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Sony PCM-D10 Portable High-Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recorder

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Sony PCM-D10 Portable High-Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recorder
Key Features
  • 3-Position Stereo Microphones
  • 3.5mm & Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs
  • Dual-Path Limiter Prevents Distortion
  • Records up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz WAV Files
The Sony PCM-D10 is a portable high-resolution linear PCM audio recorder offering versatile recording and playback configurability for musicians, sound recordists, podcasters, and more. Its onboard stereo microphones can be positioned in XY for capturing instruments; Zoom, for documenting speeches; or Wide Stereo for recording ambience and nature sounds. Dual XLR-1/4" combo inputs accommodate mic- or line-level sources, and feature independently selectable 48V phantom power. A 3.5mm TRS input is provided for connection of an unbalanced microphone or mixer feed. The integrated dual-path limiter prevents distortion by automatically replacing clipped sections with a safety signal recorded at a lower level.
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Sony PCM-D10 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Hi-Res Audio
  • 3Onboard 3-Position Microphones
  • 4Dual XLR-1/4" TRS Combo Jacks
  • 5AK4558 Converters
  • 6Versatile Input Level Control
  • 7Noise-Preventing Circuit Design
  • 8Integrated Analog Headphone Amplifier
  • 9High S/N Mode
  • 10Built-In Digital Limiter
  • 11Powered via Batteries or USB
  • 12Up to 256GB of SD Card Storage
  • 13Clear Metering and Indication
  • 14Smartphone Control
  • 15Selectable Mono Recording Mode
  • 16USB File Transfer
  • 17Intuitive Controls
  • 18Tripod Screw Hole
  • 19Textured Finish
  • 20Windscreen

The Sony PCM-D10 is a portable high-resolution linear PCM audio recorder offering versatile recording and playback configurability for musicians, sound recordists, podcasters, and more. Its onboard stereo microphones can be positioned in XY for capturing instruments; Zoom, for documenting speeches; or Wide Stereo for recording ambience and nature sounds. Dual XLR-1/4" combo inputs accommodate mic- or line-level sources, and feature independently selectable 48V phantom power. A 3.5mm TRS input is provided for connection of an unbalanced microphone or mixer feed. The integrated dual-path limiter prevents distortion by automatically replacing clipped sections with a safety signal recorded at a lower level.

Record in uncompressed WAV format at up to 24-bit / 192 kHz, or in MP3 format at up to 320 kb/s. The 16GB of internal memory ensures plenty of recording time out of the box, while the memory card slot allows up to 256GB of storage via SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (available separately). Use the 5-band equalizer to enhance the playback sounds, change the pitch, and even adjust the speed without altering pitch. The PCM-D10's built-in Bluetooth capabilities allow it to stream playback to a Bluetooth monitoring system, and enable its app-based remote control from your mobile device.

Power the PCM-D10 with the four supplied AA batteries or via a USB Type-C connection. It includes a windscreen, one USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable, a carrying pouch, and a license for Sound Forge Audio Studio 12 editing software.

