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Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz Capture
  • Built-in Microphones
  • 4GB Internal Memory
  • Micro SD/Memory Stick Micro Slot
  • USB Port
  • Pre-Record Function
  • Pitch Control

The PCM-M10 from Sony is a compact digital audio recorder that packs a wealth of features into a rugged design. The PCM-M10 can record MP3 or WAV files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. The stereo audio files can be stored on the 4GB of internal flash memory, or to a removable Micro SD or Memory Stick Micro card. The unit has built-in microphones for stereo recording, as well as 3.5mm mic and line input jacks for connecting an external mic, portable music player, and more.

The PCM-M10 features a 5-second pre-record buffer, ensuring that you never miss a priceless audio moment, even if you hit the record button a moment too late. The recorder also has digital pitch control, allowing you to adjust your recordings. The built-in USB port allows you to quickly transfer your files to a computer, while the monochrome LCD screen provides an intuitive operating interface. The recorder operates on standard AA batteries for easy replacement in the field.

Compact and Rugged
The small and robust construction make this an ideal recorder for musicians or sound effects recordists working in the field
High-Quality Audio
The unit records MP3 or WAV files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz to capture every nuance
Storage Options
Audio can be stored to the 4GB internal flash memory, or to removable Micro SD or Memory Stick Micro flash cards
Onboard Mics
Onboard stereo microphones capture lively audio, and have LED level indicators
Input Jacks
Standard 3.5mm mic and line inputs allow you to connect an external mic, music player, computer, and more
Record Buffer
A 5-second pre-record buffer allows to you capture audio from 5 seconds prior to hitting the record button, so that you never miss a priceless moment
LCD Screen
The monochrome LCD screen and intuitive buttons make it easy for anyone to use the recorder
USB Port
A USB port is provided for quick file transfer to a Mac or PC
Pitch Control
Digital pitch control lets you manipulate audio files
AA Batteries
The recorder uses standard AA batteries for easy field replacement
Type Hand-Held Stereo Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods Internal 4GB Flash Memory
Memory Stick Micro (M2) and microSD (Optional)
Recording Bit Rate WAV - 16, 24-bit
MP3 - 64-320kbps
Sampling Frequency WAV - Up to 96kHz
MP3 - Up to 44.1kHz
Number of Channels 2
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz (44.1kHz)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 87dB or Higher
Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.03%
Inputs 1 x 3.5mm Mic Input
1 x 3.5mm Line Input
3 x Built-In Condenser Microphones
1 x 3.5mm Remote Input
Outputs 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Headphone/Line Out Jack
1 x Mini USB 2.0 Port
Power 2 x AA Batteries
USB Bus Power
Battery Life 19-46 Hours, Depending on Recording Mode
Display Backlit LCD
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.5 x 4.5 x 0.9" (64 x 114 x 23mm)
Weight 6.6 oz (187g) (With Batteries)
Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black)
  • Wired Remote
  • USB Cable
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Sound Forge LE Software
  • Hand Strap
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyPCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 173 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (46)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (150)
    • Excellent sound (147)
    • Versatile (107)
    • Low distortion (100)
    • Good power output (69)

    Cons

    • Unnecessary functions (4)
    • Poor quality construction (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (114)
    • Outdoor events / games (92)
    • Performances (88)
    • Professional recording (76)
    • Home studio (72)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (104), Novice (31), Professional musician (30)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    BEST COMPACT AUDIO RECORDER AVAILABLE

    Sony's long experience with portable audio decks has culminated with the PCM-M10 model. Absolutely quiet mic input that's free of all digital system noises present in most all other portable decks regardless of cost. ...Read complete review

    Sony's long experience with portable audio decks has culminated with the PCM-M10 model. Absolutely quiet mic input that's free of all digital system noises present in most all other portable decks regardless of cost. Mic and line inputs are virtually overload proof. Although I mostly use Manual record level for most material, this Sony has an Auto-Level –Control working almost perfectly with even music recording without audible artifacts. The low voltage (2.5 volt) Plug-in-Power feature perfectly powers best-of-class Sonic Studios Stereo-Surround mics, and is only one of two models doing so (the other is Sony's PCM-D50). Running for over 20 hours on 2 AA batteries the PCM-M10 is without shortcomings of any sort for both amateur and professional purposes.

