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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #225 on: March 02, 2019, 03:03:14 PM »
The manual mentions handling noise and I've seen posts discussing the issue. 

This only applies when using the internal microphones, not line-in, correct?

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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #226 on: March 03, 2019, 07:43:26 AM »
The manual mentions handling noise and I've seen posts discussing the issue. 

This only applies when using the internal microphones, not line-in, correct?

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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #227 on: March 03, 2019, 07:20:26 PM »
I've not checked the manual in ages, but in my experience with my D100, when I set it to 100dB S/N, it seems to record cleaner audio via Line In than with that 100dB S/N setting OFF.  So that particular setting would appear to work on Line In, unless my mind and ears are playing tricks on me.

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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #228 on: April 05, 2021, 07:39:51 PM »
It appears that the D100 has been discontinued. B&H lists it as such, though it still appears on the Sony website (at least the US version of its site).
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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #229 on: April 05, 2021, 08:18:27 PM »
It appears that the D100 has been discontinued.
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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #230 on: April 07, 2021, 12:47:30 AM »
Amazon, Sweetwater and Full Compass all currently appear to have them in stock.  Doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been discontinued, but there apparently is still inventory.

If it is d/c’d, the Centrance Mixerface with the add-on mics might be a reasonable high quality substitute if you only need analog inputs. Cheaper too.

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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #231 on: April 07, 2021, 12:52:37 AM »
Amazon, Sweetwater and Full Compass all currently appear to have them in stock.  Doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been discontinued, but there apparently is still inventory.

Careful about buying "refurbished" units from Amazon.  I tried that once, asking many, MANY questions before buying, but they still ended up selling me a defective unit.  It was almost perfect in operation except the headphone jack was dead.  It really pissed me off because I had to use a freight forwarder at the time to get Amazon US to ship it to me in Japan.  I had to pay the return shipping of course.

And that's another point.  It's TOO EASY to accidentally plug your Line In into the Headphone jack, which no doubt killed the jack on that one unit, and is obviously why the previous owner shipped it back to Amazon (killing the thing by accident and then shipping it back claiming the thing didn't work right).

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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #232 on: April 07, 2021, 09:58:30 AM »
One caveat to the Centrance Mixerface (and the Portcaster) is that it records at only 24/48 internally. Higher sample rates are only via the USB when it is functioning as an interface.
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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #233 on: May 26, 2021, 11:25:07 AM »
I own, or have owned, every single Sony portable recorder since the D1, plus a number by other manufacturers, and in my opinion the D100 is the best portable recorder ever made. If/when it’s discontinued I hope they replace it with something just as good, but the D10 was a big disappointment.
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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #234 on: May 26, 2021, 11:52:09 AM »
I absolutely love my D100 - made one of my best sounding recordings recently with it on the back end of the chain - and still have my trusty old M10 that was purchased ~10 years ago. My only concern with the D100 is the longevity/durability of the battery tray. I could always switch to external power if necessary, but I always feel I need to handle the battery tray with kid gloves. Has anyone ever found a replacement?

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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #235 on: May 26, 2021, 11:58:50 AM »
I've not checked the manual in ages, but in my experience with my D100, when I set it to 100dB S/N, it seems to record cleaner audio via Line In than with that 100dB S/N setting OFF.  So that particular setting would appear to work on Line In, unless my mind and ears are playing tricks on me.

I have been recording with this setting OFF to date. Is there a general consensus to have this turned ON - similar to maintaining "unity" gain on the M10, if possible? Have there been any further testing anyone is aware of?

edit - Here's what the manual (pages 35 and 72) says about it:

S/N 100dB - With two A/D converters for one channel, the linear PCM recorder always reserves audio signals that are 12 dB lower than audio processed in the normal circuit in addition to the normal audio signals. If an over-input occurs, recorded data from the point at which the over-input starts is replaced and compensated. Replacement is executed while maintaining the linearity of two A/D converters of different levels, realizing a high S/N ratio. Noise can be suppressed even with a low recording level.
ON: S/N 100dB function is enabled.
OFF (default): S/N 100dB function is disabled.
Note: If the S/N 100dB function is enabled, the LIMITER function is automatically disabled.
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When recording a DSD file, LIMITER and S/N 100dB settings become disabled.
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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #236 on: May 31, 2021, 10:40:38 PM »
Agreed!

It appears that the D100 has been discontinued. B&H lists it as such, though it still appears on the Sony website (at least the US version of its site).

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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #237 on: June 01, 2021, 02:22:12 PM »
I own, or have owned, every single Sony portable recorder since the D1, plus a number by other manufacturers, and in my opinion the D100 is the best portable recorder ever made. If/when it’s discontinued I hope they replace it with something just as good, but the D10 was a big disappointment.

Can you expand on that thought?  I've always been interested in the D10.  I listened to a sound demos on YouTube, in which it was compared to a D100.  D10 sound more laid back when compared to the D100.

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Re: Sony PCM-D100 Part2
« Reply #238 on: June 20, 2021, 11:45:53 AM »
Can you expand on that thought?  I've always been interested in the D10.  I listened to a sound demos on YouTube, in which it was compared to a D100.  D10 sound more laid back when compared to the D100.

I just found the D10 much noisier than I expected.

I basically agree with George Vlad's comments here.

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