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Meet the smallest addition to Sony's family of portable audio recorders: the PCM-M10 portable recorder is a palm-sized compact recording unit designed to be the perfect musician's tool for composing m... Click To Read More About This Product

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Meet the smallest addition to Sony's family of portable audio recorders: the PCM-M10 portable recorder is a palm-sized compact recording unit designed to be the perfect musician's tool for composing music, recording voice, instruments, practice sessions, and performances-even for use as a personal music player. This Linear PCM Recorder adopted many of its features and style from the highly acclaimed PCM-D50 recorder, including rugged construction, compact size, and a cool design. The digital recorder joins Sony's PCM-D1 and PCM-D50 models to form a comprehensive family of flexible and rugged portable field recorders for every professional sound application, including live sound, house of worship, theatrical, and broadcast journalism.

The PCM-M10 is designed to faithfully capture even the most subtle nuances of live performances and events. It is conveniently small in size but packs in many beneficial features: a five-second pre-record buffer, WAV and MP3 format record and play, USB port for easy uploads and downloads, Digital Pitch Control, and a MicroSD/Memory Stick Micro slot. Providing 24-bit/96kHz recording, a 4 GB built-in flash memory, user-friendly operation, and electret condenser stereo microphones, the PCM-M10 hand-held recorder is the ideal choice for making live musical, nature sounds, and field recordings.

"The PCM-M10 is ideal for budget-conscious professionals who still need high-quality sound capabilities," said Karl Kussmaul, senior product manager for professional audio at Sony Electronics. "Musicians will especially love its range of user-friendly features that can help inspire them to new levels of creativity."

Key features of the Sony PCM-M10 recorder include a built-in speaker, cross-memory recording, digital pitch control, digital limiter, low-cut filter, track mark functions, a 5-second pre-recording buffer and A-B repeat capability. The PCM-M10 comes supplied with Sound Forge Audio Studio Recorder Edition software.

The portable recorder includes a USB high-speed port for simple uploading and downloading of native WAV or MP3 format recorded files to and from Windows PC or Macintosh computers. The M10 offers durable metal construction and long battery life using conventional AA alkaline batteries.

Features
  • Microphones
  • Built-in mics: 1
  • Configuration: Stereo
  • Type: Condenser (omni)
  • External mic input: 3.5mm
  • Audio quality
  • Bit rate: 16/24
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
  • Formats: WAV/MP3
  • Outputs
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Audio out: 3.5mm
  • Storage and media
  • Type(s): Micro SD
  • Capacity: 16GB
  • Hard drive 4GB
  • Connectivity
  • USB: Yes
  • Other
  • Number of tracks: 2 (stereo)
  • Phantom power: Not applicable
  • Auto limiter: Yes
  • Width: 2.48"
  • Depth: 4.55"
  • Height: .85"
  • Weight: 4.1oz
  • Battery type: AA x 2
  • Battery life (app.): 17 hours
  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Power supply: Included
Specifications
  • Speaker: approximately 0.6" in diameter

    Input/Output:

    Microphone jack (minijack, stereo), input for
    plug in power:
    Input impedance: 22 kOhm
    Minimum input level: 0.9 mV
    Rated input level: 2.5 mV

    Line In jack (minijack, stereo):
    Input impedance: 22 kOhm
    Minimum input level: 500 mV
    Rated input level: 2 V

    Headphone/LINE OUT jack (minijack,
    stereo):
    Headphone mode:
    Load impedance: 16 Ohm
    Output level: 20 mW + 20 mW
    LINE OUT mode:
    Load impedance: 22 kOhm
    Rated output level: 1 Vrms

    USB connector: (mini-B jack, High-speed USB, Mass Storage Class)
    REMOTE jack
    DC IN 3V jack
    Memory Stick Micro (M2)/microSD memory card slot
    Playback speed control (DPC) +100% to -75% (LPCM/MP3/WMA/AAC-LC)
    Maximum power output: 250mW
    Power requirements:
    DC 3.0 V: When using the AC power adapter (supplied)
    DC 3.0 V: LR6 (size AA) alkaline batteries (supplied) (2)
    DC 2.4 V: NH-AA nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries (not supplied) (2)

    Operating temperature: (41 F- 95 F)
    Dimensions (not incl. projecting parts and controls): 4-1/2"H 7/8" D x 2-1/2" W
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY

Warranty terms vary according to product. For warranty information on specific Sony products, please go to http://www.ita.sel.sony.com/support/.

90 days parts and labor on refurbished items.



