Sony MZ-NF610 High Speed Net MD Walkman Recorder – Electronics

Sony MZ-NF610 High Speed Net MD Walkman Recorder – Electronics
Sony MZ-NF610 High Speed Net MD Walkman RecorderThis is my second NetMD unit, and I am very pleased with this one as well. Is it not as sleek or convenient as an iPod with regards to holding a large amount of music in one unit, but then again, it depends on your preference. I enjoy having different MiniDiscs with different artists, genres, etc, and my MD wallet (these unfortunately have since become extinct) conveniently holds everything. The battery life is unbelievable and the rechargeable capability saves you from dropping $ on AA’s. The high compression (LP4) option lets me fit 4 to 8 CD’s on one MD, and although quality is not immaculate, my picky ears only sense a major quality hit during loud audience cheers between songs on live recordings; studio recordings sound excellent, even in highest compression, and live recordings otherwise are definitely adequate. After all, MP3 is compressed also, so some of those other players will show sound degradation as well! If you plan to use this on long car trips, however, the LP4 option would probably show its limits outside of earphone listening.
The BIG PLUSES here are the microphone recording capabilities and the relatively low price. A Sony digital microphone will cost you $50 on Amazon, which is a nice option for recording performaces, interviews, conversations, etc. Also, if you can find this player factory refurbished at a Sony Outlet, you can save $100+ over an iPod Mini and have unlimited expandability. And don’t forget the FM/AM Tuner… not a feature I frequently use but definitely a nice perk.
Better than iPod? All a matter of preference. 🙂 But these are fantastic in and of themselves; I’ve never been disappointed.