Before I got my PCM-M10, I considered the Olympus LS-7, but shied away from a
model that very few nature recordists are using. I don't know if it's because
it's not suitable, or because it's not well known (too new?).
The attraction was the prerecord buffer, which other Olympuses don't have.
Behalf Of Robin
Sent: Monday, 24 October 2011 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Entry Level Sound Recorder Purchasing Advice?
In the smallest form factor I too recommend the Sony M-10, since it has the
lowest self-noise rating using built-in mics. However the Olympus LS-5 has many
advantages, having the best build of all pocket recorders and a better
soundstage using the internal mics. It's also cheaper, so you can invest the
extra cash in external mics. For a full comparison read my article here:
As Gianni Pavan suggested, the Sennheiser K6/ME66 makes a good inexpensive
addition, giving you additional "reach". Being able to point a shotgun straight
at the subject is more important than chasing the lowest noise figures. Put it
on a boom and get physically closer.
I also agree that the cheap and quiet Fostex FR2-LE is the recorder of choice
if you need phantom power on XLR and the ultimate low noise floor. But hauling
it around with a stand, bar, pair of mics, cables etc. is a lot bigger project
than simply pointing a shotgun with a pocket recorder in your, well, pocket.
-- Robin Parmar