Sanyo ICR-XPS01M Digital Sound Recorder  

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The SANYO Xacti ICR-XPS01M linear PCM digital sound recorder offers pristine, uncompressed linear PCM stereo recording performance in a very sleek, compact, touch-panel design. It is one of the thinne... Click To Read More About This Product

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The SANYO Xacti ICR-XPS01M linear PCM digital sound recorder offers pristine, uncompressed linear PCM stereo recording performance in a very sleek, compact, touch-panel design. It is one of the thinnest (0.37" or 9.4mm) and lightest (1.623oz. or 46g) portable PCM sound recorders in the world today. Ideal for any musical recording application, the Xacti ICR-XPS01M is well suited for musicians who wish to record live performances, rehearsals, music lessons, and professional recording sessions. The ICR-XPS01M is the ultimate pocket studio recorder for capturing high-quality recordings anytime, anywhere!

Uncompressed Linear PCM Stereo and MP3 Stereo Recording Modes
The ICR-XPS01M offers two recording formats: 1) Linear PCM, format, which records original sound without compression, and 2) the highly versatile MP3 format. Linear PCM recording records at 44.1kHz, 16-bit sampling rate enabling sound reproduction up to a maximum of 21kHz). MP3 recording captures high sound-quality of 44.1kHz, 320k-bit sampling which enables sound reproduction up to a maximum of 20kHz.

Touch Sensor Panel Controls on a Large Full Dot Matrix LCD Display
The SANYO Xacti ICR-XPS01M features a unique, touch-sensor panel for transport control functions (Play, Pause, Forward, Rewind), Menu and Mode functions. The unit features a large, full, dot-matrix LCD display which can be operated with backlight on or off for additional power savings.

2GB Micro SD/SDHC Card Included (accepts up to 8GB)
A 2GB microSD card is included with the Xacti Sound Recorder. You can easily expand the capacity by inserting up to an 8GB microSD/microSDHC card, allowing you to enjoy hours of high-quality PCM recording without constraints.

High-Sensitivity, High Performance, Low-Noise ECM Stereo Microphones
The use of high-sensitivity microphones and large-apertures deliver a pristine, clear sound. The microphones capture sound from a 360-degree angle in a very balanced, uniform manner. Noise levels are greatly reduced when compared to conventional designs. The stereo microphone recordings provide a very accurate representation of relative positioning.

Its recording input level adjustments allow you to switch between Manual (ALC OFF) and Auto (ALC ON) modes. Manual mode allows you to fine-tune the volume in increments from 0 to 60 using a recording level meter and Peak lamp. The microphone is ideal for recording music with high- and low-pitched sounds. The use of a recording peak limiter ensures reliable recording by suppressing distortion from abrupt, loud, transient sounds. A clear voice function reduces low- and high-frequency noise, making it easier for you to listen to the principal audio section.

Scene Select Recording Modes for Easy Recording
The Xacti ICR-XPS01M's presets recording settings (Scene Select) are used for setting the appropriate recording mode. There are three microphone recording scenes and three line-level recording (dubbing) scenes:

•Dictation: Suitable for up close recording, such as interviews and voice memos
•Meeting/Lecture: Reliable recording of meetings and lectures by increasing microphone sensitivity
•Music: Detailed recording that captures musical intonation by manual adjustment of recording level
•Headphone: Optimum setting for dubbing recording, by connecting to the headphones socket with an audio cable
•Portable: Optimum setting for dubbing recording, by connecting to the line-out terminal of a portable CD player with an audio cable
•Component: Optimum setting for dubbing recording, by connecting to the line-out terminal of a component stereo system with an audio cable

Additional record modes can be adjusted in order to properly set the Xacti ICR-XPS01M. The built-in recording peak limiter allows you to minimize sound distortions during recording when the volume suddenly increases. An equalizer allows you to adjust the recording input level for each frequency band. You can select between seven preset levels and User which allows you to modify the input level of five frequency bands. The low-cut filter allows you to record sound clearly by attenuating low frequency sounds at 300Hz or below. This is useful for reducing background sounds from wind noise outside or from air conditioners in a home studio.

Playback Speed Control
The playback speed can be adjusted to 21 levels between 50% and 200% speed. You can listen to recordings played back slowly or quickly without affecting the pitch of the sound. This feature allows you to quickly check the contents of a long recording to assist in transcribing music passages or complete songs more easily. You can also skip through a file during playback at preset intervals; 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 15 minutes.

