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Yamaha Pocketrak CX

The Yamaha Pocketrak CX ($399 retail, $299 street) is a powerful digital audio recorder that keeps things simple.
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Yamaha Pocketrak CX

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Yamaha Pocketrak CX

On the right side, you'll find buttons for power, folder, track list, edit, and delete, as well as a 3.5mm mic/line input and a hinged door that conceals the recorder's Mini-USB port and microSD card slot.
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Yamaha Pocketrak CX

The extras bundled with the Pocketrak CX include a foam windscreen, earbuds, 2GB of microSD memory, a mic stand adapter, a fabric pouch, and a USB cable.
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Yamaha Pocketrak CX

The Pocketrak CX weighs just 92 grams, and measures 5 inches long, 1.75 inches wide, and just a 0.6 inch thick.
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Yamaha Pocketrak CX

The Pocketrak CX design is compact, intuitive, and familiar (remember those microcassette recorders from college?).
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Yamaha Pocketrak CX

The Yamaha Pocketrak CX runs off a single AA battery, capable of 22 hours of continuous WAV recording or 50 hours of MP3 recording.
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Yamaha Pocketrak CX

The left side includes the Pocketrak's headphone jack, along with switches for automatic mic level adjustment and mic sensitivity (high/low).
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Here's a top view of the Pocketrak's microphone cage. The Pocketrak CX can be set to record 44kHz or 48kHz WAV files, or stereo MP3 files ranging from 320Kbps to 32Kbps.
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