|Originally posted by spinoh2k1
i havta 2 say sony mz-e909 is da best md player. Main body of unit composed of magnesium for lightness and rigidity, 49 grams by itself. Remote control is capable of display Kanji Chinese characters, unit recharges in charging cradle. And da battery last 4 ages.
Unfortunately, the E909 was a couple steps backwards
from the E900.
The E909 has a weaker headphone amp than the E900 (3.5mW vs. 5mW) for a few hours more battery life. Unless you're going to be lost in the jungle for weeks at a time, listening 24/7, that's a BIG sacrifice for a few more hours of battery life.
The E900 is also sturdier than the E909 -- it's made of the same magnesium alloy, but thicker. The E900 weighs a whopping 7g more (83g vs. 76g -- the weight quoted above is without battery), but the extra couple pennies worth of weight is worth it to me for some added strength.
The sizes are identical (within one tenth of a millimeter of each other in each dimension).
The E900 also has a more scratch-resistant surface than the E909.
The E900 has "disc based settings" that actually remembers program play, treble & bass, repeat mode, playback speed (80-110%), and volume settings for up to 20 discs. I don't know if the E909 has these features, since I haven't found any mention of them anywhere.
The only thing the E909 has that the E900 doesn't is a charging stand. The E900 has a separate battery charger. I personally like the battery charger, since it's tiny and you can get universal voltage models, but some people like the stand, so I can't say which is "better."
Other than that, the units are identical. Overall, to me, the E900 is a much better unit. And it's cheaper