS8: no Dolby headphone function, longer battery life, and larger and heavier than DS8.

Links:

Included Accessories: LCD remote, headphones, NiMH cell, AC adapter, AA cell case, charging stand, carrying pouch, playback connecting cord, manual

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW into 32 ohms

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH34/51/68 hr3.5 hr
AA x 155/79/112 hr
Both96/143/200 hr
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Sharp MD-DS8portable MDLP player
Intro: 9/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones, DC IN: 1.2V (NiMH), 1.5V (Alkaline cell or AD-CA55X car adapter), 5V (AC adapter)71.2 x 12.0 x 77.9mm, 97g (72g body only)

Features: World's first "mobile one-bit digital amplifier" equipped Minidisc player. Dolby headphone system (has "Studio, Live, Dome" sound effects settings). Odd 4 conductor headphone plug & jack (see photo) to accomodate 1 bit digital amp. Backlit slim design LCD remote. "Intro play" mode plays first 9 seconds of each track. "MDLP Navis" LED clarifies MDLP mode and charge state with blinking codes and colors (easy-to-carry handy reference quide available). Charging stand. Available in silver, gray, red

Links:

Reviews:

Included Accessories: LCD remote, Headphone, NiMH battery, AC adapter, attachable AA case, charge stand, carrying case, manual

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW into 32 ohms. Freq. Resp.: 20-20kHz +/-3dB

Battery Life (LED off, volume: 15, Dolby NR headphone setting: "normal" [when Dolby NR is set, battery life drops to about half])PlayRecharge
NiMH32/43/62 hr3.5 hr (charging stand)
AA x 150/73/101 hr
Both90/132/180 hr
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Sharp MD-ST800portable MDLP player
Intro: 7/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones, DC IN: 1.2v (NiMH), 1.5v (AA, AD-CA55x car adapter), 5v (AC adapter)74.3w x 16.9h x 80.5d mm, 100g w/batt (75g body only)

Features: MDLP and group mode support. Includes Dolby headphone system that mimics acoustics of speakers in various settings: "Studio", "Live", "Dome" (enjoyment factor unknown). Blinking LED indicates SP/LP2/LP4 playback mode. Recharging stand. Various playback modes include "intro play" (plays 5 seconds of each track), random, random-repeat, all-track/1-track repeat. Available in silver, blue and grey.

Included Accessories: LCD remote, Recharging stand, Headphones, Carrying case, NiMH rechargeable cell, AC adapter, attachable AA battery pack, Manual

Links:

Specs: Headphone Amp: 5mW+5mW (32 ohms), Freq. Response: 20-20,000Hz (+/-3dB)

Reviews:

Battery life (LED off, VOL: 15)PlayRecharge
NiMH28/36/48 hr3.5 hr in stand
AA x 145/65/85 hr
Both80/110/140 hr
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Sharp MD-ST700portable MD player
Intro: 2/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones, DC IN: 1.2-5V74.3 x 16.8 x 80.5mm, 100g w/battery

Features: MDLP capable, supports group mode. ``Two-Faced'' design, available in 4 colors: silver, blue, pink and cobalt. 3-LED display on unit, recharging cradle, "intro-playback" feature. 3-step X-bass boost

Links:

Included Accessories: LCD remote, AA battery case, headphone, recharging stand, NiMH rechargeable cell, rechargeable cell carrying case, AC adapter, carrying case, warranty card, instruction manual

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW, Dynamic Range: 20-20kHz +/-3dB

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH29/40/53 hr3.5 hr
AA x 147/68/92 hr
Both83/118/155 hr
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Sharp MD-ST770portable MD player
Intro: 8/2001
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones, DC IN: 1.2-5V71.0 x 11.7 x 77.7mm, 69g (94g w/battery)

Features: World's smallest, longest running MD player at time of release. MDLP capable, 2 line LCD on remote.

Links:

Included Accessories: LCD remote, AA battery case, headphone, recharging stand, NiMH rechargeable cell, rechargeable cell carrying case, AC adapter, carrying case, warranty card, instruction manual

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW, Dynamic Range: 20-20kHz +/-3dB

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH26/38/47 hr3.5 hr
AA x 138/51/82 hr
Both70/102/142 hr
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Sharp MD-ST880portable MD player
Intro: 8/2001
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones, DC IN: 1.2-5V71.0 x 12.9 x 77.7mm, 71g body only, (96g w/battery)

Features: MDLP capable, Group mode support, 2 line LCD on remote. "LED Navigation" system uses various colors and blink codes to represent SP, LP2, LP4, and mono playback modes. Includes Dolby spatializing system with 3 settings: "Studio" (small room), "Live" (studio size room with additional echo) and "Dome" (large hall).

Links:

Included Accessories: LCD remote, AA battery case, headphone, recharging stand, NiMH rechargeable cell, rechargeable cell carrying case, AC adapter, carrying case, warranty card, instruction manual

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW, Dynamic Range: 20-20kHz +/-3dB

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH26/35/44 hr3.5 hr
AA x 138/60/75 hr
Both70/98/130 hr
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Sharp MD-ST70portable MD player
Intro: 2/2001

Availability:
OUT: headphones74.3mm W x 16.0mm H x 80.0 D, 111g

Features: MDLP compatible, with the long play mode indicated with colorful illuminated LEDs on unit body. Battery is recharged when unit is placed in charge stand. 160 second shock protection (in LP4 mode). "Song Intro" function plays five seconds of every track on the disc to help in finding a song. X-BASS low frequency boost. Available in blue, silver, pink, yellow, and cobalt. Hand strap attached to unit for easier and safter carrying.

Links: Sharp's official Japanese page for the MD-ST70. Another Japanese Sharp page outlines the specifications for hte MD-ST70. T's MiniDisc Comparison Tables list the MD-ST70's specs. The T-Station has a page for the MD-ST70.

Specs: 100V AC, 5V DC. (playback column lists Stereo/LP2/LP4 battery life times)

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH21/28/33 hr3.5 hr
AA x 133/46/50 hr
Both62/80/100 hr
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Sharp MD-ST77portable MD player
Intro: 12/2000
¥35,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones78.0D x 71.0W x 12.7H mm, 93g

Features: Three different-colored LEDs indicate the current play mode the MD is in (SP, LP2, LP4). Battery recharges in charge stand, backlit LCD remote, 40-second anti-shock protection (provides 160-second protection in LP4 mode).

Links: Sharp's Japanese press release for the MD-ST77. The MiniDisc T-Station adds a page for the MD-ST77 to their site.

Specs:
(battery times shown show SP/LP2/LP4)

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH21/28/33 hr3.5 hr
AA x 133/46/50 hr
Both62/80/100 hr
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Sharp MD-ST66portable MD player
Intro: 9/2000
¥32,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones78.0D x 71.0W x 12.9H mm, 92g

Features: Equipped with charge stand for easier recharging. X-Bass, remote can display Chinese characters,

Links: View Sharp's original Japanese press release (or read an English machine translation).

Specs: 5mW+5mW headphone output. DC 1.5V.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH21 hr3.5 hr
AA x 131 hr
Both56 hr
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Sharp MD-ST50portable MD player
Intro: 4/2000
¥26,000
Availability:
OUT: headphones75.3x16.3x80. 4mm, 111g (w/batt)

Features: Unit body composed of aluminum and plastic (colored pieces), optional Chinese character display remote control, 40-second anti-skip shock protection, can be placed in charging stand at any time for recharging, X-BASS boost, hand strap, available in plenty of colors.

Links: Sharp's Japanese page and press release for this unit.

Specs: Headphone output 5mW+5mW.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH21 hrs3.5 hr
AA x31 hrs
Both56 hrs
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Sharp MD-ST55portable MD player
Intro: 2/2000
¥35,000
Availability:
headphone out71x12.8x78mm

Features: World's smallest and thinnest player (as of 1 Feb 2000). Features charging stand, charging LED (flashes while charging, extinguishes when done).