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SonyPCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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    (17)

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    (1)

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  • Easy to use (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Produces Outstanding Results

Stellar reviews usually get a jaded eye from me. Far better are those that gripe, if they tell me why the product disappoints. In this case, I cannot gripe, because the Sony...Read complete review

Stellar reviews usually get a jaded eye from me. Far better are those that gripe, if they tell me why the product disappoints. In this case, I cannot gripe, because the Sony PCM-10 digital recorder utterly fails to disappoint me. I am the vicar of an Anglican parish, and I purchased the PCM-10 in order to record homilies from our worship services. I especially value the following features of the PCM-10:Size: It lays on my pulpit as I speak. No stand necessary at all. And because I do not need any external power, there are no wires trailing from it. No one in the pews can see it. Sensitivity: I set it up to record directly to MP3 format at 96bps. All recordings are stereo. I use the setting that optimizes its sensitivity to my voice alone. Nevertheless, in testing it, I found it picks up voices that should be out of range, rendering them clearly enough that anyone could understand what is said. This device would make a fabulous bugging device for short-term (several hours) use!Ease of Use: Though the recorder is packed with a wealth of special features, I need only a few of them, and they are immediately and simply available. I press the Record button before the service begins and walk away. Twenty or thirty minutes later, when I enter the pulpit, I reach out and press the Pause button (which has been quietly blinking), and digital recording commences with the previous five seconds ~before~ I pressed the button captured! At the end of the homily, I reach out my hand and press the Stop button. That's it. No muss or fuss. No fiddling around. So very very simple to do.Quality of recording: At the settings I've chosen a 20 to 25 minute homily generates a file approximately50 to 60 megs in size, way below the recorder's memory capacity. The included software can probably be used to change the recording from 96bps stereo to 32 bps mono, but I already use Mixcraft to make this change, resulting in a file 5 to 6 megs in size, far more friendly for podcasting. At this greatly reduced resolution, however, the quality of the sound is amazing. No distortion. No hissing or buzzing. Great fidelity in range of tones. Transferring audio files from the PCM-10 to my laptop is a breeze with the included cable. Just plug it in, the laptop recognizes it as an external storage device, and I can copy files with drag-and-drop from the recorder to the folder I've chosen on the laptop. Long battery life: Other reviewers have noted the great length of time one gets from a pair of AA batteries. I confirm this. The recorder was used for over 10 hours of ?on time? before the screen icon indicated the batteries were getting low. If I had to find something to complain about, it would be the contrast on the display screen is sufficiently low that I have difficulty reading the display unless the surrounding light falls directly on the display screen. Reading the display in dim light or shadow would be challenging. But (I'm guessing) an improvement in this area (backlighting the display, for example) would diminish the battery life. I'll happily take the recorder as it is for the sake of long battery life.The documentation is satisfactory. It's printed in teensie type, which my elderly eyes cannot read without a magnifying glass and bright light. But, what I've needed to know and what I've needed to do to use this device have been so simple and straightforward that I've not needed to consult the user's manual. After using this recorder for two months now (eight weeks of recording sermons), I can find nothing significant to complain about, and many things to applaud. It's one of the best investments for my uses of it that I could have made.

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Worked great, but now it wont turn on!

This unit has everything i could need and worked great for my needs till it broke on me...Sorry guys i paid alot of money for this unit for it to just quit on...Read complete review

This unit has everything i could need and worked great for my needs till it broke on me...Sorry guys i paid alot of money for this unit for it to just quit on me after only a total of 5 hours of use... I had fears of the plastic parts falling apart, but an internal problem occured and i have no idea if it can be fixed. It turned off on me and now wont turn on. If my unit still was functional it would be 10s all the way, but its not and Im down $$$

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding performer

By Robert Pyon

from denver, Colorado

Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

Having owned a Zoom H2 and Tascam DR-07, and watched both of them break down after less than a year, I am relieved to finally find a class act! (Haven't had it a year, though, we'll see how well it holds up). I use it to record band rehearsals and concerts, and, even in MP3 mode, is true to the music. It's fidelity and clarity are awesome, and the controls are logical and well laid out. An AC charger is included (others charge $40-50), as is a REMOTE!! Don't have to get up and move to the unit after each song. It can stop, pause, record, and place track marks from the remote, again, well thought out. No better unit on the market for this price, compact, pocket sized, and works quite well. Haven't connected it to my computer yet, will defer that review to others.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great so far

By mm

from Seattle, WA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Field recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

