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Query:   Sum: CD Recorder
Author:  Uwe Seibert
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Not Applicable

Summary:   DEAR FELLOW LINGUISTS,

ABOUT A WEEK AGO I POSTED A QUERY (LINGUIST 13.3340) CONCERNING A NEW
PORTABLE CD RECORDER WHICH WAS LAUNCHED BY MARANTZ THIS YEAR. HERE IS
A SUMMARY OF THE LITTLE FEEDBACK I RECEIVED.

MARTIN PAVIOUR-SMITH WROTE:

> OUR SCHOOL HAS RECENTLY BOUGHT TWO OF THESE MACHINES, AND WE ARE VERY
> HAPPY WITH THEM. THEY ARE VERY SET UP FOR RECORDING, USING ON SCREEN
> MENUS ETC, AND MAKE GOOD QUALITY AUDIO FILES. THE INBUILT CD BURNER
> IS AN EXTRA BONUS. MY ONLY MINOR SURPRISE ARE THE SIZE OF THE THINGS.
> IT WAS A LITTLE BULKIER THEN I EXPECTED. A PRETTY USEFUL PIECE OF
> TECHNOLOGY.

GORDON NICHOLSON WROTE:

> I'VE BEEN USING A NOMAD JUKEBOX TO DO PORTABLE DIGITAL RECORDING FOR
> ABOUT 9 MONTHS NOW. IT'S A DEVICE DESIGNED PRIMARILY TO BE AN MP3
> PLAYER, BUT IT DOES DO STEREO DIGITAL RECORDING AT 44.1 AND 48 KHZ
> SAMPLING RATES. IT PRODUCES AUTOMATICALLY NAMED/NUMBERED WAV FILES
> THAT YOU UPLOAD TO YOUR COMPUTER VIA A USB CONNECTION. FOR WHAT IT
> DOES, IT IS RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE AND THE NEWER VERSIONS HAVE 20 AND
> 40 GB STORAGE SO THE RECORDING TIME IS IMMENSE. I CAN'T COMPARE S/N
> SPECS WITH THE RECORDER THAT YOU HAVE MENTIONED, BUT I CAN'T HEAR ANY
> SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE FROM MY DAT($$$)WHEN USING THE SAME MIC. IT
> ALSO CAN ACT AS A PORTABLE DATA HARD DRIVE FOR PC FILES. THE ONE
> FEATURE THAT I DON'T LIKE ON MY MODEL IS THE LACK OF A GAIN DISPLAY
> OF ANY TYPE, NOT EVEN A FLASHING DOT WHEN YOU PEAK THE SIGNAL. YOU
> HAVE TO JUST MONITOR BY EAR. I HAVEN'T FOUND THIS TO BE A HHUGE
> PROBLEM.
>
> I'D SUGGEST IT AS A DEVICE TO CONSIDER IF YOUR BUDGET IS LIMITED.

ROD CASALIS WROTE:

> I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MODEL, BUT WE RECENTLY PURCHASED A DIFFERENT
> DIGITAL RECORDER FROM MARANTZ FOR OUR BANTU INITIATIVE PROJECT
> (SORRY, I DON'T HAVE THE MODEL NUMBER OR THE MACHINE ITSELF HANDY,
> BUT YOU CAN FIND THE INFO ON MARANTZ'S WEB SITE--THE NUMBER PMD680 OR
> SOMETHING SIMILAR STICKS IN MY MIND VAGUELY). IT RECORDS ONTO
> VARIOUS KINDS OF DIGITAL MEDIA SUCH AS COMPACT FLASH CARDS, SMART
> DIGITAL MEDIA, ETC.--BASICALLY ANY REMOVABLE STORAGE FOR WHICH YOU
> CAN PURCHASE A PC CARD ADAPTER. IT CAN RUN ON AA BATTERIES OR A
> RECHARGEABLE BATTERY. IT SAVES RECORDINGS AS EITHER .WAV OR .MP3
> FILES. THESE CAN BE TRANSFERRED DIRECTLY TO ANY COMPUTER THAT HAS A
> PC CARD SLOT. I USED IT TO MAKE SOME RECORDINGS OF KIKUYU WHEN I WAS
> IN NAIROBI A FEW MONTHS AGO. IT'S VERY EASY TO USE AND YIELDS
> EXCELLENT QUALITY RECORDINGS. IT'S ALSO VERY PORTABLE, ABOUT THE
> SAME SIZE AND WEIGHT AS THE OLD MARANTZ CASSETTE RECORDERS. THE ONLY
> DRAWBACK IS THE PRICE--ABOUT $1100 THROUGH JAARS VMS, BUT THE STORAGE
> MEDIA AND OTHER ACCESSORIES WILL LIKELY ADD A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS
> MORE.

SO, IF YOU WANT TO START DIGITAL RECORDING, YOU CAN PICK BETWEEN

* A PORTABLE MP3 PLAYER WHICH CAN ALSO RECORD ($),
* A LITTLE LESS PORTABLE CD RECORDER ($$), OR
* A PORTABLE COMPACT FLASH CARD RECORDER ($$$)

I HOPE THAT I AND EVERYONE ELSE WILL FIND THE EQUIPMENT THAT WILL SUIT
OUR NEEDS,

UWE

LL Issue: 14.31
Date Posted: 07-Jan-2003
Original Query: Read original query