Links: Sharp's Japanese page for this unit.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH21 hrhr
AA x 131 hr
Both56 hr
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MD-ST531
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Pioneer PMD-MK1
Sharp MD-ST531
Sharp MD-ST631
portable MD player
Intro: 9/1999
531: ¥35,000
631: ¥38,000
Availability:
headphone out71.7 x 14.2 x 79.5mm, 115g (w/batt)

Features: Docking station for recharging unit's battery. MD-ST631 comes with Kanji capable remote and is first MD player with Kanji title display. Lithium-Ion battery, "MD Jacket size", 40 second shock protection, hand strap.

Included Accesories: LCD remote, headphones, LiIon cell, AC adapter, recharging stand, handstrap, dry cell case, carrying case, manual, warranty

Links: Sharp's Japanese page for these units. The MiniDisc T-Station has a review for Pioneer's PMD-MK1 portable MD player (a clone of the Sharp MD-ST531). The Korean MiniDisc page posts several Sharp MD-ST531 snapshots.

Specs: DC 3.6V Attached lithium ion, DC 3.3V Attached dry battery case, DC 4.5V Optional car power supply adaptor, DC 5.0V Attachment AC adaptor.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
LiIon AD-T51BT27 hrs3.5 hrs
AA x 125 hrs
Both52 hrs
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Sharp MD-SS323Portable MD player
Intro: 4/1999
MSRP ¥40,000
Init mo. prod. 10,000 units
Availability:
OUT: headphones, DC IN 3.4 - 5.0 VDC85.5 x 21.3 x 76.2mm, 182g(w/batt)

Features: Newly developed thin style slot-in loading mechanism. Die-cast body provides strength against compressive loads. Backlit LCD panel on remote and main body. 16Mbit DRAM for 40 second shock memory. Features 13 different equalization curves (POPS, CLUB, JAZZ, HEAVY, ROCK, DANCE, DOME, SYMPHO, VOCAL, SOFT, USER1, USER2, FLAT), 2 of which allow user setting of bass and treble adjustment in 7 steps each, plus 3 delay (surround/reverb?) settings. Large jog dial on body for for mode, tone, and track selection (DSP mode can also be selected from remote). Handstrap. Disc insertion slot cover flap shows "DISC IS INSIDE" if disc is already present, or "MINIDISC" otherwise. Two auto-start modes: 1) Start play upon disc insertion, 2) Restart play from head of current track when power applied (useful for in-car use). MD->MD edit function (copies audio [analog] and title information) when coupled to Sharp bookshelf systems with separately available AD-M5AC cable.

Links: Sharp's Japanese press release and product page for the unit. An English page on the MD-SS323. More Japanese page photos of the unit.

Specs:
Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
LiIon
AD-T51BT
13.5 hr3.5 hr
AA x 19.5 hr
Both23 hr
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Sharp MD-SS321
Sharp MD-SS322
Sharp MD-SS421
Portable MD players
Intro: 3/1999
MSRP ¥35,000 ¥37,000 ¥39,000
Availability:
OUT: headphone, DC IN: 3.4-5.0V85.5 x 18.5 x 76.2mm, 170g

Features: Slot-in MD players (units differ cosmetically) with 40 second shock memory. Body is aluminum and diecast one piece construction ("monocoque"), improving strength and impact resistance. Unit is 12% thinner and 18% less volume than previous MD-SS311 model. Backlit remote with "W" shuttle buttons. Units may be connected to Sharp MD decks for analog MD duplication that also transfers disc and track names. When connected to AC adapter, will charge and operate simultaneously. Play modes: random, repeat (1, all, random).

Links: Sharp's Japanese announcement and page for the unit (showing an animation of the remote and slot in loading).

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
LiIon
AD-T51BT
19 hr3.5 hr
AA x 112 hr
Both31 hr
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Kenwood DMC-K5
Sharp MD-ST521
Pioneer PMD-P5
Kenwood DMC-K5
Onkyo MD-P20
Portable player
Intro: 8/1998
MSRP ¥35,000
Availability:
OUT: Headphones74.7 x 16.3 x 82.8mm thick, 132g, w/batt

Features: Clamshell disc loading. Backlit remote, 40 second shock memory. Can be connected to Sharp MD compo system for MD copying (analog) including track titles. Digital X-Bass. Autoplay option (MD starts playing upon insertion). Controls on back panel. Unique LiIon gumpack rechargeable cell that recharges in main unit with AC adapter, even while in use. Available in silver, blue and pink. (Kenwood model has carrying strap, Sharp does too?).

Links:

Specs: Freq. Resp.: 20-20kHz +/-3dB, Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW into 16ohms.

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
LiIon11 hr3 hr
AA x 19 hr
Both20 hr
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MD-SS312
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MD-SS311
Sharp MD-SS311
Sharp MD-SS312
Portable MD players
Intro: 8/1998 (? guess)
MSRP ¥38,000/¥40,000
Availability:
out: headphone (5mW+5mW), DC in: 4.5/5.0v87.5 x 20.9 x 80.5, 180g (188g w/batt)

Features: Slot in MD player with 40 second shock memory. Diecast aluminum case, 2.5 times stronger than the previous model. SS312 has special "W Shuttle" remote with small jog/shuttle dials and built in watch and alarm clock. Both unit's remotes are backlit. The W shuttle Remote will be released separately as the AD-S31RM in April (¥7,500), as will the Car Mounting Unit AD-S31CU (¥3,000). Playback times: AD-31BT LiIon: 10.5 hr, AAx1: 6.5 hr, both: 17 hr. Recharge time: 3.5 hr. MD-SS311 available in Blue, Silver and Yellow, MD-SS312 available in Blue and Grey.

Links: Sharp's Japanese page and news release that includes an animation of the slot-in loading and the 312's fancy remote. Nic Boyde's pages for the unit and his translation of the Sharp press release

Reviews:

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Sharp MD-ST601Portable MD Player
Intro: 8/1998 (? guess)
MSRP ¥40,000
Availability:
headphone, DC 5.0 (AC adapter), DC 4.5 (Car adapter), DC 3.6 LiIon Rechargeable, DC 1.5 (AA cell)82.8 x 20.2 x 75.8mm, 155g w/batt

Features: 40 second shock memory. Backlit LCD remote. Random play, all repeat, 1 repeat modes. Playback time: LiIon rechargeable: 8 hours, single AA alkaline cell: 6 hours, both together: 14 hours. Full recharge time: 3 hours.

Links: Sharp's Japanese press release for the unit. Nic Boyde's snapshots of the Sharp MD-ST601.

Specs: Amp: 5mW + 5mW into 32ohms. Freq resp.: 20-20kHz +/-3dB,

Reviews:

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Onkyo MD-P10
Sharp MD-ST501
Onkyo MD-P10
Pioneer PMD-P3/RMX1
Portable MD player
Intro: 12/1997
MSRP ¥38,000
Availability:
headphones, DC i n82.8 x 17.9 x 75.8 mm 136 g (w/bat)

Features: Clamshell (not slot-in) disc loading. MD ''jacket size'' and thickness of 2 MD jackets. 40 second shock memory. Back lit remote. 8 hours playback on single LiIon battery. 6 hours on single AA cell, 14 hours on both together. Available in white, blue and yellow. Clear plastic ("skeleton") remote. Headphone amp: 5mW + 5mW (32ohms). Power: 3.6v (LiIon rechargeable), 1.5v (1 AA cell), 4.5v (car adapter), 5.0v (AC adapter). Includes: remote, LiIon rechargeable, AA case, headphones (button?) AC adapter, carrying case.

Links: Sharp's Japanese page and news release for the unit. Nic Boyde's page for the ST501 and Onkyo MD-P10 [Sharp MD-ST501 clone]. Nick Riley's photos and comments on the Sharp MD-ST501 portable player. Sharp's Audiofair Report with pictures and blurbs on the MD-ST501 portable player. Pioneer's Japanese announcement and photos of their PMD-P3 MD player (a Sharp ST501 clone). The PMD-RMX1 variant comes with fancy ``DJ'' headphones. Tugrul Tanyol has conducted a comparison of the Sony MZ-E35 and Sharp ST501 portable MD players.

