With Tascam, Yamaha, and Olympus all coming out with some intriguing new digital audio recorders, I decided to put together a little chart showing how they stack up against one another. During the process I learned two things:
- These recorders are all tiny compared with the current generation
- It takes a long time to put together a chart if you’re not used to it.
If the image above is hard to read, you can click through the image to download a PDF with the specs for the Yamaha Pocketrak 2G, the Olympus LS-10 and the Tascam DR-1. There’s no such thing as a one size fits all recorder, so I’m not going to say that any one of these recorders stands head and shoulders above the rest — especially since we haven’t actually heard any audio samples yet.
But as you can see, the Tascam DR-1 is the cheapest of the bunch, and also the only one to sport a 1/4th inch mic input. The Yamaha Pocketrak 2G is the smallest and lightest, but has no memory expansion option. And the Olympus LS-10 includes internal memory, an SD/SDHC expansion slot, and ships with a wind screen which is a nice bonus.
What new recorder are you most looking forward to?