The D50 plays back in either mp3 or WAV formats, but only records to WAV, adding an extra step for podcasters. You can, however, drag and drop WAV files onto your desktop or into nearly any audio software (such as the included Sound Forge Audio Studio LE). You can also record at 22.05kHz, 44.1kHz, and 48kHz—and Sony’s Super Bit Mapping crams 20 bits of information into a 16-bit word. Also, an onboard limiter records a parallel audio stream at -12dB below the primary stream, and substitutes the lower signal into the main recording should the limiter encounter an overload.
I used the PCM-D50 to capture jam sessions and make various field recordings, and it sounded great in all applications. While there are currently lots of small recorders to choose from, the D50 is among the best I’ve encountered.
KUDOS Great sound. Large display. Generous feature set.
CONCERNSMemory slot requires costly Sony cards. Doesn’t record to mp3 format.
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