Sony ICD-LX30BLK Digital Flash Memory Voice Recorder, 75 Hz - 20,000 Hz Frequency Range, 192 Kbps Bit-Rate

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About Sony ICD-LX30

The Sony ICD-LX30 Digital Voice Recorder comes with a 2 GB SD card, providing sufficient storage capacity for more than 22 hours of MP3 audio recordings at the high quality factory-set rate of 192 kbps. The built-in stereo mics, large controls and the ability to add an external microphone, make the affordable ICD-LX30 a perfect digital voice recorder for chronicling class lectures, capturing live music, documenting board meetings and even just recording daily reminders and to-do lists.

Designed for straightforward, manageable voice and audio recordings, the ICD-LX30 offers convenience features like Record/Pause, Hold Lock to avoid accidental recordings and a multi-language menu. Conducive to quick and easy operation, the ICD-LX30's large LCD display and navigation keys make it simple to negotiate the folders, functions and menus.

Sony has outfitted the ICD-LX30 with an integrated front speaker for reviewing recordings or for those who prefer privacy, there is a 3.5 mm stereo headphone output. Small, lightweight and powered by two AAA batteries, the ICD-LX30 can record for up to 32 hours between battery changes.

Sony ICD-LX30 Features

  • 2 GB SD Card (supplied): A supplied, removable 2 GB SD card provides up to 22 hours of recording capacity. If ever the need arises for more, additional SD cards can be purchased in capacities up to 32 GB for up to 350 hours of capacity
  • Hold Lock: Disable all button functions with the HOLD-POWER switch and avoid unintended recordings and unit operation
  • Record/Pause: Provides the ability to pause the recording process, gather your thoughts and then continue recording in one easy step
  • Stereo Mics: Built-in stereo microphones eliminate the need for an external microphone
  • Earphone Jack: A listening device can be plugged into the recorder
  • SD Card Slot: Provides the capability to provide additional recording time using a removable flash memory media that can be removed and stored or used to transfer recordings to a computer
  • Records in Mics: Preset at the factory (44.1 kHz/ 192 kbps), the LX30 records in high-quality MP3 format that can be easily used with other systems
  • Large Controls: Easy to use user interface translates into your focusing on getting the job done!
  • Multi Language Menu: Enables the menu language to be displayed in English, French or Spanish
  • Mic Jack: Provides the ability to use an external microphone

Sony ICD-LX30 Specifications

Audio: Format(s) Supported
MP3 files: Bit Rate: 192 kbps
Sampling Frequencies: 44.1 kHz File
Extension: .mp3
Audio: Frequency Range
MP3 192k: 75 Hz - 20,000 Hz
Audio: Microphone
2 Built-in, unidirectional microphones
Audio: Recording System
Digital, Monaural Recording
Audio Microphone Sensitivity
Yes (Automatic)
Audio Recording
(44.1kHz, 196kbps): High-Quality monaural mode
On-Screen Clock
Safety Lock
Hold Function
Recording Media
Compatible, Removable SD Memory Card Slot
Recording and Playback Times
MP3 196k: 22H 20MUsing supplied SD Memory Card
Type of Use
Ultra Portable Voice Recorder
Inputs and Outputs: DC-In
3.0 V DC
Headphone Output(s)
1 (Minijack, Stereo) output for headphones 16 - 300 ohms impedance
Microphone Input
1 (Minijack, Stereo) Plug in Power capable, minimum input level 1.0 mV
Memory Size
Supplied SD Memory Card: 2 GB (approx. 1.8 GB = 1,932,734,976 bytes)A portion of memory capacity is used for data management
Battery Type
"AAA" x 2
Output Power
330 mW
Power Consumption
780 mW (in Operation)
Power Requirements
When using AC Adaptor: 3.0 V DCTwo NH-AAA-B2KN
Rechargeable batteries: 2.4 V DC
Speaker Type
Dimensions (D x H x W)
3.125" x 1.125" x 4.625"(79.4mm x 28.6mm x 117.5mm)
Speaker: 1.437/36.5cm
5.12 oz (145.3 g)
Mfr #

Sony ICD-LX30 Reviews

Reviewed by 1 customers

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


icd lx30 Desktop Digital Recorder


from Las Vegas NV

I bought this recorder to record song ideas immediately. I like it because it's a desktop unit with large buttons+large lce, has a bigger and louder speaker than thhe regular voice recorder. Suggested Improvemnts: 1- Higher rec quality options, although to get ideas on the spot mp3 it's fine 2- The "divide" button included in the other recorders would be really handy to clean up a recording afterwards 3-I would probably have the mics in front instead of the back. If I'm facing the unit and want a better recording, II'll have to turn the unit around everytime. Having said that, It's not a major issue, and I'm fine the way it is. Plus I have the option of connecting an external mic. Sweet! 3- Would like to see Usb, but that will increase the cost. Again, it's not a big deal to get the SD card out, attach it the card reader on your PC, and transfer my files to the computer. Although I use it for songwriter, it's so versatile for so many other applications. At least, I think every songwriter should have one or two. Or, alternatively, this desktop for home use and a thinner one to carry with you, wherever you go. It's defenitelly worth it.


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Michael P  How is the menu for playback. If I need to use this for play back of hundreds of MP3's, will it havethe menu capacity to do that? Thanks in advance.
Andrew R  This unit should store up to 22 hr of audio (depending on bit-rate, recording quality, etc.). The menu system appears to use a calendar based approach to organization and may not offer the simplest route to accessing "hundreds" of files.
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