Sony Introduces the PCM-D10 High Resolution Audio Recorder

Sony has debuted the PCM-D10, a portable audio recorder with high resolution audio at up to 192kHz/24 bit. 

Sony said the PCM-D10 comes with three-way adjustable built-in mics with low noise and a wide frequency range. With three recording positions, the user can adapt to the recording situation. Choose XY for music performances, zoom for interviews and discussions or wide stereo for open and outdoor spaces.

Outboard gear can be connected to the PCM-D10 for high-quality two-channel recording. Compatible with XLR and TRS connectors, the twin jacks give users more choice over sources — from mics and mixers to keyboards. These jacks are independently mic or line level switchable and have independent 48-volt phantom power. Push-lock connection keeps cables locked in place.

Dual AK4558 A/D — D/A converters

Dual AK4558 A/D — D/A converters

The unit combines two high-quality AK4558 A/D — D/A converters. The dual converters work in tandem to maximize signal-to-noise and allow users to capture flawless sound at up to 192kHz. With the variable analog gain amplifier, audio levels can be dialed in with precision. The recorder features independent dials for left and right channels. Users can adjust both, or just one, of the inputs. Gain can be adjusted smoothly, without the step noise that can be encountered with digital volume.

A high-quality MAX9723 analog headphone amp features an integrated analog volume controller for smooth adjustment of the headphone output. Analog and digital circuits are totally separated on the board, reducing interference. A specially designed shield stops noise from interfering at the XLR/TRS jack. The recorder is equipped with two 3300uF capacitors, which eliminate power ripples.

Level Control

Level Control

With High S/N mode, users can stop worrying about lost low levels. The PCM-D10’s two ADCs record at different gain levels and when very low signals are being captured, the device automatically switches to the lower gain ADC – utilizing its low noise floor to capture quiet sounds with high fidelity – which the DSP then seamlessly incorporates into the main recording. This results in clear recordings for most dynamic performances.

A digital limiter allows users to make recordings even at very high levels. When saturation occurs, the recorder will automatically fill clipped portions with a back-up recording at as much as -12dB. This means that even if volume spikes, users can be confident they have captured the flawless files needed. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, the PCM-D10 allows control from wireless devices.

The recorder is priced at $499.99. 

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