We’re starting to suspect that Sony has been sucked into some sort of time warp – first it’s telling Walkman owners to leave Connect and go back to Sonicstage, and now it’s released a new MiniDisc player.
The MZ-RH1 at least builds some bridges to the digital age. Being a HI-MD job, it can play Atrac files and MP3s, and will help you resurrect your old MiniDisc library by letting you upload files to your PC.
Other improvements on its predecessor include graphic equaliser settings to help improve recording quality – which should come in particularly handy for live music – and a new backlight for, you know, recording in the dark.
Each MiniDisc has the equivalent storage of an iPod Shuffle – a 1GB disc will hold up to 45 hours of tunes – which you can stock up with uncompressed LinearPCM files.
It should keep going for a decent 19 hours, and is both Windows and Mac compatible: a generous gesture from a Sony tribesman.
Its strict Sony diet has also paid dividends, reducing it to 14.7mm thick, which is surely the pinnacle of MiniDisc evolution. If you’re after a taste of retro, you can bagsy yours from May for £240 from Sony’s online store.