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Sony MZ-R700DPC

MD Walkman® recorder with direct digital PC interface (Blue)

Item # 158MZR700L

The magic of MiniDisc!

The magic of MiniDisc!

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Item # 158MZR700L

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About the Sony MZ-R700DPC

The magic of MiniDisc! This pocket-size MD marvel gives you four awesome recording options: you can make direct digital dubs from components with an optical output, analog recordings from cassette, radio, etc., live recordings with an optional mic, and direct PC-to-MD digital recordings!

The magic of MiniDisc! This pocket-size MD marvel gives you four awesome recording options: you can make direct digital dubs from components with an optical output, analog recordings from cassette, radio, etc., live recordings with an optional mic, and direct PC-to-MD digital recordings!

That's right! Thanks to the included digital PC Link kit, you can connect the MZR-700DPC to your USB-equipped computer for digital-quality MD recordings of all your PC audio. The easy-to-use adapter works with most Windows® audio players for Internet MP3s, WAV files, and "ripped" CD tracks. Plus, you'll enjoy MDLP long record and play — put up to 5 hours of tunes on an 80-minute MiniDisc! Available in green or blue.


  • includes USB cable, USB-to-Toslink digital adapter, and Toslink-to-mini-optical cable
  • MDLP recording (in two modes: LP2 and LP4)
  • digital recording level control
  • G-Protection Ultimate Skip Protection
  • digital Mega Bass
  • AC adapter
  • up to 53 hours playback with optional "AA" alkaline battery (in LP4 mode); up to 18 hours with included rechargeable (in LP4 mode)
  • sample rate converter
  • stick-style remote with editing functions and stereo minijack for connecting headphones
  • stereo headphones
  • stereo minijack mic input
  • minijack for optical digital or stereo analog input
  • 3-1/4"W x 1-1/8"H x 3"D
  • weight: 4.1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Requires Windows® 98, 2000, or Me (Millennium Edition) for PC use, or Mac OS 9.04 with Apple Audio Extension 1.05 for Mac use.

What's in the box:

  • Blue MZ-R700 MD player/recorder
  • AC-MZR55 AC to DC Power Adapter (Output: DC 3V 500mA/Tip+/6.25' cord)
  • NC-WMAA "AA" rechargeable Ni-Cad battery (1.2V/700mAh) in a plastic case
  • MD-PORT DG2 USB to PCM adapter interface (converts USB digital audio signal to optical digital output)
  • RM-MZ4R stick-type wired remote with 32" cord
  • MDR-026 on-the-ear stereo headphones with 21" cord
  • 56" USB cable
  • 31" Toslink to mini optical digital cable
  • Portable MiniDisc Recorder Operating Instructions
  • Digital PCLink Operating Instructions
  • Owner Registration Card
  • Headphone volume warning sheet
  • Free arm-strap carry case offer

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Digital PCLink Interface
Inputs and Outputs


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.

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 44.1 kHz.

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.

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).

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.

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 21" cord that is terminated with a standard stereo male mini-jack. 

Wired Remote: 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 unit.

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.

Battery Life: 






NC-WMAA rechargeable battery


4 hours

6 hours

7.5 hours


13 hours

14.5 hours

18 hours

1 "AA" alkaline dry battery (sold separately)


9 hours

13 hours

16 hours


40 hours

46 hours

53 hours

Digital PCLink Interface

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.

Dimensions: L=3.031", W=2.176", H=0.905"


Controls on top of player:

  • LCD: Approximately 2" x 3/8" display; the display is not illuminated
  • Enter: 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)
  • Play
  • Pause
  • Stop
  • 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 player:

  • 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.

Inputs and Outputs

Right side of unit:

  • Headphone Out: Stereo mini-jack variable-level headphone out and proprietary Sony input used for supplied in-line wired remote
  • Microphone Input: Stereo mini-jack input
  • Line in: Mini-jack that is used for optical digital input and stereo analog input

Front of unit:

  • DC In: 3V DC jack

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