Recorder List
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Manuf/Model MSRP Pocket Size ? / inches or mm / Weight Manuf's Mic Input Noise Spec Measured Mic Noise* / Hz Char. Phantom/Voltage DC Powering/Ext DC Tracks Media Max Resolution Analog In/Out Record Buffer @48K Hz Cont. Rec OnBoard Mics Array Digital In/Out Special Features Irregularities High Gain Mic Preamp Comparison Manuf/Model
Aaton Cantar-X2 15395 No / 9 x 1 2 x 3.2 none provided   Yes /   8 HD DVD 24-bit/96k 8 XLR in & 2 XLR out Yes. 13 secs     AES & FireWire 18-in mixer; word sync; Ethernet to PC/Mac; M/S decoder   Aaton Cantar-X2
AEQ PAW 120 765 Yes / 121.4mm X51.5mm X 23mm / ">122dB A weighted"   Yes (optional) AA-2 / 3V 2 512MB or 1GB 16-bit/48k 1/8" mic/line in; 1/8" line out Yes /? Secs No Mono No Supports BWF files; 82dB gain External Mic Input;     AEQ PAW 120
Alesis ProTrack 200 Yes / 7.25 long/ 227g w_outiPod none provided   Yes /48v AA-4 / ? 2 iPod 16-bit/44.1k 2 XLR/TRS in; mini line out No   X-Y USB Portable dock for iPod recording; onboard mics   Alesis ProTrack
Boss Micro BR 320 Yes / 5.4 x 3.25 x0.87 None Provided   No   4 SD 24-bit/44.1k 1/8" mic; 1/4" guitar; 1/8" line No     USB Onboard effects & drums     Boss Micro BR
Edirol R-09 350 Yes / 63mm x 102mm x 29 mm / 156g incld bat None Provided     AA -2 / ?         No Yes           Edirol R-09
Edirol R-09 HR 450 Yes / 2.5x4.5x1.1 /174g incld bats None Provided -118dBu No AA-2 / ? 2 SD 24-bit/96k 1/8" mic/line No Yes   USB Onboard mics; wireless remote   Edirol R-09 HR
Edirol R-4 1200 No / 77mm x 217mm x 240 mm /1884g incld bats None Provided     AA-8 / ?   40GB HD     Yes, 27 secs Yes           Edirol R-4
Edirol R-44 895 No / 6.2x7.25x2.6 / 1300g incld bats None Provided -112.7 dBu Yes AA-4 / ? 4 SD 24-bit/192k 4 XLR-TRS in 4 RCA out Yes, 21 secs Yes   S/PDIF; USB Onboard mics; two units link for 8 tracks     Edirol R-44
Edirol R-4 Pro 1995 No / 9.5 x 8.6 x 3.1 S/N ratio: 100 dB -128.4 dBu Yes   4 80GB HD 24-bit/192k 4 XLR-TRS in; 4 RCA out Yes, 27 secs Yes   AES/EBU; USB Onboard mics; waveform editing   Edirol R-4 Pro
Fostex PD606 9995 No / 4.6 x 12.8 x 9.2 None Provided   Yes   8 HD; DVD 24-bit/192k 6 XLR in; 6 XLR out Yes, 10 secs     AES/EBU; USB Onboard mixer; word clock I/O     Fostex PD606
Fostex PD204 4999 No / 4.6 x 12.8 x 9.2 None Provided   Yes   2 HD; DVD 24-bit/192k 4 XLR in; 2 XLR out Yes, 10 secs     AES/EBU; USB Onboard mixer; word clock I/O   Fostex PD204
Fostex FR-2 1499 No / 3x9.8x8.7 / 1600g incld bats None Provided -122.1dB Yes/48v AA-8 / ? 2 HD; CF 24-bit/192k 2 XLR in; 2 RCA out Yes, 10 secs Yes   AES/EBU S/PDIF; USB Timecode reader/generator option   Fostex FR-2
Fostex FR-2LE 799 No / 2.25x8.1x5.2 / 907g incld bats None Provided -129dBu Yes/48v AA-4 / ? 2 CF 24-bit/96k 2 XLR-TRS in; 2 RCA out Tes, 2 secs No 2GB or 4GB Stop   USB Includes wired remote   Fostex FR-2LE