Notes: Pioneer PDM-RMX1 includes ``Original Dynamic Headphones'' for DJ use.

Reviews:

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Sharp MD-SS301
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Sharp MD-SS302
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Sharp MD-SS401
Sharp MD-SS301
Sharp MD-SS302
Sharp MD-SS401
Portable MD players,
Intro: 8/1997
MSRP ¥37,000/ 38,000/ 39,000
Availability:
Headphones, DC in: 1.5V(AA), 3.6V(LiIon), 4.5V(car), 5V(AC)81x24x78, ss301/401: 160g (184g pocket), ss302: 162g (186g pocket)

Features: MD ``Jacket'' size slot-in players. Sharp ATRAC 5. New 1 chip LSI incorporating the [digitalized] RF section, signal processing encoder/decoder, digital servo, EFM processing and audio compression/decompression circuitry. The SS301, SS302 and SS401 have LCD equipped remotes but no LCD on the main body. The SS302 has an ``outdoor sports'' look. Coupled with Sharp bookshelf systems, provides ``MD->MD edit'', meaning text and audio can be copied. 6 hours playback on rectangular LiIon battery pack, or 4 hours on a single AA cell (using included case), or 10 hours on both together. 10 second shock memory. Random, all repeat, 1 repeat play modes. Includes backlit LCD remote, headphones, LiIon rechargeable, AC adapter, AA case (not included on US models, available separately for $20), carrying case. SS301 available in silver, yellow, and blue, SS302 and 401 in gray only.

Links: Sharp's pictures and Japanese information. Sharp's English page for their these portables. A user's review of the Sharp SS302. MiniDisc-Canada offers the hard-to-find Sharp external drycell case for the MD-MS70x and MD-S301 portables.

Specs: 20-20kHz +/-3dB, wow & flutter <.001% peak

Reviews:

User Manual: MD-SS301

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Sharp MD-ST60
Kenwood DMC-G5
portable player
Intro: 12/1996
msrp:¥42,000
Availability:
headphone, ext. power100x13.8x73mm (2.86x0.54x3.9"), 120g (4.2oz) w/bat.

Features: Allows "MD->MD Edit" function (as does SS70) when coupled with Sharp's MD deck (XV300 or XL10) via a special cable (AD-M4AC). The cable connects like the LCD remote headphones of an MD player, carrying the analog audio signal as well as the data displayed on the LCD. Thus, audio analog copy and title copy are done at the same time. 3 postion digital bass boost. 4 step battery life indicator. Random play. Auto play function starts playback when disc is inserted. Car adapter (AD-S50CK - separately sold) resumes play at beginning of last song in play when car is started. Katakana/roman display. Unit charges simply by placing in recharger base (like a portable phone). Provides 5 hours playback on LiIon rechargeable (AD-ST60BT), 13 hours on [separately sold] external battery case (AD-ST60BC) carrying four alkaline AA cells, 20 hours on both together. Charge time: 2.5 hours. Batteries can be charged while in use w/AC adapter. Available in silver, blue and green. Included accessories: Headphones w/LCD remote (AD-ST60RM), AC adapter, carrying case, rechargeable LiIon battery, manual, recharger base. World power (100-240V) AC adapter (AD-SS70AP) sold separately.

Links: Sharp's English summary page.

Reviews:

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Sharp MD-SS70
Pioneer PMD-P1
portable player
Intro: 9/1996
msrp: ¥38,000 street: ¥~26,500
Availability:
out: hdphn.80.5x20.7x116.2mm (3.2x0.8x4.6"), 150g w/bat.

Features: Slot in design. Allows "MD->MD Edit" function (see ST60 above). 3 postion digital bass boost. 4 step battery life indicator. Katakana/roman display. Random play. Auto play function starts playback when disc is inserted. In car (AD-SS70CU [car mount base], AD-CT13 [cassette adapter], AD-CA20X [cigarette lighter power adapter] - all separately sold), resumes play at beginning of last song in play when car is started. Provides 10 hours playback on LiIon rechargeable (AD-MS10BT), 27 hours when coupled with (separately sold) external battery case (AD-SS70BC) carrying six (!) alkaline AA cells. Charge time: 3 hours. Available in silver, blue and grey.

Links: Sharp's English summary page for the SS70. Alan Jaffray's review of the SS70.

Reviews:

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Sharp MD-S50
Kenwood DMC-F3
portable player
Intro: 3/1996
msrp: ¥37,000 street: ¥~30,000
Availability:
out: hdphn.74x17.9x106mm, 150g w/bat.

Features: All digital processing done on one chip to reduce power by 35% over previous model. Large LCD display on remote. Katakana/roman display. 3 step digital bass boost. Repeat and random play. Playback time: 4 hours on included lithium ion rechargeable (AD-S50BT), 10 hours on 3 alkalines (with optional AD-S50BC drycell case). 4 step "battery life" indicator. Comes in three colors. Has a big window on the lid so you can see the color of the MD case (and maybe the MD spinning if it's in a clear case?).

Links: Sharp Press Release Sharp Japan page for this unit. A user's review of the S50 unit. Excerpts from a What HiFi article mention the Sharp MD-S50.

Reviews:

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Sharp MD-S25portable player
Intro: 9/1995
msrp: $490
Availability:
out: hdphn.74x16x100mm, 135g w/bat.

Features: LCD display on remote. 3 step bass boost. Repeat and random play. Playback time: 2 hours on included lithium ion rechargeable, 5 hours on 3 AA alkalai cells (using separately available AA case), 4 hours on separately available AD-S20BH (high capacity) lithium ion rechargeable cell. This unit almost identical to older MD-S20. (MD-S20: 140g, AA cell battery case included).

Reviews:

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Sharp MD-S20portable MD player
Intro: 3/1995

Availability:

Availability:

Availability:

Features: Very similar to Sharp MD-MS5 Smallest and lighest MD recorder at time of introduction.

Reviews:

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Sharp MD-S10portable player
Intro: 2/1993
MSRP $249
Availability:
out: hdphn. ext. pwr: 4.8V?84x30.1x109.3mm 330g w/bat.

Features: Similar to D10, but with no LCD display or controls on main unit. Random play, X-bass, remote control. Nicad rechargeable. Playback time: 100 min (premastered MD), 90 min (recordable MD). Recharge time: 5 hours. Does not accept drycells. Headphone amp: 15mW+15mW RMS. Power consumption 8 Watts. Model suffix BK=Black Color

Reviews:

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Sharp MD-D10portable player
Intro: 1/1993

Availability:
out: hdphn.84x30.1x109.3mm 330g w/bat.

Features: LCD display and controls on main unit. Random play, X-bass, remote control. Nicad rechargeable. Playback time: 100 min (premastered MD), 90 min (recordable MD). Recharge time: 5 hours. Does not accept drycells.

Reviews:

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Sony MZ-E520portable MDLP player
Intro: 02/2004
Est: ¥ 18,000
Availability:
Out: headphones73.4w x 15.7d x 80.6h mm, 70g (body only)

Features:

  • Digital amp
  • Charging stand
  • 6 band equalizer
  • ATRAC/ATRA3 DSP Type-S
  • Available in silver, blue, pink and orange
  • White, backlit stick-controller remote

Links:

Accessories: Headphones, remote, NiMH cell and case, charging stand, AC adapter, carrying pouch

Reviews:

Battery LifePlay
NiMH
NH-10WM
AAx191hr (SP)/135hr (LP4)
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3 size inner ear phone
Sony MZ-E620portable MDLP player
Intro: 9/2003
Street: ¥17,700
Availability:
Out: headphonesmax: 75.6w x 81.2h x 18.7d mm, w/o protrusion: 73.4 x 80.6 x 15.7 mm, 78g (105g w/batt)

Features:

  • ATRAC Type-S
  • 6-band equalizer.
  • One touch eject.
  • Available in 5 colors.

