Originally Posted by gelocks
I didn't get through this whole thread but a week ago I was looking at recorders (just because sometimes I use my phone to record "ideas" with my guitar...) and while reading a review I noticed that the reviewer used this as an "MP3 player" also and of course I started wondering how it would fare... Fast forward to today and lo and behold I see a post from kskwerl in the Mad Dogs headphones thread and he is using it as a player too!
Of course I have a couple of questions! ;-)
I already had one answered on this very same page, it seems the Recorder can read 64GB microSD cards! (yay!!!!) The other ones:
1) Battery Life. I see people saying 40+ hours but is that 40 hours recording or playing music?
2) It seems the GUI is not the best for a music player of course (I don't think it could be worse than mi Hisound Studio V! LOL!) but can you shuffle THE WHOLE microSD card? Or just 1 folder at a time?
3) Is it only powered by double A batteries? Do you use rechargeable batteries and does the unit provide means to charge them?
4) Does it pair well with amps? I see kskwerl uses an Ibasso... is the line out "bright" by any chance? (I have a Leckerton UHA 6SMKII)
and... I forgot the others.... ;-)
Any help you can provide will be appreciated!
1) I'm not sure, but I think it's more like 35 hours of battery life, whether you are playing or recording...
2) There is no feature for random (shuffle) playback. But it does give you the ability to do repeat playback of the entire library, a single folder, a single song, or a portion of a song that you have tagged for loop playback.
From Page 52 of the Sony PCM-M10 manual:
3) Yes, you can use rechargeable AA batteries (i.e. Eneloop NiMh AAs). It also has a jack for external 3-Volt DC power input, but you can't charge the batteries that way.
4) I'd say the it pairs very well with headphone amps. It is indeed a little bit bright, which works very well with a neutral amp and headphones like the LCD-2, which have shelved highs. It would also be a good match for more neutral headphones and warmer sounding amp. The PCM-M10's Headphone Out jack can be reprogrammed as a Line Out jack (via the "Detail Menu -> Audio Out" parameter.) In other words, you can bypass the PCM-M10's internal headphone amplifier, to connect an external amp directly to the analog output of the PCM-M10's DAC. It does not offer S/PDIF out, however.
I've been using mine for 23 months now, almost daily. For the first 18 months, I used it with a Meier Stepdance -> LCD-2. For the past 5 months I've been using it with an iBasso PB2 -> LCD-2. And now that I figured out how to reformat 64GB microSDXC cards to FAT32, I'm loving it even more!