|the sharp 832 has a decidicated optical line out=) i think i got one of the last ones hehe
The 832 is pretty much the same thing as the 831.. Neither of them have an optical out... Um.. "optical line out"? What is that??? Hmm.. Oh yeah, I should also mention that NO CONSUMER-LEVEL MD PORTABLE RECORDER/PLAYER HAS OPTICAL OUT! Only the 'Pro' models and Sony's very first recorder, the MZ-1, have optical outs.
BTW, I second the MZ-R 50 recommendation.. I've read GREAT things about them.. One major weakness with more recent Sony units is the SLOW track access times.. That's not the case with the MZ-R50, as it has one of the fastest track access times among all MD units. I do believe I read somewhere that Sony has improved the access times with the MZ-R900, but still not up to the standards of the 50