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Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder

Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder

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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
LOL, what part of MassDrop's "All Sales Final" do folks here NOT understand?
There are some things MassDrop is good for, this one likely NOT.
MassDrop Made is good if you know what you are buying (Sennheiser HD-6XX is/was a bargain) $1000 Kennerton Kans? $700 without the wooden box? Buy two, they're cheap!
Soon-to-be-discontinued-items?
You get all of the 'returns' they can find in the corner of the warehouse in these clearance sales.
ALL SALES FINAL!!!!
Do not buy! This is not a great price and you can get it cheaper / faster from other vendors.
freezE
Share some of these vendors? Actually for that amount of money I would just get a sound devices mix pre 3
wbill
You could try Thomann, it's my favorite shop for audio related gear! :)
Further to my earlier posts I just looked again at the Sony Package and it seems they have sent me an Asian version with 220 Volt AC power and everything in Chinese and not the one for the USA. I can’t seem to find a phone number to connect with Mass Drop at all and its getting to be really frustating. Can anyone help by giving me a phone number as this unit is useless for me and needs to be returned for a new model with 120 volts ac adapter and which has everything in english. I have paid a lot of money for this product and this needs to be rectI fixed immediately. Please help. I don’t know where or whom to contact and the Help Center is no use at all.
JazzMaven
If you go to your transactions then underneath is a contact support. This has worked anytime i have needed to contact the support. Not sure if there is a direct number tho.
JazzMaven
If you're still in a bind, I can help you with the language settings. No one can get you a US unit with a mains power supply, though; thats sold separately in the US, and always has been, as far as I know.
How do I get in touch with Mass Drop custome service as my package box did not include everything that’s supposed to come with the box no batteries and the box is dated 2013 by Sony which leads me to believe it’s old and used as it seems to be repacked with tape etc. need help please
I just got this drop yesterday and have got an old defective model in the box. How do I return it for an exchange or refund.? It’s an expensive purchase and when you first turn it on everything is written or displayed in Japanese. Very upset and disappointed with this experience. Can someone help or provide me with a contact number or details to resolve this plea please? Thanks
This looks like an incredible recorder. I'd love to have one but just can't justify it. I have a Zoom H4n that rarely gets used as it is. =/
It's one of the best recorders, but many people used it as a music player like a big brick
Hugo_Y
Yup, I remember those conversations from years ago!
Here is an excellent long-term review of this recorder:
http://www.creativefieldrecording.com/2017/01/18/sony-pcm-d100-review-one-year-later/
What is astonishing is that the in-built mics record sounds up to 96kHz (!), so the frequency response figures in the specs giving a top frequency of 20kHz are incorrect. Although we can't hear those frequencies, there is good evidence that we can recognize the increased rise times of recorded sounds that those frequencies allow, so this would seem to support why this recorder sounds so good.
What's this like to hand-hold in terms of noise?
I'm having a hard time finding anything that strikes a good balance between the size of the Zoom H1 and the quality of larger recorders. The cost of this but lack of XLRs makes me take great pause.
EDIT: Also, what external mic recommendations are there for this?
Dr.McCoy
Reviews on Amazon lead me to believe there is a fair amount of self-noise if hand holding. Regarding external mics, I think the reason this thing is so expensive is because the mics and preamps are so good, and Sony didn’t bother with XLR for that reason. I guess we can question the decision. Hopefully someone else can weigh in on how to integrate external mics, because some people will want to, for sure.
mathomas
Yeah I listened to the samples on Transom compared to the Zoom H5. It's really shockingly good. I'm juuuuuuuuuuust not sure about the functionality of it sans xlr.
If you wanna listen yourself: https://transom.org/2014/sony-pcm-d100/
https://transom.org/2015/zoom-h5/
I got my D100 off Massdrop a couple years ago and still use it almost monthly. Never leaves my bag when I'm not taking a SoundDevices rig along.
This is probably the finest integrated (microphones included) portable recorder under $1000 today. People complaining about the lack of XLR really should look at the similarly priced Sound Devices MixPre-3 or MixPre-6 instead. One seldom-mentioned feature in the D100 is the optical digital input.
The dr-100 mark three dropped two weeks ago priced at 350. (fyi)
Styvkuling
you get what you pay for - I've used both
Actually costs $774.99 on B&H.
Not that it matters, but this recorder was used as a prop in the Blade Runner short "2036: Nexus Dawn"
wibbles
Well, obviously it matters , IF it can be used to identify replicants. ;-))
The tascam units with the built in Mikes are a decent value if your needs are less that cd quality recording.
This is typical of Sony. Here is a recorder with all the bells and whistles and NO way to use high quality external microphones. i.e. No balanced XLR inputs.., and they want $1000 for it. Even this drop, at $650, is short of a real bargain. Check out the Tascam machines, the top model, the DR100MkIII, does include XLR mic inputs and is HALF the drop price offered here. Bottom line; I can plug my $2000 Schoeps, low noise, mics into my Tascam DR100 (1st generation) and take advantage of a portable recorder offering a decent chance of getting a high quality recording. They've made some significant improvements on the MkIII with little to no change in price. Here's a link to a pro user of the Tascam DR100MkIII; http://tascam.com/news/display/12611/ That being said, the build quality on the Sony PCM-D100 is great.., but then so is the Tascam's.
