Best Voice Recorders

Top 5 Voice Recorders Comparison

1. Roland R-26 2. Olympus LS-100 3. Zoom H6 4. Tascam DR-44WL 5. Zoom H2n
BEST MODEL OUR CHOICE

General Information

Manufacturer Roland Olympus ZOOM Tascan ZOOM
Item model R-26 LS-100 H6 DR-44WL H2n
Dimensions 3 ¼ x 7-1/8 x 1-5/8 in. 2.76 x 6.26 x 1.32 in. 3.1 x 1.9 x 6 in. 5.2 x 3.1 x 3.7 in. 2.7 x 1.7 x 4.5 in.
Weight 2.8 lbs. 0.61 lbs. 0.61 lbs. 0.75 lbs. 0.28 lbs.

Specifications

Microphone Types Omnidirectional,
Directional
External stereo Unidirectional,
Bidirectional
Stereo Directional (XY, MS mid mics),
Bidirectional (MS side mic)
Recording Media SD Card SD card SD card(64MB to 2GB),
SDHC card(4GB to 32GB),
SDXC card(48GB to 128GB)
SD card(64MB to 2GB),
SDHC card(4GB to 32GB),
SDXC card(48GB to 128GB)
16MB–2GB SD cards,
4GB–32GB SDHC cards
Built-in Memory 2 GB 4 GB 2 GB 4 GB 2 GB
Frequency Response 16 ohms or greater 20Hz-20 kHz 20Hz-20 kHz 20Hz to 20kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 44.1kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
20Hz to 22kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 48kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
20Hz to 40kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
20Hz-20 kHz

Recording Format

WAF/BWF
Sampling Frequency 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz 44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz 44.1/48/96 kHz 44.1kHz/48kHz/96kHz 44.1kHz/48kHz/96kHz
Quantization bit rate 16 bit/ 24 bit 16 bit/ 24 bit 16 bit/ 24 bit 16 bit/ 24 bit 16 bit/ 24 bit
Recording Hardware N/A 140dB SPL 120 dB SPL (unidirectional)
122 dB SPL (bi-directional)
132 dB SPL 120 dB SPL (directional)
122 dB SPL (bi-directional)
MP3
Sampling frequency 48/44.1 kHz 44.1kHz 44.1kHz 44.1kHz/48kHz 44.1kHz/48kHz
Recording Bit Rate 320/160/128 kbps 320/256/128/64kbps 48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps 32k/64k/96k/128k/192k/256k/320k bps 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps
Playback Bit Rate 32-320 kbps or VBR 128kbps to 320 kbps 48kbps to 320kbps 32kbps to 320kbps 32kbps to 320kbps
Number of Channels 6 channels 2 channels 4 channels (expandable to 6) 4 channels Stereo X/Y,
Stereo MS,
2-channel surround,
4-channel surround

Analog Inputs

EXT MIC/ LINE IN
Connector Omnidirectional (OMNI) mic,
Directional (XY) mic
Analog inputs 1/L,
2/R (XLR/TRS Combo type): XLR type (phantom powered), 1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced/unbalanced)
XLR In,
1/8” mini In,
1/8” mini Out,
phantom power supply
Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors,
phantom power compatible
XLR-3-31,
6.3mm(1/4′) TRS standard jack,
Phantom Power Compatible
Line/mic stereo mini jack with plug-in power
Input Impedance Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R : 5k ohms 10 k ohms (mic)
12.5 k ohms (line)
2 k ohms 2.2 k ohms or more 2 k ohm
Phantom power 48 V + or – 4 V/ 10 mA or less in all channels 48V, 24V, and OFF; L/R channels: 20mA or less in total +12V /+24V /+48V +24V /+48V N/A
EXT IN (MIC)
Nominal input level +4, -2, -8, -14, -20, -26, -32, -38, -44, -50, -56, -62 dBu -32, -38, -58 dBu -∞ to 55.5 dB -17.3dBu +/-2dB 0 to +39dB
Maximum input level LOW -7.5 dBu, MID -21 dBu, HIGH -26 dBu N/A N/A -1.3dBu +/-2dB N/A
EXT IN (LINE)
Nominal input level +4dBu +4dBu +4dBu +4dBu +4dBu
Maximum input level +24dBu +22dBu +22dBu +20dBu +22dBu

Analog Outputs

Phone/Line Out
Connector Headphone jack 1/4” combo jacks 1/8” stereo mini jack 3.5mm(1/8′) stereo mini jack Line/headphone stereo mini jack
Line Out
Nominal Output Level N/A -10 dBu -10 dBu -14 dBV -10 dBm
Maximum Output Level N/A +2dBV N/A +2 dBV +2 dBV
Phone
Maximum Output 35mV+35mV 10mV+10mV 20mV+20mV 20mV+20mV 20mV+20mV
USB
Connector Mini-B type Mini-B type Mini-B type Macro-B type 4pin Mini-B type Card reader operation
Format USB mass storage device class, USB audio (Hi-Speed USB) USB 2.0 USB 2.0 high speed Multi-track mode
USB 1.0 full speed Stereo mode
USB bus powered operation possible
USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class USB 2.0 high speed Audio interface operation
USB 1.0 full speed
USB bus power operation supported
Sampling Frequency 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz 44.1 / 48kHz 44.1 / 48kHz/96kHz (Multi-track mode)
44.1 / 48kHz (Stereo mode)
44.1 / 48kHz 44.1 / 48kHz
Bit Rate 24/16 bits 24/16 bits 16/24 bit (Multi-track mode)
16 bit (stereo mode)
16/24 bit 16 bit

