Digital PCLink Interface
Inputs and Outputs
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
Sampling Rate converter:
The player has a sampling rate converter enabling it to record from various
digital sources such as DAT, DBS, etc. The rates are 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz and 48
kHz. It will always convert these incoming rates to the MiniDisc standard of
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.
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.
You may record in mono, with twice the recording time per MiniDisc (148 minutes
using a 74 minute MiniDisc).
You can label MDs and tracks you record. Each MiniDisc can accept up to 1,700
You can erase a single track or the entire MiniDisc.
You can divide a recorded track at any point simply by adding a track mark at
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
AVLS (Automatic Volume
Limiter System): This feature
automatically limits the volume to protect your hearing. The AVLS feature may be
turned on or off.
supplied headphones are on-the-ear phones with an adjustable plastic headband.
They have an attached 21" cord that is terminated with a standard stereo
The included wired "stick" remote has a 32" cord that is
terminated with a standard gold-plated stereo mini-jack and a non-standard
remote plug. The top of the remote has a standard female stereo mini-jack
headphone output. You may use any headphones with a standard stereo mini-jack
plug, and the headphones may be plugged into the remote or directly into the
Rechargeable Battery: The
player comes with a rechargeable "AA" Ni-Cad battery that fits into
the unit and is charged inside the unit using the supplied AC adapter. Fully
charging the Ni-Cad battery takes approximately 3 hours.
"AA" alkaline dry battery (sold separately)
PCLink (MD-PORT DG2) USB Audio Digital
Interface: In addition to a standard MZ-R700
MiniDisc recorder, this item includes a MiniDisc Digital PCLink interface that
allows you to easily record music from a Windows or Macintosh compatible
Jukebox/Audio player application. The USB digital Interface is a dark
silver-gray colored unit that has no controls. The PCLink has a standard USB input on
one end and a standard Toslink digital output on the other end. A USB
cable is supplied to connect your computer's primary USB port to the PCLink, and
a Toslink to mini-optical cord is supplied to connect the PCLink to the optical mini-jack input of
the MZ-R700 MiniDisc recorder. When music
is played using a Windows or Macintosh compatible player, the audio is sent as a digital
signal through the computer's USB port, output as a PCM digital signal from the
PCLink and is recorded as a digital signal by the MD recorder.
PCLink Benefits: The benefits of using the Digital Interface (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, (2) avoid the electrical
noise, interference, etc., which is always present in a computer case, and (3)
maintain a pure digital pathway with clock matching and buffered
synchronization for automatic track marking.
Computer System Requirements and
Usage Info: Please note the following points:
- The computer must be running
Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Mac OS 9.04 (or higher) running
Apple Audio Extension 1.0.5 (or higher).
- 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 or Macintosh 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.
L=3.031", W=2.176", H=0.905"
Controls on top of player:
Approximately 2" x 3/8" display; the display is not illuminated
Brings up and selects menu functions
- Menu Left/Right:
Cycles through all the menu functions
- Track Skip/Scan
|<</>>|: Used to
skip 1 track forward or back (press once lightly) and audible fast scan
forward or back (press and hold)
- End Search
- Record Switch
- Record Mode: Allows
you cycle through Stereo (normal), LP2, LP4, and Monaural recording modes
- T Mark: Allows you to add or delete track marks on a recording
- Volume +/- : Two buttons
that control the volume level
Controls on left side of
- Open Button:
Opens the MD compartment
Controls on the remote:
- Volume +/-:
Rocker button that controls the volume level
- Delete: Deletes the last entered letter when you are labeling a track
- T Mark: Allows you to add or delete track marks on a recording
- Edit: Allows you to perform editing functions from the remote. If pressed
for over 2 seconds, the Edit button allows you to select play mode.
- Hold switch:
Prevents unintended changing of controls
- Pause/Caps Button: Pauses
playback. When labeling recordings, this button switches between capital
letters, small letters, and marks/numbers.
- Stop Button
- Rocker Button:
There is a control on the remote that is used for play, track search, and audible track search. This button can also be used
to access characters when you are labeling recordings.
Right side of unit:
- Headphone Out:
variable-level headphone out and proprietary Sony input used for supplied
in-line wired remote
- Microphone Input: Stereo
- Line in: Mini-jack that is used for optical digital input and stereo analog input
Front of unit: