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Fostex FR-2LE CF Field Recorder

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The Fostex FR-2LE is a two-channel field recorder that records BWF or MP3 files in stereo or mono to Type II CompactFlash or Microdrive cards. You get up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution and a two-second pr... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fostex FR-2LE is a two-channel field recorder that records BWF or MP3 files in stereo or mono to Type II CompactFlash or Microdrive cards. You get up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution and a two-second pre-record buffer to ensure full-take recording. "File per Take" system allows onboard scene and auto-take naming, or via external keyboard using the USB port. AA-size NiMH batteries let you work in the field for approximately 2 hours. The FR-2LE also features built-in phantom powering, editing functionality, and USB 2.0.


  • Recording on Type II CompactFlash card
  • Light weight and highly rigid chassis
  • FAT32 file system & BWF Stereo file format + MP3 recording/playback
  • High resolution recording of maximum 24-bit/96kHz
  • 132 x 64 dot matrix LCD
  • USB 2.0 connector for high speed file transfer to PC
  • Pre Rec buffer for 2 seconds
  • 1 take = 1 file system to eliminate overwriting
  • Auto Shut-off function when the input power becomes abnormally low to save data
  • 2 x XLR mic inputs with phantom power to accept various professional microphones.
  • Mic Trim for accurate recording level adjustment
  • Buit-in Stereo microphones for quick memo recording
  • Auto File Closing: the recording file automatically closes every one minute to secure the up-to-then recorded data.
  • Convenient file naming mode: DATE or TAKE
  • Approx. 8 hours operation with off-the-shelf Tamiya RC3600HV, Ni-MH battery
  • Wired remote controller with microphone attachment belt
  • Also comes with 128MB CF card, AC adapter, dedicated shoulder belt and carrying pouch
  • Recording Medium: Compact Flash Card
  • Recording Time: 1 GB capacity (16-bit ); @ 44.1: 94 min., @ 48: 86 min.; (24-bit ) @ 44.1: 62 min., @ 48: 115 min. @ 96: 28 min
  • File Format: BWF (Broadcast Wave Format), MP3 (MPEG Layer-3)
  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 /96 kHz
  • Quantization: 16-bit linear (44.1 / 48 kHz), 24bit linear (44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96)
  • MP3 192bps (stereo)
  • No. of Recording Track: 2 tracks
  • No. of Simultaneous Rec.: 2 tracks
  • Recording/Reproduction Frequency: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +-1dB (FS 44.1/48kHz), 20 Hz - 40 kHz +-2dB (FS 88.2/96kHz)
  • S/N (ADC-DAC, 24bit, 48kHz): Line (Input Gain: +4dBu) 100dB (typical), Mic (Input Gain: -60dBu) 87dB (typical)
  • Dynamic Range (ADC-DAC, 24bit, 48kHz): 100dB (typical)
  • T.H.D. (ADC-DAC, 24it, 48kHz): Line less than 0.005% (at 1kHz ” 1dB, typical), Mic (trim max) less than 0.008% (at 1kHz ” 1dB, typical)
  • Channel Separation: more than 90dB (at 1kHz 0dB) (24bit, -20BFS, 48kHz)
  • Reference Level: -12dBFS
  • Locate Memory: 99 Cue points per file
  • Battery Operation Time; Approx. 8 hours (Tamiya RC3600HV, Ni-MH battery), Approx. 4 hours (4 x AA Alkaline / Ni-MH battery)
  • Analog In (L/R)
  • Connector: XLR-Phone Combo Type
  • Line In
  • Connector: 6mm dia TS Phone Jack (unbalanced)
  • Input Impedance: more than 10k ohm
  • Reference Input: Level -10dBV
  • Maximum Input: Level +2dBV
  • Mic In
  • Connector: XLR-3-31 Type (balanced, 2-pin hot)
  • Input Impedance: more than 6k ohm
  • Reference Input: Level -50dBu to -10dBu
  • Maximum Input: Level +2dBu
  • Phantom: P48
  • Monitor Out L, R:
  • Connector: RCA Pin Jack (unbalanced)
  • Load Impedance: more than 10k ohm
  • Reference Output Level: -10dBV
  • Phones:
  • Connector: Stereo Mini Phone Jack
  • Load Impedance: more than 32 ohm
  • Maximum Output Level: 15 + 15mW (32 ohm)
  • USB 2.0 (for PC)
  • Connector: Series "B" Receptacle
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Maximum Output: 300mW
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.01 in x 9.84 in. x 8.66 in., 77 x 250 x 220 mm
  • Weight Approx.: 0.8kgs (w/o battery)
  • Power Requirement: DC12V; AA (Alkaline, NiCd, NiMH) x 4; Tamiya-type (7.2V) battery; AD-12A Adaptor (supplied)
  • Power Consumption: 4W
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FostexFR-2LE CF Field Recorder

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Excellent Audio Quality

By slimsmarti

from Littleton, CO

Comments about Fostex FR-2LE CF Field Recorder:

I have used the fostex fr2le now with Mics, line input, and using the built in mics. The sound is solid and clean. The functions are easy to figure out. It does work with a Mac, the manual says Windows ME only. Read the manual.

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By Scotsounds

from Whidbey Island, Wa

Comments about Fostex FR-2LE CF Field Recorder:

This is an excellent piece of equipment. I've been using it for over a year now and it does all I ask of it. Particularly useful is the RC battery pack option which allows it to run all day. The level controls take a little getting used to. What seems high while recording turns out to be much lower when you look at the file in Audacity, Amadeus Pro or Garageband, but the noise floor is so low that you can amplify or normalize without much noise intruding. I use it on location for reporting, for recording music and as a bit bucket backup. CHange the CF card on the fly, and even the battery change is reasonably quick and painless, though the thicker cables on the RC pack require care to tuck them away neatly. The menu is easy to read except in bright sunlight but the limiter is effective enough in reporter mode. I like it, and would have another in an instant.

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