Sony High-Resolution Portable Audio Recorder

Sony High-Resolution Portable Audio Recorder

Sony High-Resolution Portable Audio Recorder

B&H # SOICDSX2000 MFR # ICD-SX2000
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Product Highlights

  • Record In PCM (WAV) & MP3 Formats
  • Playback FLAC and Other Formats
  • Bluetooth Control via REC Remote App
  • Internal 16GB Memory & microSD Expansion
  • 2 Adjustable Mics for Stereo Recording
  • Variable-Control Voice Actuator
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Headphone 3.5mm Output
  • Direct Connection to Computers via USB
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Sony ICD-SX2000 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony ICD-SX2000 High-Resolution Digital Voice Recorder has 16GB of internal memory and can capture up to 636 hours of MP3 recordings. Additional storage can be provided via its microSD memory slot and optional memory cards. With the REC remote app, the device can be controlled wirelessly from your Android or iOS device over Bluetooth.

The recorder sports two adjustable microphones, allowing you to capture stereo recordings in a variety of placements. Three settings include Zoom (for situations including business meetings), XY (for things like band rehearsals), and Wide Stereo (for recording outdoors). You can adjust the sensitivity of the microphones in a variety of different ways, and set the device to record only when it hears noise above a certain level; in such a manner, the recorder can be voice-activated. The ICD-SX2000 can record in WAV or MP3 formats, and can play many different kinds of files—it even sports FLAC playback support. You can play audio through the unit's built-in speaker or over headphones. You can also plug a microphone into its 3.5mm input jack. To eliminate the need for cables, the device sports a retractable USB plug, which you can use to plug directly into computers.

Key Features at a Glance
  • Adjustable microphones capture sound in various directions
  • 16GB memory gives you up to 636 hours of recording time
  • Control from your Bluetooth smartphone with the REC remote app
  • Add extra memory with the microSD card slot

 

96 kHz Linear PCM Recording
Capture sound at up to 96 kHz / 24-bit
FLAC Codec
Able to play FLAC files, the ICD-SX2000 allows you to hear lossless audio with the clarity and dynamics that the artist intended
S-Master HX Amplifier
The S-Master HX digital amplifier cuts down on distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies
Control Recordings Wirelessly
Start and stop recording, adjust levels and settings, add track marks, and more—all with your smartphone; the REC Remote app, available for both Android and iOS devices, lets you control the recorder at a distance over Bluetooth
Expandable Storage
16GB of memory is built-in, but you can use a microSDHC or microSDXC to supply the device with more recording time
Plug and Play, Redefined
With a retractable USB plug, the ICD-SX2000 gives you freedom from USB cables; USB direct lets you plug the device straight into a computer for the easy transfer and storage of recordings
UPC: 027242889378
In the Box
Sony High-Resolution Portable Audio Recorder
  • Carrying Case
  • Wind Screen
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • Sound Organizer 2 Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony ICD-SX2000 specs

    Recording
    Type Digital
    Mode Stereo
    Recording Format LPCM
    MP3
    Bit-Depth 24
    16
    Bit-Rate 48 kbps - 320 kbps
    Sample Rate 44.1 kHz - 96 kHz
    Recording Time HQ Stereo: 6.6 Hours Recording in LPCM Format
    LP Stereo: 21.6 Hours Recording in LPCM Format
    MP3 Stereo:95.4 Hours Recording in MP3 Format
    MP3 Stereo:159 Hours Recording in MP3 Format
    MP3 Stereo:238 Hours Recording in MP3 Format
    MP3 Stereo:636 Hours Recording in MP3 Format
    One-Click Recording Yes
    Voice Activated Recording Yes
    Microphone Type Internal Stereo - 2 Elements
    Microphone Sensitivity Auto SENS Setting
    High/Low
    Medium
    Limiter
    Pickup Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Response 40 Hz - 40 kHz @ 96 kHz Sample Rate / 24 Bit LPCM
    40 Hz - 20 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 16 Bit LPCM
    40 Hz - 20 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 320 kbps MP3
    40 Hz - 20 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 192 kbps MP3
    40 Hz - 16 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 128 kbps MP3
    40 Hz - 14 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 48 kbps MP3
    Playback
    Playback Formats MP3
    WAV
    WMA
    AAC
    Bit-Rate MP3: 48 - 320Kbps
    Speaker Yes
    Speaker Size 0.63" / 16 mm
    Power Output 200 mW
    Features
    Indicators Power, Low Battery, Recording, Voice Volume, Peak
    Voice E-Mail Function No
    On Screen Clock Yes
    Search Calendar Search
    Power
    Battery Type 1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Battery Life (approx.) Recording: 15 Hours @ 96 kHz 24 Bit LPCM
    Recording: 30 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 16 Bit LPCM
    Recording: 30 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 320 Kbps MP3
    Recording: 30 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 192 Kbps MP3
    Recording: 30 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 128 Kbps MP3
    Recording: 30 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 48 Kbps MP3
    Playback: 20 Hours @ 96 kHz 24 Bit LPCM
    Playback: 24 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 16 Bit LPCM
    Playback: 24 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 320 Kbps MP3
    Playback: 24 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 192 Kbps MP3
    Playback: 24 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 128 Kbps MP3
    Playback: 24 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 48 Kbps MP3
    Playback: 12 Hours @ 192 kHz 24 Bit LPCM
    Power Adapter Yes
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    Internal Memory Installed: Flash Memory - 16 GB
    Compatible Memory Cards microSDHC
    Connectors 1/8" mini Female Microphone In
    1/8" mini Female Headphone Out
    USB USB 2.0 (A)
    Platform Windows, macOS/OS X
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.73 x 4.72 x .57" (44 x 120 x 14.5 mm)
    Weight 3.46 oz (98 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 4.5 x 2.7"

    Sony ICD-SX2000 reviews

    High-Resolution Portable Audio Recorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an Amazing Little Recorder! The capability packed into this tiny unit is astounding. At the highest fidelity settings, the quality and clarity of sound captured is superb. With its 16mb internal memory, there is plenty of space to record concerts and long meetings with room to spare. I have 50 years of extensive experience with audio recording equipment of all kinds, and I am absolutely delighted with this purchase.
    Date published: 2017-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good step up from the Zoom H1 I was initially worried the Sony wouldn't be much of a step up from my Zoom H1, but in use I like it a lot better. The audio quality is great. The form factor is much better in my opinon. The internal batter and storage are also a big plus. For me the biggest plus is being able to bluetooth control the record start/stop from my phone. That means I can run a lapel and leave the recorder in the interviewee's pocket and start and stop things from my phone, which is great.
    Date published: 2017-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ICD-SX2000 excellent for recording music The Sony ICD-SX2000 is an elegant looking small lightweight matte black digital recorder which replaces the discontinued PCM-M10. It is narrower, longer, a little thinner and half the weight of PCM-M10 and much smaller and lighter than the PCM-D100 I have been using for the past 2 years. Nice black leather carrying case, protective of the corners if dropped, but not designed for recording or listening. Built in lithium ion USB-rechargeable battery is claimed to last 30 hours recording 44/16 PCM but I did not test this. I liked the universal availability of the AA batteries of the PCM-M10 however the lithium ion battery is smaller and lighter, and the recorder allows you to record while recharging from a USB port or external battery. If the lithium ion battery lasts the life of the rest of the recorder, this is an improvement. The controls are simple but effective and easy to learn. I think they are simpler but equally useful to PCM-M10 or PCM-D100 controls. Front face has record and stop buttons and play, forward, back button in center as well as Options, T-mark and Back buttons. Holding down Record puts the recorder in standby mode, hitting Record again starts the recording. When playing back, hitting the playback arrow again pauses the playback (I did not find this documented in the manual) and once more starts playback again. 3.5mm headphone jack on bottom next to retractable USB connector. 3.5mm mic jack on side with covered microSD card slot. I did not test the external mic function. Playback +/- volume buttons on other side with power/hold/off switch. standard threaded mount on back. Top end has 2 moveable built-in mics with 3 position options: XY 90 degree cross-firing coincident, parallel straight ahead and XY 90 degree outward facing. All the other controls are set using menu options. Record level is easily set while recording or in record standby and has 30 discrete levels with a clear 2 channel record level meter. I could not clip the lowest level (1) playing recorded music up to 115 dBC slow and did not try to go above that. The overlevel light goes on when record level meter reaches 0 dB but the recorder does not seem to clip until approximately 5 or 10 dB above that, based on sound levels measured with a Radio Shack SPL meter. This is a good amount of headroom but I would still try to avoid overlevel recording since digital clipping sounds so awful and is not repairable in the mix. The overlevel light on the recorder is easily visible when close and looking down on the face of the recorder but not when the recorder is more than 5 feet away such as recording in an audience location while you are on stage. The good news is that you can use Bluetooth and a Sony app called REC Record to control recording from an iPhone or Android and you can see the overlevel light on the mobile phone screen at the remote location such as on stage. I installed and learned to use REC Record in about 5 minutes on an iPhone 5S and it works as claimed. A downside is that using Bluetooth and this app cuts the recorder battery life in half according to the Help Guide and also cuts the phone battery life substantially. I did not test the Test Limiter or Automatic Level Control. The included printed instructions are sketchy and not very useful. Better instructions are in the Help Guide website at http://helpguide.sony.net/icd/s20/v1/en2/contents/TP0000831086.html Sound quality of recorded files is very good but not quite as good as the PCM-D100, mainly due to roll-off of bass notes below 40 Hz. Frequency response for recorded bass frequencies is not as good as the PCM-M10 or PCM-D100 and low bass notes near 40 Hz are audibly softer on the SX2000 recordings than the other two. Midrange is clear as is the high range. The PCM-M10 has omni mics which have flatter frequency response below 40 Hz and the specs list frequency response as 20 Hz to 20 kHz, extending one octave below the SX2000, specs of which say frequency response is 40 Hz to 20 KHz for 44/16. This is an audible difference in which the SX2000 sound quality is inferior to that of the other two recorders. In contrast, the stereo field of recordings from the SX2000 is very good, approaching that of recordings done on the PCM-D100 and audibly better than that of recordings done on the PCM-M10. This is particularly true using the outward facing mic position. Sounds can be well localized in the left-right dimension. I recorded a loud band rehearsal with both the SX2000 and PCM-D100 for comparison and the sound quality of the SX2000 was excellent, nearly indistinguishable from that of the PCM-D100 except for the slightly softer bass. The SX2000 is a lot easier to carry, fits in a pocket, and is much less obtrusive than the PCM-D100. The built-in mono speaker sounds tinny with no bass and little detail, but is convenient, similar to PCM-M10. It is not meant for serious or group listening, just to quickly check recordings on site placing it near your ear. On the other hand, the headphone output sounds very good with decent headphones. It does not go very loud but plays high quality sound and according to the specs can play back up to 192/24 wav files. I did not test the MP3 recording or playback or the high resolution playback with wav or FLAC files. Build quality appears to be excellent, the unit appears very solid and robust while still very lightweight. Time and hard use will tell. Recording file formats are limited to 44/16 and 96/24 PCM (no 48/24) and a variety of mp3 resolutions. 44/16 can record to internal memory (13 GB available) or microSD card up to 32 GB but 96/24 can only record to internal memory. In my view 96/24 is not necessary for live on site recording as I cannot hear the difference between 96/24 and 44/16 for live music recordings using this recorder, even with excellent headphones or studio monitors. 44/16 uses much less disk space for storage, and the live venue noise floor is usually well above the inherent digital noise floor of the recorder. With 44/16 recordings, you can record directly to microSD card and use the much faster file transfer (5-10x faster) with a card reader. One downside of this is that I suspect the durability of the microSD slot may be less than that of the retractable USB male plug. So far, I prefer this new USB plug to the old female mini USB port on the PCM-D100 but it requires a different cable, female to male not male to male. I do like to record to 48/24 on the PCM-D100 for the additional headroom and improved compatibility with 48/24 video recordings in those cases where I want to use an audio recording in a video, but this format is not supported by the SX2000. The Sony ICD-SX2000 is a high quality, very small, convenient and well-designed digital recorder with excellent sound quality other than being somewhat bass-light. It works well for music loud and soft for rehearsals and performances. If you plan to produce live music field recordings for commercial distribution, you may want to choose a different recorder which has less attenuation of the bass and slightly better sound quality and stereo field, such as the PCM-D100 or even larger digital recorders with external mics, if the much larger size is not a problem. I plan to use the SX2000 from now on to record live performances and rehearsals, rather than my PCM-D100, I think the convenience and ability to place the recorder more easily and unobtrusively in optimal recording locations will outweigh the slightly inferior sound quality when located in the same place.
    Date published: 2017-02-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect! I'm using this device to record various musical performances, mostly classical. The audio quality is superb. The feature set exceeds my expectations. However, there is an obvious omission I don't comprehend. I can control this device with a well designed and easy to use iPhone app, but it does not give the option to stream the audio signal. I realize that this is a battery killer, and that there would be a lag, but this would be a very handy feature to have. Baring that, even the ability to stream audio for playback through a phone or to Bluetooth headphones would be nice. Over all, you can't beat the features and quality at this price point. I upgraded from a Zoom handy recorder and this is a Mercedes compared to a Chevy.
    Date published: 2017-03-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I have been using the Sony ICD-UX-533 for several years and assumed this more expensive High Resolution version would do everything the 533 does and more. Although not a comprehensive review here are my observations. 1. USB transfer rate from recorder to computer is extremely slow. Significantly slower than the 533. Grab a cup of coffee and wait. 2. Forget about recording using a line in (to microphone) mode on auto sync. I couldn't get the quality and desired levels as I can on the 533. 3. Too difficult to delete unwanted MP3s while listening. Have to navigate a complex menu screen. The 533 has an erase button where I can delete files in 2 seconds with my eyes closed as I'm listening. Not so with this new one. 4. One positive is you can split mp3s with this one. The 533 you can't. However, it will only split MP3s it recorded. You can't split MP3s recorded from another device. 5. The screen does not provide any information, ie file count, directory name, file directory properties etc as the 533 does when turned on. This new recorder you have to navigate to navigate an awful menu system to find out anything. 6. The case feels cheep, as if I dropped this thing thing it will break. Although both are made of plastic the 533 feels more like a metal case. Very strong and better grip. 7. The 533 is smaller and more comfortable to hold. 8. I don't like the headphone jack placement on the bottom, but looks like they had no choice. 9. My primary use is line in, auto recording from external sources. One improvement is the 533 limits number of recorded files to 199 per directory and stops recording at this limit. This new recorder, does have the same limit, however it will create a new directory and continue recording. This is useful in the auto sync mode for example when recording for long periods. 10. For me the 533 is much better, great sound and price. I was not all that impressed with this new high resolution model. My biggest complaint is the menu system. Appears not to be well thought out. They should have taken the 533 menu and improved or built on that.
    Date published: 2017-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Audio Recorder in Tiny Package Excellent portable audio recorder. Small size, long battery life, many options for recording quality. Simple to operate, with intuitive software. Fine build quality. I like its very light weight and compact size. Easy to carry all day no matter where you go.
    Date published: 2017-03-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK, but I wish I could have still found the PCM-M10 It functions fine, but like most things these days, it is getting too small to use conveniently. I bought it mostly as a player, with capability to record if needed. Sounds ok as expected, but certainly not any better than most typical $200 devices. I think I still prefer my Olympus LS-10, which is more user friendly with the analog volume controls and is just big enough to fit the hand better. Also they are aluminum construction with replaceable batteries, got 2 at model close-out for $79.00 each, a steal. The continuous desire to shrink everything needs to be moderated by functionality.
    Date published: 2017-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than Expected Recording practice sessions for our 30 voice men's chorus in both a church sanctuary and a large rehearsal room produced perfectly useful recordings that were widely complimented by the members. The Bluetooth remote control app made the process extremely easy using my iPhone.
    Date published: 2017-04-05
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