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Sony PCM-A10 High-Resolution Audio Recorder

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Sony PCM-A10 High-Resolution Audio Recorder
Key Features
  • Small and Lightweight Design
  • Linear PCM Recording
  • Records Up to 96 kHz/24-Bit
  • Bluetooth Wireless Playback
The PCM-A10 High-Resolution Audio Recorder from Sony is small, lightweight, and capable of recording audio from its built-in 3-way mics in up to 96 kHz/24-bit PCM or 320 kBps MP3 files. It has 16GB of internal memory and supports external memory via its microSD memory card slot. The PCM-A10's 3-way adjustable microphone array allows you to choose zoom mode to record meetings, XY for music sessions, and wide stereo for outdoor events.
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Sony PCM-A10 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Take It Anywhere
  • 3Linear PCM Recording
  • 4REC Remote for Easy Smartphone Control
  • 5High-Resolution Audio
  • 6FLAC Lossless Audio Playback
  • 7Wireless Playback
  • 8Never Miss a Moment with Pre-Record
  • 93-Way Adjustable Microphone
  • 1016GB Built-In Memory
  • 11Optimum Sound Levels
  • 12Boost your Storage with MicroSD
  • 13Record from the Best Positions
  • 14Plug and Play with USB Direct
  • 1515 Hours of Battery Life

The PCM-A10 High-Resolution Audio Recorder from Sony is small, lightweight, and capable of recording audio from its built-in 3-way mics in up to 96 kHz/24-bit PCM or 320 kBps MP3 files. It has 16GB of internal memory and supports external memory via its microSD memory card slot. The PCM-A10's 3-way adjustable microphone array allows you to choose zoom mode to record meetings, XY for music sessions, and wide stereo for outdoor events.

The recorder is powered by a rechargeable battery and you can enjoy up to 15 hours of use (in high-quality LPCM 96 kHz/24-bit recording mode) with just one charge. Other features include: the REC Remote app for easy smartphone control (available on iTunes and Google Play), Bluetooth wireless playback for headphones or speaker connectivity, and a rehearsal function for automatically adjusting the recording levels.

The PCM-A10 High-Resolution Audio Recorder is plug-and-play and lets you plug your recorder into your computer for easy charging and cable-free transfer of your recordings. Also included is the Sound Organizer 2 computer application software (stored in the built-in memory) along with a windscreen and a carrying case.

Take It Anywhere
Small and lightweight design means you can pop it in your pocket—so you're always ready to record.
Linear PCM Recording
Capture sound at up to 96 kHz/24-bit, a serious step up from the 44.1 kHz frequency and 16-bit rate of CD.
REC Remote for Easy Smartphone Control
Available on Google Play and the App Store, the REC Remote app lets you control the recorder from your mobile device.
High-Resolution Audio
Record and play with absolute precision. Capture sessions in better-than-CD sound quality and enjoy everything you've recorded in High-Resolution Audio.
FLAC Lossless Audio Playback
Enjoy audio with the clarity and dynamics that the artist intended, with FLAC playback support.
Wireless Playback
Listen to your recordings through your Bluetooth headphones or speakers, with the simple one-touch connectivity of NFC.
Never Miss a Moment with Pre-Record
This clever function records the five seconds before you press the record button, so you won't miss anything.
3-Way Adjustable Microphone
Wherever you are and whatever you're recording, you won't miss a thing. Choose zoom mode to record meetings, XY for music sessions, and wide stereo for outdoor events.
16GB Built-In Memory
Store up to six hours, 35 minutes of high-quality recording in LPCM 96 kHz/24-bit mode.
Optimum Sound Levels
Activate the rehearsal function while you're warming up, and the recorder will automatically adjust the recording levels to match your playing—pre-set and ready to perfectly capture your performance when you hit record. You can also control this wirelessly from the REC Remote app.
Boost your Storage with MicroSD
Expand the internal 16GB memory using a microSDHC or microSDXC card to store more recordings.
Record from the Best Positions
Connect a tripod via the built-in tripod hole for more flexibility, support and control when positioning your recorder.
Plug and Play with USB Direct
A built-in USB connector lets you plug your recorder into your computer directly, for easy charging and cable-free transfer of your recordings.
15 Hours of Battery Life
Enjoy up to 15-hours of use (in high-quality LPCM 96 kHz/24-bit recording mode) with just one charge.
UPC: 027242910904

