Summary: I bought one of these years ago to use for recording uncompressed digital audio in a small convenient package with virtually unlimited capacity (depending on how many discs were handy). It's also super useful as a computer data storage device. It performs its job admirably, though the controls can be a bit touchy (particularly the jog knob dealie that changes tracks/alters menu items/controls record levels).
Summary: MiniDisc technology was great. Although I would not give up my large-capacity mp3 player, there was something about the physical medium that one could touch, label, categorize and store in your drawer or pocket. Unlike rewritable CDs, this medium was fully encased, unscratchable and lasted forever.
Summary: Mini Disks were very popular before CD-RWs became the rage, then they kind of faded into oblivion. Of course I jumped all in on this "ground breaking" technology. I am the proud owner of 4 of these devices among them the Sony MZ-N707 and the Sony MZ-RH1. I even had a disk changer for my car. The MZ-RH1 was one of the first (maybe THE first) to come with a USB interface allowing file transfers to and from the computer.
Summary: I bought this product for my Sony MiniDisc product line collection. I like that it is very small. It is actually the smallest MD portable I have seen. For the M200 version, I love the microphone -extension- cable that comes with the device because if you hook that straight into the original packaged Sony earbud headphones, you get an awesome pair of earbuds with a gold-tipped, braided extension cable.
Summary: Can it get better? That remains to be seen, my thoughts are pretty line ball with the other reviewers here. Just a few comments , some of the blurb put out on this unit gives the one the impression that the backward compatability enables you to record to all regular MD's (Non Hi-MD's) Yes this is correct but playback must be on a Net MD not a non Net MD!
Summary: Once I solved the software issues, this unit has been nothing but impressive. I gave it 4 stars as I frequently hook the unit up to a home audio system and the unit itself doesn't display track information (the remote does). It deserves 5 stars for every other reason. I couldn't get the software from the supplied software CD to work properly. After downloading the latest version of Sonic Stage from Sony, it has worked flawlessly.
Summary: I had an old minidisc player, which has lasted 5 years or so, and I was looking for an upgrade. I plumped for the RH1 instead of Ipods, I Rivers etc, mainly because of the sound quality, and because my old one lasted for years with constant use. I definitely made the right choice. The sound is impressive, the software is a joy to use, and recording is straightforward and versatile. Build quality is top notch, and it is very small and light.
Summary: This thin piece from SONY is really expensive toy for musicians, field recorders and so on. Hi-MD format allows you to record about 32hours of audio. You can upload pictures/data to the disk. Which is amazing. Every HiMD is like flashdrive. It is really intiutive like all other Sony stuff.
Perfect - If you don't understand how it works, don't review it!
Daniel Thorlby, Amazon
3 August 2008
Summary: This machine is near perfect, the best minidisc item ever made. Nothing could be improved except to give it an external battery case, as the internal battery wears out then you won't be able to use it anymore. The problems that make people give it less than 5 stars all seem to be based on misunderstanding, rather than any problem with the product itself. Its intensely reliable. I've had mine 6 years and still going strong. Used it every day. My 2nd one is flawless too.
Best sound quality of any portable player/recorder
Rohan Narine "Alex Thegreat", Amazon
2 August 2008
Summary: To All who are interested in the MZ-RH1, I recently had this item purchased from Japan in silver. The black model is the same, and in some ways better only due to the manual being in english. As for the machine itself, there is a clear definition as per sony's maturity in its years since the inception of Minidisc.