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Sony's MZ-R30 is the immediate predessor of the slimmer the MZ-R50. A companion machine, The MZ-R30(JE) International is labelled in English (and has a multi-voltage adaptor), is quite a bit more expensive, and is already available outside Japan.
Titling is simple with the jog dial, which despite the fact this machine is meant for the Japanese market, defaults to English. All menu indications are in English. Japanese language titles can both be viewed and input if you wish.
It comes with a 100V to 6V 800mA transformer. The LIP12 Lithium Ion battery is charged while in the machine. There is an external case that holds two AA dry cells and will also take the optional accessory BP-DM20 rechargeable Nickel Hydride battery. You can buy these and suitable chargers for both kinds of battery through me as well. I can also obtain the 100-240V to 6V 800mA adaptor AC-E60LA if you wish.
The headphone-in-line remocon is not LCD! This is the only one of Sony's current portables that does not have an LCD remote (MZ-F40 radio/MD player apart). Luckily the LCD remocon that is bundled with the MZR4ST, (RM-MZ-R4MP) works very nicely, and this can be ordered from me. Order them together and save shipping costs. The new "stick" controller is also compatible, as is the stick controller that comes with the RM-MZR50.
You get a warranty that is good at any Sony agent in Japan, 3 months parts, 12 months labour. Claims under the warranty must be presented in Japan, and I am happy to do this on your behalf. (I have had no need to do so yet).
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