Sony MZ-E50


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

Diecast magnesium casing. At least some are marked MZ-E50L. 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: Sony Press Release translation of original Sony Press Release MZ-E50 page Story of the E50's creation

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