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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:
Somewhat easy to use but this recorder may require that I read the manual and maybe get some training
A somewhat complex recorder to use, but I need a professional level recorder and I promise to read the manual, and seek out training if necessary, and I will practice over and over again until it is second nature
How much would you like to spend on your recorder?
Under $100
Under $200
Under $300
Under $500
Under $700
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.
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.