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Ask Doug - Recorders

Doug has a series of questions for you. The questions are designed to help you think about your recording needs. When you click on each question, it will appear before "Cost" and "Quality." We keep these present so you can constrain the results by cost and quality. If you see a gold star * this means that Doug considers it to be one of the best in class.

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Do you want a recorder that is:
Any
Greater than 24 bit/96 kHz (usually used in recording studios and often overkill in a fieldwork setting)
24 bit/96 kHz will be just fine (best practice for field recording)
24 bit yes, but I just need 48 or 44.1kHz sample rate
I am ok with 16 bit/44.1 kHz (cd quality)
How much would you like to spend on your recorder?
Any
Under $100
Under $200
Under $300
Under $500
Under $1,000
Under $2,000
Under $2,500
Knowing that the best recorders have the better preamps and components and they normally cost more money, describe the recording quality that you want with this recorder.
Any
Usable for class projects, but not for professional quality
Entry level, professional quality
Professional level quality
I want a top of the line, portable recording studio
Recorder info will be displayed here.