Music Player with Built-in FM Tuner with 20 Station Presets
The sound recorder supports WMA and MP3 file formats making it a portable music player. Its built-in FM radio tuner receives and can record FM radio broadcasts for up to 24 hours. It allows up to 20 station presets to be stored.

Integration with Digital Audio and Video Applications
The Xacti ICR-XPS01M offers very high-quality PCM audio quality and performance in the smallest dimensions possible. Ideal for any recording application, the sound recorder has been demonstrated to be well suited for use with music production/editing software applications such as Garage Band, Logic Studio, Logic Express, and Pro Tools. Raw PCM files can be directly imported into these applications without any need for data or file conversion. When used in conjunction with SANYO's iFrame-compatible Dual Cameras (sold separately), the ICR-XPS01M provides a seamless way of bringing PCM quality audio tracks into a video editing session. The combination allows for much faster importing, editing, and sharing your movies across multiple platforms and devices.

Removable Li-ion Battery Pack with Direct Battery Recharging
The ICR-XP01M features a high-capacity SANYO Lithium-Ion battery which provides up to 40 hours of use. The battery can be recharged using the supplied USB cable.

  • Super-slim, sleek design
  • Uncompressed Linear PCM Stereo and MP3 Stereo recording modes
  • Touch sensor panel controls
  • 2GB micro-SD card included
  • Micro SD/SDHC card slot (accepts up to 8GB)
  • Built-in high-performance stereo microphones
  • Removable Li-ion battery pack with direct battery recharging (no need to replace batteries)
  • Built-in FM tuner with 20 station presets
  • Large full dot matrix LCD display
  • Scene select recording mode (3 scenes)
  • Mic and line level recording modes
  • USB 2.0 cable connection (Micro USB)
  • Microphone sensitivity (High / Mid /Low / Manual)
  • 50% to 200% playback speed control of MP3 files
  • Remaining record time indicator
  • WMA and MP3 data playback
  • Seamless integration with digital audio editors
  • Dimensions: 1.5" x 3.8" x 0.4"
  • Weight: Approx.:.10lb. (including lithium-ion battery)
  • Recording medium: microSD card/microSDHC card (supplied with 2GB microSD card)
  • Rated output (JEITA/DC):
  • Headphones: 1.8mW + 1.8mW (when 16Ω load)
  • Speakers: 120mW
  • Recording format: Linear PCM (WAV), MP3
  • Playback format: Linear PCM (WAV), MP3, WMA (PDDRM compatible)
  • Playback bit rate:
  • MP3: 16 to 320kbps
  • WMA: 32 to 192kbps (PDDRM compatible)
  • Number of folders/files:
  • Microphone recording: 4 folders (A,B,C,D)/199 files in each folder
  • Line recording: Line folder/199 files
  • Music playback: MUSIC folder/199 files in each folder
  • Radio reception frequency: FM: 87.5 to 108MHz
  • Power supply: Lithium-ion battery, AC power supply (USB or dedicated I/O socket)
  • Charging time: Approx. 150 minutes
  • Sockets: Stereo headphones socket (φ3.5mm)
  • Stereo microphone input socket (also used for line input, φ3.5mm)
  • microUSB (Hi-Speed USB, mass storage compatible)
  • microSD card slot
  • Dedicated I/O socket
  • LCD: Dot matrix
  • Accessories: microSD card (2GB)
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Inner ear stereo earphones (φ 3.5mm)
  • microUSB connection cable
  • Cradle Active Speaker (multi-cradle)
  • AC adapter for Cradle Active Speaker (ICR-XPS01MF)
  • PC operating environment: Compatible PCs: PC with Windows Installed
  • Operating system: Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • USB terminal: One available for connection with the unit
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(83 of 88 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing for it's size

