Audio recording sample

Hello! I’m thinking about buying this little mp3 player because of it’s audio recording function, which I’ve heard is the best quality for an mp3 out there. But before I do my purchase I would like to listen to a sample recording of voice or ambience. Does somebody knows where I could find one? Or maybe some of you could have a sample already on your computer and would upload it? I would be really thankfull if anybody takes the time to do it. Also, how does it respond to high volumes? and are there any more mp3 players out there with good quality recording capabilities?

Thanks!!!

The Fuze is a great mp3 player. As a recorder though, it is not very good. If you want a good recorder, then buy a good recorder with a microphone jack, and not an mp3 player.

 It records in uncompressed PCM WAV, not MP3. You can convert WAV to MP3 with free audio converters, though. WAV is higher quality than MP3.

It records in 384 kbps for recording from the mic.

It records in 756 kbps for recording radio.

The quality of the built in mic isn’t so great though. As I said before, the Fuze is a nice mp3 player, but as a recorder it is lacking in features and low quality. No mp3 players have high quality built in mics. If you want decent recordings, get a recorder and not a player.

But I guess if you _don’t_ want to buy an extra device, the recording quality is ok. The mic isn’t comparable to a real one of course, but at least the Fuze stores the recording as 24 kHz/16bit linear PCM, while some other MP3 players only record ADPCM or something like that.

Message Edited by earthcrosser on 03-30-2010 11:47 PM

It’s not 24/96 .wav. It’s some lower-bitrate .wav. Real .wav is 1411 kbps. Fuze’s voice recording is 384 kbps, which is just not the same.

And even if it were full-quality .wav, a high-quality recording of a low-quality mic is still low quality. 

Seriously, do not buy the Fuze as a voice recorder. Its recording quality is NOT good. Its playback quality is among the best, but not its recording quality.

Its .wav takes lots of space for low quality, and it can only be transferred in MTP mode.

There are  many many good voice recorders out there, like this one. 

http://www.tascam.com/products/dr-07.html

That Tascam recorder is a bit expensive for just voice recording. There are decent enough mono recorders like the Olympus VN6200 PC that are less expensive than the Fuze, record in wma(at 16 or 32 kbps, which is good enough for voice recordings), and have a microphone jack so an external mic can be used if the built in mic is not adequate. It has a 1 GB memory, good for around 70 hours of recording at HQ(32 kbps mono).

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Digital-Voice-Recorder-6200PC/dp/B002DSHMA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1269992165&sr=1-1

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1459&page=specs

There are several decent recorders to compete against the Tascam he mentioned, however they are around 3-5 times the price of the VN6200 PC. The more expensive models have stereo recording, a card slot, a choice of recording in mp3 or wma, and recording bitrates of up to 128 kbps or 256 kbps. For voice recording though 32 kbps is just fine, and even 16 kbps may be okay, especially in wma, which sounds much better at bitrates below 64 kbps than wma does.

I love my Fuze and think it is a great music player, but as a recorder the quality is too low, and the recording options are basically nonexistant.

Message Edited by JK98 on 03-30-2010 07:47 PM

 Wow thanks a lot for your answers!! The thing is, I know I can get much better recordings with Olympus or Zoom or Edirol, (which I also think of buying later), but I really would like an all-in-one mp3 player with voice recording, and even though is not grat quality, I’ve read and heard that de Fuze is the best one out there. And I would really like to listen to some samples before I do the purchase.

Thanks again to all of you who took the time to answer!!

Message Edited by rainostr on 03-30-2010 05:07 PM

Looking for an mp3 player that is good at recording is like looking for a plyers that works good as a hammer. If you need to hammer, then get a hammer. If you need a plyers then get one. If you need both, then get both.

There are many reviews on review sites that keep repeating how bad all mp3 players are at recording. There are not  reviews about how the more expensive stereo recorders work as music players. This is something I am curious about. For example the Olympus DM420 looks very interesting as a compact stereo recorder, however no reviews mention how well it works as a music player. It isn’t just sound quality, but ease of use and features.

Imo the most important feature of a recorder is a microphone jack, so if the internal mic doesn’t work well enough, one can choose an external one.  I have not bought a digital recorder yet, but have been considering the Olympus VN6200 PC, and DM420. I tried some sample recordings on my Fuze and Clip+. The recordings were not so bad if the player is within 2 or 3 feet of the speaker, such as a Clip+ clipped to the speaker’s shirt. From further away, the recordings on the Fuze and Clip+ are too low in volume, and have too much background noise.

rainost, the Fuze is one of the best music players but as a recorder it is second-rate. 

A recorder needs either a very good built-in microphone or a mic-in jack. The Fuze has neither.  

Get a player for playback and a recorder for recording.  Trying to combine them means one aspect is going to suffer.

Regards to mp3 players, if you’d enjoy music, audiobooks, I’d recommend you to take a look at these best mp3 players. To record lossless songs and transfer to MP3 players, you can also refer to the DRmare Audio Capture

Unlike other free recorders, this software can help you record songs with 100% quality, no noise will be added. 

Regards to mp3 players, if you’d enjoy music, audiobooks, I’d recommend you to take a look at these best mp3 players. To record lossless songs and transfer to MP3 players, you can also refer to the DRmare Audio Capture

Unlike other free recorders, this software can help you record songs with 100% quality, no noise will be added.