Most helpful positive review
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2010
I have been using this remote with my L-10 for 18 months now and it works great. For recording an acoustic music performance with the L-10's built-in mics, it is best to place the recorder as close to the performer as possible. I place the L-10 on a small tripod about 2 feet from the subject and sit about 10 feet away. This controller allows me to start/pause/stop recording with complete ease.
Two warnings, though: First, don't hold the controller in your hand while your listening to the performance. I have messed up several recordings by getting too involved in the performance and not noticing that I was squeezing the thing, putting it in pause or stop mode inadvertently. To avoid this kind of user error, I suggest putting the thing on a lanyard and wearing it around your neck. Second, pay attention to the fact that the remote doesn't work the same way as the controls on the recorder. The recorder requires two presses to start recording. The first press only lets you check the recording levels. The remote starts recording on the first press. This makes sense because you can't really check the levels if you are 10 feet away from the recorder, but the user must be mindful of this difference in operation. Blinking lights on the receiver and the recorder let you know what the thing is doing but it takes some practice to learn what the lights are telling you.
This unit performs exactly as advertised. It's pretty rugged, too. I have dropped it a couple of times onto a hardwood floor from about 3 feet and it keeps working. The remote makes the L-10 twice as useful, I love it. The only improvement I would suggest is making it in a brightly colored plastic instead of black. It is just too easy to misplace the receiver unit when it is detached from the recorder because it is so tiny.