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Stan Courtney
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 Posted: December 25th, 2008 09:44 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

My main technique for recording is to leave the recording gear in the woods overnight. The amount of quality sounds I have been able to obtain with this method has far outdone what I could gather if I were only recording when I was hiking. Overnight recording does require more recording space and larger batteries.

In the mid-priced range under $450 is the Sony PCM-D50.



Sony PCM-D50

The user's manual can be found at:

Users Manual

Excellent reviews can be read at:

f7 sound and vision

O'Reilly digitalmedia

Brad Linder's blog

Forums discussing this recorder are:

The Taperssection Forums:

Thread one

Thread two

There are several videos posted on YouTube.

Sony PCM-D50 video review

Sony PCM-D50 Backs Up Heftier Price With Heftier Features

Sony PCM-D50

Recording media - 4Gb internal flash memory (accepts additional 4 GB Memory Stick)

Maximum recordable time - Using both the internal flash and external memory stick the record time in .wav at 44.1kHz 16bit CD quality mode is almost 13 hours.

Batteries - uses 4 AA batteries - Sony claims 14 hours record time

Recordings:

Sound file courtesy of f7 sound and vision

Sound clip - Woodpecker

Conclusion - I have not used this particular unit but those who have appear to think it has many advantages over others in this price range.

Pros:

- great sound quality
- long battery life
- sturdy build quality

Cons:

- no xlr microphone ports unless you purchase an expensive adaptor box
- records only in .wav and compressed .wav
Stan Courtney
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Duane
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 Posted: February 14th, 2009 03:14 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

I purchased a Sony PCM-D50 for the upcoming BF season and am really impressed with the recorded sound quality. The unit is a little pricier than some but you get what you pay for. Stan's review/information is pretty much right on...
 
 
Stan Courtney
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 Posted: February 14th, 2009 08:59 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Duane,

Wow, that is great!

Hopefully you will be able to get some great recordings to share with the group. Of the four reviews I have done the PCM-D50 is the only one I don't own. Many serious nature recordists are very impressed with the Sony.
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