I am of the impression that when it comes to high-end goods such as these t=
he answers you will get back on a comparison between an SD7xx and an SX-R4 =
will be subjective. Either you need to find someone whose opinion and lang=
uage nuance you trust or you'll have to spend some time with a dealer with =
the two units back-to-back and judge which you prefer. They are both great=
, I think it is safe to say.
I got the SX-R4 over the SD for probably ridiculous reasons: all other thin=
gs being roughly equal I hated the light show on the latter, and neither di=
d I like its menu system. Clearly I would have got used to it in time so, =
shame on me for being so hasty and flaky.
Two other things I'd mention about the SX-R4 - the limiters are great even =
when pushed hard (doing what they are supposed to do). Second, an oddity, =
there is no 'off' on the gain - even with the dials at zero, signal still g=
ets through. So, no fade-ins to zero or outs in the unit. I have found th=
is to be useful, though, as I can at least here, without fiddling around, i=
f the recording chain is OK.
The major improvement I can make to my recordings is at the microphone end =
- quality mics and, perhaps more importantly, better placement. A little l=
ess noise here or there on pre-amps (and I think we have to be talking abou=
t being really picky here) will be a constant and can be corrected for in p=
I am sure you would not be disappointed with either unit.
With best wishes,