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Subject: RE: Personal digital *wav recorders
From: Raimund Specht <>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 17:36:11 -0700
 I still have not used the Marantz devices. However, I'm sure that there
 is no reason to believe that the specifications on their web site were
 wrong. Especially the new announced PMD 670 seems to be a good choice.
 These solid state recorders and also the new hard disk recorders should
 have no major problems with high humidity conditions, which has been a
 serious problem with DAT recorders.
 Compression algorithms as ATRAC or MP3 do not necessarily prevent the use
 of such recorders for animal sound recordings. It depends on the type of
 the sounds and on the kind of analysis that is carried out on these
 recordings. Some of the introduced artifacts will be similar to the
 reverberation effects caused by the environment. I recently made some
 tests with quite demanding artificial signals. After reducing the large
 bandwidth of the test signals (down to 8.5 kHz), the artifacts were less
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