Galaxy Audio HDR2 150 Yes / 152mm x 84mm x 25 mm / 254g incld bats S/N ratio at 1KHz: 55dB     AA-2 / ?   SDHC 2GB max 16-it /44.1k 1/4" Mic/Line/Guitar; mini out No 2 GB max 2-Omni Near A-B USB 2.0 Includes 2 lavaliere mics     Galaxy Audio HDR2
HHB PortaDisc MDP500 1500 No / 10 x 2.2 x 7.1" / 2 kg incld bats > 122dB A-weighted   Yes AA-8 / ? 2 MiniDisc 16 bit / 44.1K 2 XLR Mic/line Yes, 6 secs 80 mins max   S/PDIF / USB 1.0 Mini Disc record codec ATRAC 4.5     HHB PortaDisc MDP500
HHB PortaDrive 13995 No / 13.1x4.2x8.8 ≤ -127 dBu A’Wtd @ 60dB GAIN   Yes   8 HD 24-bit/96k 6 XLR mic/line; 4 XLR out Yes, 10 Yes   AES/EBU; S/PDIF; USB Onboard mixer; word clock I/O; M/S decoder     HHB PortaDrive
Kenwood MGR-A7-B available ? Yes / 52.7mm X 100mm X 18mm / 95g None Provided     non-removable Li-Ion battery / ?   SD/SDHC 16-bit/48k 1/8" mic/line No No 2GB Stop 3 (left, right, center) USB Supporting OS: Windows Vista / XP     Kenwood MGR-A7-B
Korg MR-1 899 Yes / 2.5 x 4.7 x 0.94/200g incld bats S/N: 90 dB @ IHF-A INPUT-OUTPUT   No non-removable Li-Ion battery / ? 2 20GB HD 1-bit/2.8MHz 2 TRS mini mic/line; mini out No     USB Includes stereo mic & 1-bitto-PCM converter app.     Korg MR-1
Korg MR-1000 1499 No / 7.6 x 6.7 x 2.2 /1000g incld bats S/N: 96 dB @ IHF-A INPUT-OUTPUT -117dBu Yes AA-8 / ? 2 40GB HD 1-bit/5.6MHz 2 XLR-TRS in; 2 XLR; RCA ou No     USB Includes 1-bit-to-PCM converter software   Korg MR-1000
Marantz PMD620 599 Yes / 2.5 x 4x 1 / 160g incld bats S/N: IEC(A) 68dB -112dBu No   2 SD 24-bit/48k 2 mini mic/line in; mini line out No Yes (no File Size Limit)   USB onboard mics     Marantz PMD620
Marantz PMD660 649 No / 4.5 x 1.9 x 7.2 / 607 g incld bats S/N: IEC(A) 60dB -120dBu Yes AA-4 /? 2 CF 16-bit/48k 2 XLR mic in; 2 mini line in/out Yes, 2 secs Yes   USB Includes remote & onboard mics   Marantz PMD660
Marantz PMD661 600 No / 165mm x 93mm x 36mm / 530g Incld Bats S/N: IEC(A) 60dB -125dBu   AA-4 / ?         Yes, 2 secs Yes           Marantz PMD661
Marantz PMD670 899 No / 10.4x2x7.3 / 1500 g incld bats S/N: IEC(A) 65dB -120dBu Yes AA-8 / ? 2 CF 16-bit/48k 2 XLR mic in; RCA line in/out Yes, 2 secs     S/PDIF; USB On-the-fly EDL-style marking   Marantz PMD670
Marantz PMD671 1199 No / 10.4 x 2 x 7.3 /1500g incld bats S/N: IEC(A) 65dB -125dBu Yes AA-8 / ? 2 CF 24-bit/96k 2 XLR mic in; RCA line in/out Yes, 4 secs Yes   S/PDIF; USB "Virtual Third Head" confidence monitoring     Marantz PMD671
Marantz CDR420 1499 No / 11 x 4 x 9 / S/N: IEC(A) 60dB   Yes   2 HD; CD 16-bit/44.1k 2 XLR-TRS in; 2 RCA out No     S/PDIF; USB Onboard CD burning and audio editing; optional DC pack     Marantz CDR420
M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 $400 disc. Yes / 61mm x 110mm x 29 mm/139g incld bat None Provided -115dBu   non-removable Li-Ion battery / ?         No Yes, brief break           M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96
