Sony MZ-R30


Name MZ-R30
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1996/10
Device type portable
Recorder Recorder
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 116 x 26 x 76 mm
Weight 220g (317g w/ battery)
ATRAC ver 4
Battery LIP-12
Battery notes
Sidecar (depr) 2xAA
Voltage 6
Power cable Center positive
Price (launch) $450
¥48 000
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)

Available in Silver and Blue. Replacement for the R3. More reliable unit that cost less. Has a few differences including:

  • sampling rate converter
  • track-search
  • digital mono recording using both channels
  • digital synchro-start and stop recording - automatically starts and pauses recording in conjunction with the operation of the playback device

Additional Features:

  • Katakana, alphanumericals, and symbols can be entered
  • Date function that automatically records the recording date and time
  • Equipped with a “position pointer” that indicates the recording / playback position and remaining recording capacity on the disc
  • Various performance modes of normal playback, 1 song / all song repeat, shuffle repeat

Stated battery life (from press release):
Lithium Ion: 5 hours during recording and about 8 hours during playback
Lithium Ion + 2x AA alkaline batteries: 8.5 hours during recording and approximately 15 hours during playback

Car mount kit for MZ-R30: “CPM-MZ6VK” - 11,000 yen
Kit contents: Mount plate (1), Adapter (1), Car battery cord (1), Car connecting pack (1), Mounting belt (1)

ATRAC Chip: CXD2652R
Optical Pickup: KMS-250A/J2N
MD Mechanism Type: MT-MZR30-124

Content adapted from: Sony Press Release MZ-R30 Additional information from: CES '97 MiniDisc News (



ianz, 2023/03/30 04:33
The new compatible LIP12 batteries have approximately 70% higher capacity and give a playing time of about 15 hours without using the AA battery caddy.
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