Two types of MD Walkmans are now on sale with a newly developed ``Head Loading Mechanism'', allowing discs to be changed easily, without removing the player from one's pocket.
MD Walkmans ``MZ-EP11'' (left) / ``MZ-EP10'' (right)
Sony is placing on sale the MZ-EP10 and MZ-EP11 portable MD players (``MD Walkman''), equipped with a newly developed ``Head Loading Mechanism'', allowing discs to be easily ejected and inserted. Since both machines allow discs to be inserted just by pushing them in along the disc guide, and ejected by sliding the eject button, disc changes can be easily accomplished without removing the units from a pocket or handbag. The MZ-EP10 has a ``basic'' design, while in the MZ-EP11 an ``outdoor goods'' [read ``rugged''] image has been adopted.
|Portable Minidisc Player
|5 July 97||JPY38,000||Silver||20,000 units|
|``MD Walkman''MZ-EP11||5 July 97||JPY38,000||Silver||30,000 units|
Starting in 1996, MD has met a period of stable popularity in the domestic market. In monetary terms, the proportion of system stereos equipped with MD reached 50% in 1996 and is forecast to exceed 70% in 1997, therefore, an environment of home recording and editing ability is becoming established and the necessity for portable players is expected to increase. By placing these two MD players in the market, Sony is expanding the selection of available MD players.
The 2 units now being offered come equipped with a newly developed head loading system, allowing disc changes to be performed quickly. By adopting the low power consuming LSI of our current machines, a 1.5V drive system has been realized, and a single AA cell or gum pack shaped rechargable cell can be used. Approximately 5 hours playback on a single AA alkaline cell, or approximately 4 hours on the Nickel Hydride rechargable cell has been made possible.
Sony's portable MD players* have adopted the same 1.5V drive system as the cassette walkman, making them convenient for portable use. * Except for the tuner equipped ``MZ-F40''
|Conformance||MiniDisc Digital Audio System|
|Playback readout system||Non contact optical readout|
|Channel count||Stereo 2 channels / Monaural 1 channel|
|Audio compression system||ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding)|
|Wow and Flutter||below measurable limits|
|Power||rechargeable Nickle Hydride (included), 1 AA cell (included)|
External power jack: DC1.5V (AC power adapter sold separately)
|Battery life||Rechargeable NiH|
Sony AA alkaline
|approx 4 hours|
approx 5 hours
|Battery recharge time||approx 1 hour (full charge)|
|Input terminals||DC IN Jack|
|Output termainsl||headphone (stereo minijack)|
|Outer dimensions||approx 80 x 18.5 x 104mm (projections included)|
|Weight||Main body only: approx 160g|
Pocket weight: approx 200g (pre-recorded disc and rechargeable battery included)
|Included accesories||LCD remote
headphones(1), rechargeable NiH cell(1), recharger(1), AA alkaline
cell(1), carrying pouch(1), ear attachment(1), |
battery carrying case (1)
|For further information|
Sony Ltd. customer consulation center
Osaka: 06- 539-5111