Sony PCM-M10/B Portable Linear PCM Recorder, 96 kHz/24-bit, 4GB Memory & USB High-Speed Port, Matt Black

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Product Highlights

  • Built-in Electret Condenser Microphones
  • Flexible Playback Features
  • Simple Uploading to Computer
  • Versatile Recording Functions
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About Sony PCM-M10/B

The Sony PCM-M10/B is a 96 kHz/24-bit capable recorder with electric condenser stereo microphones, 4 GB of internal flash memory and a microSD/Memory Stick Micro (M2) Slot for expanded memory.

Key features of the PCM-M10 recorder include a Built-In Speaker, cross-memory recording, digital pitch and key control, digital limiter, low-cut filter, track mark functions, a 5-second pre-recording buffer and A-B repeat capability

The recorder includes a USB high-speed port for simple uploading and downloading of native.WAVor .MP3 format recorded files to and from Windows PC or Macintosh computers. The M10 offers durable construction and long battery life using conventional AA alkaline batteries.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (3),Easy to use (3)

Sony PCM-M10/B Features

  • Built-in Electret Condenser Microphones: The PCM-M10's electret condenser microphones have exceptional high sound quality. The microphones are omni-directional with a flat and wide frequency response and natural sound characteristics
  • Flexible Playback Features: The PCM-M10 includes both digital pitch control and key control. Digital pitch control maintains pitch while slowing down or speeding up playback speed. Key control allows changing the pitch while maintaining playback speed
  • Simple Uploading to Computer: The PCM-M10 conforms to the USB 2.0 Mass Storage Class Device standard and this recorder's native recording file formats include .WAV and .MP3. This means recordings can be rapidly uploaded to a computer and used in conjunction with most common audio production software
  • Versatile Recording Functions: The PCM-M10 offers comprehensive signal processing features for location recording including: digital limiter, auto record level control and a digital low cut filter.
  • The PCM-M10 also includes a 5 second pre record buffer, cross-memory recording and track marking functions

Sony PCM-M10/B Specifications

Audio Formats Supported Record
WAV and MP3; Playback: .WAV, .MP3, .WMA (Non DRM), .M4A (AAC-LC, Non-DRM)
Built-in Mic
Electret condenser microphones
Built-in Mic Max Input level
123 dB SPL
Frequency response
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Mic Input
Stereo Mini Jack
Mic Input Impedance
22 k ohm
Mic Input Rated input level
2.5 mV
Mic Input Minimum Level
0.9 mV
Line Input (Analog)
(Stereo Mini Jack) Input impedance: 22k ohms; Minimum input level: 500mV; Rated input level: 2.0V
Line Output (Analog)
Line out available from headphone jack (menu selectable)
Headphone Output
Stereo Mini Jack; Maximum output: 20 mW + 20 mW; Load impedance: 16 ohms
Frequency Response
20 Hz to 40 kHz (Line in) @ 96KHz
Sampling Frequency
22.05kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz
16-bit linear, 24-bit linear
S/N Ratio
87dB or greater (1KHz IHF-A) when set to 24-bit
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.03% or below (1kHz, 22kHz LPF)
Wow and Flutter
Below measurable limit (less than +/-0.001%W.Peak)
High-speed USB,mass storage class
Power Consumption
Power Requirements
Two AA size Alkaline batteries (supplied). Two AA NiMH Rechargable batteries (optional)
DC Input Jack
Battery Life
24 hrs @ 44.1KHz/16-bit or 19 hrs @ 96KHz/24-bit
Memory Stick Slot
Accepts Memory Stick Micro (M2) and microSD
2 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 7/8" (w x h x d) not including projecting parts and controls
6.6 oz (including batteries)
Sony warranty
Mfr #

Sony PCM-M10/B Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers


Very clear


from Pa

I purchased this for my husband who does sound recording for videography. He needed something small but powerful. This created a very clear beautiful sound.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)




from Jamaica  -  Hobbyist

Its too early to give an accurate account. at the moment its proving to be of interest to my friends. i'm sure they will be investing in one pretty soon

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


a rock-solid portable recorder


from Ann Arbor, MI  -  Recording engineer

The Sony PCM-M10 is a professional-level recorder that works well and feels solid. I've mainly been using it to record sounds that our babies are making as they begin to vocalize and eventually talk. I've also been using it to make field recordings of ambient outdoor soundscapes and will likely also use it to "collect" sounds for future electro-acoustic music compositions (aka musique concrète). It does a great job of recording voices and ambiences. The omnidirectional microphones pickup sounds from all directions and capture the acoustics of the space in which you are recording. The level meters are fantastic, although I wish that there was a peak hold. The 5 second pre-record buffer is indispensable - I love it. The built-in microphones are perfectly fine for the price of this unit and with the appropriate adapter you can connect any external condenser microphone. A windscreen is needed for outdoor work because the built-in mics are sensitive to wind. Sony has been *the* name in professional digital recording, editing, and mixing, especially with their multitrack machines the PCM-3324 and PCM-3348 from the 1990's, so I partly made the decision to purchase this unit based upon Sony's stellar reputation. Although I have been a music recording engineer for many years, the PCM-M10 has ignited my interest in voice, soundscape, and nature ambience recording. I'm delighted with this little recorder.


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Al L  Can any user tell me if the included AC adapter, AC-ES3010K2, is indeed worldwide voltage (100-240V) or local voltage only (110V)? Will need some answers soon. Thx
DON B  I have never used my AC adapter and I don't even think it came with one... Not sure about that. Don't bother with it. It runs for hours and hours on two AA batteries. Just give it a try overnight perhaps. I would not say that it is real easy to operate and I would read the manual before going to China. Experiment with the auto versus manual gain control. Monitor the red (saturation light). I would suggest trying to download to a laptop before you leave. On a Mac this is easy. Can't help you with a PC. Good luck and enjoy your trip. I want to be missionary so I would love to hear about China. hwbagsATnetscapeDOTnet Almost forgot: make sure you record 24 bits and 96 Khz and have a big card
Al L  Um... did I say anything about China?
Shopper  Does this recorder provide phantom power?
GREGORY W  No, it does not deliver phantom power only the 2.V used in all of Sony's condenser mics and some others. You could put a small mixer with phantom power into the line input jack and accomplish that goal.
Shopper  Does this recorder provide phantom power?
GREGORY W  No, it does not deliver phantom power only the 2.V used in all of Sony's condenser mics and some others. You could put a small mixer with phantom power into the line input jack and accomplish that goal.
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