Fostex FR-2 LE 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder with MP3 Recording/Playback

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About Fostex FR-2

The Fostex FR-2 LE is a 2-channel compact field recorder that records stereo or mono BWF or MP3 files to Type II CompactFlash or Microdrive cards with up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. The unit features built-in phantom powering, editing functionality and USB 2.0, allowing high-speed transfer to Mac or PC computers. A pre-record buffer ensures full-take recording with no inadvertent loss.

Fostex FR-2 Features

  • Recording on Type II CompactFlash card
  • Light weight, yet tough with a highly rigid chassis
  • FAT32 file system & BWF Stereo file format
  • MP3 recording/playback
  • Up to 24 bit 96kHz audio performance
  • 2 x professional phantom powered XLR mic inputs with precise recording level adjustment control
  • ALC (Off/On/Limiter) and HPF (On/Off, 100Hz -12dB/Oct)
  • Built-in stereo microphones for quick memo recording
  • USB 2.0 for high speed file transfer to PC
  • 2 second Pre Rec buffer
  • 1 take = 1 file system (eliminates overwrites)
  • Approx. 8 hours battery operation
  • Wired remote controller with mic attachment belt

Fostex FR-2 Specifications

Recording medium
CompactFlash card
File Format
BWF (Broadcast Wave Format), MP3 (MPEG Layer-3)
Sampling Frequency
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 /96 kHz
16-bit linear (44.1 / 48 kHz)
24-bit linear (44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96)
Recording tracks
Record/Playback frequency response
20Hz to 20kHz, +/-2 dB (at 44.1kHz/48kHz FS)
20Hz to 40kHz, +/-3 dB (at 88.2kHz/96kHz FS)
Signal to Noise Ratio
Line: 95dB (typical)
Mic (MIC TRIM max.): 85dB (typical)
(between ADC and DAC, 24-bit, 48 kHz FS)
Dynamic Range
95dB (typical) (between ADC and DAC, 24-bit, 48 kHz FS)
Line: Less than 0.008% (at 1 kHz, -1 dB typical)
Mic (MIC TRIM max.): Less than 0.01% (at 1 kHz, -1 dB typical)
(between ADC and DAC, 24-bit, 48 kHz FS)
Channel Separation (24-bit, 48 kHz FS)
90dB or more at 1kHz, 0dB (24bit, Fs 48kHz)
Reference Level
Locate memory
99 cue points per file can be stored
ANALOG IN [L, R] Connectors
XLR-Phone Combo type
Line input: Connectors
؁ 6mm TS phone jack (unbalanced)
Line input: Input impedance
More than 10kW
Line input: Nominal input level
-10 dBV
Line input: Maximum input level
+2 dBV
MIC input: Connectors
XLR-3-31 type (balanced, pin 2= HOT)
MIC input: Input impedance
XLR-3-31 type (balanced, pin 2= HOT)
MIC input: Nominal input level
-50 dBu to -10 dBu
MIC input: Maximum input level
+2 dBu
MIC input: Phantom power
48 V
Monitor Out [L, R]: Connectors
RCA type (unbalanced)
Monitor Out [L, R]: Load impedance
More than 10kW
Monitor Out [L, R]: Reference O/P level
-10 dBV
Phones: Connector
Stereo mini-phone jack
Phones: Applicable load impedance
More than 32W
Phones: Maximum output power
15 mW + 15 mW (32W load)
USB 2.0 (for PC connection)
Connector: Series "B" Receptacle
Pin assignment: 1= VBUS, 2= D-, 3= D+, 4= GND
Internal speaker
Maximum output level: 300mW
Power supply
AC adaptor (supplied)
Four size AA (alkaline, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH) batteries
(not supplied)
Tamiya battery (not supplied)
Dimensions (HxWxD)
57x206x132mm / 2.24x8.11x5.20"
Approximately 800g / 28.22oz (excluding batteries)
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