Hi-Res Audio
Record uncompressed, high-resolution audio at up to 24-bit / 192 kHz. Whether it's your live music set, a new podcast episode, or a breaking news report, the PCM-D10 unlocks a new level of detail and texture.
Onboard 3-Position Microphones
The onboard stereo microphones feature low noise, a wide frequency range, and three recording positions. Choose XY for music performances, Zoom for interviews and discussions, or Wide Stereo for open and outdoor spaces.
Dual XLR-1/4" TRS Combo Jacks
Connect two external sources such as mics, keyboards, or mixer outputs to the dual XLR-1/4" TRS combo jacks. These jacks are separately switchable between mic or line level, and have independent 48V phantom power and secure push-lock jacks. You'll also find a dedicated stereo 3.5mm mini-jack input.
AK4558 Converters
Combining two top-of-the-line AK4558 AD/DA converters with Sony's proprietary technology, the PCM-D10 maximizes the signal-to-noise ratio, and allows you to capture detailed, accurate audio at up to 192 kHz.
Versatile Input Level Control
With the variable analog gain amplifier, you can dial in your audio levels with precision. The recorder features independent dials for left and right channels, so you're free to adjust one or both of your inputs. By incorporating analog controls, the PCM-D10 avoids the step noise that can be encountered with digital volume adjustments
Noise-Preventing Circuit Design
Beneath the case of the PCM-D10 is a circuit board engineered to maintain uncompromising sound quality. The analog and digital circuits are completely separated on the board, reducing interference and boosting the signal-to-noise ratio. Also, the amp blocks are positioned close to the inputs for the clearest possible transmission.
Integrated Analog Headphone Amplifier
Whether you're monitoring live or reliving the performance, you'll enjoy clear, detailed audio and high output power from the PCM-D10's MAX9723 analog headphone amp. This also features an integrated analog volume controller for smooth adjustment.
High S/N Mode
With the high S/N mode, you can stop worrying about lost low levels. The PCM-D10's two ADCs record at different volumes (one regular and one lower); if any low levels are lost, the device automatically replaces these sections with audio captured at -12 dB. The result? Clear recordings for even the most dynamic performances.
Built-In Digital Limiter
The PCM-D10's digital limiter lets you make interruption-free recordings even at high levels. When distortion occurs, the recorder will automatically fill clipped portions with a back-up recording at a lower level. This means that even if volume spikes, you can be confident you've recorded distortion-free files.
Powered via Batteries or USB
Choose from different power supply options to match your recording environment. USB Type-C can be more suited to studio time, while dry cell batteries are ideal for recording in the field.
Up to 256GB of SD Card Storage
With 16GB of internal memory, you're always ready to lay down high-resolution recordings. Recording time can be expanding without lowering audio resolution by adding up to 256GB of SD-card storage. Plus, if you turn on Cross-Memory REC mode, the recorder will automatically switch to SD card when you exceed the internal memory.
Clear Metering and Indication
An easy-to-read, on-screen, backlit display shows separate peak levels for left and right channels, so you can see just where you need to tweak your inputs. Three peak level lamps will light up to indicate if your levels hit -20 dB, -12 dB, or overload. You can also monitor full-bandwidth stereo levels on the display or via the Sony REC Remote app.
Smartphone Control
Use the Sony REC Remote app (available for Android and iOS) to start recordings from your smartphone. This helps eliminate the interference sometimes caused by jogging the device when you hit the REC button. You can also use the app to adjust most recording settings, mark tracks, and monitor your levels.
Selectable Mono Recording Mode
Recording an interview? Simply switch from stereo to monaural mode and the PCM-D10 will record on only the left channel when an XLR cable is connected.
USB File Transfer
Recorded your raw audio? Connect the PCM-D10 to your computer via included USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable, then import the audio files to work your editing or post-production magic. Included as a download link and serial number is Sound Forge Audio Studio 12, software that's ideal for cleaning up your interview audio or enhancing your band's performance before you share it with the world.
Intuitive Controls
The PCM-D10 is designed with a simple, intuitive button layout, so nothing comes between you and capturing the perfect recording. Plus, there are two custom buttons you can assign to modes such as high S/N or the digital limiter, giving you a shortcut to the operations you use most.
Tripod Screw Hole
Thanks to the 1/4"-20 tripod screw hole, you can easily and securely mount the PCM-D10.
Textured Finish
The PCM-D10 is finished with a tactile, plot-painted texture. This helps you keep a firm grip on the recorder.
Windscreen
The PCM-D10 comes with a windscreen, which is designed to reduce wind noise when you're working in the field.
UPC: 027242910898