Included Accessories: In-ear phones, backlit 9-character Roman/Kana LCD remote, NiMH cell, charge stand, external AA cell case, carrying pouch, AC adapter

Links:

Specs: 5mW+5mW into 16 ohms

Reviews:

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH33/44/51 hr3.5 hr
AA x 157/67/80 hr
Both92/113/131 hr
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Sony MZ-E810SPportable MDLP player w/speaker stand
Intro: 2/2003
Street: ¥ 25,000
Availability:
Out: headphones
w/o cradlew/cradle
Max81.2 x 75.6 x 19.6mm 160.0 x 92.1 x 22.5mm
Overall80.6 x 73.4 x 15.3mm 160.0 x 91.7 x 22.2mm
Weight71g (94g w/batt)191g (214g w/batt)

Features:

  • First Sony with docking cradle incorporating speakers (following Panasonic, Kenwood and JVC)
  • ATRAC DSP Type-S
  • G-Protection
  • 6-band equalizer
  • VPT (Virtual Phone Technology) Acoustic Engine (DSP synthesizing room acoustics)
  • Backlit LCD remote
  • 3 color info LED
  • AC Adapter accepts 100-240VAC

Links:

Specs:
Headphone Amp: 5mW+5mW
Speaker Amp on batteries: 50mW+50mW
Speaker Amp on AC adapter: 450mW+450mW

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
NH-10WM
Headphones: 28/33/43 hr
Speakers: 12/13/14 hr
2.5 hr
AA x 1Headphones: 57/72/91 hr
Speakers: 17/19/20 hr
BothHeadphones: 86/107/132 hr
Speakers: 40/44/47 hr
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Sony MZ-E610portable MDLP player
Intro: 2/2003
Street: ¥18,000
Availability:
Out: headphonesMax: Pink: 75.6 x 81.2 x 16.2mm, 70g (93g w/batt)
White: 75.6 x 81.2 x 17.4mm, 72g (95g w/batt)
Overall: 73.4 x 80.6 x 15.7mm

Features:

  • Teenage girl-friendly colors.
  • G-Protection
  • ATRAC DSP Type-S
  • 6-band equalizer
  • Charge stand
  • White backlit LCD remote ("new")
  • 3 color info LED
  • New (16) play modes (See Sony portables glossary for definition)

Links:

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW into 16 ohms

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
NH-10WM
26/32/42 hr2.5 hr
AA x 157/72/91 hr
Both85/107/130 hr
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Sony MZ-E510portable MDLP player
Intro: 2/2003
Street: £150
Availability:
Out: headphonesMax: 75.6 x 81.2 x 18.3mm
Overall: 73.4 x 80.6 x 15.3mm, 67g (90g w/batt)

Features:

  • Aluminum body
  • G-Protection
  • ATRAC Type-S
  • Group and Bookmark function support
  • 6 band equalizer with 4 presets and 2 user definable settings
  • Backlit "new style" LCD remote
  • New (16) play modes (See Sony portables glossary for definition)
  • Charging Cradle
  • Available in 4 color variations (silver, blue, orange, red)

Links:

Specs: 5mW+5mW

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Service Manual: MZ-E510

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
NH-10WM
26/32/42 hrFull: 2.5 hr
AA x 167/72/91 hr
Both85/107/130 hr
PictureNameDescPriceConnectorsDimensions
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Sony MZ-E310portable MDLP player
Intro: 02/2003
Street: £90
Availability:
Out: headphones81 x 74.4 x 28.9mm, 93g (body only)

Features:

  • ATRAC DSP Type-R
  • G-Protection.
  • Group mode support.
  • Digital sound system presets.
  • No remote.

Links:

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E310

Battery LifePlay
AA x 141/50/56 hr
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Sony MZ-E710portable MD player
Intro: 11/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphones71.5 x 77.9 x 13.9mm (73.4 x 80 x 17.0 w/protrusions), 66g (body only), 93g (w/battery)

Features: Unit features several changes from previous (MZ-E707) model:

  • Digital Amp
  • 6 band equalizer.
  • VPT (Virtual Phones Technology) uses DSP to provide "Studio, Club, Live, or Arena" effects.
  • New (yet again) backlit LCD stick remote with jog lever and 6 character display.
  • "Bookmark track" function allows up to 20 favorite tracks on a disk to be selected for playback. Selected tracks are forgotten when lid is opened.
  • "New" Play modes, including program play.
  • Digital Pitch Control (playback speed adjustable from -50% to +100% without pitch change).

Features common to previous units:

  • G-protection.
  • Personal disc memory (remembers equalizer settings on a per disc basis)
  • Beep on/off selectable.
  • One-touch eject.
  • 3 color info LED.
  • Melody timer (for avoiding missed train stops)
  • Available in silver, blue, pink and brown.
(See Sony portables glossary for definitions of these features).

Links:

Included Accessories: Rechargeable battery, Remote control, Headphones (earbuds), Recharging stand, Attachable drycell (AA) case, Carrying pouch, AC adapter.

Specs: Headphone amp: 5+5mW into 16 ohms (JEITA)

Reviews:

Service Manual: MZ-E710

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH36/46/56 hr3.5 hr
AA x 160/77/93 hr
Both96/123/148 hr
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Unusual 3mm headphone connector
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Photos: PocketFad
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Photos: Minidisco
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MZ-2P & MZ-E10
Photo: AVLand (UK) (1020x553)
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Photos: Japan-Direct
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Photos: Sony
Sony MZ-E10portable MDLP player
Intro: 9/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: headphonesexcl. protrusions: 81.9 x 72.2 x 9.9mm
incl. protrusions: 81.9 x 79.1 x 9.9mm
weight: 55g (including battery)

Features: Sony's 10th anniversary Minidisc player. Unit achieves new world firsts in weight and size.

  • World's thinnest (10mm) and lightest (55g w/batt) MD player (as of 2 Sep 2002).
  • New optical pickup and motor (30% thinner) and miniaturized main IC (33% smaller) [compared with MZ-E909].
  • Charge stand has 3 color LED indicating charge or remaining battery.
  • New 3mm headphone jack (requires adapter for normal headphones!).
  • Digital Amp
  • "High grade" headphones (earbuds)

    Common to MZ-N10 and MZ-E10:

  • Built-in 3mm Lithium Ion cell.
  • Further thinning of the magnesium case.
  • Backlit remote has 2-line display for Roman alphabet titles, 1-line for Kanji titles.
  • "Virtual Headphone Technology Acoustic Engine" uses DSP to provide "Studio, Club, Live, or Arena" effects.
  • Equalizer allows 7 steps of adjustment (-10dB to +10dB) in 6 frequency bands. Equalizer settings are established with one of four fixed presets ("Heavy, Pops, Jazz, Unique") or one of 2 custom (i.e. user defined) settings. Equalizer and "Virtual Headphone" cannot be used together.
  • "Bookmark Track" function can remember up to 20 "favorite tracks" from an MD, and will play those tracks only. (Remembered tracks are forgotten when player is opened).
  • "Digital Pitch Control" Adjustable playback speed from -50% to +100% (factor of 0.5x to 2.0x) in 13 steps without change of pitch.
  • "New" Play mode (See Sony portables glossary).

Links:

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW into 16 ohms. 20-20kHz +/-3dB

Included Accessories: (Japanese edition) Backlit remote, charging stand, AC adapter (for use with charging stand), carrying pouch, headphone adapter.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E10

Service Manual: MZ-E10

Battery LifePlayRecharge
LiIon (builtin)29/35/40 hr100%: 3.5 hr, 80% 1 hr
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Sony MZ-E505portable MDLP player
Intro: 2/2002
Street: HK $1200
Availability:
OUT: headphones74.5 x 81.0 x 17.6mm, 76.7 x 81.6 x 19.9mm w/protrusions, 73g (body only), 100g (w/battery)

Features:

  • MDLP
  • G-protection
  • Group mode
  • Digital Sound Preset
  • 16 Play modes including program play
  • 3-color info LED
  • Back-lit LCD remote with 9 character display
  • One-touch eject
  • Beep on/off settable
  • Index search
Recharging stand

Links:

Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

Service Manual: MZ-E505

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH33/37/43 hr6 hr (stand)
AA x 149/54/64 hr
Both87/97/120 hr
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Sony MZ-E606Wportable MD player
Intro: 11/2001
open price
Availability:
OUT: headphones74.5 x 81.0 x 17.7 mm, 78g, 103g w/ batt

Features: Wireless remote control. MDLP playback (SP/LP2/LP4), G-Protection shock memory (up to 160 seconds in LP4 mode), 7 step playback speed control, 8 step bass and treble adjustment, unit recharges in charging cradle, alarm clock function.

