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MZ-R3 -> Worth buying for nostalgias sake?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hot on the heels of my two PCDP purchases today, I've seen in a pawn shop near me an apparently mint MZ-R3 Minidisc...

For apparently how old the unit is (knowing that the MZ-R1 was made in 1992-3) it looks VERY much like the MZ-R37 in both size, and button layout.

If I were to buy it, it'd make me... erm.. in debt for the rest of the month, so the question is... should I go ahead, and splash the cash... wait until next month, and hope its still there... or, avoid the unit like the plague?

Thanks
post #2 of 17
If you were hoping we'd convince you not to buy it, I think you posted on the wrong forum..

seriously though, how much are they charging? I'm not really familiar with the unit, does it have any features that you're lacking in a MD player, or do you just want to buy it for the sake of having a new toy (not that there's anything wrong with that )?
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
lol DCG, I didn't really have chance to look at the features... it looks VERY MZ-R37ish though... with a little scroll wheel and the like.

The only reason why I'm asking in here is because I know that people here seem to think older is better, and you can't get much older than this...

Also in the same shop were an MZ-R50... an MZ-E33, and an MZ-R700...

Too many toys to buy, and not enough cash...

(underlying point... would any of the 'R' players knock the socks off of my MZ-R55?)
post #4 of 17
Personally, I'd be checking out that R50
post #5 of 17
Quote:
Originally posted by Duncan

(underlying point... would any of the 'R' players knock the socks off of my MZ-R55?)
I believe the R50 is the KING of minidisc players... In new condition it is very rare since all the MD lovers have taken them!! Be shure not to post which shop it's in here or it'll be gone tomorrow.

If you're getting anything, get that one.





what makes the r50 a gem
post #6 of 17
I believe you asked how old the r3 is... It was introduced in 1995 at a WHOPPING $650!!
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
lol Flasken...

Because the R3 looked the oldest, That was the only one that I noted the price of...

I'd pay just under 10% of the original retail value if i bought it

The R50... I'm tempted... but i'm sure it cost a lot more... I'll have to try and check it out tomorrow
post #8 of 17
The R50's power: 194mV, 10ohms.

I read the manual and it says that the remote uses mini not microplug (good for you)

The remote is a stick type. It's VERY similar to the newest ones.
post #9 of 17
The E33 player is a good unit, but a little weak in the volume department. My newer E75 player drives my 7506's with mucho gusto. The E33's digital presets are much warmer and if you turn off the presets it still sounds VERY nice unlike the E75 which sounds like CRAP with the preset turned off.
post #10 of 17

If you get the R50, make sure......

You can get a spare LiON cell. I found a guy who is an MD trader and has a few new, in-the-box MZ-R50s plus a few spare cells. Sony no longer make these batteries, but third-party makers do.

I would have bought the R50 if I didn't, already, have the R909 and R70...The R50 is sort of the 1957 Chev among MiniDisc recorders!
post #11 of 17
well, don't keep us all in suspense...did you buy any of them? We want reviews!
post #12 of 17
Superbaldguy: I have two MZ-R50's and would like to get spare batteries for them. Do you know where I can locate them?

Thanks
post #13 of 17
E-mail Mike at improvious@yahoo.com
post #14 of 17

Made a boo-boo!

That should be improvius@yahoo.com
Sorry!
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by dcg
well, don't keep us all in suspense...did you buy any of them? We want reviews!
I'm going back to the shop this morning to see if either of them are still in the display cabinet (R50 and R3) - and gonna look at which one i can more pratically afford... and (if they're still there) going to pick just one.... money withstanding... - I'll let you know at latest - 12 hours from the time of this post
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