Personally I'm fond of the modified Marantz PMD660 from Oade Brothers.
At around $560 it's only $50-$100 more than the stock PMD660 and has
much cleaner micpres.
If you have the money to spend, the Sound Devices units are excellent.
I'm not a fan of the Edirol, M-Audio or Zoom units for interviewing--my
primary use--but they might work well for lecture recording purposes.
Fostex has a new unit--I'm not sure if it's out yet--the FR2-LE, that
specs wonderfully and will apparently list at $499. If it pans out,
this will be the one to beat in the $500 range.
I maintain a website dedicated to field audio equipment that might be of
use to you:
> At 02:10 PM 2/22/2007, you wrote:
>> It looks like I may be able to convince the powers that be where I
>> work that I need to get a flash recorder. The archives wants to start
>> recording lectures and presentations to preserve them and to make them
>> available on our website. (Their initial test, which they conducted
>> before consulting me, was to stick a handheld consumer brand MP3
>> recorder on the lecturer's podium. "It sounds just fine to me!" one
>> person said. Sure, and while we're at it, let's take some pictures on
>> a camera phone to accompany this high quality web content... Hi, I'm
>> in snark mode...) I think I've made them see that in order to make
>> things suitable for web delivery, we need to start with the highest
>> quality possible since the quality will inevitably suffer once it's
>> compressed down to streaming content or MP3 or the like.
>> Anyway, I've never bought a flash recorder and was hoping for
>> recommendations, particularly brands and models to look for and to
>> avoid. (Ditto for dealers of the equipment, too.) What we get
>> doesn't have to be top of the line, and right now we're only at the
>> stage where my supervisor is asking me to find quotes, preferably
>> cheap ones. But I'm well aware that you get what you pay for, so I
>> don't want to get something worthless. I'd also like this recorder to
>> be able to interface with the archives auditorium's existing PA
>> system, assuming that there are the right ins and outs on both, so to
>> Comments and questions welcome here or off-list. Thanks!
>> Trey Bunn
>> Folklife Archivist
>> Alabama Department of Archives and History
>> Montgomery, AL
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