Best microSD Card for Zoom H1n

Best Micro SD card for the Zoom H1n

What are the best microSD cards for the Zoom H1n? 1. Sandisk Ultra 32GB If you are looking to buy a microSD card to exclusively use on your Zoom H1n, then you should consider this card. It’s a basic microSDHC card with 32GB capacity. Has up to 48MB/s Read Speed, though I rarely achieve speeds of more than 15MB/s with mine. It’s rated to a minimum sustained write speed of 10MB/s, which is more than enough for the Zoom H1n. The highest bitrate audio the Zoom H1n can record is 96kHz/24bit stereo WAV recording. That equates to 96,000 Hz X 24 bit X 2 channels = 4,608,000 bps, which is equivalent to 0.576MB/s (that’s MegaBytes per second!). So the minimum write speed of this card is approximates 20 times more than what you need when using the H1n. Good choice, especially if you can get it on offer or discount. Click here to check its… Continue reading…

Best Voice Recorder for Interviews

A selection of voice recorders we've tested over the years

There’s a myriad of ways to record your research interviews. You could use your phone, laptop, or even a camcorder. However, I strongly recommend using a digital voice recorder. Handheld digital voice recorders are compact, affordable and enable you to easily manage the audio recordings, which makes the process of getting your dissertation interview transcripts easy and cost effective.

Summary: Best Recorder for Interviews
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Best Voice Recorder for Lectures

Best voice recorders for lectures

When I was in college, I recorded a lot of the lectures and found the recordings to be incredibly, incredibly useful. Why? They were a useful learning tool; I used recorded lectures to strategically revisit sections I wanted to reinforce, and when preparing for assessments. I was always amazed, when I listened back to the lectures, how much stuff I didn’t write down! Continue reading…

Zoom H1n vs Tascam DR-05x

In the last 18 months Zoom and Tascam have released new versions of their popular Zoom H1 and Tascam DR-05 digital recorders. The Zoom H1n was released in early 2018, and the Tascam DR-05x became available in early 2019. In this post we are going to compare the Zoom H1n to the Tascam DR-05x. Now, I’m usually hesitant about these kinds of comparisons. That’s because when it comes to voice recorders, it’s very hard to find two recorders that are similar. Yes, you can find different versions of recorders that are alike, but they’re usually from the same manufacture – who are doing some hokey pokey price differentiation. A few examples, Sony BX140 and Sony PX240, Olympus WS-852 and Olympus WS-853 and so forth. And buying the higher priced model gives you additional features. So most voice recorders have very little in common, for instance the Sony ux560  and the Zoom H1n –the 2 models… Continue reading…

Sony ICD-PX470 vs Sony ICD-UX570 Comparison

Sony ICD-PX470 vs Sony ICD-UX570 Comparison

Which voice recorder, between the Sony ICD-PX470 and the Sony ICD-UX570 is right one for you? Let’s talk about it. Today, we’re going to compare the Sony PX470 and the Sony UX570 voice recorders and look at the 3 main reasons you should choose one over the other. The Sony ICD-PX470 and the Sony ICD-UX570 are very similar. Both have 3.5mm mic inputs, headphone jacks, support high capacity microSD cards, record in mp3 and WAV format, come with 2 microphones and have similar microphone sensitivity controls. Both also have slide out USB connectors and speakers, though the px470 has a slightly large speaker.   Sony ICD-PX470 Sony ICD-UX570 Product Dimensions w/h/d 1.51 x 4.5 x 0.0.76 inches 1.45 × 4.05  × 0.49 inches Recording Formats LPCM (WAV), MP3 LPCM (WAV), MP3 Storage 4GB, microSDHC expansion 4GB, microSDHC, microSDXC expansion Microphones Stereo microphones Stereo microphones Ports 3.5mm microphone input, 3.5mm headphone output, USB 2.0 for PC… Continue reading…

Sony ICD-UX570 Accessories

Sony ICD-ux570 Accessories

We recommend the Sony ICD-UX570 voice recorder for recording research interviews, lectures and focus group discussions. One of the frequent asked questions I get are what are the accessories that I recommend. So, here’s a post with all the accessories that I recommend. I try to keep the Amazon links updated, but if you find any are broken, let me know in the comment section below. Thanks. USB PC/Charging Cable It’s possible to charge/connect your Sony UX570 recorder to your PC/Mac without a cable, but the built in USB is the weakest part on this recorder. If breaks off, you are left with a very light paperweight. Now, the cable you should get depends on your PC/Mac. If you own an older computer (PC/Mac) that comes with the full size USB port, get this Female to Male USB-A cable (Amazon link). If you own a newer computer (PC or Mac) with a USB Type C… Continue reading…

Best Audio Recorder for Focus Groups

Focus group recording devices

Recording focus group discussion is not easy. Focus groups are notoriously hard to control and manage. But crucially, you’ll have to record sound from different sources and directions. That’s not easy. Luckily for you, there’s recording equipment that make recording focus group discussion easier. And that’s my intention, to share with you the best focus group recording devices.
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Sony ICD-UX560 vs Sony ICD-UX570

Sony ICD-ux570 compared to Sony ICD-ux560

If you are looking to make a buying decision between the ux560 and the ux570, here’s my advice. Head over to Amazon (I’ve found Amazon offers the lowest prices) and compare the price of the ux560 and ux570. Whichever is cheaper, buy it. There’s very little that differentiates the ux560 from the ux570. Continue reading…

Sony ICD-UX570 Review

Sony ICD ux570

The ux570 is a wonderful voice recorder. It’s compact, easily portable and can easily fit in your pocket or bag. Records good audio using the 44.1kHz/16bit audio format and the right setting and allows you to monitor your recording. The LCF and NCF filters are powerful and help reduce noise when recording in a noisy location. And the ux570 provides plugin power through it’s 3.5mm TRS mic input.
The USB connector is poorly designed and can lead to a lot of mishaps, I recommend you buy a male to female USB-A cable and use it connect the ux570 to your computer. Without any reservations, I recommend the Sony ICD-ux570 for recording interviews, lectures, focus group discussions and meetings.
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Sony ICD-PX240 Review

Sony ICD-PX240 Review

So, I was looking for a recorder for dictation purposes; this year I do plan to dictate a lot of posts. I bought a few voice recorders that are built for dictation. And I have to say, so far, the Sony ICD-px240 has been my favorite dictation recorder.
Now, this recorder is not built to record interviews, meetings, focus group discussions etc. I’d not recommend it for those instances, and I’ll get to the reasons why in this post, but I’d definitely recommend this recorder if you’re looking to record your dictations. Continue reading…