Links: Second try for wireless remotes: Terry Park points out a photo and Japanese info for the Sony MZ-E606 portable MD player, with a small, pocketable, wireless remote. ChinaByte has some information on the MZ-E606W.

Specs: 5mW+5mW output. 100V AC adapter.

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH15/17/20 hr6 hr
AA x 147/54/61 hr
Both63/73/82 hr
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Sony MZ-E707portable MD player
Intro: 10/2001
open price
Availability:
OUT: headphones71.9 x 78 x 13.9 mm, 69g, 96g w/ batt

Features: MDLP playback (SP/LP2/LP4), G-Protection shock memory (up to 160 seconds in LP4 mode), 7 step playback speed control, 8 step bass and treble adjustment, unit recharges in charging cradle, alarm clock function.

Links: Sony's official Japanese page (trans) for the MZ-E707. Minidisco has some further info and pictures of the MZ-E707.

Specs: 5mW+5mW output. 100V AC adapter.

Reviews:

Service Manual: MZ-E707

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH33/37/43 hr6 hr
AA x 149/54/64 hr
Both87/97/120 hr
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Photos: MDMan.net (1024x768)
Sony MZ-E909portable MD player
Intro: 10/2001
open price
Availability:
OUT: headphones71.1 x 77.6 x 12.5 mm, 49g, 76g w/ batt

Features: MDLP playback (SP/LP2/LP4), ATRAC Type-R, G-Protection shock memory (up to 160 seconds in LP4 mode). Main body of unit composed of magnesium for lightness and rigidity. Remote control is capable of display Kanji Chinese characters (see picture at left), unit recharges in charging cradle.

Links:

Specs: 3mW+3mW output. 100V AC adapter.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E909

Service Manual: MZ-E909

Battery Life (SP/LP2/LP4)PlayRecharge
NiMH38/45/53 hr6 hr
AA x 160/70/83 hr
Both100/122/145 hr
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Sony MZ-E501portable MD player
Intro: 6/2001
open price
Availability:
OUT: headphones74.5 x 80.5 x 17.9mm, 80g (105g w/batt)

Features: MDLP and Group Function compatible. Eight-level bass and treble adjustment. Unit is recharged by placing it in the recharging stand. Available in silver, blue, pink, and yellow.

Links: Sony's Japanese press release for the MZ-E501 (machine trans.).

Specs: 1.5V DC. Times listed are for SP/LP2/LP4 modes.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E501

Service Manual: MZ-E501

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiCad14/16/18 hr3 hr
AA x 143/51/60 hr
Both63/67/81 hr
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Sony MZ-E600portable MD player
Intro: 2/2001

Availability:
OUT: headphones85.5 x 19.3 x 77.5mm, 72g (97g w/batt)

Features: MDLP capability, extra long remote cord, 40-second anti-shock protection (160 second protection in LP4 mode). Has the ability to alert the user to an incoming cell phone call (see explanation below).

User Notes: According to Sony's site, the cell phone alert function only works with the Japanese domestic protocol of CDMA, one of the largest cell phone networks in Japan (PHS being the other one, which is not compatible). It works by having CDMA built into the E600, then the MD player can recognize the signal patterns of CDMA-incoming calls to a device within close proximity (in this case, probably 1.5ft), then it plays a beep through the MD's headphones to notify the user. --Jason Kwan

Links: Sony Japanese press release describing the new MZ-E600 portable MD player

Specs: 1.5V DC.
(battery times shown show SP/LP2/LP4)

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiCad14/16/18 hr3 hr
AA x 142/49/58 hr
Both59/65/75 hr
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(1280x923)
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(1280x851)
Sony MZ-E300portable MD player
Intro: 1/2001
Street US$100
Availability:
OUT: headphones83W x 27H x 77D mm, 83g

Features: Cost reduced non-MDLP player for foreign (non-Japanese) market. Button layout and LCD located on rear face of the unit. Repeat (1/All/Shuffle/Program) play. 64 possible treble/bass settings. Digital mega-bass. No remote (nor can it accept one, the headphone jack does not have a remote connector). Only 20 second shock protection.

Links:

Specs: 5mW+5mW headphone output.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E300

Service Manual: MZ-E300

Battery LifePlay
AA x 133 hr
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Sony MZ-E500portable MD player
Intro: 11/2000

Availability:
OUT: headphones80.5 x 17.7 x 74.5mm, 76g (101g w/batt)

Features: Similar to MZ-E700 but larger, with shorter battery life and without "Disc Memory" function. Button layout located on backside of the unit. MDLP capable, 64 different possible treble/bass settings (8 treble and 8 bass) that can be stored as two presets, 16 Mbit DRAM gives 40-second anti-shock protection (160-second protection in LP4 mode). Extra battery life was achieved by increasing the rotation speed of the disk by three times, according to Sony's press release.

Links: Sony's official Japanese press release for the MZ-E500. Sony's offical Japanese page for this unit. Sony's Japanese Walkman page for the MZ-E500.

Specs:
(battery times shown show SP/LP2/LP4)

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E500

Service Manual: MZ-E500

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH14/16/18 hr3 hr
AA x 142/49/58 hr
Both59/65/75 hr
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Sony MZ-E700portable MD player
Intro: 10/2000

Availability:
OUT: headphones78.0 x 14.0 x 72.0mm, 85g (110g w/batt)

Features: MZ-E900 class machine (differs by being a bit larger). MDLP capable. Program play mode. Playback speed controllable from 80% to 110% in 5% steps. Sound settings: 8 treble and 8 bass (64 possible settings total). "Disc Memory Function" associates program play settings, playback speed, sound settings and volume level with each disc.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit. A Japanese electronics page mentions the MZ-E700. Another Japanese electronics page has some photos and a short description of the MZ-E700. MiniDisc T-Station posts info on the Sony MZ-E700 T's MD Comparison Table pages add Sony MZ-E700 photos and specs. A Japanese shop has brochure images of the MZ-E700.

Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

Service Manual: MZ-E700

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
(NH-14WM)
hr1.5 hr
AA x 1
Both76 hr (SP) / 100 hr (LP4)
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Sony MZ-E900portable MD player
Intro: 9/2000

Availability:
OUT: headphones77.7 x 12.7 x 71.0mm, 58g (83g w/batt)

Features: Record-breaking size and battery life, playing in LP4 mode for 100 hours (NiMH+AA). Unique "disc based settings" feature remembers program play, treble & bass, repeat mode, playback speed (80-110%), and volume settings for up to 20 discs within the unit. Shock proof memory capacity depends on record mode-- LP4: 160s, LP2&mono: 80s, SP: 40s.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit (machine translation). T's tables has further information on this unit as well as photos from recent MD brochures for the Sony MZ-E900. MDLand has an e-tailer page for the MZ-E900. MDnara.com, a Korean MD vendor, has dozens of detailed shots of the Sony MZ-E900. Video-direct's comparison table lists this unit and other current Sony models.

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E900

Service Manual: MZ-E900

Battery Life
SP/LP2/LP4
Play
NiMH NH-14WM29/33/37 hr
AA x 142/49/58 hr
Both76/87/100 hr
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Sony MZ-E800portable MD player
Intro: 6/2000

Availability:
OUT: headphones79.5x76.7x17mm, 110g [135g/w batt]

Features: Bass and treble controls, new head loading mechanism, anti-shock buffer of 40 seconds, standard play mode functions, AVLS feature. Includes charging stand, remote control with LCD, AC adaptor, dry battery case, and pouch.