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    Faulty file splitting is a deal killer

    I gave this two stars because I like the look and feel and features. Unfortunately, this does not do seamless file splits whether splitting within interal memory, across internal and external memory, or...Read complete review

    I gave this two stars because I like the look and feel and features. Unfortunately, this does not do seamless file splits whether splitting within interal memory, across internal and external memory, or entirely within external memory. The TMark function also introduces a "pop" at the file split. I have a number of digital recorders all of which split files seamlessly. This one is going back.

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    4.0

    65 year old man can work it.!

    By Rob

    from Harrisonburg, va

    About Me Technically Challenged

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Fits In Shirt Pocket
    • High Quality Sound
    • Long Battery Life

    Cons

    • Long Menu

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

      I record my live bluegrass jams so I can learn the harmony parts. very easy to learn the ropes. great sound quality. easy to sort songs and file by singer when connected to computer. Of course , mic placement is critical to get the vocals over top of the instruments as it is with any recorder. led screen small, hard to read

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      5.0

      The Cleanest Sounding 200 Buck Recorder

      By FineArtVideo

      from Jupiter, FL

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Picks Up Background Noise

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Conversations
      • Lectures

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

      The Sony PCM-M10 is the perfect recorder when you need a quality live recording with a minimum of equipment setup. It's perfect for recording an acoustic guitarist or a small group. All day battery life from two AA cells is amazing.The device is quite compact and well made. The controls are laid out in a fashion that makes them easy to use even without reading the directions. A linear volume control makes manual adjustment possible during recording and keeps volume changes as smooth as the user can turn the knob. The large display is easy to read, and can be set to show recording time or time remaining on the memory. There is four gig of internal memory and up to 32 gig external memory can be added via a micro SD card.Inputs for line and mike allow multiple uses for recording using an external mike or from a sound board. An external power input allows you to save batteries when used on a desk top environment. A headphone jack allows live monitoring with no echo. A tiny speaker is built in simply for recording verification. It isn't loud enough to be of any other value.The sound recording quality in the mP3 mode can be adjusted from 64khz format which is barely sufficient for voice notes to a 320khz mode which is audibly indistinguishable by most users from the quality of a wav file. There are no unusual compression artifacts at low volumes in the mP3 modes as there is with most Tascam units in this price range. I actually bought this Sony recorder because both of my Tascam DR40 units are unusable in the mP3 mode due to strange mP3 compression artifact noises at low volumes.Wav file modes range from CD quality 44.1khz 16 bit all the way up to the 96khz 24 bit studio mastering format. The input pre-amps are clean and quiet enough to maximize the high dynamic range of these modes. In fact, the mike pre-amps are significantly quieter than the Zoom H4 or the Tascam DR100 and DR 40 recorders despite the XLR inputs of those devices. You'll get more noise from normal room tone than you will from the extremely low pre-amp noise.The Sony has no XLR inputs presumably because it's too small to have room. XLR connectors don't make the fidelity any better, they simply reduce any stray electrical or RF noise from getting into the recording. In most cases, this isn't a problem with a properly grounded mike cable, and certainly XLR inputs offer no advantage when using the internal mikes.Theinternal mikes are full fidelity omni directional with wide stereo imaging. The mikes will pick up all the backround sounds as well as the close audio, so it is advisable to have a quiet room or use external cardiod mikes for announcing in loud environments. The internal mikes are fixed in an A-B position and can't be set up in an X-Y pattern. They are, however, well protected from physical damage by being built into the unit.My only wish for this device is to have the mikes in an X-Y configuration, have them somewhat more directional and the device be a little bigger to accommodate two XLR connectors. Otherwise this is a recorder with specs that belie its $ dollar price.

