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Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • Records PCM, DSD, MP3 Formats
  • Up to 192kHz/24-Bit PCM, 2.8224MHz DSD
  • 32GB Internal Memory & SD-XC Card Slot
  • Stereo Mics with Multiple Positions
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 32-Bit D/A Converters
  • Includes Remote & Furry Windscreen
  • Includes Batteries & Carry Case
  • Includes Sound Forge Studio LE Software

The PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder from Sony is capable of recording audio from its built-in stereo mics in up to 192 kHz/24-bit PCM, 2.8224 MHz DSD, or 320 kbps MP3 files. It has 32 GB of internal memory and supports external memory via its SD-XC card slot. The PCM-D100's stereo mics can be arranged in 90° XY or 120° wide stereo positions, depending on the subject being recorded.

The recorder is powered by four included AA batteries and can record approximately 6.5 hours at 192 kHz/24-bit PCM and almost 11 hours as 2.8 MHz/1-bit DSD. Its left and right record channels are individually adjustable, and its meters are illuminated for monitoring in dark environments. For faster transferring of files, the PCM-D100 has a USB port, allowing you to move your files directly to your Mac or PC. A wireless IR remote commander, furry windscreen, USB cable, and carry case are included.

Adjustable Mics
When you're close to the sound source, adjust the PCM-D100's larger stereo microphones to 90° for a natural stereo image with depth. For orchestras and other recordings in large venues, set the two mics at 120° for realistic rich sounds with a feeling of openness
Anti-Distortion Design
This portable recorder's "digital limiter" prevents distortion, even in cases of excessive input, by automatically adjusting to the optimal level within the buffer range of -12dB
Minimal Internal Noise
Internal noise is almost eliminated during AD conversions because of the digital limiter mechanism. Noise is minimized for soft sounds while maintaining the same amplitude as the source sound-sometimes achieving a S/N ratio up to 100dB
Built-in Editing Capability
Edit on your computer or on the spot. Download the audio file to your computer and edit with the Sound Forge Audio Studio LE software that comes with your recorder. Or use the Divide and Combine functions to edit as you record
Streamlined Operation
Set up menu access the way you need it, assigning frequently used features to the F1/F2 buttons. Home/Option buttons also simplify navigation
Super Bit Mapping
Sony's technology provides 20 bit levels of audio performance when recording 16 bits
Dual Recording
Record in both PCM and MP3 simultaneously. Then email the MP3 while retaining the larger PCM file on your computer
Wireless IR Remote Control
With two sensors on the IR receiver unit receiving signals from a wide range, you can use your remote to control recording from a distance. The LED lets you know when recording has stopped-especially useful in a dark room or concert hall
Cross-Memory Recording
If the internal memory or remaining memory in the memory card runs out during recording, you're covered; the PCM-D100 can automatically switch to the other memory device to continue recording seamlessly
Playback
Choose from a variety of playback modes, including DSD, FLAC, LPCM, MP3, WMA, and AAC-LC. Utilize playback features such as Up Sampling (PCM), Effects (PCM + MP3), Digital Pitch Control (PCM + MP3), and Key Control (PCM + MP3)
Additional Features
  • Signal to Noise 100 dB
  • Digital Limiter
  • Peak Hold
  • Low Cut Filter
  • Dual Recording
  • Cross Memory Recording
  • Pre Recording
  • Up Sampling Playback (PCM only)
  • Digital Pitch Control (PCM & MP3)
  • Key Control (PCM & MP3)
  • Sound Effect (PCM & MP3)
  • Editing Features including divide, combine, fade in/out, track mark, move file, file copy, and file protect
  • LCD Backlight
  • Record Volume Backlight
  • USB Connection Charger
  • Built-In Microphone Type: Electret condenser microphone in X-Y configuration
    Size: 0.5" (15 mm)
    Maximum Input Level: 128 dB SPL
    Recording Format DSD (dsf): 2.8224 MHz
    WAV: 192, 176.4 kHz 24-bit, 96, 88.2, 48, 44.1 kHz 24 or 16-bit
    Playback Formats DSD (dsf, dff), WAV, FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC
    Internal Memory 32 GB
    Memory Card Support SD, SD HC, SD XC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
    Frequency Range From Line In:
    DSD 2.8 MHz/1-bit: 20 Hz to 50 kHz (0 to -6 dB)
    LPCM 192 kHz/24-bit: 20 Hz to 45 kHz (0 to -2 dB)
    LPCM 176.4 kHz/24-bit: 20 Hz to 45 kHz (0 to -2 dB)
    LPCM 96 kHz/24 or 16-bit: 20 Hz to 40 kHz (0 to -2 dB)
    LPCM 88.2 kHz/24, 16-bit: 20 Hz to 38 kHz (0 to -2 dB)
    LPCM 48 kHz/24, 16-bit: 20 Hz to 22 kHz (0 to -2 dB)
    LPCM 44.1 kHz/24, 16-bit: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (0 to -2 dB)
    MP3 320 kbps: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (0 to -2 dB)
    MP3 128 kbps: 20-16 kHz (0 to -2 dB)
    Signal to Noise Ratio From Line In:
    DSD: 98 dB or more (1 kHz IHF-A)
    LPCM 100 dB or more (1 kHz IHF-A) when set to 24-bit, S/N 100dB on
    Maximum SPL 128 dBSPL
    Noise Level Inherent Noise Level: 19 dBSPL(A)or below
    Total Harmonic Distortion/Noise From Line In:
    DSD: 0.008% or below (1 kHz, 22 kHz LPF)
    LPCM: 0.006% or below (1 kHz, 22 kHz LPF)
    Microphone Input 1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini, supports external mic plug-in power
    Input Impedance: 22 kΩ
    Rated Input Level: 2.5 mV; minimum input level: 0.7 mV
    Headphone Jack 1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini
    Rated Output Level: 400 mV; maximum, output levels: 25 + 25 mW or more
    Load Impedance: 16 Ω
    Line Input Line Input Impedance: 22 kΩ
    Rated Input Level: 2.0 V
    Minimum Input Level: 450 mV
    Optical Digital Output Level: -27 dBm to -14 dBm
    Emission Wavelength: 660 nm (typical)
    Line Output Line Output Impedance: 22 kΩ
    Rated Output Level: 1.7 V
    Load Impedance: 22 kΩ
    Optical Digital Output Level: -21 dBm to -15 dBm
    Emission Wavelength: 640 nm to 680 nm
    Speaker Power Output: 200 mW
    Size: 0.63" (16 mm)
    Battery Life For Recording:
    DSD 2.8 MHz/1-bit: with monitor: 8 hours; without monitor: 12 hours (approximate)
    LPCM 192 kHz/24-bit: with monitor: 10 hours; without monitor: 18 hours (approximate)
    LPCM 96 kHz/24-bit: with monitor: 11 hours; without monitor: 22 hours (approximate)
    LPCM 44.1 kHz/16-bit: with monitor: 12 hours; without monitor: 25 hours (approximate)
    MP3 320 kbps: with monitor: 12 hours; without monitor: 25 hours (approximate)
    Recording Time
    DSD 2.8 MHz/1-bit: 10 hours, 50 minutes
    LPCM 192 kHz/24-bit: 6 hours, 35 minutes
    LPCM 176 kHz/24-bit: 7 hours, 10 minutes
    LPCM 96 kHz/24-bit, 16-bit: 13 hours, 15min; 19 hours, 50 minutes
    LPCM 88.2 kHz/24-bit, 16-bit: 14 hours, 25 minutes; 21 hours 35 minutes
    LPCM 48 kHz/24-bit, 16-bit: 26 hours, 30 minutes; 39 hours, 45 minutes
    LPCM 44.1 kHz/24-bit, 16-bit: 28 hours, 50 minutes; 43 hours, 15 minutes
    MP3 320 kbps: 190 hours
    MP3 128 kbps: 477 hours
    Power Input DC in Jack: 6V (AC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz)
    USB USB 2.0 (micro USB)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.80 x 6.10 x 1.25" (71.12 x 154.90 x 31.75 mm)
    Weight 13.9 oz (394 g)
    Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder
  • Sound Forge Studio LE CD-ROM
  • Wireless IR Remote Commander
  • Furry Windscreen
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyPCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 9 reviews)

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          2.0

          Good while it lasted

          By JasonATL

          from Illinois

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                This recorder was good while it lasted - which was about three years. Unlike competitors from Tascam and Zoom, it lacks XLR mic inputs and phantom power. However, its built in mics are outstanding. They had a great all around sound.However, my unit started acting up after about two years. I would have to pull the batteries and reinstall them to get it to boot up. Finally, it just would not boot up any more. I tried batteries, plug-in power. Nothing.I have since bought a Zoom H6 and really love it. The H5 is probably a much closer peer and would be my choice, even if the Sony didn't have quality problems.

