|Yeah, but I've read about lots of reliability problems with the jog dial. I have nothing against Sharp units.. I just bought a MT77 the other day to replace my Sony R70. It's just that BOTH of them bought the same unit and they both died at around the same time... And I know as a fact that both of them treated them like their own babies. I guess both of them got unlucky with early units?
If they both broke at the same time, and both were purchases within a few months of each other, then probably
. Basically, I'm just saying that there are lots of "reports" from people on the web, but they really don't mean much statistically. Sony has always made many models at the same time, so if people bought a Sony, it could have been any one of a number of models. When the 702 and 722 were out, those were about the only Sharp models available in the US. So if you bought a Sharp, you probably had the 702 or 722, so they became very widespread. Couple that with the fact that early runs of both units had problems, and all of a sudden it seems like "everyone" has problems with them. Whereas even when Sony models had problems, they were spread out over many models.
But if you talk to people at service centers and retailers that actually do repairs and take returns, they tell you that since Sharp "fixed" the production problems, they see just as many Sony models in for repair as the 702/722, and that the 7x2 models are pretty darned reliable. Unfortunately, the 7x2 series now have a bad rep, so if something happens to someone's unit (and a certain % of every model will break down), it gets blamed on problems that were fixed years ago
I'm just saying that statistically, the 722 is just as reliable as any other unit out there, so no one should be steered away from it because of past problems. As long as they buy the models marked "MK" they'll be fine. While not the most attrative
it's a great overall unit that's very easy to use (the jog dial is very nice), has good sound, good battery life, and a juicy headphone amp.
Anyways, I do agree with you that the MT77x and the newer models are very nice
Sharp makes the best-looking MDs, IMO.