Sony PCM-D100

Portable Audio Recorder

  • LPCM recording up to 24-bit/192 kHz and DSD (Direct Stream Digital) with 2.8 MHz resolution
  • Two pivotable condenser microphones adjustabe to 0°/90°/120° angles
  • Frequency range from 20 Hz to up to around 30 kHz
  • Sensitivity: -31dB/Pa
  • Integrated noise limiter
  • 100 dB Signal/noise ratio
  • Supports the audio formats: Linear PCM WAV with up to 24-bit / 192 kHz
  • DSD Format with 2.8 MHz
  • MP3 with 320 kbps or 128 kbps
  • Playback supports: Flac, AAC & WMA
  • Super Bit Mapping
  • Panning control
  • Digital limiter
  • DSP- and audio editing functions
  • Digital pitch control
  • Low cut filter
  • 5 Second pre-recording buffer
  • Dual recording: Records in both LPCM-WAV and MP3 files simultaneously
  • Backlight for LED
  • Volume control
  • Built-in loudspeaker
  • 32 GB Internal memory
  • Expandable slot for memory sticks and SD cards up to 128 GB
  • 5V External microphones and selectable attenuation of the input signals by around 20 dB
  • Inputs (3.5 mm jack): Line in, mic in, optical in
  • Outputs (3.5 mm jack): Line out, optical out, headphone out
  • Power supply connector: 6 V
  • MicroB USB2 connector
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 153 x 51 x 26 mm
  • Weight: 394 g
  • Incl. Wireless remote control, wind shield, case, USB cable and batteries, as well as audio editing software - Sound Forge Audio Studio
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Further Information

Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 2
Microphone Inputs 1
48 V Phantom power No
Line Inputs 1
Storage Medium Internal memory, Memory Stick Pro, SD Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker Yes
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 192 kHz
Limiter Yes

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Still the best handheld device for critical recordings
DrCheese, 05.09.2019
Yes this is pricey, but it is still recommended as the best recorder of this size for travel.
The highlights: sound quality of the preamps and the built-in microphones, adjustable mic angles, rugged design and class-leading battery life.
The microphones have been improved since the D50, they are very decent but something like a Rode NT4 plugged in still offers an advantage, at least in terms of self noise. The new mics also seem to offer a bit of ultrasonic frequency response up to about 30-40 kHz; this is useful for sound design and I was (just about) able to record bats' echolocation. The sampling rate option of 192 kHz helps with this aspect but to get the most out of this you will need external mics.
You shouldn't 'hand hold' this while recording using the built-in mics - they are too sensitive and and are not sufficiently acoustically decoupled from the body. Rycote offer a lyre suspension but it seems to have received mixed reviews considering its price. I have found that even a Gorillapod-type tripod attached offers an improvement.
From my research the D100 still beats the newer Sony offerings such as the D10 in terms of sound quality. XLR and phantom power options are tempting on the newer device but for pure sound quality I would still recommend the D100; other alternative choices can be made such as battery powered external mics or a small battery-powered phantom power supply to obviate this. It would still have been nice to have seen Sony provide balanced inputs and phantom power on such an expensive device - a breakout cable to XLRs could have used to preserve the form-factor. Also be aware that a power supply is not included but the reliably long battery life makes this less necessary. Inclusion of a soft case and windjammer is welcome.
I can recommend the Zoom Universal WSU-1 Windshield as a significant upgrade over the included windshield. It noticeably reduces more wind noise and it is also easier to get on and off!
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29.08.2016
Its built in microphones are very sensible, so you must learn how to set the recording level appropriately (I use it for field recordings and it is necessary to be aware that louder noises can appear and cause unwanted distortions).

It is necessary to use a stand or anything else that can prevent you from touching directly the device while recording.

The resulting sound is stunning considered the small dimensions of this device.
The noise reduction function (N/R -100 dB), makes it stand out from any of its competitors, that can only record in louder situations, while the PCM 100 can easily record in very low noise environments (the town at night, the countryside, or similar) nearly without preamp noise.

Battery last very long compared to other devices.
The display is bright and can easily switched on and off from a dedicated button. Built solidly.
Very easy to learn and use from the very first time.

The only cons I can mark here is the lack of dedicated jack/LNR inputs (it has a stereo mini jack input only), but to be honest I don't miss it so much.

If you want a very good portable device, this sounds like it's the best device on the market.
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Great quality recordings with useless features that make 50% of the price.
Makendzis, 02.12.2018
I'm using PCM D-100 for SFX as well as Voice-Over work. The quality of the mics is top notch. Self noise is very low compared to everything else in the market. Had Zoom H2n and H4n and Marantz PMD 661 MKII previously. I won't bother talking about Zoom, but Marantz on the other hand is another story (XLR inputs etc.).
So on the Sony mics are great, the thing's self noise is very low. Being able to change angles of the mic between 90 and 120 is great.
A minor con is that the device is extremely sensitive to handling. Move your finger and it will end up in your recording. Take a breath and it will end up there too.
What I don't understand is why the heck would Sony put DSD on it and charge for it, when there's no actual use for it as well as editing software for DSD is non existent. They should trow the DSD option into the garbage, reduce the price and watch the sales increase instantly.
All in all - great device, but you pay probably more than 50% of the price for DSD, which you will NEVER ever use.
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DonF, 24.06.2020
If you want good built in mics, this is pretty much your only option. The audio quality can mix well with dedicated mics and professional equipment.
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