Sony PCM-D10 Specs

Portable Recorder
Form Factor
Field Recorder
Primary Use Applications
Dictation & Transcription, Music Recording, Podcasting
Number of Tracks
2
Number of Input Channels
2
Maximum Sampling Rate
192 kHz / 24-Bit
Microphone
Built-In
Number of Microphone Inputs
2
Built-In Speaker
No
Display
LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card Support
SD (256 GB)
Internal Storage
16 GB
Special Features
Pre-Record Buffer
Recording
Audio File Formats
Playback:
AAC, FLAC, LPCM, MP3, WMA
Recording:
LPCM, MP3
Sample Rates
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
Bit Depth
16 / 24-Bit
Bit Rates
128 kb/s
320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FX
EQ, Pitch Control
Timecode Support
No
Recording Time
LPCM 192 kHz/24-Bit:
3 Hrs 15 Mins
LPCM 176.4 kHz/24-Bit:
3 Hrs 35 Mins
LPCM 96 kHz/24-Bit:
6 Hrs 35 Mins
LPCM 96 kHz/16-Bit:
9 Hrs 55 Mins
LPCM 88.2 kHz/24-Bit:
7 Hrs 10 Mins
LPCM 88.2 kHz/16-Bit:
10 Hrs 45 Min
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 128 kb/s:
238 Hrs 0 Mins
Included Software
Yes
Connectivity
Analog I/O
2x Combo XLR-1/4" 3-Pin Female Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Line/Mic Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Line Output
Digital I/O
No
Phantom Power
No
System Connection
1x USB-C
Audio Interface Capability
None
Wireless
Bluetooth 4.0
*Built-In
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: REC Remote
Functionality: Remote Control
Power
Power Options
Battery
Battery Type
4x AA
Approximate Battery Life
LPCM 192 kHz/24-Bit:
32 Hours
LPCM 96 kHz/24-Bit:
36 Hours
LPCM 48 kHz/24-Bit:
44 Hours
LPCM 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
44 Hours
MP3 320 kb/s:
44 Hours
AC/DC Power Adapter
VDC Not Included
Physical
Included Accessories
Batteries, Case, USB Cable, Windscreen
Mounting Options
1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions
80.2 x 197.6 x 37.4" / 2037.1 x 5019 x 950 mm
Weight
17.3 oz / 490 g (with Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10 x 9.1 x 3.9"

Sony PCM-D10 Reviews

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What is the start up time for the D10?

What is the start up time for the D10?
Asked by: George
Hi, George! If you install new batteries, then the first startup time is just over 4 seconds. Otherwise, it is about 1.75 seconds. ~Ralph
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-09-05

Can I record audio from internal mics and ...

Can I record audio from internal mics and external simultaneously?
Asked by: Rawd
Hi Rawd, We are sorry but we cannot record audio from internal mics and external simultaneously. Regards, Erin
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2020-02-10

it looks like this one is not only larger than ...

it looks like this one is not only larger than the d100, it lacks dsd recording. so where does it sit in the lineup--above or below the d100?
Asked by: Guy
Hi Guy, The PCM-D100 is still the premium recorder. The PCM-D10 adds XLR inputs and is capable of great recordings but does not have the DSD format. ~Ralph
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-05-21

How to compare the PCM-D10 mics responsiveness to ...

How to compare the PCM-D10 mics responsiveness to ambient noise both audio & visually (recording meters) to Sony PCM-A10
Asked by: Anonymous
The built-in mics on the Sony PCM-D10 Portable High-Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recorder and the Sony PCM-A10 High-Resolution Audio Recorder appear to be the same. It's the other features of the two recorders that differ.
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2023-09-11

Does this offer voice-operated recording?

Does this offer voice-operated recording?
Asked by: Kurt
The Sony PCM-D10 Portable High-Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recorder does not offer voice-operated recording.
Answered by: Calvin M
Date published: 2023-12-26

How long will batteries last on this recording at ...

How long will batteries last on this recording at 24-Bit / 192 kHz with Phantom Power on?
Asked by: patrick
The battery will last approximately 6 hours when using Phantom Power.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-12-12

Is the case material plastic? Or metal?

Is the case material plastic? Or metal?
Asked by: seunghee
Hi seunghee, Good news! The case is a combination of metal and plastic. Regards, Erin
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-09-17

Does the Sony PCM-D10 also work as an external ...

Does the Sony PCM-D10 also work as an external USB audio interface? (Some Zoom and Tascam devices have this function)
Asked by: Erik
The Sony PCM-D10 Portable High-Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recorder is not an interface.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-06-24
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