Side by Side: Portable Recorders
Sep 1, 2012 1:00 AM
Marantz PMD661Roland R-26Tascam DR-40Yellowtec iXmZoom H4nInputs2x xLR mic/line, 3.5mm TRS line, RCS S/PDIF2x xLR/TRS mic, 1x 3.5mm stereo mic2x xLR/TRS mic/line3.5mm balanced TRS line2x VLR/TRS mic/line, 3.5mm stereo micOn-board mics21 omni, 1 stereo XY pair2 (XY or AB)Multiple mic capsules available2 (XY or AB)Phantom Poweryesyesyesbult-inyesOutputs2x RCA, 1/4" TRS headphone3.5mm TRS headphone3.5mm stereo line/headphone3.5mm stereo line/headphone3.5mm stereo line/headphoneUSByesyesyesyesyesSpeakers211none1Card StorageSD, SDHCSD, SDHCSD, SDHCSD, SDHCSD, SDHCOn-board Editingyesyesyes-yesMarkersyesyesyesyesyesALCyesyesyesyesyesVarispeedyesyesyes-yesPrerecord Buffer2 sec.2 sec.2 sec.30 sec.-Recording Modesmono, stereomono, stereo, 4-channel, 6-channelmono, stereo, 4-channelmono, stereostereo, 4-channel, MTRRecording FormatsMP3 (64, 128, 192, 256, 320kb/s), linear PCMMP3 (128, 160, 320kb/s), WAV, BWFMP3 (32, 64, 96, 128, 192, 256, 320kb/s), WAV, BWFMP2 (128, 160, 192kb/s), WAV, BWFMP3 (48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256, 320, VBR), WAVSampling Rates44.1, 48, 96kHz44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz44.1, 48, 96kHz32, 44.1, 48kHz44.1, 48, 96kHzBit-rates16/24-bit16-bit16/24-bit16-bit16/24-bitRemoteyes-yes-yesTripod Mountyesyesyesmic clipyesIncluded Accessoriesaudio cable, USB cable, ac adapter, carry strapSD card, Cakewalk Sonar, ac adapter, carry strap, windscreenSD card, USB cable, tilt footSD card, USB cable, charger. Six mic capsules are available.SD card, USB cable, windscreen, Cubase LE, ac adapter, case, mic stand adapterPower5Vdc9-16VdcUSBbuilt-in Li-ion, USB, speed charger5VdcBatteries4x AA4x AA3x AA3x AA2x AASize (in.)1.4 x 3.7 x 6.51.625 x 3.25 x 7.1251.378 x 2.756 x 6.110 x 1.961.4 x 2.87 x 6.15Weight (oz.)14147.5113.239.8MSRP$700$600$270$1,450$550URLusa.d-mpro.comrolandus.comtascam.comyellowtec.comsamsontech.com
Portable recorders abound, and their features range from bare basics to multitrack editing giants. We narrowed our choices to mono/stereo recorders with XLR mic inputs. Then you can use your favorite field mic, because a recording is only as good as the mic.
One choice is based on a mic design with several mic capsules. All the models operate on batteries or another power source. As always, we included suggested price, although street prices are typically much lower.