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Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder

Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder

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Upgraded Recorder With DSD

A powerful little tool for recording concerts, interviews, and other documentary elements, the Sony PCM-D100 has many of the same features as the beloved PCM-D50, plus some serious improvements in the sound department. It’s solidly made and easy to navigate, with built-in electret condenser microphones and internal audio circuitry (both upgraded from the D50), and a mini jack for external mics. It’s one of the few compact machines that supports DSD recording, as well as LPCM sampling rates up to 24 bit/192 kHz, and MP3 at 128 or 320 kbps.

This drop is limited to 6 units.

Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder
Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder
Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder

Better Sound, Longer Sessions

For LPCM and MP3 recordings, the PCM-D50 offers digital pitch control (which maintains pitch while slowing or increasing playback speed) and key control (which allows you to change the pitch while maintaining playback speed). Features include a limiter, low-cut filter, five-second pre-record buffer, cross-memory recording, Super Bit Mapping, and A-B repeat capability. In addition to its 32 gigabytes of internal memory (up from 4 gigabytes on the D50), this recorder accepts the gamut of memory sticks and SD cards up to 64 gigs. Finally, four standard AA batteries will carry you through long sessions between charges: up to 25 hours at 16 bit/44.1 kHz and 12 hours at DSD 2.8.

Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder
Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder


  • Sony
  • Construction: Aluminum
  • Formats supported, recording: DSD, WAV, MP3
  • Formats supported, playback: DSD, WAV, FLAC, MP3, WMA (non-DRM), AAC-LC (non-DRM)
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 50 kHz (line in) at DSD 2.8; 20 Hz – 45 kHz (line in) at LPCM 192 kHz/24 bit
  • Sampling frequency: DSD 2.8 MHz; LPCM 192 kHz / 176.4 kHz / 96 kHz / 88.2 kHz / 48 kHz / 44.1 kHz
  • Quantization: 16-bit LPCM, 24-bit PCM, 1-bit DSD
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: DSD > 98 dB; LPCM > 24 bit/96 dB
  • Total harmonic distortion: DSD: < 0.0008%; LPCM: < 0.006% (1 kHz, 22 kHz LPF)
  • Wow and flutter: Below measurable limit (< +/- 0.001% W.Peak)
  • USB: High-speed USB, mass-storage class
  • Power consumption: 0.75 W
  • Power requirements: 4 AA alkaline batteries (included) or 4 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • DC input jack: 6V
  • Battery life: 25 hrs at 44.1 kHz/16 bit; 18 hrs at 192 kHz/24 bit; 12 hrs at DSD 2.8
  • Internal memory: 32 GB
  • Memory slot: Accepts SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG up to 64 GB
  • Dimensions, excluding projections and controls: 2.9 x 6.1 x 1.25 in (5.1 x 15.5 x 3.2 cm)
  • Weight, including batteries: 13.9 oz (394 g)

Built-in microphones (electret condenser)

  • Maximum input level: 128 dB SPL
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz

Microphone input (stereo mini jack)

  • Input impedance: 22 kohm
  • Rated input level: 2.5 mV
  • Minimum input level: 0.7 mV

Line input, analog (stereo mini jack)

  • Input impedance: 22 kohm
  • Rated input level: 2 V
  • Minimum input level: 450 mV

Line input, optical (optical digital input)

  • Input level: -27 dBm to - 14 dBm
  • Emission wavelength: 660 nm

Line outputs

  • Output impedance: 220 ohm (analog)
  • Output level: 1.7 V (analog)
  • Load impedance: 22 kohm (analog)
  • Output level: -21 dBm to -15 dBm (optical)

Headphone output (stereo mini jack)

  • Maximum output: 25 mW + 25 mW
  • Load impedance: 16 ohm


  • 4 AA batteries


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Feb 26, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

Recent Activity

As @JazzMaven noted, the last drop was for a gray-market PCM-D100 from China; it didn't ship with batteries, but it did ship with a 220v ac power supply, which is a bummer. Changing the language settings is trivial with a Google search, and once it's in English, it's functionally identical to any unit you'd buy stateside. That said, the mic pres on my unit were fried, so I have sent it to Sony for repair or replacement. Dealing with Sony, including their professional support services, is neither a smooth nor pleasant process, but I'm confident that I'll have a working unit... eventually. I've used the D100 in the past; when it works, it's a very good product, but not perfect for all jobs. Its built-in mics sound better than the D50's, or any similar Tascam I've used. I suspect that it's better than similar Zoom products, but I don't have first-hand experience with those. It's also not my only kit; when I want to use condenser mics in a tight space, I connect a Sound Devices USBPre to the optical port, which is a pretty great arrangement - I can use high gain external microphones when the work calls for it, or I can carry a single device on a Rycote audio kit for field recordings, or I can just use it as a safety in a larger recording setup. People will say that it's expensive, and maybe it is when you factor in purchase of a mount and power adapter, but I don't think it's in "diminishing returns" territory, and certainly not at the price Massdrop advertised. It does a few things and it does them well. That said, I wouldn't use this if I were in a crowd of reporters clamoring for a statement, say. The noise from handling the chassis is unreal (get the Rycote thing). Attn: @Dr.McCoy