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      5.0

      An excellent purchase

      By Digital Magic

      from USA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • No XLR

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Lectures
      • Weddings

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

      We bought two of these several years ago (2011)and have been very pleased. The original use was for taking a line-in feed during dance recitals, weddings, theater and other events. The record time is excellent even just using the built-in memory and the battery life is unbelievable. We literally were able to use the included batteries for about 3 years before the bars went down enough that I replaced them with new ones just to be safe. Once I realized how good the built-in mics work I have since started using them to record live music also.We also just started using them as a pocket placed backup lavalier recorder for weddings but I recommend thorough testing with your lav mic before you do this to make sure you get the audio level right. It may require manual setting it.We used to make a joke the M10 is the best $ we ever spent. They've worked flawlessly until recently the clock keeps losing it's time after it's stored a little while and requires re-setting as if the batteries had been removed. Not sure what is going on there but I won't deduct a star.We originally recorded everything with the highest bit-rate LPCM .wav setting but for the last couple years just use the highest .mp3 320K setting and it has provided small file sizes AND still great lattitude when we need to boost levels in post since the noise floor seems to be pretty good. The only thing I wish they had was an XLR input.

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      5.0

      Great Little Recorder

      By oldtime banjo player/fiddler

      from Galax, VA

      About Me Oldtime Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy to use
      • High Quality Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Conversations
        • Digitizing Music

        Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

        We have been needing a better recorder and this thing is great. Hadn't had it long enough to go into detail but I recommend it.

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        4.0

        nice and compact

        By msolea

        from Redwood City

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Could Be A Little Surfier
        • Could Be More Sturdy
        • Looks A Bit Complicated

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

        Looks like a quality product, definitely an improvement over built in mics.

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        5.0

        Happy

        By David M

        from San Francisco Bay Area

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

            I use this for field recording, and capturing things on the fly. It has very low self noise which is pretty important for me, and the built in mics are quite nice. Friends who also use this device have reported it to be pretty rugged after many drops etc. So far Im very pleased with it.

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            4.0

            Quallity Product

            By Horse Racing

            from St. Louis, MO.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • No case

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

              Very easy to use in meetings with one hand or anywhere for that purpose. Love the 1-piece unit without any attachments on top for concealment. I bought this in hoping Sony doesn't pull their switch designs and/or closeouts.

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              5.0

              Impressive Recorder

              By beagle

              from Charleston, WV

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile
              • Wildlife And Birds

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Possible Evp Recording
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                I am not an audio expert or musician, but I can see, feel and hear quality. This recorder is small, solidly constructed, easy to use and is excellent for wildlife and bird recording. I would have to think that it would be impressive for any type of audio recording. The microphones are sensitive and have a good reach and the frequency range, I would assume, would make it an excellent device for the study of (EVP)Electronic Voice Phenomena. I am well pleased with the device and B&H provided a reasonable price and quick shipping. Thank you.

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                5.0

                excellent portable recorder

                By Billy on 11th

                from Brooklyn NY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Battery life
                • Excellent Sound
                • Robust Memory Options

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                  I purchased this to replace a Sony PCM-D50 which had a mic failure after 3+ years of heavy use. Use cases are:•field recording•concert recording•direct/line-in recordingI am not using this with external mics as we have a different setup for that, so internal mic quality is a major point. The mics on the D50 were great and so far the M10's mics have performed well, low noise, good clarity and response.I also tend to travel quite far with a recorder so there are a couple of specs where the M10 outperforms the D50 and really shines.•battery life - the D50 usually got me 20+ hours of recording on 4xAA and the M10's battery readout hasn't budged in over a month of use. this means carrying less batteries in my pack, and less "oops it died" in the middle of a day or week far from civilization.•microSD memory slot - like the D50, the M10 has 4gb of internal solid state memory, which is plenty. Having the option to use microSD cards as well means that a lot of recording can happen before I need to transfer the assets.The M10 is very small and lightweight as well, another bonus when seeking a lighter pack for gigs or travel.The menu system is different from the D50 and my most used function "format memory" is buried another tier down, nothing much to gripe about really. None of the design changes have stopped me from quickly getting to the "record" button when I need to.I can't remark on how sturdy it is, but I do carry the M10 in a case 90% of the time.

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                  5.0

                  Best sub $ recorder on the market.

