What are the best portable field recorders?

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    #1Zoom H4n

    Zoom H4n

    Zoom H4n is a versatile 4-track recorder that's also the de facto affordable standard of audio recording.It allows you to connect microphones, instruments and level all the lines from the screen. 

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    José Olivares
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "This looks pretty nice. I needed something portable that could record in different formats. This fits the bill. I get high resolution recordings, some good accessories , lots on inputs and functions. This is pretty much what i was looking for. "
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    #2Zoom H6

    Zoom H6

    Zoom H6 is a portable 6-track recorder that allows you to record directly at SD cards, manipulate input volumes thanks to the gain knobs and pads. 

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    Emma Reynolds
    Written on January 19, 2018
    "I love this portable recorder. It's perfect for recording my podcast amongst friends. Easy to use and it blocks the background noise beautifully."
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    #3Roland R-05

    Roland R-05

    Roland R-05 is a flat stereo pocket recorder with great microphones. It records in HQ stereo quality and comes in a strong metallic exterior. 

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    Christopher Burton
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "This recorder is awesome for people who need to record audio while away from home. I can record my thoughts that I later want to put into the story that I am writing so I don't forget them later on."
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    #4Korg SOS

    Korg SOS

    Korg Sound on Sound is a compact multitrack recorder specifically made for musicians. It works with AA and AAA batteries. 

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    Diana Fowler
    Written on January 19, 2018
    "Generally speaking this appears to be a great solution. It has a lot of the options I am looking for and is well reviews. Only thing that would make it better is if it was in stock."
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    #5Zoom H1

    Zoom H1

    Zoom H1 is a compact if somewhat basic recorder that includes X/Y micro configuration and records in WAV and MP3. 

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    Doris Patel
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "This is a great solution because it is a field recorder and has good reviews."
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    #6Yemenren R3

    Yemenren R3

    Yemenren R3 is a digital voice recorder capable of voice activated recording and features a high quality aluminum body. Yemenren R3 also has a built-in 300mAh rechargeable battery and an 8GB internal memory.

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    Amber Owens
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "As I travel around I find that I do not have time to really jot down notes in my journal as much as I'd like. This lead me to start searching for the portable field recorder that I could find. The Yemenren R3 was a model that was suggested to me by a friend. This product is easy to operate and has really high quality recording."
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    #7Aiworth Voice Recorder

    Aiworth Voice Recorder
    Aiworth voice recorder is a voice activated digital voice recorder. Aiworth voice recorder also has 16gb storage capacity for more voice recordings files.
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    Juan Wheeler
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This technology is must needed nowadays. "
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    #8Sony ICD-PX470

    Sony ICD-PX470

    Sony ICD-PX470 is a stereo digital voice recorder with built-in USB. Sony ICD-PX470 has an expandable memory with the micro SD card slot and battery life of up to 55 hours.

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    Matthew Long
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a high quality digital recorder that I use for practicing speeches for my classes before I have to deliver them. It's also useful for recording singing and other music. The only negative is the lack of screen lighting, which seems like a design flaw. Otherwise, it is a great recorder and sounds terrific."
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    #9Dictopro X100

    Dictopro X100

    Dictopro X100 is a digital voice recorder with a high quality aluminum body. Dictopro X100 has two ultra sensitive microphones with dynamic noise reduction and 8GB of storage capacity.

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    Michelle Payne
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Great little recorder. Has a ton of different options to use and choose from. Sound and play back quality are good. Its lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket."
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    #10Olympus WS-853

    Olympus WS-853

    Olympus WS-853 is a digital voice recorder capable of high quality MP3 recording and USB direct connect with battery charge function. Olympus WS-853 has an 8GB internal storage capacity and playback speed control from 0.5x to 2.0x.

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    Daniel Nelson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Olympus WS-853 is a digital voice recorder capable of high quality MP3 recording and USB direct connect with battery charge function. Olympus WS-853 has an 8GB internal storage capacity and playback speed control from 0.5x to 2.0x."
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    #11eBoTrade Dirct Voice Recorder

    eBoTrade Dirct Voice Recorder
    The eBoTrade voice recorder has 8gb of internal memory that let's you store up to 650 hours of recordings. The eBoTrade voice recorder supports WAV format recording.
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    José Juan Sotelo
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I do a lot of contracting work and like to record conversations in case I need to refer to it later. This thing picks up audio crystal clear and holds a ton of recording data. 650 hours is huge, that's 27 days straight of audio it can record. It's also really cheap, this is probably the best recorder I have owned. I'm thinking about picking up a few and just keeping the audio on them."

Summary

Best What are the best portable field recorders
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Zoom H4nElectronics 7 Paid
2Zoom H6Electronics 5 Paid
3Roland R-05Electronics 4 Paid
4Korg SOSElectronics 2 Paid
5Zoom H1Electronics 1 Paid
6Yemenren R3Electronics 0 Paid
7Aiworth Voice RecorderElectronics 0 Paid
8Sony ICD-PX470Electronics 0 Paid
9Dictopro X100Electronics 0 Paid
10Olympus WS-853Electronics 0 Paid
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