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Re: Roland R-26 handheld recorder is announced

Subject: Re: Roland R-26 handheld recorder is announced
From: "Raimund" animalsounds
Date: Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:45 pm ((PDT))
> > I commented on this before. There are only two XLR low-Z inputs. The
> > others are either internal mics or 3.5mm high-Z which are unlikely to
> > give good noise figures with low-Z mics.
> I don't understand. Many nature recordists including myself, have used va=
rious xlr mics with various recorders using the 3.5mm mic inputs without su=
ffering from noticeable noise issues beyond what could be expected given th=
e quality of the preamps. Can you give an example of the "Low-Z" mic you ar=
e referring to, an example of the expected noise issue, or what about 3.5mm=
 input on the R-26 is different than the 3.5mm input on other recorders?

Hi John and David,

The specification page of the R-26 says that the input impedance of the plu=
g-in powered mic inputs is 3k or 2k ohms (
/R-26/specs.html), which is even lower than the XLR inputs (5k ohms).

So, I believe that here is a good chance that these 3.5 mm inputs provide d=
ecent quality similar to other recorders, such as the Olympus LS-xx, SONY P=
CM-M10 or Roland R-05.


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