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audio recording on trips: what is the gadget to go for?

Hi folks!

Creating slideshows is one of my greatest hobbies. I always used musik from CD's to add it to the pictures. I would very much like to add sounds and noises from my trips as well. This is where my question starts:

I surfed a lot to find an appropriate method to record sounds and noises with an portable gadget. The gadget should:
- be able to record, say, 20 hours of sound without changing any storage item
- be small and handy
- be driven by usual batteries (AA, AAA) rather than an accu
- be easy to handle
- have an USB-interface
- accept SD-cards rather than any other memory item
- have a LINE-Input
- not too expensive
(recording local radio stations would be cool as well)

I came across
- Roland Edirol R-09, which seems to be great. However I find it rather expensive and it has no radio tuner. While not travelling and recording sounds it would be a rather large MP3-player :)
- MicroTrack 64/98
- many many MP3-players with mics. They are cheap, small, have Tuners. BUT, whats about the quality of the recorded sounds? The tiny mics can't be too good, can they?

Thanks for your suggestions, ideas and tips!


Boswell Sun, 10/01/2006 - 15:33
Maese wrote: I found some test reports about the IRiver H-140 but no one mentioned the quality of the built-in MIC. Can you tell me more about this? Would I be able to record music and sounds with the built -in MIC in a good quality?
No, the internal mic is suitable for dictation only - way too much disk motor noise for serious work. Use an external mic such as the tiny Vivanco EM216 or one of the Sony single-point electret series such as the ECM-MS957.

BTW, the iRiver firmware drops samples when recording, so that's why I suggested using the RockBox firmware. That apart, the H140 is a great unit with wav or MP3 recording, optical S/PDIF input and output and direct USB connectivity for fast file transfers.