Links: Sony's Japanese announcement for this unit (and an English machine translation). A closeup of Sony's new Walkman logo, found on the MZ-E800. According to Sony it emphasizes the new Sony network era. The Korean MD page posts 20 photos of the Sony MZ-E800

Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

Service Manual: MZ-E800

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH24 hr3 hr
AA x 137 hr
Both64 hr
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Sony MZ-E77portable MD player
Intro: 2/2000 (? guess)

Availability:
headphone out78.3 x 13.9 x 71.4mm, 128g

Features: Pop colors, one touch eject, bass and treble controls with 2 presets.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit. Another Japanese news announcement and photo of this unit.

Reviews:

User Manual: J

Service Manual: MZ-E77

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH21 hr? hr
AA x 131 hr
Both56 hr
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Sony MZ-E60Portable MD player
Intro: 2/2000
MSRP US$180
Availability:
OUT: headphone81x25x74mm, 95g (135g w/batt & MD)

Features: Pop-open eject. AA drycell based player; no internal recharge function, no external recharger supplied, no external battery case, no DC IN jack. LCD is on remote only and not backlit (remote: RM-MZ2N). Colors: silver, blue.

Lack of remote backlight support: Though the MZ-E60 has a remote port and supports LCD remote functions, it does not support the remote backlight feature. Neither the backlit remote from the MZ-E55 (the RM-MZ55), nor the RM-MZ2S (the backlit version of the MZ-E60's RM-MZ2N) will illuminate their backlight when plugged into the MZ-E60, although in both cases the LCD and functions on the remotes work fine. -Roland M.

Variants: The MZ-E62 is the European version of the MZ-E60, only its color [silver with blue accents] differs.

User comments: I have the MZ-E60 and was surprised to find the model that replaces it, the MZ-E300, to be somewhat inferior: The MZ-E300 has no remote, nor can it accept one (headphone jack does not have the remote connector). The body is completely plastic, unlike that of the E60, which has an aluminum lid. And I'm curious about why Sony decided to limit the memory buffer to 20 secs rather than 40, which is the usual limit on all current Sony MD players and recorders. I doubt this smaller buffer will make any practical difference, but it does point to Sony's effort to "cheap out" on overall quality. The only advantage the E300 seems to have over the E60 is that its stated battery life is almost tripled. -Brett Kaplan

Links: Superfi (UK) has further photos of the unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit. MDLand has multiple angle views of this unit. A user's in-depth MZ-E60 review.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E60

Service Manual: MZ-E60

Battery LifePlay
AA x 112 hr
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Sony MZ-E7WPortable MD player with wireless remote
Intro: 1/2000
¥42,000 yen
Availability:
headphone out87.0x22.0x76.0 mm, 106g (body), 149g (w/battery & disc)

Features:

  • Unit has the first wireless remote control capability for a portable MD unit.
  • Watch displays track, time, and even title information.
  • Also works as a fully functional wristwatch.
  • Headphones are still wired directly to the unit for optimal sound quality.
  • One-touch eject mechanism.
  • 40-second shock protection
  • All standard play modes.

Links:

Reviews:

Specs: Watch remote powered by a Lithium battery (CR2032) which will last for approximately three months with regular use. Transportation frequency: 239.54MHz

User Manual: J/E

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
NH-14WM
15 hr1.5 hr
AA x 121 hr
Both40 hr
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Sony MZ-E95portable MD player
Intro: 10/1999
¥39,000
Availability:
headphone out84.0 x 75.0 x 19.5mm

Features: Has the longest portable MD player battery life in the world (as of Oct 20, 1999) of 77 hours. Includes unique charging base for entire unit. Employs a newly developed low power LSI, "laser coupler" optical pickup, and built-in LiIon Polymer battery. Battery LED indicator, bass and treble controls adjustable to 7 different levels each (with two user presets). 40 second shock protection

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit. Martin Clinton notes an interesting ZDNet article on Lithium Ion Polymer Batteries, the ``builtin'' rechargeable cell used in the Sony MZ-E95 player.

Specs: Maximum output level 5mW+5mW, DC 1.5V, AC 100V.

Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

Battery LifePlayRecharge
Built-in LiIon Polymer45 hrs8 hrs
AA x 131 hrs
Both77 hrs
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Sony MZ-E90Portable MiniDisc Player
Intro: 10/1999
R90: ¥36,000
Availability:
out: headphone78.4x13.5x71.5mm

Features: Small size and light weight realized through newly developed optical pickup, Newly developed "One Touch Eject" mechanism makes disc changing easy, World's smallest MD player body (as of Aug 24, 1999), high stiffness magnesium casing, World's longest battery life achieved (as of Aug 24 1999) at about 56 hours, Popular new "Smart Stick Controller" type remote, Three color variations, 40 seconds of long duration shock resistant memory, all standard play modes, AVLS volume limiting system.

Links: Sony's Japanese release announcement for this unit. Sony's Japanese release announcement translated into English. Sony's Tourist model page for the MZ-E90. Michael Petnuch writes a Sony MZ-E90 review. Tom Chmielinski contributes a nice Sony MZ-E90 review, saying the unit's nearly too tiny! Superfi posts zoomable, rotatable scans of this unit. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit. Leo Davidson sends in a good scan of the MZ-E90 English instruction sheet.

Specs: Max output level of 5mW+5mW, AC100V.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E90

Service Manual: MZ-E90

Battery LifePlayRecharge
Ni-MH21 hr1.5 hr
AA x 131 hr
Both56 hr
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Sony MZ-E75portable MD player
Intro: 8/1999
¥30,000
Availability:
headphone out (x2), DC IN (on battery case): 1.5V86 x 16.3 x 75.4mm

Features: 40 second shock memory, One Touch Eject Mechanism, Backlit Remote (no LCD on body), Twin headphone output, 8-step bass and treble adjustments that can be remembered in two "user profile" settings.

Variants: North American model comes with NiCd instead of NiMH cell.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit. Sony's Tourist model page for the MZ-E75. The MiniDisc T-Station has a review for this unit. Superfi (UK) has information on this unit as well as rotatable photos. Ian McFarlane posts a review of the Sony MZ-E75 player. Minidisco has a rotatable 3-D spinning image of this unit. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E75

Service Manual: MZ-E75

Battery LifePlayRecharge
AA x 122 hr
NiMH16 hr1.5 hr
NiMH+AA42 hr
NiCd (N. American)8 hr1.5 hr
NiCd+AA32 hr
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Sony MZ-E80Portable MD Player
Intro: 6/1999
MSRP ¥32,000
Availability:
Headphone, DC IN 1.5VWHD: 81 x 18.7 x 83.5, 100g (145g w/MD and battery)

Features: Was world's longest battery life MD player (May '99). Incorporates "Smart Stick Controller" with 9 character display and improved design (slimmer, easier to operate -- control knob at end of stick is now pushed left and right rather than twisted). 40 Second shock memory. Handstrap. Two-tone color scheme.

Links: Japanese info and photos and Sony's announcement of their MZ-E80 portable player. Ian McFarlane posts a Sony MZ-E80 review.