M-Audio MicroTrack II 499 Yes / 2.4 x 4.25 x 1 /139g incld bat None Provided -106dBu Yes 'non-removable Li-Ion battery / ? 2 CF 24-bit/96k 2 TRS in; mini in; 2 RCA out No Yes   S/PDIF out; USB Includes mic; -10dB pad optional     M-Audio MicroTrack II
Nagra LB 3000 No / 6.9 x 2.6 x 7.3/ S/N >100dB   Yes   2 CF; 2GB int. 24-bit/192k 2 XLR mic in; 2 XLR out Yes, 3 secs Yes   AES-3 out; USB Onboard editor     Nagra LB
Nagra VI 7595 No / 12.6 x 2.9 x 11.2 S/N >114dB >114 dB   6 HD; CF 24-bit/96k 4 XLR mic/line; 2 XLR line Yes, 10 secs Yes   2 AES in/out; USB Onboard mixer; color TFT metering/status display     Nagra VI
Nagra V 8000 No / 11.4 x 8.6 x 4.5” None Provided   Yes & T-Power DD-8 or Li-Ion pack 2 HD /Remov; CF 24-bit/48k 2 XLR; Sub D Line Tes, 20 secs Yes   2 D Sub / XLR AES-3 Pro Removeable 2.5" hard drive' optional 96k sampling; rugged     Nagra V
Nagra Ares-BB+ 2395 No / 6.25x6.75x2 / 1063 g incld bats None Provided   Yes   2 PCM-CIA; CF 20-bit/48k 2 XLR mic/line in; 2 XLR out No     USB M/S decoder; internal editor option     Nagra Ares-BB+
Nagra Ares-M 850 Yes /125mm x 53mm x 22 mm (without micr) / 200g S/N (A weighted) 85 dB   No AA-2 / ? 2 1 GB Int 16-bit/48K mini mic/line in; mini line out No     USB Onboard Mono Mic;     Nagra Ares-M
Nagra ARES-ML 850? Yes ? 125mm x 53mm x 22 mm (without mic) /200g None Provided   No AA-2 / ? 2 2 GB Int 16-bit/48K mini mic/line in; mini line out No     USB Onboard mono mic; Designed for radio uses, instant start-up, one button recording, automatic level control, internal loudspeaker and low cut filter. Nagra ARES-ML
Nagra Ares-MII 1100 Yes / 4.9 x 2 x 0.9 / 246g incld bats None Provided   No AA-2 / ? 2 2GB int 16-bit/48k Mini mic/line in; mini line out No No 2GB Stop   USB Onboard mic; onboard editor   Nagra Ares-MII
Nagra Ares-PII+ 2495 Yes / 188mm x 80mm x 28 mm / 590g None Provided   Yes   2 PCM-CIA; CF 24-bit/48k DIN-to-XLR mic/line cable No     USB Onboard mic; onboard editor option     Nagra Ares-PII+
Olympus LS-10 449 Yes / 5.2x1.8x0.9 / 165 g incld bats None Provided '-122dBu (SensHi) / > 500Hz No AA-2 / ? 2 SD; 2GB int. 24-bit/96k Mini mic/line in; mini line out No Yes   USB Onboard mic     Olympus LS-10
Olympus LS-11 400 Yes / 131.5mmX48mmX22.4mm / 165g include bats None Provided '-122dBu (SensHi) / > 500Hz No AA-2 / ? 2 8GB int; SD card 24-bit /96K Mini mic/line in; mini line out No Yes* 90 degree angle USB Extended battery life; 32GB capacity; *Mp3 wma max rec 2 GB   Olympus LS-11
Olympus DS-30 80 Yes / S96mm x 37.5mm x 16 mm / 73g incld bat None Provided   No AA-2 / 3v 2 256mb int 16-bit k Mini mic in; mini hdphone out No     USB OnBoard mic; records in wma format Does not have manual, fixed record gain? Olympus DS-30
Roland R-1 350 Yes / 99m X 134mm X 30mm / 260 g None Provided   No AA-2 2 CF 24-bit / 44.1k Mini mic/line in ; mini No No 2GB & Stop "internal stereo" USB Records in Wav and MP3; On board playback Effects     Roland R-1
