Tuesday, April 5, 2005


Well, I didn't buy the MZ-RH10 after all. I suppose one of the main reasons was that at the time of my purchase the MZ-RH10 was not yet available. I decided to buy the MZ-NH1, Sony's top of the line Hi-MD model. This was my first foray into Hi-MD and so far I haven't been disappointed. I think I will still get the MZ-RH10, though. I have several reasons. First, I'm still attracted to the OLED display. Second, the OLED display on the RH10 should allow me to use the recorder once in a while without the remote. For those of you that own a NH1, you already know that it is very difficult to operate this recorder without the remote. There just isn't much data presented on the NH1's tiny display. Finally, I like the idea that the RH10 should be able to play MP3 files directly from MiniDisc. A majority of my CD collection is already ripped to MP3 format in support of a couple of hard-drived based players that I own. To make disks for the RH10, I won't have to rip those same albums to ATRAC3 or ATRAC3plus.

I'm also thinking about buying a second-hand DAT recorder before those things disappear entirely. My thoughts on DAT will be for another article.