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Sony MZ-N505

Net MD™ Walkman® recorder (Silver)

Item # 158MZN505S

High-speed, drag-and-drop transfer of PC audio.

High-speed, drag-and-drop transfer of PC audio.

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Item # 158MZN505S

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About the Sony MZ-N505

High-speed, drag-and-drop transfer of PC audio. It's much more than an MP3 player — it's Sony's revolutionary Net MD Walkman! The MZ-N505's advanced USB connection gives you direct digital dubbing of MP3s or ripped CD tracks from your PC to MiniDisc at speeds of up to 32X — over an hour of music transfers in just minutes! Plus, you get handy software for your PC: OpenMG™ Jukebox for music management, and Simple Burner, which allows you to dub CD tracks directly to MD without saving files on your computer's hard drive. (And OpenMG Jukebox is now compatible with the free RealOne™ player — great news for users familiar with popular RealAudio® software.)

High-speed, drag-and-drop transfer of PC audio. It's much more than an MP3 player — it's Sony's revolutionary Net MD Walkman! The MZ-N505's advanced USB connection gives you direct digital dubbing of MP3s or ripped CD tracks from your PC to MiniDisc at speeds of up to 32X — over an hour of music transfers in just minutes! Plus, you get handy software for your PC: OpenMG™ Jukebox for music management, and Simple Burner, which allows you to dub CD tracks directly to MD without saving files on your computer's hard drive. (And OpenMG Jukebox is now compatible with the free RealOne™ player — great news for users familiar with popular RealAudio® software.)

But the pocket-sized MZ-N505 can do more than just record from your PC. It can also make great-sounding recordings from a CD player, radio, cassette player, and other sources (analog and optical cables available separately).

MDLP™ record mode lets you store up to 5 hours of music using a single 80-minute blank MD — perfect for taking lots of tunes on the go! And, since it's MiniDisc, you get easy recording, editing, and titling with discs that are fully rewritable, nearly indestructible, and ultra-affordable.

Sony's G-Protection™ skip recovery system makes your MD listening experience a smooth one. And an optional "AA" battery can power the MZ-N505 for up to 56 hours! Available in silver or gold finish.

Details:

  • includes USB cable
  • converts MP3, WMA, and WAV files to ATRAC™ (or ATRAC3™ in LP2 or LP4 mode) for MiniDisc playback
  • compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0
  • digital and analog record level control
  • "Easy Skip" group/folder function
  • minijack input (analog stereo and mini-optical digital)
  • mini-USB jack
  • no microphone input
  • digital synchro recording
  • sample rate converter
  • Digital Mega Bass®
  • G-Protection skip recovery system
  • Automatic Volume Limiter System
  • stereo headphones
  • AC adapter
  • includes blank 80-minute MiniDisc
  • playback time in LP4 mode: up to 56 hours with "AA" battery (not included)
  • includes Simple Burner and OpenMG Jukebox software CD-ROM
  • 3-1/4"W x 3"H x 1-1/8"D
  • weight: 3.7 oz. without battery
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor (1 year with registration)

Requirements for PC use:

  • Windows® 98, 98SE, 2000, Me, or XP operating system
  • available primary USB port (USB 1.1 or 2.0)
  • 233 MHz Pentium® or better processor
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 150 MB free hard disk space
  • CD-ROM drive
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What's in the box:

  • Silver MZ-N505 Net MD player/recorder
  • AC-ES305 AC power adapter with attached 77" cord
  • One 59" USB cable
  • 1 Blank MiniDisc
  • One pair of MDR-027 on-the-ear headphones with attached 39.5" cord
  • OpenMG Jukebox CD-ROM with Customer Registration Instructions
  • Portable MiniDisc Recorder Operating Instructions (English/French)
  • OpenMG Jukebox Operating Instructions
  • Net MD Simple Burner How to Install guide
  • Net MD Simple Burner Operating Instructions
  • "Notes on installing OpenMG Jukebox Ver. 2.2" sheet
  • "Notes on using this product" sheet
  • "If the Net MD is not recognized by your computer or cannot be operated by your OpenMG Jukebox" sheet
  • Attention sheet
  • Information sheet on Sony Musiclub
  • Sony MiniDisc rebate offer ($1 off your next purchase of any Sony MiniDisc multi-pack-expires 12/31/02)
  • Headphone level warning sheet
MFR #MZ-N505SILVER

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Features
PCLink Interface
OpenMG Software
Net MD Simple Burner
Inputs and Outputs

Features

Recording Overview: This unit allows you to record MP3s or CDs at up to 32X speed. NetMD products allow for high-speed transfer from your PC to MD, providing up to 32X speed transfer directly to the recorder. The title/track information you create in the jukebox automatically will be transferred to the NetMD recorder. Net MD Simple Burner Quick RipT CD dubbing applications (supplied) allow for easy dubbing of music tracks from CDs directly to the Net MD Walkman with no need to store files or manage music on the hard drive.

