Name MZ-R3
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1995/05
Device type portable
Recorder Recorder
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 115.8 x 29.8 x 81.0 mm
Weight 360g
ATRAC ver 3
Battery 2xAA or BP-DM20 Rechargable
Sidecar battery Other
Voltage 4.5
Power cable Center positive
Price (launch) $350
¥95 000
Inputs 3.5mm line in (optical multi), 3.5mm microphone
Outputs 3.5mm line out (analog-only), 3.5mm headphone
Control Remote (Sony)

Sony MZ-R3

To get rechargeable AA's to work in an 'R3, you need press the rechargeable batteries switch. To do so, open up your MZ-R3, holding it so the bottom is facing up and the battery bay is on the far side. Pop the battery door open. On the right-hand side, you will see near the bottom a little pin. Get a bit of newspaper or eraser to hold the pin shut, then put your AA rechargeable batteries in. They should charge normally. Do this at your own risk; it isn't likely to be a Sony-approved technique. - Gian-Paolo D Musumeci (and others)

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This also works with modern rechargeable (Eneloops and the like) NiMH AAs, no modification necessary. I have not attempted to charge these while installed in the 'R3.

When titling a track or disc, you can hit the play button to quickly go the first character of the different subcategories (foreign characters (when available), A-Z, a-z, 0-9).

Works with LCD remotes, but does not use the display. Controls work as intended as well.

ATRAC Chip: CXD2536R
Optical Pickup: KMS-194A/J-N
MD Mechanism: MT-MZR3-109 (similar to the R2)

Popular Photography Ad August 1995 $459.95




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