Rumors of a new minidisc coming soon

Engadget proclaims, MiniDisc lives! Hi-MD MZ-RH1 said to be coming soon, noting a discussion at minidisc.org’s forums about “how a rumored third-gen HiMD recorder that may be just around the corner.” The unit is “aimed solely at the live recording enthusiast” which, well, is good news for field recording, or oral history.

Here’s more from the post on minidisc.org that kicks off the discussion thread:

Rumors that it includes:

PC/Mac compatibility. Support for USB 2.0, Costs near $275-325USD (349Euro), Line in, mic in, headphone out, Aluminium body

Assumptions and speculation:

- Easy and nonrestrictive upload of any recorded tracks due to advancements in Sonicstage 3.4, which it will ship with.
- Adjustable mic sensitivity (as the levels are clearly displayed via unit).
- Ability to charge via USB, like second generation Hi-MD units.
- Ability to record in all of the new ATRAC3plus bitrates, e.g. 192kbps + 352kbps and PCM (wav)
- OLED display (clearly displayed on picture).
- Uses NiMH gumstick battery with high possibility of AA-battery addon pack for enhanced battery life.

The ability to record in WAV—that’s a recording that isn’t compressed, and isn’t a proprietary format—would be a huge win.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 11, 2006 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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