This item is just too cool! I can’t think of the hundreds of times I wish I could have recorded a voice or a “happening” but never had the means to do so. Of course, my son tells me I should buy an I-phone but I probably wouldn’t know how to use it anyway.
Anyway, I just ordered the more expensive recorder, so now I’m ready.
It will not single your voice out, as in you will hear the other people as well. Though you will hear yourself more in the foreground due to it being closer to you. I suggest a small portable 4 track recorder for what you are talking about. Don’t get me wrong, this could be a powerful tool for your needs. I just believe that if you had a track recorder that it would open up a whole new world as far as growing musically.
We have to record our shift report occasionally at work, and use something similar, only our current one suck. Anyone know if you can pause in the middle of your recording (to catch up with your thoughts) and resume on the same file? Our current one doesn’t let us, and starts a new file.
If you’re going to use either of these for musical purposes, even rehearsal, you definitely want the PVR300. The sample rates aren’t listed in the summaries but are in the manuals, and the 200 is sampling at 8khz, which is similar to an old telephone; the 300 is selectable, and goes up to 24khz - not CD quality, but reasonable, audiocassette-like.
It’s strange (and kind of annoying) that they list frequency response of “20-20,000hz”, because the sample rate of the 200 limits it to 20-4,000hz and that of the 300 limits it to 20-12,000hz. For dictation and the like, both are completely fine. But for music of any kind, you really need the 12,000hz high end. I can get into reasons about why (low-pass filters, resonance, harmonics, etc) but it’s probably not the right audience.
Regardless, for music, the 300. Similarly for broadcast or podcast, in my opinion. The 200’s sample rate being that low would be a fidelity problem even in podcasts. But it’d be fine for things like lecture notes, dictation, and the like.