                  By Pruitt Hall

                  from Cana, VA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                  Fantastic little recorder that is just a superlative sum of its parts. Mostly intuitive interface, small size, surreal battery life (you have to use it to even believe it!) and, to me, it's biggest feature: a set of stereo Omni microphones that are genuinely good, good. The pre amp for the mics is incredibly low noise and the soundfield produced just has to be heard to be appreciated. Biggest compliment I can give this little Sony is: it is worth double the price, literally.

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                  4.0

                  Great alternative to Zoom

                  By TABarnhart

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Playback Functions Could
                  • Playback Is Meh

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                  When I purchased my PCM-M10 3 years ago, it was over $100 less than the Zoom H4N. Turns out, money well-saved.

                  I've used this in multiple settings: set on a table top, plugged into high-end sound systems, at the receiving end of wireless lav systems. attached to wired lavs, plugged into those event speakers that have outputs. In every case, I've gotten great results.

                  The unit is solid. Easy to use. Easy to transfer the files to my Mac. I've used the Zoom, and this easily matches it – and I've read reviews that indicate better quality recording. I'm a Sony fanatic; I have an a65 & a 99. This is a terrific recorder that will serve you well for years in a wide variety of usages.

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                  5.0

                  A keeper

                  By Recordista

                  from Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                    I got it primarily to run a line in from Sound Devices Mixpre-D via Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Male Cable. Works beautifully with sensitivity set on high and gain at 4. Used it on a very important shoot as a backup to running Mixpre-D directly into laptop which I managed to set up wrongly and so Sony saved the day. For that alone it paid for itself. Great too for recording with internal mics at conferences. Batteries seemingly last forever. A faithful little companion, a keeper.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Recorder

                    By Allan

                    from Ontario, Canada

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Low Distortion
                    • Powerful
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                      Great recorder. I was wondering if I would need the multiple tracks, but it's perfect for it's designed use. It's always with me as it's the perfect size for slipping into a pocket and using for quick interview action or a single mic on a DSLR setup. Amazing price, good clean sound, and a great output to the camera from the headphone jack. For the money, can't beat it. (Unless you need multiple tracks)

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                      5.0

                      Easy to use, sounds great!

                      By Jill

                      from New York, New York

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                        The PCM-M10 is easy to use and sounds great! The booklet that comes with the recorder has clear instructions. Plus, the B&H staff is extremely knowledgeable if you need help.

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                        5.0

                        AMAZING little Recorder

                        By Ted

                        from Austin, TX

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Internal Microphones

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                        I am blown away by what I can achieve with this recorder. Noise levels are so low that I can virtually boost the signal volume by as much as I ever want with no ill effects. Crisp and clean sound is what I get, but this assumes you are recording uncompressed 24-bit. The internal microphone are acceptable, but for best results I'd recommend a good external mic. Internal storage has been plenty for everything I do... 3+ hours at 24-bit uncompressed. Very happy with this device.

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                        5.0

                        Very nice piece.

                        By KK

                        from Hong Kong

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                          It is a gift for my son age 17.
                          He like it very much.
                          Recording qulity are excellent.

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                          5.0

                          inputs

                          By ungava

                          from newfoundland

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Low Distortion
                          • Powerful
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • No phantom power
                          • No XLR

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                          First, I love Sony products. I do also have a Zoom. My H4 is right in front of me. The Sony turns on in two seconds. It has the built-in hard drive. I simply hook it to my computer like it were a flash drive. I can also hook it into my car on the way home from a lecture or job and operate files from my steering wheel. I wrote one review already on this Sony. I am hard of hearing due to music work for 40 years and the Sony is helping me through school. I can record lectures. As a camera recorder in-line, it is ok and I still love it, but ideally I'd like to recommend a higher-end Sony that has the XLR inputs and phantom power… or a stand alone unit to add. I also recommend budgeting in Plural Eyes. I have a picture now of my rig. It varies some. Whereas you see the RODE mic above, that is my backup and the idea was to put the lav mic through the Sony. DSLR video is so huge that I am speechless. I do recommend a high-end camera with a headphone out on the camera. So far, where you see the Sony here, I have it on a tiny, plastic gorilla stand with some tape. The Sony has a tripod thread on the bottom. Sony is a fabulous company. I sort of recommend and Sony product. Their pcm-d50 is about $[$], if you can find one. The pcd-d100 is $[$]. I think it is a work of art. Their high-end unit is called the PCM-D1. Great design absolutely.

