Field recorders announced: Sony PCM-D50 and Marantz PMD620

Sony PCM-D50

Sony has announced the PCM-D50 Digital Recorder, a powerful, compact version of Sony’s flagship PCM-D1 Digital Field Recorder.

Sony PCM-D50 features

  • 24 bit / 96 kHz recording in standard .WAV file format
  • 4 GB Built-in Memory – records up to 6 hours @ 44.1 – 16 bit
  • Two-Position Electret Condenser Microphones x-Y and Wide-Stereo Polar Patterns
  • LCD Digital Peak Metering
  • Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo Slot
  • MP3 Playback
  • Digital Pitch Control
  • SPDIF Digital Input and Output
  • PC/MAC Compatible – File Transfer via High Speed USB
  • 5 second pre-recording buffer

The Sony PCM-D50 Digital Recorder will cost $599.00 and should be available in November. It will officially be launched this week. More information here.

Marantz Professional has introduced the PMD620, a new digital audio recorder designed with podcasters in mind.

Marantz PMD620Marantz PMD620 looks lovely! (photo by Josh Bancroft)

The PMD620 is a prosumer-level device, featuring a pocket-size form factor, an easy-to-use interface, and built-in stereo mics and speaker.

PMD620 features

  • Two high-quality omnidirectional condenser mics
  • 1/8″ input for connecting external microphones
  • +5v phantom power for electret condensers
  • 16- or 24-bit resolution audio recording [mono or stereo] direct to SD flash memory
  • WAV or MP3 file format
  • OLED display

The PMD620 uses 2 x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries for up to 5 hours of operation. It will cost $399 USD and should be released in November 2007.

Looks like serious competition for the M-Audio MicroTrack II and Zoom H4/H2 models.

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Graham Riches

Marantz always had employed cheap mic pre-amps and it will be very hard for it to keep with the fierce competition out there. Sony PCM D50 will be better bet. It’s sound quality is very close to Fostex Fr2 le but with abit more punch and better gain. Key features: – Quality MIC (internal – can be set to any position) – High grade 4 seperate circuits – ultra low noise – Superb battery life – upto 35 hours with NimH 2700 – Dual Limiter function – no more distortion or clips. – Built internal 4GB – generous start. –… Read more »


I got my new Marantz PMD620 at it came with a free microphone and a exclusive Free docking station you can only get at this site.

Paul M
Paul M

Got my Marantz PMD620 at where it came with a free 1GB SD card. This swung it for me between this and the Edirol R-09HR. have to say I’ve not been disappointed, and the in built mic’s are fantastic.