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Subject: field recorders under $1000
From: "oryoki2000" oryoki2000
Date: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:46 am ((PDT))
Here's a list of digital recorder alternatives you can purchase new
today for less than $1000.  Prices are typical, search online for
better deals. Comments invited!



Zoom H2 ($200)
The H2 is promising, but can't be recommended until more people try it
in the field with different mics.

Zoom H4 ($275)
Use external power supply to avoid noise problems created by internal
battery power.  Use external mic instead of noisy internal mics.

M-Audio Microtrack 2496 ($300)
Good preamp. An improved model named Microtrack II will be released in

Sony MZ-RH1 (also MZ-M200) Hi-MD recorder ($325)
Very good preamp, elegant design
Sony Hi-MD is out of stock almost everywhere, and no longer on
Sonystyle web site.  Is this the end of minidisc in North America?

Edirol R-09 ($400)
Good preamp. Poor mechanical design leads to many reports of mic input
jack failure

Marantz PMD660 ($500)
Preamp self-noise is high, preamp overloads easily

Fostex FR-2LE ($600)
Excellent preamp, clever rechargeable battery option

Marantz PMD660 with Oade "Ambient" preamp upgrade ($650)
Preamp upgrade voids warranty, but sounds much better

Marantz PMD671 ($700 at
Very good all-around recorder

Korg MR-1 ($700)
records one-bit or PCM

Tascam HD-P2 ($999)
excellent all-around choice, includes time code sync

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