Specs: Freq. Resp.: 20-20kHz +/-3dB

Reviews:

User Manuals: MZ-E80, J/E

Service Manual: MZ-E80

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
NH-14WM
16 hr2.5 hr (100%)
AA x 122 hr
Both42 hr
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Sony MZ-E70Portable MD player
Intro: 3/1999

Availability:
Headphone, DC IN 1.5V (on battery case)81 x 15.7 x 72.9mm, 103g (145g w/batt+MD)

Features: Nearly the same as the MZ-E55 internally. 40 second shock memory. Backlit remote. Battery is charged with separate recharger (included). Available in [apparently exciting] blue, white and yellow colors.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for the unit. MiniDisc World has a review for this unit.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E70

Service Manual: MZ-E70

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NiMH
(NH-14WM)
8.5 hr2.5 hr
AA x 110 hr
Both21 hr
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Sony MZ-E55Portable MD player
Intro: 10/1998
MSRP ¥38,000
Init mo. prod. 40,000 units
Availability:
OUT: headphone79.7 x 14.9 x 71.9mm, 80g (120g w/disc, NH-9WM cell)

Features: Small: 32% smaller volume and 35g lighter than the MZ-E35. Diecast magnesium case. 40 second shock memory, backlit "stick controller" remote. Battery life on NH-9WM (included): 7.5hr, AAx1: 10hr, both: 20hr. Recharge time (on external recharger, available separately): 1hr. Available in gold (nearly silver) and blue (nearly black). In Switzerland (and Europe?) on the Gold/silver model is available.

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User comments: The volume buttons on the remote are troublesome. You would like to be able to use any of the controls on the remote with a finger and a thumb. The + button is located directly across from the Hold switch, so you can easily grip the remote and press the + button without worrying about the Hold switch. But the - button is located across from the pause button so you can't just grip and press the - button very easily. Note that the main body uses a single rocker switch for the volume as opposed to two buttons, and that would perhaps be better for the remote. This may apply to other Sony models with remotes (the MZ-E55's remote is labelled "RM-MZE55"). Additionally, the unit "...has a rather poorly designed battery door. It's kind of fragile and the clipping is very smooth: when carried in a pocket it may sometimes (well, seldom) open by itself thanks to clothes' friction." (Marc Herbert)

Reviews:

User Manuals: MZ-E55, MZ-E55

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Sony MZ-E33Portable MD player
Intro: 10/1998
MSRP ¥31,000
Init mo. prod. 50,000 units
Availability:
OUT: headphone80 x 17.3 x 92mm, 113g (155g w/disc and NH-MDAA cell)

Features: Main function buttons on reverse side. 10 second shock memory. Non-backlit stick remote. Battery compartment accepts gumpack orAA cell. Included rechargeable cell: NH-MDAA (NiMH in AA form factor). Available in [silver-toned] gold, blue and black. Headphones for US model are MDR-A34 (folding, over-the-head style).

Parts: MD-Mechanism Type: MT-MZE55-150, Optical Pick-up Type: ODX-1A/1B

Links: Sony's Japanese announcement and photos of the MZ-R55, MZ-E55 and MZ-E33 portables. A Sony announcement stating that the MZ-E33 player and the MZ-R37 recorder will be released in the US in February. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit. Sony's MD Bundle 6 (MDS-JE330 + MZ-E33) has a $50 rebate (pages 1 and 2). (Todd Lynch points out Sony Bundle 6 coverage at Crutchfield.) Calum Tsang's well rounded review of the unit.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E33

Service Manual: MZ-E33

Battery LifePlayRecharge
NH-14WM Gumpack7 hr? hr
NH-9WM Gumpack6.5 hr? hr
NH-MDAA (AA form factor)8 hr3 hr
Alkaline AA x 19.5 hr
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Sony MZ-E44
Sony MZ-E45
Portable Player
Intro: 7/1998
MSRP: ¥33,000, street: ¥26,000
Availability:
out: headphones87x17.8x91.5mm, 115g (155g pocket weight)

Features: 10 second shock memory. All controls for both units are mounted on a curved surface for ease of use, especially in poor lighting. The included remote is backlit, and is an updated version of the standard Sony stick remote that is currently found on other Sony MD models. Included handstrap lessens the hazard of it dropping on the floor. The MZ-E44 comes in Sparkling Blue and Sparkling Silver, the MZ-E45 comes in Orange and Metallic Gray. Play modes include single song repeat, total disc repeat, and shuffle mode. Includes AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System). Above listed dimensions include the protruding control surface, so actual dimensions of main unit are slightly smaller. Battery life: 5.5 hours with rechargeable battery, 8.5 with one alkaline AA (via included external add-on battery pack), 16 hours with both. Recharging of battery takes one hour (uses the same battery as the MZ-E35).

Parts: MD-Mechanism Type: MT-MZE44-140, Optical Pick-up Type: ODX-1A/1B

Links: Sony's Japanese MZ-E44/E45 announcement (and an English translation). Eric Whitney maintains a MZ-E44/E45 Info Page. Known dealers of this unit include Sawada Denki, and Japan Direct. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit. As of 14 May 2000, the Sony MZ-E44 is being sold for $100 at J&R (search for mze44). Michael Kirkman has created a handsome Sony MZ-E44 review page that includes a clear scan of the user manual.

Reviews:

User Manuals: MZ-E44, HTML

Service Manuals: MZ-E44, MZ-E44

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Sony MZ-E35Portable player
Intro: 10/1997
MSRP ¥40,000, street:¥32,000
Availability:
out: headphone, pwr: 1.5V82.5x19.1x80mm, 115g, (pocket weight: 155g)

Features: 40 second shock memory. Playing time: NiMH gumpack: 6 hours 1 AA cell: 12 hours, both together: 16 hours. (Martin Clinton (vincemanet@hotmail.com) conducted a controlled experiment and achieved a playing time of 7:40 with a single 1400mAh NiMH battery.)

Comments: The E35 is an interesting evolution of the E30. The E35's dimensions would be nearly identical to an E30 with its rear battery bulge shaved off. Simply as a design statement however, the E35 is not necessarily an improvement. Whereas the E30 belonged to the ``windswept stone'' school of design, bearing sensuous curves that made it a pleasure to hold, the E35 is more of the ``technobrick'' school. Its surfaces are dead flat, and its edges are surprisingly sharp. In an interesting twist, the LCD display and controls are on the rear surface, and instead of the traditional hold switch, the [tiny] stop, seek, play and volume buttons are under a sliding ``hold shutter'', quite similar to the one the edit controls were hidden under on the MZ-R2. Finally, the ``open'' button is a simple push-button (much like a CD player), not a sliding button as on all other Sony's to date. -eaw

Links: Sony's Japanese page for the unit and it's English translation. An MZ-E35 review from CNET. Nic Boyde's snaphots of the Sony MZ-E35. Tugrul Tanyol has conducted a comparison of the Sony MZ-E35 and Sharp ST501 portable MD players. Matt Cervi has made a detailed Sony MZ-E35 Test Mode page. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit. A user writes a comparison review between the Sony MZ-E35 and MZ-E2. A user writes a comparison review between the Sony MZ-E35 and Panasonic SJ-MJ70.

Reviews:

User Manuals: MZ-E35, J/E

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Sony MZ-E25Portable player
Intro: 10/1997
MSRP ¥34,000
Availability:
out: headphone, pwr: 1.5V102x17.2x75mm, 130g (pocket weight: 170g)

Features: Battery compartment accepts either NiMH gumpack or 1.5V AA cell (separate battery case cannot be used). Bass boost and AVLS controls are on the rear surface, other controls are mounted on the left edge. Playback time: NiMH gumpack 4.5 hours, AA alkaline: 6 hours, NiCad: 2 hours. Available in silver, blue or orange. NiMH gumpack and charger are sold separately.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for the unit and it's English translation. Nic Boyde's snaphots of the MZ-E25. The MZ-E25 is spotted for $100 at Costco (membership not required). Another deal found: The MZ-E25 for $101 at Overstock.com.

Reviews:

User Manual: J/E

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Sony MZ-EP10
Sony MZ-EP11
Portable Player
Intro: 6/1997
msrp: ¥38,000, street: ¥32,800
Availability:
out: hdphn, pwr: 1.5VDC80x18.5x104mm, 160g w/o batt., 200g pocket weight

Features: Based upon E30/E50 electronics but with a new ``head loading'' mechansim that allows an MD to simply be pushed against the top of unit, whereupon the door pops out of the way and permits disc insertion. Battery compartment accepts either a gum pack shaped Nickel Hydride cell or a single AA cell. The former provides 4 hours playback, the later 5 hours.

