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Average Score:3.7( 3.7/5 based on 17 reviews )
 9 reviews53 %
 1 user review6 %
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 2 reviews12 %
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Sonysucks07/11/2016

Sonysucks's review"Sony PCM D-50 will not turn on."

Sony PCM-D50
I use this attached to the mixer board and record a duo.
Can't find any pros for this product as it will not turn on now. Used it for 3 years and it slowly had problems turning on. I have seen other reviews, on other boards, and it seems at least 100 people have had exactly the same problem. All Sony will say is, send in for repair, this would mean sending it to Toronto and I understand cost is prohibitive. Most likely they change to a board that they have fixed the problem and they make another $350.00 !!!!
I will never buy Sony again. The Tascam looks as good and at 1/2 price.
voicetrack11/03/2014

voicetrack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simple and high-performance"

Sony PCM-D50
So Me, I have not had the same experience as the other because I bought mine used already damaged after a fall there are more than 3 years. to be honest, I thought it would take one year (made in China); meantime, he again several falls (one of more than 2 meters during a concert recording) with multiple batteries faith ejected by the impact and landed in micro water while hiking with water that is introduced to behind the LCD for several months ... I carry around the bottom of my backpack wherever I go all this time and I used to work the same (thing I never thought with a recorder - 300 euros OCCAZ just bought troubleshooting)! ! ! Well since its swimming, the only bug that is an output of the menus when I press too much on "backtracking" which is not very troublesome. Another colleague has one and it was super surprised at the quality and reliability of this recorder. Two other friends also have the PCM and M10 are also telling great.

Micro side, there can be made a less flattering than a H4N but a much higher precision that gives a lot of flexibility to mix.

Even without balanced inputs, microphone preamps are well above those of H4. This recorder has a rather exceptional signal to noise ratio for the price. (Just to make gaff mobile phones too close during a capture).


His only serious competitor now remains in my opinion the Olympus LS100 which can be made a more "musical".

For cons, I bought this PCM D50 recorder troubleshooting following the spontaneous stop at the end of filming (hopefully) a Fostex FR2 ...! ! ! And there is more in the same class! Repairs amounted to the price of a new PCM D50! ! ! (After I have never had as good a Fostex FR2 recorder that but I think I will take that as Sony even without problem if there actually has bug on some devices, for what cashed mine ; it will anyway;-)).


Interesting point; with good batteries, PCM D50 takes more than 12 hours recording with 4 AA NIMH! ! ! (Against just 3 hours with 8AA for FR2!!)

In short, if you are disgusted with Sony, it might be worse with others more expensive;-)
Lestien05/11/2013

Lestien's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unreliable damage"

Sony PCM-D50
For the same cot obliged to buy something rcent rather than paying a rparation expedition package etc! super balls but his one day no longer lights: power supply, battery or not
trash can? ben shit Sony will reimburse us for we are many s'tre been had I think !!
and if ptitionnait? then buy what's quivalente quality in the current offer?
Lestien05/11/2013

Lestien's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unreliable damage"

Sony PCM-D50
For the same cost required to purchase a recent thing rather than pay a compensation package shipping etc! super balls but his one day no longer lights: power supply, battery or not
trash? ben shit Sony should pay us because we are likely to think I cheated!
and if we petitioning? then buy anything of equivalent quality in the current offer?
pipostar01/26/2013

pipostar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent"

Sony PCM-D50
I have been using 2009 for taking ambient sounds (field recordings) or live music, and I try to work with before the Zoom H4n.
Expensive but the quality is superb microphones.
No comparison with other zoom or tascam few faithful.
Simple and very effective.
AudioRock09/16/2012

AudioRock's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Avoid"

Sony PCM-D50
I bought this recorder nine there barely 2 years into believing invest in a good quality product and very reliable (having other Sony audio devices that still work without problem after 30 years), but this time I am extremely disappointed . I had always taken care of this unit (it never fell, nor took the humidity) and I managed to make some beautiful recordings Live indoors or outdoors, but after 1 year and a half use, it began to seriously bugguer alas suddenly. I do not know for what reason, the recording level of the left channel became two times smaller than the right making records now unusable. It is impossible to adjust the levels of the two pickups so independent and so to solve this problem / bug. It is therefore necessary to go through a technical service repair Sony. Considering the prices generally charged deterrent, I gave up and got pulled over buying another recorder newest twice cheaper from another brand and much lighter that I hope will be more reliable. What I liked most about the PCM-D50 was recording quality (when it worked correctly of course) and what I hate the most is its poor reliability (and to a lesser extent its weight heavy enough too). This bad experience was cool and I do not really recommend this model which a priori seemed very promising. This is unfortunate, and the price / quality ratio is very bad in my opinion. A word ...
Frapec04/07/2012

Frapec's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simple and effective"

Sony PCM-D50
I use this little machine is only for atmospheres in A / B, out crowd, nature, transport ... is behind a spare SD 302 in the output line of the 302-12dB.
Weaknesses: connector 3.5mm line in, which sometimes branlouille and can generate noise (with a rubber band to ensure, for example). Of course the microphones do not sound like Schoeps, but they work honorably for the price.
Strengths: the rotary volume knob, if you have the light fingers can handle without generating noise. The autonomy very comfortable, the use of batteries and battery not dedicated, pre-rec 5 seconds, the robustness of manufacturing.
ABSOLUTELY put on an old pickups down a girlfriend for indoor use, and a windshield pile outside. These are electret and they are extremely sensitive to wind.
Also invest in the remote control which triggers without touching the housing, and possibly a small table leg to move it away from the surface.
This is a simple and practical little machine that follows me everywhere in my shoots over two years. And for now, this is happiness!
octagoon02/08/2012

octagoon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Disgusted ... !"

Sony PCM-D50
It was too good! Both pickups have fallen in the bay overnight. Everything else works. Frankly, at this price ... this is disgusting! If someone has a unit that I can reverse engineer HS (and / or service manual), I may be a chance to do work again.
Left to slam the dough, I go home with their SD Nagra.

A word.
ezokcm102/01/2012

ezokcm1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" SONY PCM D50 Scam Alert"

Sony PCM-D50
3 years that I use

Yes a Zoom H4, but it sucked ...

3 years and now this recorder let me go, I am disgusted! I put the price thinking it would take me at least 5 years. And then for no reason, there he is loose crack! nothing works not even recording Line In

Moreover, it is no longer for sale! to believe that Sony planned life ... in order to make us cough up again behind ...

it is a shame!
lustorama09/20/2011

lustorama's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Obsolescence or outright fraud?"

Sony PCM-D50
Just for info .... I have a PCM-D50 for just over two years and he started to bugger lately. Send quote to Sony France: 350 euros! Needless to say I will not do the repair ... Is planned obsolescence is much talked about for some time? I do not know, but if it does, it's scam and I am not for myself, ready to buy the Sony méteriel.