I have an H2, and I also have an Olympus WS-311M, which you can get for
$80 new or $65 refurbished/guaranteed at Amazon:
I love it, and I use it much more than I use the H2, because I always
have it with me. It is tiny and slips easily into a pocket, it records
in stereo, and it has a stereo 1/8" input jack so you can use most any
mike that doesn't require phantom power. The built-in stereo mikes are a
bit sharp, but you can get a Sony cordless plug-in stereo mike for twelve
bucks (free shipping even) that works unbelievably well:
It has a built-in USB plug, so you don't need any cords to connect to
your computer. It records in WMA, and I download my files directly into
Audition, edit them, and save them as MP3 files. Quality is outstanding.
I also bought a Y-cable that has a 1/8" stereo plug at one end and two
XLR connectors at the other end, and with this setup I can do interviews
where each of us has a handheld microphone, with the recorder on a table
between us. Again, the sound quality is perfect.
I dropped this recorder on a concrete sidewalk last week, denting a
corner, but it still works perfectly. Unbelievable.
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