Links: Sony's Product Announcement (translated). Nic Boyde's detailed snapshots of the EP11 give a good view of the disc loading mechanism. A user's review of the EP11. Mo Jaquith contributes an extensive review of the Sony MZ-EP11. A snapshot of Jamiroquai in a Sony MD ad shows him wearing an MZ-EP11 on his head. Sony Japan's page showing an animation of the EP11's head loading mechanism. Sony's English page for the EP11 portable. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-EP11

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Sony MZ-F40Play only MD/AM/FM portable
Intro: 3/1997
street: ¥33,200
Availability:
out: headphone (15mW+15mW @16ohms), ext. pwr: 4.5Vapprox. 123x78.1x27.8mm, 180g w/o batt.

Features: US intro May 1997. Two LCD's, one each for the MD and tuner. Automatic station preset (finds FM stations and presets them in memory), Automatic memory scan (scans and plays stations which have been preset), 24 station memory (8 AM/ 16 FM). Metallic gray finish, LCD remote that controls tuner and MD player. 6 hours MD playback on two AAs, 4.5 hours on rechargeable NiMH. Radio play: 35 hours on two AAs, 28 hours on rechargeable. Wide band FM tuner: 87.5-108MHz, AM: 530-1710kHz. Optional BP-DM20 battery.

Reviews:

Links: Sony's business to business MZ-F40 page.

User Manual: MZ-F40

Service Manual: MZ-F40

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Sony MZ-E40
portable player
Intro: 1/1997
msrp: $250
Availability:
out: hdphn129.9 x 24.5 x 79mm, 170g w/o bat

Features: ATRAC 3.5 (CXD2536AR), "Vertical" design, large LCD readout, 10 second buffer memory. Provides 4 hours playback on two AA batteries. Unit will accept the Sony Ni-MH battery-pack model BP-DM20 which charges internally in about 3 hours using the AC adapter and provides 3 hours [Sony] to 4 hours [user report] continuous playback. Unit not available in Japan.

Variants: Unit dubbed MZ-E20 in Europe and Canada and comes without the AC adapter

Comments: Tips: If you can't get enough output from your MZ-E40 try a pair of Koss Porta Pro or Porta Pro Jr. phones for $40. They look like full-size foam earpad phones but cleverly fold up into a 3.5 x 2.5" bundle. They develop strong bass and have an spl around 105dB (compared to 90-96dB for most headphones). Also, see the Headphone Amps section of the accessories table.

A user writes that using the MZ-E40 with a power adapter and playing it at full volume can cause it to overheat and shutdown. A solution in a car environment (if you have a separate power amp) is to wire the E40 directly to the car's power amp inputs so that you may run the unit at a lower volume setting.

NiCads can be charged inside the unit by using a small piece of cardboard or rubber eraser to hold down the charger enabling switch inside the battery compartment.

A user reports: I learned to use only Duracell alkaline batteries with this player (7.5 hours per pair with the player mostly sitting still). Rechargeable alkalines don't last long enough -- only 1.5 to 4 hours, they are unreliable. He later adds: I bought two pairs of Duracell Ultra AA's. The first pair only lasted 6 hours; I was walking around. The second pair lasted 7:45 -- only fifteen minutes longer than the standard batteries, not the 1 hour longer as claimed on the duracell.com web site. That is enough testing to indicate to me that the Ultras do not last much longer than the standard model, but cost significantly more. I got some 12 hours out of the expensive Lithium AA batteries with the E40.

Misfeatures: The E40 bridges the bass to mono when megabass is enabled. Check by switching back and forth between megabass and flat, listen for the bass part of the music jump to the center. -Michael Hoffman

Links: Sony's announcment of the MZ-E40 MD player. Sony US page info, and Sony US MDBUNDLE4 page. A user's review of the MZ-E40. A user's review of the MD Bundle3 (which includes the MZ-E40). A TWICE CES '97 article mentions the Sony MZ-F40 AM/FM/MD player. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Reviews:

User Manuals: MZ-E20, MZ-E40, MZ-E20 courtesy Glenn Stasse

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Sony MZ-E50
Sony MZ-E30
portable player
Intro: 10/1996
msrp:¥48,000
street:¥39,000
MZ-E30: msrp: ¥38,000
Availability:
out: headphone, pwr: 1.5V99x13.5x73.5mm 76g, 101g w/bat, 120g w/bat & md
MZ-E30: 82x25.8x79.6mm 120g, 145g w/bat, 160g w/bat & md

Features: E50: Diecast magnesium case, silver color. E30: MD ``Jacket'' size design, available in metallic silver, sparkling blue or sparkling orange. Both units: LCD display on both remote and main unit. 4 hours playback on Nickel-Hydride rechargeable cell, 5 hours on 1 AA cell alone, 10 hours with both batteries (though a user reports getting 5h40m on an E30 with a fully charged NiMH cell). Recharge time: 40%: 15 min., 100%: 60 min. External power: 1.5V with separately available power pack. Included accesories: Headphones w/remote, Ni-Hydride cell, recharger, alkaline cell w/case, carrying pouch, battery carrying case, ear attachment. AC adapter is sold separately.

Tips: Available in Europe, a Kippling fotocameracase is exactly large enough to hold the MZ-E30, 1 spare disc with case and the penlight batterycase.

Links: Sony's information page and (translated) English version. A scan of all the surfaces of an MZ-E50. Sony's English MZ-R50 page. An article from the Nikkei Business Weekly sheds light on how Sony's MZ-E50 MDplayer was created. A user's review of the MZ-E30. Daniel Perup has a page devoted to the MZ-E30 he won in a Sony contest. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E30

Service Manual: MZ-E50

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Sony MZ-E3portable player
Intro: 3/1995
msrp: $350
Availability:
out: hdphn, pwr: 4.5V116x19.9x74mm, 168g w/o bat. 265g w/bat

Features: ATRAC 3. Ni-MH (BP-DM20) rechargeable or 2 AA cells (LIP-12 LiIon rechargeable can be used with separately available external case). LCD display on main unit and remote. bass boost.

Tips: As mentioned in the E3 owner's manual, the MZ-E3 is capable of recharging the Ni-MH battery pack, model BP-DM20 ($25 from The Edge electronics in the US). The BP-DM20 will play continuously for 2.5-3 hours, compared to 1.5 hours with NiCads.

Comparison with MZ-E2: The MZ-E2 is smaller than the MZ-E3 unless you use AA drycell batteries. The AA attachment to the E2 is bulky and makes it bigger than the E3. The E2 does not have a built-in LCD, you must use the remote to see what track you are on. The E2 and E3 are almost identical in operation and features.

Links: Sony Page info.

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-E3

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Sony MZ-E2portable player
Intro: 12/1993 (US: 4/1994)
msrp: $550
Availability:
out: hdphn4 1/4" x 3/4" x 3"

Features: ATRAC 2. 10-second shock-resistant memory LCD display on remote. bass boost. LIP-10 lithium ion rechargeable. Playback 2 hours on LiIon, 4 hours on 3AA cells, 7.5 hours on both together. AC adapter, carrying case.

Links: MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit. A user writes a comparison review between the Sony MZ-E35 and MZ-E2.

Reviews:

User Manuals: MZ-E2, MZ-E2

Service Manual: MZ-E2

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Sony MZ-2Pportable player
Intro: 11/1992 (US: 12/1992)
msrp: $550?
Availability:
out: optical, line, hdphn, DC IN: 10.5v114w x 42h x 139d mm, 680g w/batt (4 1/2" x 1 11/16" 5 1/2", 1.5lbs incl nicad)

Features: ATRAC 1. 10-second shock-resistant memory. Shuttle ring controls cue and review. Shuffle, repeat, auto-resume. Backlit LCD display for disc name, track name, time. Bass boost. 75 minutes continuous play on BP-MZ1 NiCad battery pack. 1 hour recharge time.

Specs: Headphone amp: 5mW+5mW (into 16 ohms)

Reviews:

User Manual: MZ-2P

Service Manual: MZ-2P

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