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  1. Looking briefly at eBay listings, it seems to me there's a lot of people putting MD stuff on sale at inflated prices, and nobody much bidding.
  2. I gave mine to my sister some years ago, and said "don't bin it, it's a museum piece". But I bet she has. That feature of having a mic to enable you to hear what's going on around you without taking off the headphones was pretty neat - and not implemented again? Now that sound-sealing in-ear buds are popular, they should bring back the mic. http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=TPS-L2&_sacat=See-All-Categories
  3. A properly implemented digital audio output (and input for that matter) has no level controls - it's a means of transferring the audio data unchanged from one device to another. Are you sure that the level is somehow being changed along the way?
  4. Belatedly commenting on simple recorders for kids - the Zoom H1 is probably the simplest out there, and quality is very good. No menus, even.
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    Sony PCM-M10

    I'm sure there are other options - http://www.iriver.com.au/iriver/index.cfm?pageID=2&sID=32&prodID=31 for instance has Flac and Ape support (lossless playback but less storage required) and takes card memory.
  6. For a dissenting view, see the discussion at http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=221014
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    ATRAC CD's

    I don't think there's any difference in principle in duplicating an atrac cd vs duplicating an mp3 cd. It's all just data.
  8. Check out the cost of the Dragon software - though I'm not sure whether that bundled with the recorder is a cut-down or dedicated version - and you may find it worth trying to sell it if it's possible to licence it to someone else. It's a great program - my wife dictates everything through it and it's quite spooky how accurate and fast it can be - but if you don't need it, you don't need it!
  9. The "D" model should include the (quite expensive) Dragon voice recognition software, as far as I can see, hence the higher price. Mine (the non-D model) came with Audio Studio 9 LE, Digital Voice Editor, a clip-on stand with tripod socket thread, USB lead, windshield, and ear buds. The manual indicates that what comes included varies with territory. Mine seems to be a USA/Canada model, though I'm not certain of that. Some more 'discoveries' - the "Music" auto level setting option gives a bass boost to recordings, though the level is set quite low. When using the manual recording settin
  10. Prompted by the discussion above, I thought it might be interesting to see what the differences are between the SX750 and the M10 (apart from the obvious) as there are certain family resemblences. In terms of physical format, the SX750 is about the same height as the M10, except the former has mics mounted on top while the latter has them built into the body. In other words, the main body height is about the same, but the SX750 mics project above the body. It's about 30% thinner (AAA batteries vs AA in the M10 being the key factor I guess) and half the width. The SX750 is largely contr
  11. Mine is now on order (2GB model) - I really should stop reading internet forums as they always cost me money! It will be very interesting to see what the differences in real-world performance are between this little recorder and the M10.
  12. I'm now finding the 2GB model for $250 Australian dollars here. That's more tempting. http://www.sony-asia.com/product/resources/en_AP/pdf/PA/ICD/VoiceRecorder_brochure.pdf is the brochure, which seems to indicate that Sony do target this recorder for music as well as voice, and interestingly the M10 is seen as part of the range. The microphone layout in the ICDSX700 seems to lend itself to MS recording - I wonder whether that's actually how it works "under the hood", given that Sony have had MS mics in their catalog for years? In that case I'd expect it to provide a better stereo imag
  13. Not sure what you mean by that. It has a mark button which creates standard track marks in wave files readable in most (all?) DAW software. There's provision for later splitting the recording at the track marks if you want.
  14. Interesting... how much control is there over level when recording? Hopefully it's not always automatic? Here in Australia this device is $440(AU) while the M10 is $599 - personally I'd pay the extra for the "real thing" intended for serious recording (and targetted more for music recording than voice), but obviously that depends on one's precise requirements. Lack of 24 bit recording and memory of only 1GB are obvious drawbacks for "serious" use - but of course one has to define "serious"!
  15. http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1273554059.html is a comprehensive review. "The Sony Alpha NEX5 and Alpha NEX3 go on sale from July 2010, priced at $650 and $550 respectively with a 16mm f/2.8 lens, or $700 and $600 respecitvely with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens. The lenses will be available by themselves for $250 and $300 respectively. A third lens model -- the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS zoom -- is set to follow from fall 2010, priced at around $800. Alongside the camera and lenses, Sony has announced accessories including two wide angle converters, a proprietary external flash strobe,
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