Sony MZ-RH1 / MZ-M200


Name MZ-RH1 / MZ-M200
Manufacturer Sony
Released 2006/04
Device type portable
Recorder Recorder
NetMD Yes
Hi-MD Yes
Radio No
Dimensions 83.8 x 84.4 x 14.7mm
Weight 106g with battery
Battery LIP-4WM
Battery notes
Sidecar (depr) No
Voltage 5
Power cable Center positive
Price (launch)
¥40 000
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 USB Mini-B

Considered by the community to be the ultimate MD device. Is the only device capable of uploading standard MD recordings to your PC out of the box.

There is no difference between the MZ-RH1 and MZ-M200 except for the color (and the MZ-RH1 was also available in black in Japan), but the MZ-M200 came bundled with the ECM-DS70P stereo microphone (it was advertised as a field recorder bundle).

Notes for Modern Day Buyers:

  • The OLED screens (there are actually two) are known to go bad rather quickly and there is no easy way to replace them. Here is a video showing the only known complicated replacement process.
  • The LIP-4WM battery is no longer available. Most OEM versions have long since lost most of their capacity or even their ability to recharge, meaning the battery must be rebuilt in order to get any usable battery life. Here are instructions for building a replacement battery cheaply with a 3D printed frame and LiP cell.

Switching between Hi-MD and MD modes without a display

If your display has failed, use these steps to switch between Hi-MD and standard MD modes:

  • Insert a disc
  • Wait 5 seconds
  • Hold Display/Menu for 2 seconds
  • Down
  • Enter
  • Down x 4
  • Enter
  • Down
  • Enter

Use the same steps to change back to Hi-MD mode.

– courtesy of /u/NeoG_ on /r/MiniDisc

MD Mechanism: MT-MZRH1-181
Optical Pick-up: ABX-U2
ATRAC IC: CXD2687-001GG (maybe)

Content adapted from: MZ-RH1 Page Sony Official Press Release lonelymachines initial impressions Also see Ohm's review for excellent RightMark testing data. sony product page in depth review review

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