Sony MZ-E50

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Name MZ-E50
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1996/10
Device type portable
Recorder Player
MDLP No
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 99 x 13.5 x 73.5mm
Weight 76g
ATRAC ver 3
Battery NH-14WM "Gumstick"
Sidecar battery 1xAA
Voltage 1.5
Power cable Center positive
Price (launch) $450
¥48 000
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Inputs
Outputs 3.5mm headphone
Control

Diecast magnesium casing. Similar in performance to the MZ-E30.

The design started in 12-1993 with a handpicked team of 67 people by Director Fukushima. “Because his first aim was to realize a dream, no projected sales price was set at the start of the unit's design. The goal of the project was to make a smaller and lighter MiniDisc player, cost was a secondary consideration.”

A magnesium alloy was adopted for the unit's case and a titanium sheet for the part where the disc is inserted. This was more expensive in both material and processing cost than before, but the material is lighter and harder. The optical pickup saw a dramatic weight reduction from the usual 23g to 3.5g.

The component company which makes parts within Sony flatly rejected Fukushima, saying ``We can't make such parts,'' because they were too small to ride on an automated assembly line. Sony Bonson's (walkman manufacturing division) business director Kazuhiro Ueda however took up the challenge and by using factory workers to hand assemble the parts managed to make the optical pickup 1/7th the size of the conventional pickup.


Content adapted from:MZ-E50 Minidisc.org page Minidisc.org translation of original Sony Press Release Story of the E50's creation

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