Sony PCM-A10 Specs

Portable Recorder
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneBuilt-In Stereo Pair, A/B, ORTF, or X/Y Configurations
DisplayLCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportmicroSD
Internal Storage16 GB
Recording
Audio File FormatsPlayback:
AAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Recording:
LPCM, MP3
Sample RatesLPCM/MP3:
44 / 48 / 96 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24-Bit
Signal Processing & FXLimiter, Low-Cut Filter
Recording TimeLPCM 96 kHz/24-Bit:
6 Hrs 35 Mins
LPCM 48 kHz/24-Bit:
13 Hrs 15 Mins
LPCM 48 kHz/16-Bit:
19 Hrs 50 Mins
LPCM 44.1 kHz/24-Bit:
14 Hrs 25 Mins
LPCM 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
21 Hrs 35 Mins
MP3 320 kb/s:
95 Hrs 25 Mins
MP3 192 kb/s:
159 Hrs
MP3 128 kb/s:
238 Hrs
MP3 48 kb/s:
636 Hrs (Mono)
Connectivity
Analog I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Headphone Output
Digital I/ONone
Host Connection1 x USB-A
BluetoothBluetooth (Remote, Audio)
Performance
Frequency ResponseLPCM:
40 Hz to 40 kHz (at 96 kHz)
40 Hz to 21 kHz (at 48 kHz)
40 Hz to 20 kHz (at 44.1 kHz)
MP3:
40 Hz to 20 kHz (at 320 kb/s)
40 Hz to 18 kHz (at 192 kb/s)
40 Hz to 16 kHz (at 128 kb/s)
40 Hz to 14 kHz (at 48 kb/s)
Power
Power OptionsBattery, USB Bus Power
Battery TypeInternal Rechargeable
Approximate Battery LifeLPCM 96 kHz:
15 Hours
LPCM 48 kHz:
15 Hours
LPCM 44.1 kHz:
20 Hours
MP3 320 kb/s:
22 Hours
MP3 48 kb/s:
24 Hours (Mono)
Physical
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Dimensions1.5 x 4.3 x 0.6" / 39.2 x 109.5 x 16 mm
Weight2.9 oz / 82 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.41 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.85 x 4.45 x 2.05"

Sony PCM-A10 Reviews

I could not be happier

By george
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-23

I purchased this for an upcoming trip to the Philippines. I plan to use it for field recording in the jungle. In the interim, I have used it to record myself playing on a very nice piano in a very nice space. The recordings are amazing...frequency spectrum and stereo separation are outstanding. Can't wait to get this in the jungle!!

Tiny Yet Effective

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-13

I thought my old Sony M10 was small until my A10 arrived. This thing is tiny, but the Bluetooth connections for phone control during recording and wireless playback afterwards are really worthwhile. The purchase was definitely worth the cost!

For Sony

By Tim
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-10

I can't wait for the pcm a11 I hope that it has 192khz 24bit Wav and flac recording with 8gb pre recorded files and a color oled display and rubber buttons.

It needs improvements

By Tim
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-03

A 4 built in microphone system wuth unprocessed input would be great And 64gb internal storage would be an upgrade And a 72hr battery life would be nice and a color oled display would be nice and uncompressed/unsurpresd 192khz 24bit le or 24bit be wav audio recording would be an upgrade And a brushed aluminum body and a 2 micro SD card slots up 2tb each and this version of this audio recorder Should be called pcm a10 pro all black edition.

Great little recorder

By Kurt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-14

I carry one with me everywhere. No XLR, but plenty of PIP options for additional mics. Battery life is amazing.

Very useful device.

By Maciej
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-09

... small and reliable item, very handy.

Excellent recorder for stereo sound for my camera

By Shu
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-10

I use this for my camera stereo recording setup. I don't like mono (boring) sound. this is, to me, the best there is in the market to deliver excellent stereo sound for camera in a small package that can be easily mounted on my camera.

Amazing Sony Recorder!!

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-19

Above and beyond my expectations!!

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Answered by: SonyListens
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You can use the same type of USB AC adapter with the recorder as you would for your phone, such as Apple's 5W USB Power Adapter (B&H # APMD810LLA). Instead of connecting the USB cable to your computer's USB port, you would plug it into the USB AC adapter and then plug the adapter into a wall outlet.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2020-06-28

Is it allowed live monitoring thru bluetooth ...

Is it allowed live monitoring thru bluetooth headphone connection?
Asked by: SANGHOON
No, live monitoring can not be done via Bluetooth, only playback. The recording audio is output to the headphone jack, so you would need a wired connection to monitor.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-07-27

What is the bluetooth range from the recorder?

What is the bluetooth range from the recorder?
Asked by: George
The BlueTooth range is +/- 30 feet.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-04-30

Does Bluetooth also work while recording? I mean ...

Does Bluetooth also work while recording? I mean if I'm recording music, and want to listen to Bluetooth headphones while recording, will it work? Or the intention only after the sound file is closed?
Asked by: yehuda
No, the Bluetooth feature cannot be used while recording. It is only available for use during playback to connect wireless headphones or speakers. When recording, it is always best to use wired headphones since there can be some latency with Bluetooth.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2021-05-03

What is the SPL of the mics?

What is the SPL of the mics?
Asked by: Michael
Unfortunately that spec is not specified from the Sony.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-06-12

What happens when the internal battery eventually ...

What happens when the internal battery eventually fails?
Asked by: Nathan
You can power it with the USB port . My united hasn't failed. It's been 2 years.
Answered by: Dhruv
Date published: 2022-02-10

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Does it have line input so I can plug into dj board without thw signal being too hot?
Asked by: kai
Yes you have to get a 3.5mm converter cable but it handles the high volume quite well.
Answered by: Dhruv
Date published: 2022-06-01
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