Name MZ-N1
Manufacturer Sony
Released 2001/12
Device type portable
Recorder Recorder
NetMD Yes
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 78.7 x 71.8 x 16.9mm
Weight 90g
ATRAC ver Type-R
Battery NH-14WM "Gumstick"
Sidecar battery 1xAA
Power cable Center positive
Price (launch)
Inputs 3.5mm line in (analog-only), 3.5mm line in (optical multi), 3.5mm microphone
Outputs 3.5mm line out (analog-only), 3.5mm headphone
Control Remote (Sony), USB Mini-B

Sony MZ-N1

First portable netMD recorder launched by Sony. It was launched alongside the CMT-C7NT, LAM-Z1, and MDS-NT1 as the first generation of netMD devices. NetMD allows PC to MD download of audio files. Originally Open MG Jukebox (and later SonicStage) was required to use netMD, but these days most devices are supported by PlatinumMD and web MD.

Shipped with the RM–MC12ELK remote in Japan. It supports full-width and half-width disc/track titles, meaning Kanji and Katakana names work fine. International models seemingly shipped with the RM-MC11EL, which does not support full-width titles(and therefore means no support for full-width kanji/kana).

A few things to keep in mind for modern buyers:

  • A dock is required in order to use netMD. This can be expensive to buy separately.
  • Numerous reports of issues with the write head's ribbon cable. Not really repairable except for those with advanced soldering skills.

With these issues in mind, a later generation recorder such as the MZ-N910 would be a safer buy.

Content adapted from:MZ-N1 minidisc.org, Official Sony Press Announcement


The image below is an example of a broken write head. Users on the new defunct Sony Insider Forums posted that patching the broken cable was able to fix their device.


MZ-N1 Front MZ-N1 Back MZ-N1 Left Side MZ-N1 Right Side MZ-N1 Top Side MZ-N1 Bottom Side MZ-N1 Docked MZ-N1 Dock Inputs MZ-N1 Dock Internals MZ-N1 Dock Internal back of circuit board

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