Roland CD-2e 749 No / 10.6 x7.25 x1.8 None Provided   No   2 SD; CD 24-bit/44.1k 2 1/4" mic; 2 RCA line out No     None Onboard mic   Roland CD-2e
Samson Zoom H2 335 Yes / 2.5x4.3x1.25 / 166g None Provided   No AA-2 / ? 2* SD 24-bit/96k Mini mic/line in; mini line out Yes, 2 secs Yes, brief break 2- X-Y pair USB Can record 4 tracks with Int mics; up to 16GB cards; programable record stop     Samson Zoom H2
Samson Zoom H4 495 Yes / 2.75 x 6x1.5 / 251g incld bats None Provided   Yes AA-2 / ? 2/4 SD/ SDHC 24-bit/96k 2 combo XLR/TRS in No No 2GB Stop   USB *Onboard 4-track mode; onboard X/Y mic     Samson Zoom H4
Samson Zoom H4n 350 Yes /156 x 73 x 35 mm / 336g Incld bats None Provided -107 dBu   AA-2 / 5vdc   SDHC     Yes, 2 secs Yes           Samson Zoom H4n
Sonosax MiniR82 5000 Yes / 120 x 80 x 28 mm / 522g incld bats None Provided     AA-4 / ?   ?GB Int;     Yes, 20 secs             Sonosax MiniR82
Sony Hi-MD RH-1/M200 $350 disc. Yes/ 84mm X 84mm X15mm /123g w/Lion bat None Provided -124dBu / > 6K Hz No AA-1 2 1GB HiMD disc 16bit/44.1K   No No           Sony Hi-MD RH-1/M200
Sony PCM-D50 599 Yes / 2.9x6.2x1.3 355g incld bats None Provided -126dBu No AA-4 / ? 2 4GB int; MS-Pro 24-bit/96k Mini mic Yes, 5 secs Yes   USB; optical digital out Onboard mic with X/Y and wide stereo patterns     Sony PCM-D50
Sony PCM-D1 1999 No / 2.9x6.75x1.6 /617g incld bats None Provided   No AA-4 ? ? 2 4GB int; MS-Pro 24-bit/96k Mini mic/line No Yes   USB; optical digital out Onboard mics; titanium body     Sony PCM-D1
Sony PCM-M10 300 Yes / 62 mm×114 mm×21.8mm / 187g incld bats None Provided -122dBu No AA-2 2 4GB Int;MicroSD 24-bit/96k Mini mic/line Yes, 5 secs Yes opposing omni-directional USB digital limiter, low Hz cut, cross-memory recording, very power efficient     Sony PCM-M10
Sound Devices 702 2195 No / 1.8x8.2x4.9 / 1000g w_4400mah bat -133dBU (A weighted)   Yes/48v   2 CF 24-bit/192k 2 XLR mic/line; TA3 line outs Yes, 10 secs Yes   AES-3; FireWire Word clock I/O; records to ext. FireWire drives; TC thru ports     Sound Devices 702
Sound Devices 722 2775 No / 1.8x8.2x4.9 / 1400g w_4400mah bat -133dBU (A weighed)   Yes/48v   2 HD; CF 24-bit/192k 2 XLR mic/line; TA3 line outs Yes, 10 secs Yes   AES-3; FireWire Word clock I/O; TC thru ports   Sound Devices 722
Sound Devices 702T 2775 No / 1.8x8.2x4.9 '-133dBU (A weighed) '-130dBu / >8K Hz Yes/48v   2 HD; CF 24-bit/192k 2 XLR mic/line; TA3 line outs Yes, 10 secs Yes   AES-3; FireWire Word clock I/O; all TC formats supported   Sound Devices 702T
Sound Devices 744T 4395 No / 1.7x8x4.4 '-133dBU (A weighed) -130dBu / >8K Hz Yes/48v   4 HD; CF 24-bit/192k 2 XLR mic; 2 TA3 line in/out Yes, 10 secs Yes   AES-3; FireWire Word clock I/O; all TC formats supported     Sound Devices 744T
Sound Devices 788T 5995 No / 1.8x10.1x6.4 '-133dBU (A weighed)   Yes/48v   8 HD; CF 24-bit/48k 4 XLR mic/line; 4 TA3 mic/line Yes, 5 secs Yes   AES/EBU; FireWire Word clock I/O; all TC formats supported     Sound Devices 788T
