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Sony PCM A10

Sony PCM A10  ·  Source: Sony

Sony will cast its presence at NAMM 2019 with all it’s got to throw at audio professionals – mostly microphones, headphones, and hi-res audio solutions. It’s also bringing a pair of new HD audio portable recorders to the show – the PCM-D10 and PCM-A10. Sony is hailing these as geared for live music recording, podcasting, and news reporting.

Both models share fundamental features such as Bluetooth wireless playback, NFC connectivity, triple stereo mics, mobile monitoring & remote conrol (via the Sony REC Remote app); and 16GB of on-board memory, expandable via SD card. But they differ in conversion quality and connectivity options.

The more amply equipped of the two, the PCM-D10, goes all the way to 192kHz/24-bit recording and has a pair of XLR-TRS combo jacks with +48V phantom power support for external condenser microphones. It also offers an analog MAX9723 headphone amplifier, a digital limiter, and USB Type-C connectivity for file transfer and continuous recording or playback on external power.

The PCM-A10 goes up to 96kHz/24-bit recording in regular WAV and MP3 formats. It has rudimentary audio editing functionality (copy and divide) as well as a rehearsal function for automatic recording level adjustment. An integrated, retractable USB connector allows for direct computer connection. Finally, the built-in battery provides up to 15 hours of 96kHz/24-bit recording.

Price and availability

Priced USD 500 for the PCM-D10 and USD 230 for the PCM-A10, the former is set to ship in the next quarter while the latter doesn’t have a definitive date.

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