Sony PCM-M10/R Portable Linear PCM Recorder, 96 kHz/24-bit, 4GB Memory & USB High-Speed Port, Glossy Red


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About Sony PCM-M10/R

The Sony PCM-M10/R 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),Excellent sound (3)
Best Uses:
Performances (3)

Sony PCM-M10/R 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/R 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

Sony PCM-M10/R Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


Great recording device!


from Chicagoland Area  -  Experienced

Fantastic sound for such a small device. Great features. Highly recommended.


Best sound recorder in its class


from San Francisco, CA  -  Novice

Great design and build quality. Tremendous recording capability in terms of low distortion and noise. Other recorders like the Zoom H4n may offer additional features that appeal to certain applications, but nothing in this class of recorders beats the M10. Pair this bad boy with a pair of Church audio microphones and you have attained sound recording nirvana. For more info, check out the taperssection thread on this device:

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I've given both my kids in college one.


from Utah  -  Professional Musician

Use for my daily music practice.




from annapolis md  -  Hobbyist

I use this to record concerts, works great with my Schoeps MK4 or DPA 4060's in front of a mic preamp Love the fact that there is a rec level knob to adjust, levels are easy to set. like the look of the meters and peak lights Two AA batts last 20+ hrs....incredible! A 16gb patriot class4 micro sd card works well with the unit Split l/r record adjustments would be nice, but I am not going to complain at this price point


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Richard G  If I use a reducer/connector 1/8 in. to 1/4 in. & put a professional mic. on it will it work & have enough power to run it or is it possible this set up could harm the recorder?
CURTIS K  Check the Professional Mic. voltage spec and match it to the mic. input spec on the recorder. If they they match then go for it. My suggestion is that you use one of sony's mic's that has an equal spec as the one you want to use.
Shopper  Is this a returned item? Why is it cheaper?
JOHN F  The one I bought was brand new! It is an excellent recorder. I highly recommended it. It is probably less expensive because this vendor has very good pricing. That is why I bought from them
Lorraine L  I have lost my usb cord. Where can I purchase a new one?
CHRISTOPHER P  No worries. You can get a replacement USB cable anywhere. * The type you're looking for is a USB 480Mbps Type "A" Male to "Mini-B/5" Male * Any available length will do fine * You don't need a 3.0 USB, a 2.0 type works properly * Do a search on the cable type to find a local office supply store, or Web resource They cost a couple of dollars.
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