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                          5.0

                          My Best Impulse Purchase

                          By Camera Boy

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Low Distortion
                          • Powerful
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                            I went to B&H to get a microphone for getting better audio on my video recordings. While the salesperson was entering my order I asked him about the PCM-M10. What he pointed out was that it is not only a great recorder but also has very good onboard microphones. So I added it to my order figuring I could return it if it was disappointing. I am so happy now that I got it since it has given me so much more flexibility in how I record audio. The onboard microphones are great albeit omnidirectional. With an external stereo microphone (I bought the Sony ECM-957Pro) you can get even more control over your recordings. It uses so little battery power you can record for days without changing them and having physical buttons and a rotary gain control make it far less fiddly then using something like a smart phone. I'll sometimes use it alone to record vocal performances or with the ECM-957Pro to get better a better stereo soundstage. If I am using my DSLR and don't feel like carrying too much I'll use it alone as an external microphone. The 1/4-20 threads and a hot shoe adapter make it easy to mount on top of my DSLR. Other times I have used it with the ECM-957Pro plugged into the camera and the ECM-M10's microphones facing backward to record surround channels. You are really getting two things in one: a high-quality recorder and a pair of really good microphones. I'm definitely keeping it.

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                              5.0

                              musician's ears

                              By ungava

                              from newfoundland

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Built-in Hard Drive
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Looks Classy
                              • Looks Cool
                              • No Card Needed
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                              • No Down Side

                              Best Uses

                              • Class
                              • Speeches

                              Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                              Well, I can niot hear well. I have played jazz for pay since 1971. I taek classes in New Media, Peace, adn Native American Studies. I can not hear well. I record lectures once I talk about it with the professor. I love the Sony product line. I woudl sort of recommend the pcm-50, but I coudl not afford it. This has no phantom power. It has no xlr jacks. I bought a seperate phantom power unti for $20. It's in the catalogue.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent for field use/DSLR Video

                              By Vercingetorix

                              from SF Bay Area, CA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • DSLR video
                                • Events
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black):

                                I use this device for capturing audio for DSLR video. It works great in the field for both voice and music such as outdoor concerts. I basically let it run the whole time capturing uncompressed WAV audio at 48kHz/16-bit, while I record video only as needed.

                                The device excels because (1) It's small and easily portable; (2) It has outstanding battery life from 2xAAs (it accepts rechargeable NiMH); (3) Sound quality from built-in mics is excellent; (4) There's a very useful low-cut 200Hz filter to limit ambient noise when doing voice recordings; (5) Being inconspicuous, it can be placed near the subject without being visible in the video frame; (6) It allows easy manual level adjustment and if you must use AGC, it has the kind that only adjust rec level down, not up, so there's no annoying up/down amplification of background noise.

                                Overall the PCM-M10 is an excellent field-use companion to the larger Tascam device that I use for fixed recordings (connected to two XLR mics). Plus it's well-built, with a dead simple UI.

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                                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: $6.95
                                 

                                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

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                                Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                Sony -  ADPCM2 Wind Screen for PCM-M10 Linear PCM Recorder
                                • You Pay: $42.50
                                Usually ships in 7-10 business days i Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-10 business days. An authorization for this product will be processed upon placing the order. You will be charged for this item at the time of Shipment.
                                 

                                Store and read data with the proper media.

                                Sony -  16GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with microSD Adapter
                                • Price: $10.95
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                                • Offer ends DEC 27 '14
                                • You Pay: $9.95
                                 

                                Headphones

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                                Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                                Sony -  MDR-7502 Headphone
                                • You Pay: $42.00
                                 
                                Senal -  SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
                                • You Pay: $89.99
                                 

                                Cases & Protection

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                                Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                Sony -  LCPCMM10G Carrying Case for PCM-M10
                                • You Pay: $24.95
                                 

                                Stands & Support

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                                Mount your device with the appropriate hardware.

                                Pearstone -  Accessory Shoe Adapter with 1/4"-20 Stud Connector
                                • You Pay: $14.95
                                 
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