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                5.0

                Great.little recorder

                By Neilmc

                from Australia

                Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                I bought this to replace my Sony pcm-d50Definitely an improvement in sound qaulity, although not drastically so.The ability to record in dsd format is a thing of beauty.I recently took this with me on a trip through Europe as an fx recorder .It is small enough to be a great stealth recorder in situations where setting up a full rig is problematic.As they say, the best recorder is the one that you have with you.I would recommend a full wind cover such as the windjammer.

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                5.0

                Sony PCM D100 an upgrade to D50

                By mgoorevich

                from Tel Aviv, Israel

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • All accessories included
                • Best Hand Held Recorder
                • Great battery life
                • Great Larger Mics
                • Great mics
                • Instant Power On
                • Internal Ref Speaker
                • Larger Display
                • Quite A To D Converters
                • Quite Pres And Ad Convert
                • Silent Pres And A To D

                Cons

                • No Need For 192 Khz
                • Pros Don't Need Dsd
                • Smaller Micro Usb

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                  I am a professional sound recordist and sound mixer. This one was an addition to my backpack. For over shoulder production I have Sound Devices 788T and MKH8040 stereo mics.I also previously owned Sony D1, D50 and now bought D100.This is a huge upgrade in terms of quality of the mics they became bigger in size and sound better with solid bottom and balanced mid range.The pre-amps / AD converter finally very quite without any hiss (as in D1 and D50), with full frequency spectrum including sub frequencies about 40 Hz, totally lacking in previous models. A 100 dB headroom function makes the recorder hissless even for quite Back Grounds recording.Almost instant power on not 5-7 seconds as in D50. So you don't miss a thing.There are lots of improvement in functionality but the quality improvement worths the price alone.

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                  4.0

                  Excellent for Live Concerts

                  By jlg4880

                  from New Bern, NC

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent sound quality
                  • Optical Inputoutput
                  • Optical Input Output
                  • Robust construction
                  • Uses AA batteries

                  Cons

                  • No Dsd Editing
                  • power hog
                  • Switch Button Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Live Concert Recording

                  Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                  It's an excellent if somewhat expensive piece of recording gear.I use the PCM-D100 primarily for live concert recording--dual system sound to replace the video's audio track as well as 44.1 kHz/16-bit wav format files for CD authoring/mp3 conversion.I've yet to discern any noise from the analog/digital converters and the DSD format sounds like it can finally give high-end analog recording a run for its money.The only real negatives are: It's a power hog--freshly charged NiMH 2300 milliamp/hour AA batteries barely last 10 hours in the DSD mode; there's currently no cost-effective option for editing DSD files; and while the recorder's constrution seems fairly robust, I'm not so sure how well the switches/buttons will hold up over the long haul, hence the reason for four stars as opposed to five.

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                  3.0

                  Not quite twice as better as the D50

                  By Tension Studios

                  from Seattle, WA

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                  Pros

                  • Convenient size
                  • great UI
                  • High Resolution Mics
                  • Low Noise Floor

                  Cons

                  • Clipping With High Spls
                  • High Spl Handling
                  • No XLR inputs

                  Best Uses

                  • ENG
                  • Field recording
                  • Live Performance Recordin

                  Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                  I bought this to replace my D50 which took a swim in Lake Washington. To get right to it, the D100 is almost twice the price as the D50 was but it is not twice as awesome. Having said that, I still feel that the Sony PCM line of portable recorders are the best sounding and handling units for less than $1K.
                  I use this for field recording for sound design, so I need something that can handle gunshots to nature ambiences. The onboard mics do capture up to about 40kHz, I actually got some bat cries around 30kHz while capturing some night ambience. The onboard mics and pre are very quiet, much better than any of the Zoom or Tascam units. However, when recording thunder the pre was clipping with a very harsh, high-end crackle. There was no smooth overdrive, so it's not a unit you can push for character.