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I understand completely. I make my living recording classical and jazz live and I have had more than one occasion where something didn't work and out came the Tascam. I would simply feed the good mics already set up into the Tascam reset levels and off to the races. That, of course, limits me to a stereo, or two track recording only.., but a back-up is a back-up and at least I came away with something rather than the alternative. I too have a Korg MR1000 and very unhappy that Korg no longer makes these machines. I thought surely they'd update it, or create a new version. Because of what I do the slightly bulky nature of the MR1000 doesn't present a problem as it's, more often than not, one of the lighter, smaller, pieces of gear in my kit. Take care my friend, and happy touring
Audiopro
Thanks and it's nice to hear we're in closely related fields. I see more clearly now your needs and preferences as it relates to a portable recorder. That's great that it works great for you as a backup.
I'm about to wrap up a tour tomorrow here in Denver on the last night of 4 different cities. My only regret is I haven't whipped out my recorder but sometimes I prefer to leave it alone as bringing out the recorder puts another psyche on the music that isn't always conducive to having the best, most sincere performance.
Thanks for sharing and I wish you many great recordings for the future! All the best to you too, friend...
I just found this guy's review on "another website". Although he has some strong preferences, I think it's worth a read. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R33KSQZTMGRMMK/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewpnt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00FAY1LQ8#R33KSQZTMGRMMK
SamPittman
He makes some good points. Sony bought Sonic Foundry, including the audio editor Sound Forge (and video editor Vegas) many years ago (they just recently sold that software group to Magix) and bundled it with their recorders. It is inexplicable that they wouldn't build DSD support into Sound Forge when they manufactured both the hardware recorder and the software program. Also sounds like the UI is half-baked, which is disappointing. There are many cheaper recorders (Roland R05/R09, Zoom, etc.) that don't do DSD but offer high-resolution recording (e.g., 24 bit recording) and other features at a fraction of the price for the D100.
This recorder can be ordered on Amazon's UK website (logon with an existing Amazon account) for $585 that includes DHL courier shipping to a US address. Should work for you Canadians as well.
cheapbutgreat
Thanks - just ordered one up based on your comment, order went through without any problems.
Currently using just an old iphone. Is it wort it to buy one for SoCal concerts and club events? I hate to put it back into my car evertime I got searched. My other option is get a LG v20.
Mohjong
There are microphones that you can attach to your iphone. I think the Tascam mics that would attach to older iphones were being blow out cheap at one point. That way you just have to bring the microphones in. FYI, I use a Roland R05 in a leather case logic case designed for a Blackberry. Fits perfectly even with the case flap closed (looks like a phone in a case) but leaves the microphones exposed - could work for you as long as they don't look too closely.
cheapbutgreat
I'll try it with my R-09HR next time for the 7 lion show. Hope it capture enough LFO like the Sony suppose to do.
amazing specs xD
search
not sure if its worth waiting for a month to get this for 25$ discount. Can get it at amazon for 742$ free shipping.
SidMusic
I'd recommend buying on Amazon UK, it's cheaper there including shipping.
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Awaiting confirmation! We are still in contact with the vendor and just awaiting updated shipment estimates from them. We have a call scheduled first thing tomorrow morning and should get a bit more visibility in regards to when we can expect these in our warehouse.
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Does the recorder come with the Sound Forge software (version) or a protective case? What about the Furry windscreen? As I recall, that maybe standard with the original store box package. For the MD price of $699, where these not included?
I have a question. Does the D100 have a favorites bin for Music tracks? Like most other DAP's have a playlist/favorites bin to select a file and add it to a quick access bin as a playlist or something? I don't even care about the mic recording qualities, I care about the audio quality of music playback. DSD/ flac and such. This unit will be used mostly for audiophile purposes for music listening. I got to hear it once briefly but never had the time to look into the menus. It sounded fantastic. If it has Playlist support, I will absolutely buy one.
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Oh! Well, I'm sure the sound quality is about as good as it gets (although the headphone output impedance of 16 ohms does bother me a bit -- high impedance headphones for you!). As long as you realize at least half the money you're spending is for features you won't be using (ADC, mic pre section, microphones) and are willing to set up cards like that, have a ball.
And if you do decide to record, keep in mind that you'll be using one of the best tools on the market for field recording. You'd have to spend thousands to better it. (Zoom has a 6-channel recorder for less, but it's not nearly as nice to use.)
fredralphfred
It would be a 90:10 ratio of listening to recording. I do record stuff, but not that often. If I owned the D100, I'd record A LOT more. :) As for the sound quality, it really impressed me with my Noble Audio K10customs. It felt good enough to warrant an attempt for a full review based purely on sound quality and usage purely as a portable music player. If Sony offered an update and just added one new feature: playlists, I'd be all over it for my personal DAP of choice.
Based on prior drops, this comes from China/Japan. Is this product gray market and have no warranty?
I know the price is a bit high. Factoring in shipping for about $60 more I could have it tomorrow and not have to wait, by purchasing it through Amazon with $3.99 overnight shipping .
Agreed. Was excited to see the drop back but not even close to enough of a discount compared to the larger retailers out there.