Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Transom reviews the Sony PCM-D50

Transom's equipment Jeff Towne has posted an excellent review of the Sony PCM-D50 digital audio recorder, complete with a ton of audio clips that should give you a pretty good idea of what the recorder sounds like using internal mics and a variety of external mics.

I think I've already talked up the D50's strong points, so I'll just focus on the flaws Towne found:
  • The mic/line input switch is bafflingly located near the headphone jack, not the mic jack
  • The mini inputs will not provide phantom power
  • If you're using the internal mics, you will hear a click when you hit the track divide button, and no matter what microphone you're using there will be a slight disconnect between the before and after track, but you'd have to listen really closely to notice it.
  • It would be nice to have an option to record in mono
I agree. But I wouldn't count any of these issues as big problems. It's hard to find a sturdier, easier to use recorder for under $500 that sounds as good at the PCM-D50. The Marantz PMD620 and Olympus LS-10 do have many of the same features at slightly lower prices, but each has its own set of minor flaws.

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