                  While it does record in DSD, there is no included software to read or edit the .DSF files. So you can only record and playback these files on the D100, unless you are already set up with an alternate DSD infrastructure. Regardless if you've sipped the 1-bit Kool-Aid or not, Sony still seems to be acknowledging but not encouraging the format, even for "professionals".

                  It comes with the Sony furry windscreen, but it's a very tight fit and still allowed a light wind to get through and clip the very sensitive mics. The nylon carrying case is much more practical than the hard case for the D50.
                  My specific unit came with a bad connection on the gain knob so it had to go back to B&H for a replacement. Hopefully that was just a fluke and not indicative of the build quality for these new units. B&H's return RMA is very slow, it's taking a week to get there :-(

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                  5.0

                  good

                  By stone

                  from Michigan

                  Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                  Just got it, sounds very good!

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                  5.0

                  Sony sounds better!

                  By Ed

                  from South-central PA

                  Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                  i am replacing a Sony PCM-M1 with this D100. I have made hundreds of recordings of my bands and quartet and the clarity and depth of these recordings has been unsurpassed by the best commercial recordings. The M1 made it possible for the musician to make pro quality recordings while primarily playing with a group, and the D100 makes that even easier while giving me more control of every aspect of recording. The mike mini plug input works fine - I use the mini plug/XLR input adapter cable that came with the M1. Phantom power is available and user switchable. Setting and confirming peak levels during recording is easier thanks to customizable front panel function buttons. Super Bit Mapping gives remarkable clarity to 44.1 kb/s/16 bit bitstream.

                  The new display gives all the info needed to assure all settings are appropriately set.

                  I am disappointed in Sony's decision not to provide Mac-compatible editing software. The PC-only software seems not to fulfill Sony's stated commitment to PC and Mac compatibility in their advance brochure. Many musicians use Macs for music editing and burning.

                  Sony's approach to recording is musician-friendly and provides terrific recording quality. I can record with full confidence and still dedicate myself 100% to playing my best. Then later I am amazed that I captured that sound.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic recorder!

                  By Sunflute

                  from Cambridge, MA

                  Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                  This recorder is the best portable recorder sony has produced to date. I used the D50 before this and the sound is much more natural and clear sounding.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic Recorder - So far the Best Yet

                  By Marco

                  from Boston

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Battery Life
                  • built in memory
                  • Dsd Recording
                  • Dsd Recording Quality
                  • general sound quality
                  • microphones
                  • Size

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • concerts
                    • Live Performances
                    • Rehearsals
                    • Video use

                    Comments about Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder:

                    This recorder is by far the best SONY has ever produced in the portable market. It's a lot cleaner and more natural sounding than the D50 before it. It's small and light weight and I am looking forward to using it lots in concerts, rehearsals and lectures. Also looking to try it with a camcorder.

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                    Accessory Packages

                    An accessory kit is a great way to get multiple accessories your system.

                    Rycote -  Windshield and Suspension Kit for Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder
                    • You Pay: $159.99
                     

                    Batteries & Power

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                    Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                    Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                    • You Pay: $17.95
                     
                    Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                    • You Pay: $2.99
                     

                    Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                    Hosa Technology -  Stereo Mini Angled Male to 3-Pin XLR Female Cable - 5'
                    • You Pay: $6.68
                     

                    Digital Cables

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                    Add digital interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                    Hosa Technology -  Toslink Male to Mini-Toslink 3.5mm Male Fiber Optic Cable - 10'
                    • You Pay: $13.20
                     

                    Adapters

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                    Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                    Kopul -  LMT100 - Low to High Impedance Matching Transformer (1.5')
                    • You Pay: $19.95
                     

                    Wind Protection

                    Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                    Rycote -  Mini Windjammer for Sony PCM-D100 Recorder
                    • You Pay: $39.95
                     

                    Store and read data with the proper media.

                    Lexar -  32GB SDHC Memory Card Platinum II Class 10 UHS-I
                    • You Pay: $18.95
                     

                    Headphones

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                    Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                    Sony -  MDR-7506 Headphone
                    • Price: $99.99
                     
                    Senal -  SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
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