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Sony MZ-NF610

Net MD™ Walkman® recorder

Item # 158MZNF610

The recording ability of an MP3 portable, the versatility of MiniDisc, and radio playback! Like all of Sony's hot...

The recording ability of an MP3 portable, the versatility of MiniDisc, and radio playback! Like all of Sony's hot...

Discontinued item

Item # 158MZNF610

About the Sony MZ-NF610

The recording ability of an MP3 portable, the versatility of MiniDisc, and radio playback! Like all of Sony's hot Net MD recorders, the MZ-NF610 gives you a direct USB connection for transferring audio from your computer to MiniDisc at up to 32 times normal playback speed (audio is stored in ATRAC™ or ATRAC3™ format). Plus, the 'NF610's minijack input lets you record from a CD player or other audio source — just connect an optional cable. But this MD portable goes an extra step, and adds a radio tuner that can receive AM, FM, TV, and weather band broadcasts!

The recording ability of an MP3 portable, the versatility of MiniDisc, and radio playback! Like all of Sony's hot Net MD recorders, the MZ-NF610 gives you a direct USB connection for transferring audio from your computer to MiniDisc at up to 32 times normal playback speed (audio is stored in ATRAC™ or ATRAC3™ format). Plus, the 'NF610's minijack input lets you record from a CD player or other audio source — just connect an optional cable. But this MD portable goes an extra step, and adds a radio tuner that can receive AM, FM, TV, and weather band broadcasts!

The tuner's housed in a handy stick-style remote, so you'll get easy control for MiniDisc playback, too. Tired of replacing alkaline batteries? The MZ-NF610's included rechargeable provides up to 17 hours of play in LP4 mode. If you need more playback time, you can listen for up to 53 hours using a single "AA" alkaline!

When you're recording or listening at home, use the convenient AC adapter to power the player. The MZ-NF610's bookmark function lets you easily access your favorite MD tracks. And there's no need to worry about your music skipping — even during workouts — thanks to Sony's G-Protection™.

Details:

  • converts MP3, WMA, and WAV files to ATRAC (or ATRAC3 in LP2 or LP4 mode) for MiniDisc playback
  • USB interface (cable included)
  • "Easy Skip" group/folder function
  • in-line remote control with built-in AM/FM/TV/weather band tuner
  • minijack input (stereo analog and mini-optical digital)
  • no microphone input
  • 2 digital sound presets
  • G-Protection skip recovery system
  • Automatic Volume Limiter System
  • stereo headphones
  • AC adapter
  • one 74-minute MiniDisc
  • playback time in LP4 mode: up to 17 hours with included rechargeable battery
  • includes Simple Burner and Sonic Stage™ software CD-ROM
  • 3-5/16"W x 1-3/16"H x 3"D
  • weight: 3.6 oz. without battery
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor

Requirements for PC use:

  • Windows® 98SE, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home, or XP Professional operating system
  • USB port
  • For additional requirements, see Detailed Info.
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What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/TV/Weather Band/Minidisc player/recorder
  • One 74-minute blank MiniDisc (MDW74PL)
  • MDR-027SP On-the-ear headphones (with 21" cord)
  • SonicStage Ver 1.5 CD-ROM software
  • In-line remote/display (RM-MC37LT) with attached 33" cord
  • AC adapter (AC-ET305K) with attached 82" cord and in-line noise filter (Output: 3VDC/500mA)
  • 5' USB cable (with full-size male USB connector on one end and a Mini-USB--Version 2.0--connector on the other end)
  • One NH-7WMAA "AA"-sized rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery in plastic case
  • MiniDisc Recorder Operating Instructions
  • Net MD Simple Burner Operating Instructions
  • Net MD Simple Burner Ver 1.1 How to Install instructions
  • RealOne Player promotional sheet
  • Moodlogic software promotional sheet
  • Headphone safety information sheet
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The Sony MZ-NF610 replaces these items:

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Features
Supplied Software
System Requirements
Inputs and Outputs
Power Requirements

Features

Radio Tuner/Remote Control: The MZ-NF610 is equipped with an in-line remote with an LCD display. Not only does the in-line remote allow you to control most MD player functions, it also contains an AM/FM/TV/Weather band radio tuner with 51 presets (30 FM, 10 AM, 7 TV and 4 Weather band stations). The presets can be manually or automatically set.

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 15-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 Overview: The supplied USB interface provides all-digital transfer of MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files from your PC to MiniDisc at up to 32 times faster than real-time. The title/track information you create in the jukebox automatically will be transferred to the Net MD Recorder. The unit also has a mini-jack line input that can accept an analog or a digital signal for recording (in real time) from an external component. Note: You cannot record a radio broadcast received by the remote control's built-in tuner. You can, however, record a radio broadcast from an external radio source.

Recording Modes: In addition to normal stereo recording, this unit has two long time recording modes (LP2 and LP4) and monaural (left/right channels are mixed). When recording in monaural or 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: Songs recorded (checked out) in LP2, or LP4 Stereo to an MD cannot be played back unless the MD player is compatible with MDLP. Songs recorded in monaural can only be played back on an MD player compatible with monaural playback.

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.

LCD Display: On the remote control, you can check the track or disc name, the elapsed playing time of the current track, the number of tracks recorded on an MD, the group name, and the total number of tracks in a group. You can also display the sound mode and the record mode (SP, LP).