788T-SSD   No / 45mm X 257mm X 193mm /1.7kg no bat not published as of 04/2009   Yes/48v   12 HD 256GB; CF 24-bit/96k 8 XLR mic/line; 4 TA3 mic/line? Yes, 5 secs? Yes   AES/EBU; FireWire Word clock I/O; all TC formats supported     788T-SSD
Tascam DR-1 399 Yes / 2.8 x 1.1 x 5.3 / 220 g incld. bat None Provided -115dBu No non-removable Li-Ion battery / ? 2 SD 24-bit/48k Mini mic/line; 1/4" mic ins No Yes   USB Variable angle onboard mics   Tascam DR-1
Tascam DR-07 200 Yes / 137mm x 55mm x 27mm /186g incld bats None Provided -113dBu   AA-2 / ?         Yes, 2 secs Yes           Tascam DR-07
Tascam DR680 850 No / 202mm X 54mm X 176mm None Provided -127 dBu Yes/48v AA-8 8 SD / SDHC 24-bit / 192k 4 XLR;2-TRSMic RCA 2Digital Yes, 2 secs Yes USB Phantom power can be damaged by line level input -OFF First. Transformer hum with high gain Tascam DR680
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Tascam DR-100 450 Yes /153mm x 80.5mm x 35 mm / 350g incl bats None Provided     BP-L2 Lion / ?   SDHC     Yes, 2 secs Yes           Tascam DR-100
Tascam GT-R1 469 Yes / 2.8 x 1.1 x5.3 / None Provided   Yes   2 SD 24-bit/48k Mini mic/line; 1/4" instrument No     USB Onboard mics & drums     Tascam GT-R1
Tascam HD-P2 1249 No / 10.25x7.75x2.5 1400g incld bats None Provided -127dBu Yes AA-8 / ? 2 CF 24-bit/192k 2 XLR mic in; RCA line in/outs Yes, 10 secs Yes   S/PDIF; FireWire PS/2 keyboard control     Tascam HD-P2
Yamaha Pocketrak 2G 450 Yes / 1.25 x4.6 x 0.5 / 49g incld bat None Provided   No   2 2GB int 16-bit/44.1k Mini mic/line No No 2GB Stop   USB Onboard mic     Yamaha Pocketrak 2G
Yamaha Pocketrak CX 300 Yes / 34mm x 120mm x 13 mm/ 92g incld bat None Provided               No No 2GB Stop           Yamaha Pocketrak CX
Zaxcom Deva 5.8 12995 No / 10.5x8x3.75 None Provided   Yes   10 HD; DVD; CF 24-bit/96k 8 XLR mic/line; 6 DB-25 line outs Yes, 10 secs     8 AES ins/outs; FireWire 16-input mixer; PS/2 keyboard control; word clock I/O     Zaxcom Deva 5.8
Zaxcom Deva 16 14995 No / 10.5x8x3.75 None Provided   Yes   16 HD;DVD;CF 24-bit/192k 8 XLR mic/line; 4 line in; 8 line out Yes, 10 secs     8 AES ins/outs; FireWire 16-input mixer; PS/2 keyboard control; word clock I/O     Zaxcom Deva 16
Zaxcom Fusion 7995 No / 10.6x7.7x3.2 None Provided   Yes   4 to 8 (2) CF slots 24-bit/192k 8 XLR mic/line Yes, 10 secs     8 AES ins/outs; FireWire 16-input mixer; LCD touchscreen; PS/2 keyboard control     Zaxcom Fusion
KEY: Media: HD=Hard Disk; SD=Secure Digital; CF=Compact Flash; MS=Memory Stick.
* Equivalent Input Noise at Max Gain (EIN); Impedance: 150 ohms; A-Weighted; unless otherwise noted. Click on measurement number for source.
This list was initially aurthored by Mix Magazine, Issue No. 47 and has been appended by Rob Danielson with assistance of Oryoki, Guy and other recordists starting in 03.2009 -