The other day Transom published a thorough review of the Olympus LS-10, and today it’s O’Reilly Digital Media’s turn. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: These two sites offer some of the best audio recorder reviews around.
It’s not perfect by any means. It lacks the sturdy XLR inputs you’ll find on higher end units like the Marantz PM660 or Fostex FR2-LE. And while the preamps are fairly clean when using the built in mics or an external microphone, to my ear they’re not as clean as those on the Sony PCM-D50. The limiter feature also isn’t as effective as that on the Sony recorder. But the LS-10 costs just about $300 (affiliate link), while the cheapest prices I’ve seen for the D50 are in the $450 to $480 range.