Digital Sound Preset: You can adjust the treble and bass in 8 steps (-4, -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3) to suit your taste. The player can store two sets of treble and bass adjustments that can then be selected later during playback.

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

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

End Search: The Automatic End Search recording function informs you, with the touch of a button, how much unrecorded time remains on a disc, and begins additional recording from that point.

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

Editing Tracks: After recording, you can edit tracks in the following ways.

  • Erasing Tracks: erase a single track or the entire MiniDisc
  • Dividing Tracks: divide a recorded track at any point simply by adding a track mark at that point
  • Combining Tracks: combine two consecutive tracks into a single track by removing the track mark between them
  • Moving Tracks: change the order of the tracks

Playback Modes: This unit features multiple playback modes:

  • Normal: all repeat, 1 track, 1 track repeat, shuffle, shuffle repeat, program (bookmark), program repeat, play disc from start to finish
  • Group: all repeat, 1 track, 1 track repeat, shuffle, shuffle repeat, program (bookmark), program repeat 

Automatic Volume Limiter System (AVLS): The AVLS function keeps down the maximum volume to protect your hearing.

Group Function: This function 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. You can create a maximum of 99 groups on a disc.

"Easy Skip" Group/Folder Function: This function allows for easy navigation between multiple file folders transferred in a playlist.

Bookmarks: You can "bookmark" up to 20 tracks on the disc and play them only. The playback sequence starts with the smallest track number and can't be changed. If you open the lid, all bookmarks are cancelled.

Headphones: The MZ-NF610 is equipped with the MDR-027SP headphones. These on-the-ear headphones come with a 21" cord and a gold-plated stereo mini-plug, and can be plugged into the remote control or directly into the MD player/recorder.

Supplied Software

SonicStage: SonicStage Ver. 1.5 is a music management application which enables you to rip, import, and transfer digital music files to the NetMD recorder. With the software, you can manage and store MP3, WMA and WAV files and CDs, and make custom playlists.

Net MD Simple Burner: 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.

Music Drive: Music Drive is a music database for managing audio data on a computer. In Music Drive, audio files can be managed along with such information as artist names, track names and CD jacket images, or can be combined and categorized in different playlists.

OpenMG: OpenMG is a copyright protection technology used when importing and managing audio content from music distribution services or audio CDs. By using OpenMG compliant applications such as SonicStage, audio content can be encrypted before being stored on the hard disk of a computer so that the audio file cannot be played back on any computer other than the one it was created on. OpenMG is useful in preventing unauthorized distribution of audio content via the Internet.

Check In/Check Out: "Check out" is to transfer music files from a personal computer to an external device/media (such as a Network Walkman). Returning checked out music to the same computer is to "check in". You can check a music file in and out an infinite number of times. The SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) rules provide that up to four copies of a music file can be checked out at one time. Open MG employs a method whereby three copies of a song can be checked out simultaneously, while the fourth copy is maintained as a master on your PC.

RealOne Player Compatible: RealOne is a free music management system that lets you download, create playlists and transfer music to your Net MD recorder. Sonic Stage is compatible with RealOne.

System Requirements

System Requirements: The following hardware and software are required in order to use the supplied software:

Computer IBM PC/AT or Compatible
  • CPU: Pentium II 400 MHz or higher (Pentium III 450 MHz or higher is recommended.)

  • Hard disk drive space: 120 MB or more

  • RAM: 64 MB or higher (128 MB or higher is recommended)

Others

  • CD-ROM drive (capable of digital playback by WDM)

  • Sound Board

  • USB port (supports USB (previously USB 1.1))

Operating System Factory installed: Windows XP Home Edition/Windows XP Professional/Windows Millennium Edition/
Windows 2000 Professional/Windows 98 Second Edition
Display High Color (16-bit) or greater, 800 x 480 dots or more (800 x 600 dots or more is recommended)
Others
  • Internet access: for Web registration and EMD services

  • Windows Media Player (version 7.0 or higher) installed for playing WMA files

Inputs and Outputs

Right Side of Unit:

  • Headphone Out: stereo mini-jack output
  • Line Input: analog stereo or optical mini-jack input 
  • Remote Input: proprietary input
  • USB: mini-USB Version 2.0 port

Bottom End of Unit: DC input (3 Volts)

Power Requirements

DC/AC Operation: The MZ-NF610 comes with one "AA"-sized rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery. You can also use an optional alkaline battery (not supplied). For long recording or playback sessions, it is recommended that the supplied AC adapter be used.

Battery Meter: You can check the charge level of the battery on the LCD displays on both the unit and the remote control. The battery meter is a 4-segment battery icon and the level of charge ranges from 0-4 "segments". 

Charging: The supplied NC-7WMAA battery can be charged in the unit using the supplied AC-ET305K AC adapter. It takes approximately 2 hours to fully recharge a completely discharged battery.

Battery Life (approximate): 

Battery Function SP Stereo LP2 Stereo LP4 Stereo
NC-7WMAA Ni-MH "AA"
Rechargeable battery (supplied)
Recording 3 hours 6 hours 7 hours
Continuous Playback 12 hours 13 hours 17 hours
"AA" Alkaline Battery
(optional)
Recording 7 hours 11 hours 15.5 hours
Continuous Playback 39 hours 45 hours 53 hours

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