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Here are some photographs of the new Sharp player. A translation of the original Sharp publicity release is available.

The MD-SS312 comes in two colours - silver and blue.

The machine includes the single-shot random playback feature - it plays all tracks, in random order, once, then shuts down. The machine also has an optional autoplay mode. When you insert the disk, play starts immediately.

40 seconds of anti-shock memory, and has the 20-bit (only!) ATRAC.

A back-lit LCD remote control. This is the main feature and a lot of work has gone into this. It includes an alarm clock with its own battery and Sony-like "jog" dials set at 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock that control machine functions. The case is translucent and the guts can be seen. The display is odd - the writing is set against a background that seems very far away giving the impression that the words (or the Sharp No-Name-Fish) are floating in air. This has proved impossible to photograph. My apologies.

Battery Life
Batteries Playback
AD-S31BT (800mAh) Lithium ion rechargeable battery 10.5 hours
1xAA alkaline dry battery 6.5 hours
AD-S31BT plus 1xAA 17 hours

MSRP JPY39,000.

Feature Details
Official Name Minidisk Headphone Player
Package includes MD-SS312 (no LCD)
soft carry pouch
headphones HP-MD70
100V AC-5 DC adaptor
back-lit LCD remote control with clock
SR927W AgO clock battery
AD-S31BT Lithium ion battery
external dry-cell case
hand carry-strap
manual (inc. English section)
Channels 2 channels
Compression ATRAC 20-bit
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 3dB
Wow and Flutter below 0.001%W peak
Output Ports Headphones: stereo mini-jack, load impedance 16 Ohm, maximum output level 5mW +5mW
Power sources DC 3.6V Lithium ion Rechargeable battery AD-S31BT
DC 1.5V via external dry cell case 1 AA size alkali cell.
DC 4.5V Car cigarette lighter adapter AD-CA20X.
DC 5V External power adaptor 110-240V AC, AD-SS70AP
Dimensions 87.5 x 20.9 x 80.5 mm
Weight Net including battery: 188g
Gross: 670g


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