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On 15/04/2013, Richard L. Hess wrote:

> Peter,
> 
> If you don't want to have the iPhone for the sake of a 
> phone/PDA/browser/whatever, I would not go the iPod Touch route.
> 
> The Zoom H2 takes about a minute (or a bit less) to boot. The H1 is
> faster. I don't recall about the H2n. I would think the Tascams are
> faster, but we've heard issues with battery life on at least one of
> them. I agree about the handling noise on the H1, but it, too, has a
> tripod socket. I would make sure that any machine I bought had a
> tripod socket. I carry a now-discontinued Rowi "clamp pod" to clamp
> the Zoom to a variety of things from lecterns to others' mic stands (I
> also have a wad of folded over duct tape that I use to avoid
> scratching things).
> 
A Gorillapod would do that job too.

> One unit that was well received a little while ago was the Olympus,
> but I do not know the current status of Olympus or the unit.
> 
> Sony also makes units, but they tend to be more expensive than the 
> Tascam or the Zoom.
> 
> One thought about instant on is that with the 20-hour battery life of
> the Zoom H2n, you could turn it on when you entered the "possible
> recording zone" and then take it out and double punch the record
> button and you're in (the first punch puts it in record standby with
> the meters running...at least that is how the H2 works).
> 
> Whatever you do, do not get a "voice recorder" or "dictation
> recorder". Make certain it will give you WAV and MP3 files. I normally
> record WAV though for long things I have used MP3 on occasion.
> 


Regards
-- 
Don Cox
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