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Horrible, indeed.
I keep saying that I'll get one when they become intelligible. I heard 
an interview with one of the members of The New Riders Of The Purple 
Sage over a cell phone on the radio the other day and it was mostly 
gibberish. But the interviewer persevered and we got 15 minutes of 
garble instead of 5 minutes of interview.
My second line of defense is that if any one NEEDS to reach me they can 
talk to me on my land line or leave a message and I'll return the call. 
There is nothing aside from a disaster that requires my attention RIGHT 
NOW. The closest I come to that is email... if I'm at my computer.
And I like it like that.
Malcolm

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On 12/14/2013 4:08 AM, Louis Hone wrote:
> Tom, someone should invent a cell phone that sounds good, that doesn't
> sound like the voice is going through a couple of guitar chorus units. Cell
> phones have improved tremendously with all the gadgets that come attached
> to them, but they still sound horrible. Those who think that cell phones
> sound good have gotten used to their mediocre sound quality in the same way
> that most people thought that early cassette machines sounded good. Once
> they have improved the sound quality of cell phones, then they can
> concentrate on making the gadget that you are suggesting. Now I wonder if I
> can convert my ZOOM into a decent sounding cell phone... :-)
>
> Louis
>
>
> 2013/12/14 Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
>
>> Someone should invent a recorder that is basically a SD card slot and
>> input/output connectors and attaches to an iPhone, using the iPhone as the
>> control surface. They have microphones that attach to iPhones already, but
>> I'm talking about a full-function recorder with external memory (not using
>> the iPhone's audio processor or memory). You'd need to have on-board ADC
>> and DAC because the iPhone only goes to 48/16, I think.
>>
>> -- Tom Fine
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Matt Sohn" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 11:09 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Very low price today on Zoom H4n flash recorder
>>
>>
>>   >My H4n should be in my hands on this coming Tuesday. I'll be using it
>>> fairly quickly as I have a >project coming up to use it on.
>>>
>>>> The sale came at the right time. I've looked on and off for a
>>>> replacement for my loooonnnng dead portable DAT machine.
>>>> The H4n should do nicely.
>>>>
>>> I've had an H4n for a long time now. Itís a remarkable machine, no
>>> doubt.. Just be careful about putting in line-level signals.
>>> Perhaps they have sorted this out by now (I haven't checked), but, the
>>> input is calibrated for a mic level signal. I bought an inline passive
>>> attenuator for when I want to record a hot signal from a board.
>>>
>>> These days, I've been using my H4n to capture school lectures. It does
>>> that well too!
>>> DAT is dead, Long Live DAT!
>>>
>>> -Matt S
>>>
>>>