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Need informed advice for mp3 player/recording specs

Hi I need something mainly to record band rehearsals. A voice recorder might be handy too, but I have good binaural mics (which need a powered mic input) Im thinking a flash-based mp3 player/recorder, but none of the info on the web seems to actually say any of the useful specs, making it impossible to make an informed choice. Shop assistants will know less than me in most cases, hence all the questions here..

I want something that can record preferably to wav through line in and/or powered mic in, but 320kb/s mp3 would do for either. I also need something robust. Is that an issue with hard-disc based recorders? Is flash more sturdy?

Ive had 2 md recorders die, and heavy bass frequencies (try it with a full ampeg stack..) cause massive dropouts even on ones with g-shock. Md is NOT a robust technology!

Plus being able to store any kind of file on a removable drive (win xp, sp2, all media players installed) would be very handy too.

Any help is greatly appreciated! I am on a budget but dont need anything else like photos/video, and 1-4gb would be enough.

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all i can see is look elsewhere. the closest feature you're looking for is Line-In, but that's just for vocal things, like memos, or college lectures. No Mp3 player out there has the input capacity to handle band rehersal.

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notice that I said Im on a budget.
I dont need pro equipment, and I have read that a few of these mp3 players do record line in at 320kb/s

However, none of the reviews or manufacturers seem to want to supply these specifications, or at least they are very difficult to track down!

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The Marantz hits the spec because...

Even if the MP3 encoder doesn't do 320, you can take it's audio wav or such file out and encode it at your 320 on your PC or Mac.

Now that you know that such hardware is out there and how to get to 320 even if it's not done at recording time, you can see what else by Fostec, Marantz and others offer.


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hmm again

That, to be fair, is totally unhelpful. Didnt you read my post?
I already said that I dont want a professional recorder and dont want to pay those kind of prices. I dont need edxpensive a/d converters or mic preamps etc. Im looking at around

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Maybe I agree with you?

Sometimes we need to find the solution first to meet the criteria that we can meet. Since you have now pushed the criteria of both price and "must do the encoding" then your search will be that of Diogenes.

Best of luck to you.


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