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SonyMZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Low distortion (5)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Performances (7)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Audiophile (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Blazing example of Nano-Technology?

    Photo of product on Web Page is deceiving. I couldn't believe the miniature dimensions of it when it arrived. 4.5" & 4.5" by .75"! This miniature giant-of-a-recorder is a...Read complete review

    Photo of product on Web Page is deceiving. I couldn't believe the miniature dimensions of it when it arrived. 4.5" & 4.5" by .75"! This miniature giant-of-a-recorder is a highly respectable tool for any musician, which I am. Can't believe the true quality of the digital image it captures. Have had it about 3 weeks and find the basic recording process most user-friendly. Still discovering the many subtleties of the system. Only reservation about the package is the design of the included stereo mike. The clip for situating it is impractical. Another design is evidently available, but wasn't provided in my order. No matter, the recorder is compatible with my other mikes, providing beautiful results. How cool to take this baby on gigs! It's great that the data can be down-loaded to my Mac for editing and burning CD's. A long-awaited answer to my search for a practical, portable recording device.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Soon to be obsolete

    The recorder itself can record quite well, the problem is it is too fragile, has a painfully difficult series of menus to navigate, and can only copy once because of copy protections built...Read complete review

    The recorder itself can record quite well, the problem is it is too fragile, has a painfully difficult series of menus to navigate, and can only copy once because of copy protections built in. The last thing is the most irritating, to have restrictions on your OWN original recordings. I would be unhappy to have bought it except I have a collection of MDs that I need to be able to play. The transfer software which is used to import the recording to the computer is Sonic Stage. The program is so dumb if your hard drive is full and you try to copy your files to it, the device churns for 20 minutes, then says the disk is full. If you need to buy a device because of compatibility reasons, get it, but otherwise, buy a flash card recorder. Minidiscs are obsolete. This is too fragile to be considered a professional recorder.

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    5.0

    Excellent portable audio device

    By Terri

    from Norway

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events

      Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

      The MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder is very easy to use. THis is my second exact unit. Sound is great and charges up very quickly.

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      5.0

      Crystal clear

      By Sloz

      from Brooklyn, N.Y.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Sound quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Data Storage
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

        About to load my entire music collection in lossless "Atrac3 plus" format. Microphone as an added feature can record live sessions.

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        4.0

        Outstanding recording!

        By sistersinhim

        from Disputanta, Va

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

          I have had this MD recorder only a couple of weeks and am already pleased with it. I have already been able to put 10 regular sized MDs on the 1G disk and still have plenty of room for more! The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to make a play list so I can use it as an accompaniment to our singing ministry.

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          4.0

          Recording with Ease

          By Noel the Tenor

          from Providence, RI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Convenient
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

            I use this product to record music in church and other venues and find that it is easy to set up and use. Moreover, because of it's size, it is very convenient to carry around and to handle. The quality of the recording is high, but I have yet to find its capabilities for manual recording rather than automatic level control recording.

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            2.0

            Sound Quality is Good, but...

            By Bass Tones

            from Eugene, OR

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Not user Friendly

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

            I upgraded from a previous Sony model to the MZ-M200 so I could transfer recordings to a computer and subsequently burn CDs. I truly have no complaints regarding the overall sound quality. It's a good little device that proves to be very convenient size-wise. That's exactly why I was interested in merely upgrading to a newer model. What I unfortunately found out was how dysfunctional and "touchy" the Play/FF/RW button is on this particular model. In not so many words, it a real drag! Period. I record a lot of rehearsals and do a lot of playback, and what ends up happening is the scan and skip option on this button seem to operate on its own accord, depending on it's momentary mood. In the beginning it seemed like I could live with it, but it's amazing how the inconvenience has added up! So yeah, it's driven me a little crazy. I wish I had stuck with my earlier model.

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            5.0

            Great

            By stebaht

            from westfield, nj

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

              This little thing is great. For listening, the digital amp sounds really good. Better than that of an iPod which is rated for 2x as much power and many people acclaim. Recording quality is excellent, its like having a cd recorder in your pocket. The supplied micorphone makes really clear recordings. For live shows, as an amateur taper I couldn't be happier with it with the exception that it doesn't pick up as much bass as I would like and the separation is nothing to write home about, but you won't really have much luck finding something as small that does a better job, go and get another plug in power mic or use a power module for a higher quality mic. One con about the mic is that the wire is a little short, but its nothing a 5 dollar trip to [...] won't fix.The player itself is really small, light and sturdy. It looks great and feels dense and compact in your hand. My only gripes are 1. The FF/FR/Pause/Play switch on the side feels fragile. 2. There are functions on the recorder only accessible from the supplied remote such as track titling and sound processing.The sound processing settings are pretty standard but it does have a feature that i really enjoy. This is the dynamic volume normalizer function. I listen to alot of recordings of live shows and it really helps to smooth out the sound of the recording in times when you can tell someone walked in front of the mic or when the taper moved, etc. I think it makes some recordings sound more consistent. All in all, this is a very versatile little gadget, it fits in your pocket, can be taken anywhere and creates exceptional 'tapes'.

