Check out the $75-100 Tascam iM2 iPad/iPhone mic. If you can tolerate 32kHz/16-bit recording, it's a
good little pair of electret mics.
For that matter, check out the Tascam recorders. Simple to use, improved sound quality in recent
generations (according to various reviews), typical Tascam in that they just work and don't need a
giant learning curve. Zoom is still in the lower end of the game and their machines have a lot of
features (and a steeper learning curve). Others?
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Hirsch" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2013 1:59 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Handheld digital recorder
>I seem to recall the discussion of decent quality portable digital
> (audio) recorders on this list a year or three back.
> Can I get suggestions from out there for something pocket sized that
> costs up to $250 (or so) that I can use at those moments when I am
> saying to myself "I wish I had something to record that (birdcalls,
> subway musicians, environmental sounds, etc. - I'm not talking super
> hi-fidelity concert recording) with".
> "No smart phones need apply"
> Peter Hirsch