|portable MD recorder|
|IN: mic/line/optical (3 in one connector). OUT: headphone/line. DC IN: 4.5V (AC adaptor), 1.5V (external AA cell)||78.8 x 86.8 x 18.8mm, 163g w/batt.|
Features: Digital and analog synchro start, backlit LCD on body and remote, body keys are not illuminated (as they were on the AM-F70). Jog dial for volume control as well as track selection, editing and titling. Titling may be done while playing or recording, but not with the remote. Up to 100 titling characters per track. Remote displays 10 characters, main unit LCD shows 8 characters. Divide rehearsal mode. 25 track program play mode. Microphone sensitivity low/high selector. Double speed playback mode (mono and stereo). Japanese model (at least) comes with one-point stereo mic.
Variants: The AM-C80 is apparently an AA dry-cell powered variant of the AM-F80 that comes with a car cassette adapter. The AM-F75 is a cost reduced version of the AM-F80 that drops the backlight and the remote's LCD. The AM-F72 is a further cost-reduced unit that drops the remote altogether.
User Comments: Contrary to what I have read in some
comparisons, the number of titling characters for a track is not 50, but
100. • The 2X playback mode works in stereo too. What the unit does is
simply play every other sample, resulting in 2x the speed, but no pitch
shifting. To activate the mode, you hold the play button for 2sec (works
on the remote too). • The remote displays 10 characters, the main unit
only 8. • Nowhere in the manual is "line-out" mentioned and how to use
it (it's somehow combined with the headphone jack). • The included
headphones have a weird rubbery 'ear-coupling' arrangement. If you get
them in far enough, they have incredible bass response. Unfortunately I
think it's ear-shape dependent, and I don't seem to fit the mould. • The
jog-wheel doesn't click, so picking characters isn't as easy as it could
be. Also when adjusting the volume, the steps are a bit too large (only
20 steps in total, as opposed to 30 volume steps for Sony machines).
However because of the analogue-feel of the jog wheel, you can turn-up
or turn-down the volume as quickly as you want -- impossible with the
digital button-type volume controls in other units. • Response time from
'off' to 'play' is about 5 sec. Same as for MZ-R55. In fact the whole
unit feels a lot like the MZ-R55, except that it has heaps more
features, and 3-4 times the battery life. • Overall, this may not be the
smallest unit in the world, the MZ-R90 has a few milimeters advantage,
but in terms of usability and features, this one wins hands down.
User Manual: AM-F80