Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder

Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder

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
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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
  • UPC: 027242877139
    In the Box
    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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    Sony PCM-D100 specs

    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 7.6 x 5.5"

    Sony PCM-D100 reviews

    PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony PCM D-100 is a wow Recently I purchased the great Sony PCM D-100 in order to document and enjoy my orchestra rehearsals... As a conductor I hear the orchestra from the podium in the front center where all instruments are supposed to be heard clearly. Previously I owned four different digital recorders including the Sony PCM D-1. A few things I found the D-100 very useful and I think all will agree on them; clarity of the sound, Truly capturing in a very decent way what you (as a conductor) hear, the GREAT battery life AND recording time on both built-in memory plus the external one. No project will be bigger than the Sony PCM D-100. Is there room for improvement? Yes, but for now I am happy with what I have.
    Date published: 2014-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony PCM D100 an upgrade to D50 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.
    Date published: 2014-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great.little 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.
    Date published: 2014-11-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for Live Concerts 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony PCM D-100 is a serious business Recently I purchased the great Sony PCM D-100 in order to document and enjoy my orchestra rehearsals... As a conductor I hear the orchestra from the podium in the front center where all instruments are supposed to be heard clearly. Previously I owned four different digital recorders including the Sony PCM D-1. A few things I found the D-100 very useful and I think all will agree on them; clarity of the sound, Truly capturing in a very decent way what you (as a conductor) hear, the GREAT battery life AND recording time on both built-in memory plus the external one. No project will be bigger than the Sony PCM D-100. Is there room for improvement? Yes, but for now I am happy with what I have.
    Date published: 2014-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony PCM-D100 An Outstanding Recorder Used for recording music and speech in the field. Audio quality and S/N ratio are outstanding. Well engineered and well built unit that is very user friendly. Minor limitations include support for only one external microphone, SD card formatting is incompatible with PC systems, the D100 cannot be used as a computer interface and standard XLR connectors are desirable.
    Date published: 2015-04-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing yet ideosyncratic Sony's PCM-D100 sounds beautifulthe preamps are just as clean as other reviews have suggested and the onboad microphones are equally impressive. The selection of audio resolutions leaves nothing to be desired. I've been using a PCM-D50 for years and the D100 sounds nicer. Dynamic mics sound remarkably good on it. But sound quality isn't everything and there are a lot of caveats that make the D100 an optional suppliment to the D50 rather than a replacement. As a radio producer, the D100 is almost too sensitive to use casually. You can't walk around a crowd and get quick interviews with the onboard mics because the body (flimsier than the D50) is incredibly suceptible to noise, whether from your hand or a dangling headphone cable. You need to use an external microphone or get a pistol grip and be meticulous about listening for creaks and friction. When it comes to battery life, the D100 puts in a poor showing compared to the D50 which, from my experience, typically gets more than double the run time. The D100 still puts in a decent performance, but if you're going to be doing anything epic where you need a machine that is deathless, the D50 remains a better choice. Any review of the D100 would be remiss to not shame Sony for, again, leaving XLR jacks off the machine. Also, they don't ship the D100 with a power adapter, which is simply ridiculous because one of the D100's strengths is recording sit-down interviews on location or in a home studio. Ultimately, it's not clear who Sony designed the D100 for. The sound quality and price are far above what most consumers need, yet the creakiness of the body and lack of XLR inputs are certainly drawbacks for the audio professional. When I need a beautiful ambient track or incredible studio interview, I'll use the D100. In run-and-gun situations, I'll be sticking with my D50.
    Date published: 2015-12-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite twice as better as the D50 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 :-(
    Date published: 2014-06-26
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