By Lotus Seven

from The high mountains of Illinois

I've had the Xacti ICR-XPS01M for a week and have used it to record (3) live classical music events. The tiny mics in the Sanyo have surprisingly low noise considering their small diaphragm size. They're also pretty clean with no obvious distortion and/or frequency anomalies. So far, all of my Xacti recordings have been at the PCM (WAV) setting (44.1kHz/16 bit). With a 8GB Kingston Grade-4 micro SD card, the unit will record for 12.5 hours (WAV)or 136 hours (MP-3). Files are limited to 2GB each (about 3 hours) which is a limitation of the card file format used. The supplied 2GB memory card will store 3 hours of high quality WAV audio or 36 hours of MP-3 (128 kbps) audio. Sound via the (2) built-in omni mics is clear with little harmonic distortion. The internal mics' frequency response rolls off below 60 Hz and, although Sanyo specs. the device at 20kHz, the sound seems to be slightly "dull" indicating no excess high-frequency response. I expect to make some actual response measurements using the external input and output jacks to evaluate the recorder independently of its microphones. Sanyo rates the frequency response using the external input as 40 to 21kHz for WAV recordng and 40 to 15kHz for MP-3 (128kbps). The back lit (red) LCD screen is easy to read as long as you're not "farsighted", and the level meters (-45 dB to "0" db) are fast responding and have a peak indicator and a bright overload LED so it's easy to set levels. There are two mic coarse-gain ranges ("high" and "low" with a 30 dB gain increase using "high". Within each range there are 30 gain steps available. The "high" range is very sensitive and can easily pick up a normal conversation several feet away. I recorded a small classical chamber ensemble at a distance of 10 feet and used the "low" mic gain range and a gain setting of 26 for a recording that peaked at approximately -6dB. In addition, there are (3) gain ranges available for the external (3.5 mm stereo) line input. I had absolutely no problems reading the recorder's memory and transferring files to either a Windows XP machine or several Macintoshs running OS-X 10.4.11 through 10.6.2. Sanyo does include a special 12 inch long micro USB cable for computer interfacing. The recorder is recharged via the USB port. No external power supply is provided, and the unit will fully recharge in about 3 hours, providing enough energy for at least 14 hours of WAV recording (23 hours if you turn the display off). The battery is removable and is easily replaced so anyone needing more than 12 hours of recording can always carry a spare. No audio editing software is supplied with the Xacti, but I had no problem at all importing the WAV files into "Logic Studio", "Pro Tools", "Garage Band" and/or "Audacity" for editing and normalization before burning them to CD. At its 44.1kHz/16 bit setting using the built-in mics, the Xacti is capable of making recordings that are comparable to a Tascam DR-100, which is a lot larger and costs three times as much. The DR-100, will, of course, record at 96K/24 bits, but that high resolution is really only needed when using an external input source, not the Tascam's built-in mics. Other thoughts: The Xacti is far more than "just" a great digital audio recorder. It includes a FM receiver (you can easily record FM broadcasts) and is also a basic MP-3 player. The FM receiver is strictly "analog" (It does not receive HD FM) and has only moderate sensitivity but sounds quite good given a strong station. The earphone cable doubles as the FM antenna so cable placement is critical to receiving a clean signal. The unit is supplied with a set of earbud phones. They sound OK but are relatively large and have a rough textured outer edge, so are, by far, the most uncomfortable of the dozens of earbuds I've tried over the years. Plug in a good set of real headphones (Sony 7509's work well) to really hear what this device is capable of. There is also a tiny speaker mounted to the back surface of the Sanyo. It's really only usable to determine if you've actually recorded something, or to play back voice recordings. As noted in another review, Sanyo does make a docking & charging station that contains (4) small speakers. As of this date, the docking station does not seem to be available for sale in the US. The Xacti is a well-finished, precision device and looks very elegant. Its elegant design includes a polished metal edge, which looks great, but can make the device seem slippery and easy to drop. The back of the recorder does have a slot and pin arrangement clearly designed to attach a wrist strap like those supplied with just about every small digital camera, but Sanyo does not supply a strap or offer one as an option. Also, so far, Sanyo does not supply a case for the recorder.The ESME case is made from heavy "Cordura nylon" fabric and will hold the Sanyo plus a set of earbuds and a few extra micro SD cards. Its soft lining protects the recorder from scratches and minor shocks. This is the case that Sanyo should have supplied with the recorder. Anyway, for now I'm VERY impressed with this device. Where else can one find a good quality stereo digital audio recorder with a built-in, 5-band graphic equalizer, (2) quite decent microphones, a FM radio receiver and a tiny MP-3 player for just over a hundred bucks and sized so two of them can easily fit in a shirt pocket? The recorder is supplied with a clearly written, detailed manual (180 pages) which I'd strongly advise reading before trying to use the recorder. There are so many user set functions that it takes (6) pages just to graphically show the user menu structure. Sanyo wisely supplied the manual

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Good things do come in small packages!

By Dan Bar Hava

from NY, NY

This has to be the smallest, lightest and coolest looking PCM recorder ever created. Because it fits in my shirt pocket, I have been taking it everywhere, and using it to capture ideas whenever they strike. So glad I got this! The mic quality has to be great because the sounds I capture at rehearsals are clear and crisp. It has 2 gigs worth of space and offers two recording formats, linear PCM (44.1kHz) or in MP3s.I also really like the 'hand feel' of the touch panel - I can toggle between screens with my thumb while it rests in the palm of my hand.

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