Dealerscope News Japan February 1999
Panasonic unveiled what it claims is the "world's smallest, lightest and longest-playing portable MD player:" the Panasonic SJ-MJ70. The new MD player became available in Japan last month for 37,000 yen. Measuring 2.9 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 0.6 (D) inches in size, the cabinet of the 2.38-ounce player is made of a magnesium alloy.
Fostex introduced an 8-track digital recorder, model D-108 (128,000 yen), that uses a 3.5-inch IDE type removable hard disk system to support 8-track plus 16 additional-track recordings. It can record about 603 minutes of monaural sound but can also support true CD quality recording. In addition to analog 8-track recording and playback, it works by adat optical format.