Sony MZ-R3 Fancy Shot

Device ClassPortable (Walkman) Recorder
ReleasedMay 1995 (Japan)
Price (launch)¥95,000 (estimated) (~$650 USD at 1995 exchange)
InputsDigital Optical In/Line In (3.5mm)
3.5mm Microphone
DC 4.5V
Outputs3.5mm headphones(with remote)
Line Out
PowerDC 4.6V (center positive)
2x LR6/AA battery
1x NiHM BP-DM20
1x Li-Ion LIP-12 battery (with external case)
1x Manganese Dioxide Lithium internal battery (for clock, soldered in-place)
ATRAC versionATRAC 3 (CXD-2536R)
Dimensions115.8 x 29.8 x 81.0 mm
3⁵/₈ x 1³/₁₆ x 4¼ in
Weight360g (12.7 oz) (including 2x LR6 batteries, recordable MD, remote,)

Sony MZ-R3

Components: ATRAC IC: CXD-2536R, EFM/ADIP/Servo IC: CXD-2535BR, RF amp: CXA-1981AR


  • To get rechargeable AA's to work in an 'R3, you need arrange for the sense bar that detects “rechargeable batteries present” to be activated. Open up your 'R3, holding it so the bottom is facing up and the battery bay is on the far side. Pop the door open. On the right-hand side, you will see near the bottom a little sense 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)
  • 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).


Sony MZ-R3 Top

Sony MZ-R3 Bottom

Sony MZ-R3 Rear

Sony MZ-R3 Left

Sony MZ-R3 Right


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  • Last modified: 4 months ago
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