Sony Net MD MZ-S1 Personal MiniDisc Player
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3

MD finally won me over

bymindaddy Dec 12, 2005
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros 'Sport' design / water resistant. Sound quality. PC Connectivity.
Cons No remote.
Recommended it? Yes

I had been thinking about getting a new portable audio device for some time now - never went for it until now. The last unit I owned was the Sony Sport Walkman back in the 80's (not the yellow one, the black one). I loved that Sony Walkman damn it (no really - I "loved" it) It went everywhere with... Read full review »

7

Done after little more than one year

byhaffy Nov 5, 2004
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good sound quality, reasonable headphones
Cons Heavy, software, earphone jack gave out in +/- one year
Recommended it? No

I did read reviews on this product and they were indeed raving. So I decided to give it a try. I was quite happy with this player in the beginning. However, one thing that worried me was the joystick control that "overextended" after about half a year. I thought this would be the first thing to go,... Read full review »

23

It holds up to use

bysmoke11 Oct 22, 2004
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Sturdy. I use it for jogging and it's held up.
Cons The OpenMG software is difficult and non-intuitive.
Recommended it? Yes

I've used the MZ-S1 for about six months. I originally consulted this board for advice about the product and initial reviews were favorable, and I have to agree. I use this player for jogging and take it along for travel, hooking it up to some portable speakers. It gets a fair amount of abuse. I've... Read full review »

2

Great device, 2 thumbs up

bybebygm86 Oct 21, 2004
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros battery life, good sound volume, shape, easy of use, fast download, back light,...
Cons Sony software, use real one player..
Recommended it? Yes

I've had this player for almost 3 weeks now, great quality, great looks, very useful hard case, not as heavy as i've read on other reviews, the headphones are not that clumsy, in fact they are great for exercising since the stay in their place and don't fall down. The shape of the player is very... Read full review »

9

Bad Time to Buy

byxorcet Jul 23, 2004
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good battery life, Great sound, Nice looking body
Cons Poor software, dated format
Recommended it? Yes

The next revision of the mini-disc format has long been in the pipe and we can expect to see the new units available within the next couple of months. That said, this is a good quality mini-disc player but it's age is rapidly coming to a close.

This unit has a very sturdy feel to it, has... Read full review »

22

Nice player but kind of big

byteddybear8 Jul 12, 2004
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Solid build and good sound quality
Cons Software and size
Recommended it? Yes

This is really a nice MD Player.

Build is very solid. and sound quality is very good. Compared with some MP3 player, I think this unit has a big advantage on the sound quality.
Since it is using an AA battery, it can keep playing music for a long time. However this also makes the... Read full review »

13

Great MD player/recorder. Lots of goodies.

bypanaflex24 Jun 26, 2004
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros NET MD and MDLP capable, virtually unshockable design, backlit display, long battery life
Cons no Mic input, cumbersome joystick operation.
Recommended it? Yes

I wanted to get a new MD player/recorder since my MZ-R37 didn't have MDLP capabilities and used up batteries like crazy. My first choice was the MZ-N505 but wanted a player best suited for running and exercising. I also wanted something I could transfer my MP3 collection. So I purchased the MZ-S1... Read full review »

3

Good and Portable.

byklock86 May 8, 2004
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros The headphones; never skips; good sound quality.
Cons A little bulky; the play/pause button pops out.
Recommended it? Yes

I got this player around Christmas. For around a $100, its a good deal. It comes with all the needed programs and cords for the computer. I would suggest using this if you have a music library on the computer and want to put a couple songs on a few MDs. Its not worth it to buy a bunch of MDs and... Read full review »

2

Sony could have made this near perfect!

byrwprice2608 Apr 8, 2004
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Sturdy construction, battery life, and the ability to record from a variety of sources
Cons No EQ, SonicStage, poor navigation system
Recommended it? Yes

After reading all of the other reviews here, I decided to take a chance on the MZ-S1. I also read almost 200 other reviews on the net. In case you're curious, the split was about 75% positive, 25% negative toward this product.

I bought this MD player after seeing it on clearance at our... Read full review »

2

This thing rocks!

bycbandmb4him Feb 17, 2004
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros LCD readout lights up, great sound, tough as a rock, great battery life.
Cons The joystick.
Recommended it? Yes

I was looking for a minidisc player to replace my old tape player. So then I came across this model I'm pretty active and my house gets pretty rough, so I thought this must be the one for me. I've had it for 3 months now and I have not had a problem yet. This walkman is tough you could through it... Read full review »

1

PC Rush.com - Shipped suspicious package

bypepperdog Jan 29, 2004
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Package showed up on time - was impressed.
Cons Factory Package opened can't tell if it was a rebuilt.

