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Re: Sony PCM-D50 -- just out of the box

Subject: Re: Sony PCM-D50 -- just out of the box
From: "argentino_sf" argentino_sf
Date: Thu Dec 6, 2007 6:35 pm ((PST))
Brad Linder has just published his PCM-D50 review:

Jose Luis

--- In  Rob Danielson <>
> At 11:48 PM +0000 12/4/07, oryoki2000 wrote:
> >I received the Sony PCM-D50 field recorder today. I'll have a more
> >complete report in a day or so, but I decided to post a quick note.
> >
> >At first, I was disappointed by what appeared to be a preamp that
> >noisy, or perhaps the built-in mics are noisy. Then I realized that
> >the sensitivity of the built-in mic is very high. I was driving the
> >preamp to clipping with a gain setting of 7/10. Backing off to a
> >setting of 5/10 made my voice recordings indoors sound much better.
> >
> >Outside, I tried recording wind chimes at a distance of 10 feet (3
> >meters). Again, a setting of 7 of 10 was the maximum before lots of
> >distortion and clipping.
> >
> >The built-in mics proved to be more sensitive than my Sennheiser
> >In other words, the built-in mics produce a louder recording than
> >ME20 does, when capturing the same source material.
> >
> >Fortunately, the D50 has a -20dB cut filter, selectable by a
> >With the cut filter turned on, gain levels of 8 or 9 were OK, with
> >preamp noise noticeable.
> Not likely to be the mics. Seems like something could still be set
> wrong, at least based on typical gain of other Sony recorders.
> Nagra ARES-M  had ~ 90dB of gain, but I think I had to select some
> special settings, not the default/start-up ones to get that. Rob D.
> >
> >With this detail understood, I'm starting to like the D50!
> >
> >--oryoki
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