Long Play Recording: In addition to normal stereo recording, this unit has two long time recording modes; LP2 and LP4. When recording in LP2 stereo mode, you can record two times the normal recording time. When recording in LP4 stereo mode, you can record four times the normal recording time. Note: A track recorded in LP2 or LP4 mode is given an identification code that is displayed only when you attempt to play that track on an MD deck that does not support LP modes.

Mono Recording: You may record in mono, with twice the recording time per MiniDisc (148 minutes using a 74 minute MiniDisc).

Group Mode: This feature allows you to categorize consecutive tracks into a group for playback, recording, or editing. This is handy if you are recording multiple artists or CDs onto one MiniDisc. 

G-Protection: G-Protection was developed to protect against sound skipping while jogging, providing a higher level of shock protection than traditional ESP. The G-Protection feature provides 10-times faster shock recovery compared to conventional shock protection systems, so it will easily outperform electronic shock protection (ESP) systems equipped with 40 second buffers. The memory buffer is refreshed so quickly, that it is virtually impossible to make an MD skip.

Recording Level Adjustment: The digital and analog recording levels may be set manually or automatically.

Synchro Recording: This feature allows you to automatically have the player start recording when it receives sound from the source unit. This only functions when using the digital (not analog) input.

Labeling: You can label MDs and tracks you record. Each MiniDisc can accept up to 1,700 alphanumeric characters.

Erasing Tracks: You can erase a single track or the entire MiniDisc.

Dividing Tracks: You can divide a recorded track at any point simply by adding a track mark at that point. 

Combining Tracks: This function allows you to combine two consecutive tracks into a single track by removing the track mark between them. 

Moving Tracks: This function lets you change the order of any track.

Digital Mega Bass: The Mega Bass function boosts bass output for richer audio reproduction. There are two bass boost levels to choose from, and the Mega Bass feature may be turned off. This feature only affects the sound to the headphones/earphones.

AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System): This feature automatically limits the volume to protect your hearing. The AVLS feature may be turned on or off.

Headphones: The supplied headphones are on-the-ear phones with an adjustable plastic headband. They have an attached 39.5" cord that is terminated with a standard stereo male mini-jack. 

Sampling Rate Converter: This unit has a built-in sampling rate converter that will accept digital inputs from 32kHz to 48kHz. This allows you to perform a digital recording from a non-44.1kHz digital source such as a DAT or DBS unit. The sampling rate converter turns on only when a non-44.1kHz source is detected.

Battery Life: 

1 Alkaline "AA" Battery (sold separately) Stereo LP2 LP4
Recording approximately 9 hours approximately 13 hours approximately 16 hours
Playback approximately 42 hours approximately 48 hours approximately 56 hours

PCLink Interface

USB Audio Cable Benefits: The benefits of using the USB Audio cables (instead of simply recording from the analog output found on a computer's sound card) are that you (1) bypass the soundcard's D/A converter, which is often of very low quality and (2) avoid the electrical noise, interference, etc., which is always present in a computer case. 

Computer System Requirements and Usage Info: Please note the following points:

  • The computer must be running Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 2000.
  • The software does NOT run on Macintosh or Windows 95 and Windows NT.
  • The computer must have (and you must use) a primary USB port (if a computer has two or more USB ports, only one of these will be the "primary" port and this is the port that must be used).
  • Since the PCLink connects to your computer's USB port, you do not have to turn off the computer before plugging it in, rather, you can simply connect and disconnect it as needed.
  • When the PCLink is connected, no sound will come from your PC's speakers, so, to monitor music as it is being recorded, you must use headphones plugged into the recorder.
  • You can record any audio signal output by your Windows player, so the original file can be a WAV file, an MP3 file, a Liquid Audio file or any other audio file output by your computer's audio player.

OpenMG Software

Overview: OpenMG software allows the storage and the playback of digital music on the hard drive of a computer. With this software you can transfer digital audio files (MP3s, CDs, WAV, ATRAC3, WMAs) from your hard drive to your portable Net MD portable player at speeds up to 32X speed. You can choose your recording level quality among standard, LP2, or LP4 modes, which allows you to store over 5 hours of music on one 80 minute disc. The title/track information you create in the jukebox automatically will be transferred to the Net MD recorder. To transfer audio files to the Net MD player, they first must be converted to ATRAC3, which the software will do. OpenMG uses copyright protection technology which enables storage, playback, and editing of music content, but maintains the holder's copyright by preventing unauthorized distribution of music material. Note: You can also return these music files from your Net MD player back to the original computer only.

Net MD Simple Burner

Overview: Net MD Simple Burner allows you to easily record audio CDs from your CD-ROM to the MD player, without the need of storing any information on your hard drive. It will also allow you to edit and perform playback functions of your MD player through your computer.

Inputs and Outputs

Side of Unit:

  • Headphone Out: stereo mini-jack variable-level headphone out and proprietary Sony input used for an in-line wired remote
  • Line In: mini-jack that is used for optical digital input and stereo analog input
  • DC In: 3V DC jack
  • USB connecting jack: a female mini USB version 2.0 jack for use with supplied USB cable

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