Fedex delievered a Son MZ-S1 player from PCRush. Upon opening box I discovered the hard clear plastic package from the factory had been crudely cut open in two spots and someone had deliberately and awkwardly cut out the inside UPC code and another back panel from the inside card board packaging... Read full review »

1

This MD will quit after a year

byandrewmendyk Dec 19, 2003
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Works great when it is brand new.
Cons Stopped recording after a year (and warranty)
Recommended it? No

Before you buy one of these you should visit the discussion boards at the sony website for this product.

I bought mine just over a year ago and it worked great until now. Now it will not record. Instead, it leaves me with a "blank disc". Everything seems to work correctly during the... Read full review »

2

Great little demon

bywedelthomas Nov 22, 2003
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great sound quality, durability
Cons Software included
Recommended it? Yes

Perfect product, great sound quality, fast music upload, original software sucks big time. this machine is great for all kinds of users. Great if you like sound quality, great if you like durability and good materials, great for running or similar sports. GREAT battery life. Read full review »

1

The Best Minidisc So Far - If You Want a Portable Audio Player BUY THIS

bydunford Oct 15, 2003
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros water resistant, super strong, cool colours, backlit screen, small, fast downloads And...
Cons OpenMG, headphones, not really any thing else just the headphones suck @$$.
Recommended it? Yes

Sony did a super job making this minidisc. I've dropped it on the ground tons of time and it did nothing to it, it didn't even skip. I sometimes think its bullet proof, and I love the water-resistant feature you can listen to music in rain or snow nothing can stop you from listening to your music... Read full review »

5

(the unit it self) Delivers on all the promises it makes.

bycupofjava Aug 6, 2003
9 Helpfuls 10 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Ruggedness Almost 5 CDs of music available Cheap medium Cool Factor (HUMMER tough!)
Cons Software needs work. Heavy metal clasp/shield. Bulky. No belt clip. (HUMMER bulk and...
Recommended it? Yes

Its not hard to see that alot of people have a great opinion on this product. I've had mine for over a year and a half now and have not had any bad surprises since I first unwrapped it from its package.

Since there are alot of rave reviews on this product I will write a review specificly... Read full review »

55

mini disk is great for any music maniac

bythedarkjester Jul 10, 2003
8 Helpfuls 9 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros able to fit more on a non-scarthable disk than a CD. Great battery life.
Cons buttons get hard to press the right one
Recommended it? Yes

I got the sony mini disk after my last cd player broke. It was a bit pricey compared to the average CD player, but i believe it was worth it. First of all, you're able to put music on the mini disk in two easy ways.
First, the optical port which is basically a head phone port but its for... Read full review »

1

Not durable.

bygttim May 28, 2003
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Inexpensive media.
Cons Quit working after 3 1/2 months.
Recommended it? No

Product worked well for just over 3 months. Good for running and listening to tunes. One day the product started behaving funny. The next it seemed to be draining all the batteries within minutes. Within a week, it could no longer read the discs. It was never dropped or abused. Looks brand new... Read full review »

2

Mixed feelings

byproductmoxie May 14, 2003
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great look and features, good sound, cheap media
Cons conversion software, slightly big and heavy for a MD
Recommended it? Yes

I love the look and feel of this MD and was really torn between this and a hard drive MP3 player. I wanted to get the iPOD, but turned away when I was told you can't jog with it - some people told me you could, but for $400 I didn't want to risk it.

The disks are really cheap which is... Read full review »

1

Its About Time

bysixthone May 8, 2003
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros 5 hours of music in one casing, and even the lowest quality sounds great
Cons The software can be a little slow learning for non computer users
Recommended it? Yes

Audio has come a long way from 8 track to LPs to tape to cd, and now the MiniDisc. The Sony S2 is a round, hard-bodied player that poses the ability to utilize the MiniDisc for all to enjoy. Keeping up with the times you now have about 5 hours of audio so portable it can be strapped to your arm... Read full review »

1

The Best Compromise I Could Find Among MP3 Players

byitbull Apr 30, 2003
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Size, Battery Life, Portability
Cons Volume (not loud enough), touchy joystick
Recommended it? Yes

I bought the MZ-S1 after doing some serious research. I had narrowed it down to the Rio S50, S35S and the S1. I ruled out the S35S because it only took AAA batteries and didn't have a built-in NiMh charger like the S50 did. The S50 uses AA batteries and will accept NiMh. Both have an FM tuner which... Read full review »

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