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Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder

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The PCM-D50 is a 96 kHz/24-bit recorder fitted with two-position (X-Y or Wide) stereo microphones, 4 GB of internal flash memory, and a Memory Stick ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Linear PCM recorder with studio-quality sound and versatile stereo recording.

The PCM-D50 is a 96 kHz/24-bit recorder fitted with two-position (X-Y or Wide) stereo microphones, 4 GB of internal flash memory, and a Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo slot for additional storage. The body of the D50 is constructed of lightweight aluminum and it is built rugged to withstand the demands of pro applications, plus it offers long battery life using conventional AA alkaline batteries. The recorder includes a USB high-speed port for simple uploading/downloading its native .WAV format files to and from Windows PC or Macintosh computers. Other unique PCM-D50 features include digital pitch control, dual digital limiter (inherited from the PCM-D1), low-cut filter, Super Bit Mapping, A-B repeat, and MP3 playback capability. To complement the D50 recorder, new optional accessories include a remote commander, tripod stand, and microphone windscreen.

Built-in Electret Condenser Microphones
The PCM-D50's electret condenser microphones have exceptionally high sound quality and offer a selection of 2 operating positions, X-Y and Wide Stereo. X-Y covers a wide sound range with good depth, perspective and a natural sounding stereo image; or alternatively, a wide stereo position offering a wider spread stereo image.

Superior Audio Signal Path
The PCM-D50 is designed with four separate circuit boards to separate analog audio, digital audio, digital recording, and power supply circuits. Separate circuit boards for each function helps minimize noise.

Simple Uploading to Computer
The PCM-D50 conforms to the USB 2.0 Mass Storage Class Device standard and this recorder's native recording file format is .WAV. This means recordings can be rapidly uploaded to a computer and used in conjunction with most common audio production software.

Versatile Recording Functions
The PCM-D50 offers comprehensive signal processing features for location recording including a unique dual digital limiter function (inherited from the PCM-D1 recorder), a high pass filter with selectable frequencies (150 Hz or 75 Hz) and SBM (Super Bit Mapping) noise shaping. In addition, the PCM-D50 includes a 5 second pre-record buffer with an A-B repeat playback function.

Portable and rugged 96kHz and 24-bit recorder
LCD digital peak bargraph metering--along with dedicated nominal and peak level LEDs
Offers solid-state storage, free of drive mechanisms
Built-in high-quality electret condenser stereo microphones
Dual A/D digital limiter and low cut filter
MP3 playback and digital pitch control
Includes Sound Forge audio studio LE software CDROM
Built-in Microphones
Electret Condenser microphones. High sensitivity -35.0dB/Pa 1kHz (typical); Maximum input level 120dB SPL; Self-noise level 20.0dB SPL (A)

Recording Media
Built-in flash memory 4GB, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo (Not Supplied), Stereo Recording. The PCM-D50 is compatible with Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo MS-EX4G (4GB), MS-EX2G (2GB), and MS-EX1G (1GB); and Memory Stick Pro Duo (High Speed) MSX-M2GNU (2GB) and MSXM1GNU (1GB)

Sample Rates
22.05kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz

16-bit linear, 24-bit linear

Recording File Format
Linear PCM Stereo .WAV

MP3 Playback
Compatible bit rates and sampling frequencies:
MPEG Version 1 Layer 3: 32, 44.1, 48kHz with 32 to 320 kbps (VBR)
MPEG Version 2 Layer 3: 16, 22.05, 24 kHz with 32 to 160 kbps (VBR)

Maximum Record Time using Internal 4 GB Flash Memory
22 kHz 16-bit Recording Mode: 12 hours and 55 minutes
44.1 kHz 16-bit Recording Mode: 6 hours and 25 minutes
44.1 kHz 24-bit Recording Mode: 4 hours and 15 minutes
48 kHz 16-bit Recording Mode: 5 hours and 55 minutes
48 kHz 24-bit Recording Mode: 3 hours and 55 minutes
96 kHz 16-bit Recording Mode: 2 hours and 55 minutes
96 kHz 24-bit Recording Mode: 1 hour and 55 minutes

Frequency Response (Line Input to Line Output)
For Fs = 22.05 kHz: Frequency Response = 20 Hz to 10 kHz
For Fs = 44.1 kHz: Frequency Response = 20 Hz to 20 kHz
For Fs = 48 kHz: Frequency Response = 20 Hz to 22 kHz
For Fs = 96 kHz: Frequency Response = 20 to 40 kHz

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Line Input to Line Output)
93 dB or greater (1 kHz IHF-A) when set to 24-bit

Total Harmonic Distortion (Line Input to Line Output)
0.01% or below (1 kHz, 22 kHz LPF)

Wow and Flutter
Below measureable limit (less than +/-0.001% W. Peak)

Microphone Input (stereo mini jack)
Input impedance: 22k, rated input level: 2.5mV, minimum input level: 0.7mV. Supports external mic plug-in power

Headphone output (stereo mini jack)
Rated output level: 400 mV, maximum output level: 25 mW +25 mW or more, load impedance: 16 ohms

Line Input (OPT)
Analog input - Input impedance: 40k ohms, rated input level: 2.0V
Minimum input level: 450 mV
Optical Digital Input - Input level: -24.5 dBm to -14.5 dBm, Absorption wavelength: 630 nm to 690 nm

Line Output (OPT)
Analog output - Output impedance: 220 ohms, rated output level: 1.7V, load impedance: 22k ohms
Digital optical output - Output level -21 dBm to -15 dBm, Emission wavelength: 630 nm to 690 nm

Hi-speed USB, mass storage class

Power Requirements
DC IN 6V, Four AA (LR6) alkaline batteries (supplied), Four nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries NH-AA (not supplied)

Power Consumption

2-7/8" x 6-1/8" x 1-5/16" (w x h x d) not including projecting parts and controls

Includes: Sound Forge audio studio LE software CDROM, AC power adapter (6V) model AC-ES608K, USB cable, 4 x Alkaline batteries (AA size), Operating Instructions

12.88 oz (including batteries)
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from bergen county, nj

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I've owned this same model close to two years. It's nearly iconic which is pretty rare these days. If you are recording loud, distorted music, don't waste your money. Just buy the Zoom since will it distort your music even more which you may want. If you play jazz like me and need full range for acoustic instruments like upright bass, flute,saxophone, acoustic piano, etc. you've come to the right place. The mikes on this are almost as good as my expensive stand alone mikes so that's convenient. The pre-amps and limiters on this baby make it so clean sounding every gig almost sounds like a studio recording. I also own a portable DAT recorder but stopped using it because this Sony is so good and convenient. There is a reason it remains the same price since two or more years ago. Sony didn't cut corners on the construction (aluminum) or durability. I use rechargeable batteries and they work great. Good luck.

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