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Sony PCM-M10 Portable Linear PCM Voice Recorder with Electret Condenser Stereo Microphones, 96 kHz/24-bit, 4GB Memory & USB High-Speed Port - Red
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The PCM-M10 is 96 kHz/24-bit capable with electret condenser stereo microphones, 4 GB of internal flash memory and a micro SD/Memory Stick Micro (M2) Slot for expanded memory. Key features of the PCM-M10 recorder include a built-in speaker, cross-memory recording, digital pitch and key control, digital limiter, low-cut filter, track mark functions, a 5-second pre-recording buffer and A-B repeat capability. The recorder includes a USB high-speed port for simple uploading and downloading of native .WAV or .MP3 format recorded files to and from Windows PC or Macintosh computers. The M10 offers durable construction and long battery life using conventional AA alkaline batteries
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Quality & design is quite good. I just wish all buttons are placed on the front panel instead of the sides, as they are hard to get to once I put it on a tripod.
Quality of microphone is very good, but recordings can be easily clipped due to how sensitive the mics are (be sure you place it at least 3 feet away from the vocal source).
The remote control is very limited in functionality, as it's mainly designed for control the recording task. Only 4 buttons: Pause, Rec, Stop, T-mark.
Since I already have a CD recorder, which I'm not satisfied with its 44KHz/16-bit quality, I got this unit to take advantage of line-recording at 96KHz/24-bit, and use it for demo live recording. So far so good. Battery life is fantastic, too.
IF YOU NEED A CARRYING CASE: search amazon for this item "B000MDZKUU" Sony LCSCSQ Soft Carrying Case for only $6.49. I took a chance based on the case's measurement seems to fit the unit well. The case just came today, and it fits perfectly while providing the front pocket for holding 2 AA batteries. I'm very happy with this case, as it's looks great with the Sony name on it, too.
Other reviews cover general features. Here are some remarks about stereo recording in particular:
The two built-in omnidirectional condenser mics give you nice stereo separation when the recorder is in the midst of a sound field. I was a little surprised, as you wouldn't expect to get decent stereo imaging from omnis so close together, it's why stereo recorders/mics typically use two cardioid pattern mics. The downside of cardioids is less sensitivity for low frequencies, whereas an omni will capture those lows. Sony has a neat trick here: the omnis are set into the body of the recorder, shielded from each other, so each effectively sees its own half of the room (plus reflections of the other half). You get a nice stereo separation (though not the kind of imaging that lets you pinpoint sound sources). And you get the wide, flat frequency response of omni microphones. If anything, the bass can be a little boomy when you're too close to a sound source -- and the recorder has a low-frequency cutoff you can switch on if you want to lose some of that low-end rumble. They are nice-sounding mics.
Using your own mics:
If you want to use your own microphones, you will need a female XLR to mini stereo cable (Hosa 2' Right Angle Mini Stereo Male to 2 XLR Female Breakout Y-Cable) to plug them into the recorder. The recorder is advertised as having plug-in-power (eg, phantom power) for external mics. But that's the 2V variety of phantom power for little electret condensers, not the 48V you need for your nice condenser mics. You'll have to power them separately, either using a phantom power box like Rolls PB223 Dual Mic Phantom Power 48 Volt Power Supply or an external pre-amp. The recorder will accept both line-level and mic-level inputs.
The recorder does not come with any sort of protective case. It's an odd size, but I've found that a PSP Go Soft Carrying Case works beautifully, will also fit the official Sony windscreen, and has an extra pocket for the remote control.
After some frustrating searching, which included a fruitless review of Sony's manual and website--and a wasted phone call to Sony's helpline which turned out to be some kind of reverse telemarketing ploy--I found out elsewhere online that deleting via the computer only appears to work. The files remain on the PCM, only now hidden and so no longer capable of being deleted using either computer or PCM. One then has to reformat the memory (an option which which appears in the "detail menu") to actually release the memory.
after 1 month of comparing devices, zoom H4N was on the top of the list, but looking forward more portability and lower noise floor and higher build and mics quality and battery life, and after eliminating the need for XLR inputs, I've decided to go for Sony PCM-M10
I can conceder it as a small portable studio
with high fidelity stereo mics
very clear voice and sound reproduction
very low noise floor
and long battery live
do yourself a favor and get compatible hard case to protect the device.
also keep in mind that the onboard speakers are just to ensure that the track is recorded, to listen to the recorded track in its full quality, you will need to attached some headphones or external speakers.
highly recommended device
The built in mics are too closely spaced for anything like a real stereo image, but they are fine for recording conversations or interviews. Also, though it is capable of producing 24 bit 96ksps files, the real bit depth is limited by internal noise to 15 bits, so don't bother with 24/96, all it does is increase file size.