One of the devices smartphones couldn’t outright murder is the dictaphone. Despite phones being more capable than portable recorders, dictaphones still enjoy robust sales and technological evolution. They generally offer better recording quality, flexibility, and look more professional when taken out by, say, a journalist. This might explain the devices’ ongoing popularity – see our article on the Zoom h4n Pro for a comparable (but better-priced) portable recorder.
Philips, a long-standing brand giant in all things consumer electronics, introduced a new audio recorder, the DVT7500. Described as a recorder for musicians, the device incorporates three built-in microphones and a pair of XLR inputs. This way, one can record from the three microphones, the XLR and Line inputs, or by combining both – simultaneously recording voice through the mics and instruments through XLR. The flexibility is to be appreciated! Also of note is the full colour display.
Storage & recording quality
Like most modern recording gear, the DVT7500 it’s capable of putting down WAV and MP3 files of up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution. They can be stored onto the 16GB of internal storage, or microSD cards (up to 64GB). The device supports input volume adjustments of up to -20dB and a built-in tripod gives one flexibility in placing the device at an optimal recording position.
The recorder comes with the following accessories:
- Protective pouch
- USB cable
- Line-in cable
- XLR adaptor
- Detachable windscreen protector
Price & release date
The Philips DVT7500 is being sold now for 299 USD / GBP / EUR. The price is fair for a modern, high-end recorder like this.