Olympus has begun shipping its LS-10 digital audio recorder. While Olympus is best known for consumer level digital voice recorders, the LS-10 appears to be aimed at the same prosumer market as the Zoom H2 or Sony PCM-D50. It has high quality internal mics, records WAV or MP3 audio, and can handle 24-bit/96KHz resolutions.
So how does it sound? Reader dxace1 has already received his recorder, and he’s quite happy with it. You can read his first impressions in the comments of my original LS-10 post. In a nutshell he reports that it feels sturdy, has an excellent menu system, and yields high quality recordings using the built in stereo mics. He hasn’t tested it with an external mic yet.
Dxace1 picked his recorder up from Sound Professionals, which is selling the LS-10 for $398. You can also pick up the Olympus LS-10 from Amazon for $377. If you plan to buy one from Amazon, I’d appreciate it if you’d click that link as Amazon will kick a few bucks my way. But please note, this is not an endorsement of the LS-10. I have not actually held one in my own hands and I cannot say for sure how it compares with other recorders in this price range.