17 October, 2011

Sony ICD-UX512F voice recorder

Included in package:
  • ICD-UX512F
  • Headphones
  • Carrying Pouch
  • AAA NiMH battery
  • USB extension cable
  • Software

  • Best audio format is Linear PCM 44kHz/16bit, second is mp3 192kbps
  • High sensitivity mic
  • Noise cut
  • Expandable memory
  • Recordable FM radio
  • Scene select recording
  • Track marks
  • Editing functions
  • Speed control
  • mp3/WMA/WAV/AAC playback

  • Haven't really used this type of device before (except a microcassette recorder), so I'm not sure how useful it is
  • Looks a bit like an iPod Shuffle, with a screen and a circle below it
  • Came with an additional free case (2 in total)
  • Case is not much use, not much protection
  • It obstructs buttons and the USB connector
  • Advantage is it can work as a stand
  • Can use rechargeable or disposable AAA batteries (can charge rechargeables)
  • Built-in USB port
  • Backlight
  • Sensitive mics - at least as sensitive as hearing, which isn't necessarily a good thing, there's actually a lot of background noise that we don't pay attention to, but you'll notice when playing back
  • Fortunately, there's noise cut for playback
  • Speed control for playback - I didn't think much of this, then I found it's very useful for listening to lectures, since you can still understand things at 150%, it saves you time
  • Customisable recording "scenes", like profiles. You can set, say, Interview to whatever sensitivity and quality. Displays scene icon during recording.
  • It has a "Low Cut Filter" which is supposed to remove wind noise during recording, but I haven't found it to work.
  • Arrange files using the device itself
  • Protect files - avoid accidental deletion
  • Plays back file when confirming erasing, makes it easier to check which file you're erasing
  • Even comes with USB extension cable, because the device may block USB ports
  • But the extension cable only works with this device
  • Doesn't display filename during recording

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