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Sanyo Digital Recorder Creates Stereo or Mono MP3 Files
on July 23, 2009
First, specifications require SD or SDHC memory cards from 512 to 8 GB. Not all cards are the same and recording on different cards may cause the recorded sound to skip; therefore, the recorder may have to be used to reformat the card. I suggest to make a sample recording first. The card provided is manufactured by Toshiba.
The ICR-FP700D records Stereo 192kbps @ 60-20k Hz, Stereo 64kbps @ 60-7.5k Hz and Mono 32kbps @ 60-6.5k Hz. High quality recording requires more card memory where low quality recording requires less card memory: Figure approximately 10 hours recording for 1 gig of memory for High Quality Stereo Sound and approximately 60 hours recording for 1 gig of memory for Low Quality Mono Sound. Battery life for recording varies depending on sound and battery quality so figure approximately 15 to 30 hours from an alkaline battery.
To get any quality from such a little device is a good thing. The ICR-FP700D currently is the only model that can connect to a PC and that is something to consider although removing the SD card and inserting it into a media card reader worked too. I transferred the MP3 file to my PC and transfered the file into a wav editor program to find that it is truly a Stereo MP3. Nice!
The ICR-FP700D has stereo mics integrated or use the line input to add an external device that can be another mic or a tape player or a radio. Input sensitivity can be adjusted manually by setting the switch on the back to MIC or LINE. I tried LINE at first and got a poor recording. Then I tried MIC (this is with a radio headphone output as an input source) and got the quality I was wanting to hear.
If you want to use the timer to start a recording you can and also set the time duration to 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hour and ALL. I would not suggest ALL as if you want to split the file you need card memory and if you used it ALL up there is none. It would be nice if the time duration could have been every 30 minutes...30,60,90,120,150,180 then ALL.
If you are going to record by the integrated mics, only one folder can be used. Line in can use both MIC and LINE folders if that is of any importance. All I care is that it is recording to a removable SD card and not internal memory.
Playback of any recording on the ICR-FP700D is possible but consider that it has a very small speaker. If you want there is a headphone jack. Playback should be at lower volumes only as the manual states higher volumes for sustained times can harm the ICR-FP700D. So, do not listen to music with the ICR-FP700D.
The ICR-FP700D has a very small door for the SD card and it is attached in a flimsy way. Yes, it would only be a matter of time before it breaks off. Attempting to remove the SD card can be a challenge because you don't want to break off the little door that is in the way. I didn't want a shiney black surface and I still don't care much for the shiny black surface as it does show finger smudges. No choice here.
What was somewhat confusing was the VAS (Voice Activated System). Appears all that has to be done is to go into the MENU and select ON then to activate press the RECORD button. Depending on the sensitivity any sound will activate the recording. Adjusting the sensitivity is done by pressing the - and + buttons while recording. Adjust then delete the file and your set. One thing to be careful of is the erase button that is on the right side, because depending on how you hold the ICR-FP700D you may accidently push it and have to back out of that mode.
It is nice that the ICR-FP700D comes with a battery and that it is a replacable AAA battery. I just don't care much for devices that I have to plug into a PC's USB port for hours.
I made the purchase to make recordings from radio and it works great... after I figured out how to make a decent recording. I'm happy with it. Turn on the radio, adjust the volume (start low), plug a line into the ICR-FP700D's mic(line)input, set the sensitivity to MIC or LINE (MIC worked best), plug the line into the radios headphone jack, turn on the recorder, use folder MIC or LINE, press the record button and there you are, recording. I'm happy the instruction manual is easy to follow, too.