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4.0 out of 5 stars A close-to-perfect SD-based stereo recorder., August 16, 2009
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I've been looking for an SD card-based recorder for some time. And while I have a couple of MP3 players that can record audio it's nice to find a dedicated voice recorder that uses replaceable SD cards.

The ICR-FP700D is the stereo version of the monophonic SANYO ICR-FP600D Digital MP3 Voice Recorder. It features a black instead of a whitish/silver case. The shiny black case does tend to accentuate fingerprints. But I'm more into functionality than aesthetics.

Compared to my older Panasonic flash-based voice recorder this device doesn't come with proprietary drivers or software. It records directly to SD cards. In fact it has no internal memory of its own so SD cards are required for use (no big deal). A separate SD card reader isn't required because it also has its own USB port. The recorder is simply recognized as yet another storage device.

The recordings, even in MP3 format, are quite good. However I wish that the recorder allowed the user to select between MP3 or WAV for the output format. It would be nice to find a recorder that can handle lossless audio recording without resorting to ADPCM. The three selectable levels for microphone sensitivity along with the usual selection of quality-based recording formats does help improve things. The built-in stereo microphones along with a stereo microphone jack also help to add some more definition to the recorded sounds. But, as always, know your equipment and experiment with it first.

An interesting note is that this recorder's microphone jack doubles as a stereo line-in jack. A switch on the back of the device allows the selection between that and normal microphone mode. So, with the right adapter, you can connect this device to a tape deck or turntable and do some impromptu analog-to-digital conversion.

Finally, since it does record and playback audio in MP3 format it does playback prerecorded MP3 files. But such files need to be organized in a certain way on the SD cards ("\MUSIC\Artist\Album\Tracks"). Plus the limitations of the LCD display (segmented, not dot matrix) obviously doesn't take advantage of ID3 tags. It does play back the MP3 files I've encoded using Lame flawlessly. It won't replace my Sansa e140, though.

This was a recorder I've been waiting for. And it does live up to my expectations. Maybe in newer versions they'll also include lossless recording to WAV or FLAC. The replaceable SD card makes it easy to record and, when one runs out of space, simply replaces it with a fresh card.

One note: The 1GB card that shipped with mine, on a glance, looked like a mistake. At first I thought they mistakenly placed in just a MicroSD to SD adapter. But, on closer inspection, that adapter came with a preinstalled 1GB MicroSD card! So, for anyone with cell phones with a MicroSD card slot, you can immediately record and playback the MP3 files from the included MicroSD card (or, since it's a cellphone, forward the MP3 files to your friends). The recorder itself has a standard SD card slot. So this is a small unadvertised bonus.
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