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Sony Adds New Handheld Digital Recorder

Pitched to ‘more affordable’ market

Expanding its offerings in the area of less-expensive handheld digital recorders, Sony is out with the PCM-M10. It will ship in the fall with a suggested list price of $399.

This palm-sized unit, shown this month at the Summer NAMM convention, retains many of the features of its larger and more expensive siblings, the D1 and D50, such as stereo miking and 24-bit/96 kHz performance.

The battery operable M10 has a USB port for transfer of files recorded into the 4 GB of onboard memory. Additional memory can be had through a micro SD card or Memory Stick Micro media. Other features include a digital pitch control, five-second pre-record buffer, low-cut filter, digital limiter and a track marker. Files are stored as WAV or MP3.

The PCM-M10 ships with Sony’s Sound Forge Audio Studio Recorder software.

Karl Kussmaul, Sony senior product manager for professional audio, said the unit is aimed at “budget-conscious professionals who still need high-quality sound capabilities.”