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Would you buy a $300 audio recorder if it had three mics?

Would you buy a $300 audio recorder if it had three mics?

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The Philips VoiceTracer DVT7500 is a new audio recorder that the company claims is specifically designed for recording music (as opposed to, say, interviews or lectures). While Philip’s other audio recorders have long been a favorite tool of lawyers in depositions and doctors reciting notes, the DVT7500 is different in a couple of ways, focusing on music recording instead.

It’s a move that puts the DVT7500 up against the industry standard Zoom H4N, which has long been a mainstay for on-the-go podcasters and at-home recording studios. That said, the DVT7500 has a few advantages to bring to the table: it has three microphones instead of two, presumably to allow for higher quality recordings, and offers a full-color screen instead of grayscale. Philips is also angling the DVT7500 as a musically focused device, and like the H4N can record MP3 and WAV files at a 24 bit/96 kHz sampling rate. The DVT7500 also offers XLR and line-in connectors (via adapter) to easily connect instruments and microphones directly into the device. For the actual recording, there’s 16GB of onboard storage, which is expandable via microSD.

The VoiceTracer DVT7500 was actually announced last August, but appears to just be going on sale now. And sure, while your smartphone can also record stuff, dedicated recorders like this can do it really well. Or, at least, that’s what the people selling a $299 voice recorder would like you to believe.