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Old Dec 10, 2008, 10:16 PM   #21
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You're welcome!

I still use my MiniDisc recorders fairly often with various microphones. What I don't like about the Sony ECM-DS70Ps, however, is that they are far too noisy (hissy). I've just returned two of them for a refund.
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Old Dec 11, 2008, 12:40 AM   #22
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As far as I know, SAMSON does not offer a "Zoom Z2." SAMSON *does* offer a ZOOM H2:


I made an error. I only use the things, I haven't looked at the name plates for quite a while:sad:


Transom.org is not the only review site to report the "hiss" problem associated with external microphones in connection with the SAMSON H2.

Well the review sites are incorrect. I have my own test equipment. I used to design digital audio for a living once, so I tend to be a bit arrogant anout these things. But hey, the Sony mini-discs are great too, if you don't mind having to handle ATRAC rather than MP3 and don't need the convenience of sliding the SD card into your computer when a file-transfer is required

Anyway, the Zoom 4-channel is quite useful in situations of unknown acoustics, even if you don't translate it to Dolby 5ch Digital I use 4ch quite a bit. Like last Monday, in Chengdu, China. and last Friday in Guangzhou, China. But I am back in the USA now, editing those recordings and video Gotta get back to work...


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Old Dec 11, 2008, 9:40 AM   #23
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Actually, the newer "Hi-MD" MiniDisc format supports not only ATRAC, but also "linear PCM" recording.
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Old Dec 11, 2008, 9:40 AM   #24
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http://pro.sony.com/bbsccms/ext/ProA...iMD/HiMD.shtml
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Old Dec 11, 2008, 11:30 AM   #25
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Trevmar,

If you believe all of those reviewers are incorrect about the "hiss" associated with external microphones plugged into the external microphone input of the Zoom H2, then you should create a simple Web page to explain to the world the secret you've discovered to get around the noisy preamps of the Zoom H2.
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Old Dec 11, 2008, 12:12 PM   #26
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Zoom H2 vs. Sony MiniDisc opinion:

http://forums.minidisc.org/index.php?showtopic=19976
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Old Dec 11, 2008, 12:43 PM   #27
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Interesting YouTube video about Sony MiniDiscs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkD-05ewmsU
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Old Dec 18, 2008, 9:17 PM   #28
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Well, I've tested the Sony ECM-DS70P. Too much hiss. I've sent that back for a refund. I also ordered the Nady SGM-12 and it hasn't arrived yet, but -- sadly -- I already know I'm going to have to return it so I've contacted the seller for an RMA. The Nady SGM-12 is -- I've just realized -- identical to the Audio-Technica ATR55 except for the connector.

So it would seem the really good, quiet shotguns start at around $150 - $250.

I already have an excellent Audio-Technica AT835b. Very quiet. Very powerful. Very low noise. Audio-Technica now makes the AT8035 and I might go for that or a Sennheiser ME67.
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Old Dec 18, 2008, 9:25 PM   #29
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Or the Rode VideoMic perhaps:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846



Shotgun comparisons:

http://www.dvcreators.net/shotgun-shootout/#
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Old Dec 18, 2008, 11:54 PM   #30
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The Rode VideoMic won't work for me. There's no XLR out. Blast. That's why it's affordable. I must have an XLR connector. So it will be an Audio-Technica AT8035:

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wi...3db/index.html



I must have a microphone that doesn't "hiss."







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