    I chose the pcm m10 because (according to online reviews) it has better built-in mics than zoom or edirol, superior battery life to the tascams, better user interface than the olympus line, and is cheaper than the roland, marantz, and sony d50 with good enough quality that I'll probably never know the difference. I do not need XLR inputs, and the relatively small size and weight was appealing. I finally upgraded from my trusty minidisc recorder! My main use is to record acoustic music, whether classes, practices, jam sessions, or festival concerts. So far I am very happy - the auto level is much better than my minidisc ever was, and the manual levels are also right up front and easy to use/adjust on the fly. The buttons light up enough to help you use them, but not in an annoying way. The one thing I miss is the ability to input track names on the device, and to reorganize tracks. But I have not found any other current device that will do that, so I guess I'll just have to deal. Seems a little stupid that with such a powerful device you still have to stash a little notebook to keep an index of which tracks are which. You apparently can pre-name the 10 folders, and the tracks are named by a datestamp, so it isn't entirely nonsensical; but on my (Sony) minidisc I could quickly group multiple tracks (like from an hour long repertoire class) and just give the group a meaningful title, then come back and name the tracks later without having to search for that class again. All without a computer. Oh well. The sound quality is great, the build feels solid, there are just the right number of buttons and switches with good size and placement, and the interface is intuitive. I hope to have this for many years.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good mini-recorder

    By Countdizzy

    from San Francisco CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Audio Good Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Recording Gigs

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

      Lightweight, easy to use & compact - great for recording gigs.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      OUTSTANDING !!!!!

      By GARY FRASE

      from Flint,MI

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

      I bought this for lessons, practice and just to be able to critique myself and our jam's, however this little gut was so great it started to go to small venues and open mic concerts with me. I burned CD's for some of the perfomers and they were blown away with the quality of the recordings. My first clue of the quality was recording a lesson in my back room and in the playback you could hear the fridge turn on in the kitchen. It IS QUALITY !!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great recorder!

      By Eric Vanlangenhoven

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

      Needed a good recorder for field recordings. Was blow away with the sound quality. Like the option for upgradable memory (microSD). Battery life is phenominal.
      good internal mics. almost don't need an external.
      Best value for this price range

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder

      By william meadors

      from Florida

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

      Great
      I have found the live recording sound quality to be excellent. As other reviewers have said, experiment with the placement of this on stage and you will be rewarded. The mics are very sensitive but being so close together placement of the recorder in the trick. I got best results pointing the vocal monitor at the recorder placed on a mic stand. It seems to pick up quitar well anywhere placed. We repositioned the bass speaker away from the recorder and elimated the heavy bass tendency. Vocals were more balance with the monitor deliberately placed toward the recorder. Havent used it with a drummer yet, so cannot comment.
      Price was right with many specials of 10-20% off MF runs from time to time

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Sound

      By Strat-X6FOp

      from CA

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

      Bought this to record rehearsals and gigs. So far it's been just great. I've recorded about 10 hours of practice. We're playing acoustic music and everything comes thru so crisp and clear. The bass sounds great too. The Sony sounds much better than cheaper models I've heard. You definately get what you pay for with a digital recorder and for the low 200's this seems like a good deal.

      I also like how I could record then stop and just press play to then hear what we just recorded thru some powered computer speakers. I'm sure other digitals do this too but it just struck me as super simple. This thing has a speaker built in but it's not really useful for more than a quick sample.

      Uploading to a computer is simple too, and the Sound Forge software that comes with is pretty good. I record an entire rehearsal as an mp3, then upload to my machine and use the SF to edit out the chatter between songs. Then I have an mp3 with just songs to send out to other band members. So far the initial batteries are still going strong.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      good device - i love it

      By dan gormley

      from nj

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

      great features, very good sound, durable, very user-friendly.
      it's not cheap, but if it will work in your budget, you will love it!
      more features than i ever need. great overall!
      no problems! sturdy
      not cheap, but very high quality. well worth the $$$

      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Worked great, but now it wont turn on!

      By Rigoberto Mondragon

      from California

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

      This unit has everything i could need and worked great for my needs till it broke on me...Sorry guys i paid alot of money for this unit for it to just quit on me after only a total of 5 hours of use... I had fears of the plastic parts falling apart, but an internal problem occured and i have no idea if it can be fixed. It turned off on me and now wont turn on. If my unit still was functional it would be 10s all the way, but its not and Im down $$$

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good gadget

      By Jim Meade

      from Skaneateles, NY

      Comments about Sony PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder:

      Pros: Sturdy construction, essential functions have dedicated buttons on the unit (not buried in a hard-to-get-at menu), on-board mics are surprisingly good, nice big display for old blind guys like me, comes with remote control, AC adapter and Sound Forge editing software as standard. Cons: Micro SD cards for data storage(not supplied), they're so small they're actually inconvenient to use and easy to lose. Great machine for the money from a good name brand. Very happy camper.

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