Friday, October 07, 2005

MicroTrack vs. MiniDisc Chart

Here is a summary of the information gathered and presented in my other articles on these recording device. Please let me know about any problems, so I can correct them.

And no, I do not know why this chart appears about three miles down the page. Not my fault!

Comparison of MZ-RH10 MD and M-Audio MicroTrack

size80 x 84 x 19 mm61 x 110 x 29 mm
volume128 cm3195 cm3
display5 line "organic EL"5 line (?) LCD
package includesmanual, CD-ROM, carrying bag, headphones, USB cable, universal charger, dry cell case, remote, recharge standmanual, CD-ROM, carrying bag, headphones, USB cable, charger, 64 MB CF card, stereo mic
retail price$299$369
media typeminidiscCF or microdrive
price per GBUS$ 7US$ 70
maximum file size1GB2GB
battery typeNiMH gumstickLithium-Ion
battery swappable?yesno
stated battery life32 h8 h without phantom
record while charging?noyes?
interfaceUSB 2.0USB 2.0
music file transferproprietary softwaremass storage device
OS compatibilityWindowsWindows 2000 or XP, Mac OS X 10.3.9
stated recording specs16-bit 44.1kHz24-bit 96kHz
actual recording resolution16-bit16-bit
mic input1/8" stereo1/4" TRS
mic power5V plug-in30V phantom (not to spec)
digital input16-bit proprietary24-bit S/PDIF coax
audio output1/8" stereo1/8" stereo + RCA
file typesMP3, WAV, ATRAC, WMAMP3, WAV



Anonymous said...

Nice chart! Really helps to visualize the differences. I notice you don't mention mics for the MiniDisc. The built-in mics on mine were insufficient, so I bought a stereo mic setup: SonoPak. MiniDiscs seem to need something like this.

robin said...

Though a lot has changed in the last couple of years, with dozens of different digital recorders on the market, it is remarkable that the MiniDisc is still the best-sounding option for its size!

But yes, you need some good mics. That topic is so huge I didn't mention it here. You've got a choice of those powered from the tiny supplied current, an external battery pack, or even full 48V phantom power. Of course the power packs add significantly to the size of the rig.

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