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Field recorders announced: Sony PCM-D50 and Marantz PMD620

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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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