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              4.0

              MZ-M200 Hi-MD recorder

              By Tad

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events

                Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

                This unit is great since you can connect to your computer load music just like any other digital music player.
                The software for this unit is better on PC then Mac. On a PC you can do a lot more....Load CD with disc info, move songs off the MD to you computer, burn a CD of the music and more. On a Mac, not so much. I was not able to get any of my MD disc to recognized.
                Over all this package come with a lot of extra like, mic, remote. This unit is a lot more expensive any other portable MD Recorders out there but it's worth it.

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                4.0

                Still a great recording device

                By muppetwonder

                from Toronto, ON

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                • Software support is weak

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

                I purchased the MZ-M200 for its ability to upload recordings directly to my PC, and especially for its ability to upload old recordings made using my old NetMD device. I make recordings of family members' musical performances for their own review but also to enjoy the performances as well. I do not use the M200 to store/transfer any other type of data.

                I haven't had time to do detailed analysis, but the recording capabilities are as good as they have ever been. Recording is easy to affect, and all the great things about the audio quality are all still there.

                The not so great thing is that you CANNOT upload NetMD recordings using the Mac OS X software; this software only allows uploading of Hi-MD recordings. To get around this, I installed a trial version of Parallels so that I can install SonicStage, which WILL allow transfers of NetMD recordings. I then spent some marathon sessions just uploading all my old recordings.

                Related to this is, of course, that Sony no longer really supports this product line, so there will not be any more enhancements, software or hardware. Hmm... maybe I should buy another one of these things in case my current one breaks down?

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                5.0

                Awesome Recorder!

                By Music Lover

                from Bozeman, Montana

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

                  I bought this unit last month and would say it has exceeded all my expectations! This is my 3rd MD recorder to date and the best I have owned. It makes great recordings from the stereo, computer, or through a microphone. One Hi-MD disc gives up to 34 hours of music and still gives great sound because of the ATRAC3plus compression. Sound is better than any iPod I have heard and my kids have several of them. This is one great unit and B&H is a great company to buy from.

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                  3.0

                  Soon to be obsolete

                  By Fidelityrevo

                  from New York

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

                    The recorder itself can record quite well, the problem is it is too fragile, has a painfully difficult series of menus to navigate, and can only copy once because of copy protections built in. The last thing is the most irritating, to have restrictions on your OWN original recordings. I would be unhappy to have bought it except I have a collection of MDs that I need to be able to play. The transfer software which is used to import the recording to the computer is Sonic Stage. The program is so dumb if your hard drive is full and you try to copy your files to it, the device churns for 20 minutes, then says the disk is full. If you need to buy a device because of compatibility reasons, get it, but otherwise, buy a flash card recorder. Minidiscs are obsolete. This is too fragile to be considered a professional recorder.

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    very cool gagdet

                    By cameraGeek

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Powerful
                    • Professional Functions
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Music Videos
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording
                      • Soundtracks

                      Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

                      Very portable, chic look, cool, professional, etc

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      MZ-M200

                      By -dc

                      from venice, CA

                      About Me Musically Inclined, Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Clear sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

                          I am a long time MD user. I bought this product primarily to replace an older sony minidisc recorder which I have had since 1999 (it still works). I was also looking for a more convenient way to add recordings to my Macintosh laptop, to listen to recordings in iTunes, and burn recordings to CD's. I record guitar practice / jam sessions with a microphone and then listen to them later. I simply set up the microphone in the room and press record.
                          It's just as straight forward as older models. It also will play old format MD. But recordings must be in Hi SP or PCM linear to drag and drop on to the laptop.

                          It remains a mystery why there is no optical line out in the portable MD recorders. There are a couple nit - picking issues I could mention. But overall it does what I had hoped it would. I'm happy that I bought this product

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                          5.0

                          Great, Compact Product

                          By Al

                          from Asheville, NC

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

                            I use this device to capture vows at weddings I video. I have always needed a low-cost, compact, sound recorder that is easy enough to teach a groom to use in only a few minutes. Having the Sony DCR-VX2100, lavalier mics are not an option if I want ambient sound as well. This device has solved all my issues. Great performance, and incredibly easy to use!!

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            A Blazing example of Nano-Technology?

                            By Rico

                            from Pittsburgh, PA

                            About Me Audiophile, Musically Inclined, Practical, Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Clear sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Great Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Assist in music practice
                              • Basic Systems
                              • Larger Rooms
                              • Production Quality
                              • Serious recording
                              • Smaller Rooms
                              • Sound test on gigs

                              Comments about Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder with Stereo Microphone:

                              Photo of product on Web Page is deceiving. I couldn't believe the miniature dimensions of it when it arrived. 4.5" & 4.5" by .75"! This miniature giant-of-a-recorder is a highly respectable tool for any musician, which I am. Can't believe the true quality of the digital image it captures. Have had it about 3 weeks and find the basic recording process most user-friendly. Still discovering the many subtleties of the system. Only reservation about the package is the design of the included stereo mike. The clip for situating it is impractical. Another design is evidently available, but wasn't provided in my order. No matter, the recorder is compatible with my other mikes, providing beautiful results. How cool to take this baby on gigs! It's great that the data can be down-loaded to my Mac for editing and burning CD's. A long-awaited answer to my search for a practical, portable recording device.

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