Power

Power Supply AC adaptor ,
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 or Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) X 4
1 x Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery AA size (LR6) battery x 4,
Alkaline or NiMH type,
AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional),
USB bus power
4 AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH),
USB bus power from a computer,
Dedicated AC adapter (GPE053B supplied with the unit)
2 standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries,
AC adapter (AD-17, USB to AC type)
Power Consumption 500mA 2.5V 2.5V 2.5W 2.5V

Battery

Battery Operation Time
Format 48/44.1 kHz /16 bits/ 128 kbps 16/24bit, 44.1/48.0/88.2/96.0kHz 03:08:00 (44.1 kHz / 16-bit WAV) 34:43:00 (128kbps MP3) 3:08:00 (44.1kHz/16bit WAV),
34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)
Recording WAV/BWF (24-bit/96 kHz, stereo): 27 mins/GB,
WAV/BWF (24-bit/96 kHz, 4ch): 14 mins/GB ,
WAV/BWF (24-bit/96 kHz, 6ch): 9 mins/GB ,
WAV/BWF (16-bit/44.1 kHz, stereo): 90 mins/GB ,
WAV/BWF (16-bit/44.1 kHz, 4ch): 45 mins/GB ,
WAV/BWF (16-bit/44.1 kHz, 6ch): 30 mins/GB ,
MP3 (128 kbps): 990 mins/GB ,
MP3 (320 kbps): 390 mins/GB ,
WAV/BWF+MP3 (16-bit/44.1 kHz): 84 mins/GB ,
WAV/BWF+MP3 (16-bit/48 kHz): 75 mins/GB
12.5 hours Over 20 hours of continuous recording About 16 hours About 16 hours

Features

Display 160 x 160 dots graphic display (touch screen) 2.0-inch colour LCD monitor 2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels) 128×128 pixel oversized graphic LCD with backlight 128×64 pixels backlit LCD
Accessories Owner’s manual
SD Card
AC Adaptor
Power Cord
USB Cable (mini-B type)
Windscreen
Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
AC Adapter (A514)
USB Cable
Carrying Case
Owners manual
SD card (2 GB)
XYH-6 X/Y capsule
MSH-6 MS capsule
AA size LR6 battery x4
USB cable
sponge windscreen
cubase LE software
AC adapter (GPE053B)
4GB microSD card with adapter (in the unit)
USB cable (80 cm)
4 AA batteries for confirming operation
Fur windscreen
Mic stand adapter
Shoe mount adapter
Soft case
Owner’s Manual
2GB SD card
2 x AA battery
Steinberg WaveLab LE software
Operation manual

Warranty&Support

Warranty 1-year 1-year 1-year 1-year 1-year
Customer Support

Top Rated 2018 Voice Recorders Reviews

1. Roland R-26

As you probably know, there are so many models of voice recorders on the market, that finding the right model for your needs is almost impossible unless you know what to look for. After reviewing more than 10 recorders, we are proud to present the Roland R-26 as the most efficient recorder out there. What put it heads and shoulders above the rest is the fact that it uses two different types of built-in microphones such as omnidirectional and directional stereo microphones for excellent audio clarity. Also, it is able to record in up to six channels which is a big plus, considering that most recorders can only record up to 4 channels. More than that, if you want to transfer all your files to a PC, with the R-26 recorder you will be able to do that as it comes with a software that allows you complete the transfer process. Additionally, it is very important to know that it is one of the only digital recorders with a touchscreen interface which helps with navigating its advanced features. Overall, this is an excellent choice if you are looking for a quality recorder.

PROS

CONS

Large touchscreen LCD display It only comes with 2GB of storage
It can simultaneously capture up to 6 tracks of audio as 3 stereo pairs.
Easy to transfer files to your computer
High-Speed USB

VERDICT

The Roland R-26 is one of the few recorders with six channels available on the market. Specially designed for creative professionals, this model is much more popular than the Zoom H6. Although the Zoom H6 is equipped with 4 XLR inputs, most people prefer the R-26 which comes with 2 XLR inputs because it is more versatile and easier to use. Also, it worth mentioning that the R-26 only has 2 GB of storage as compared to the Olympus LS-100 model which has a built-in memory of 4 GB.

2. Olympus LS-100

It should come as no surprise that we selected the Olympus LS-100 as the second best product around. What we really like about this device is that it is more than just a simple recorder. It is also a portable recording studio which can be carried anywhere. It records audio up to 24-bit/96 kHz quality and comes with an internal memory of 4 GB. Also, it comes with XLR/TRS inputs for external microphones and voice-activation recorder. On the side of the recorder, there is an SD card slot which can accommodate up to a 64GB SD XC card. More than that, if you are thinking about using this recorder, it is very important to know that its adjustable microphone gain helps you optimize the input level of the device no matter what microphone is being used. Additionally, keep in mind that at 96kHz/24bit it can store about an hour and a half hours of audio in its 4GB internal memory, while at 44.1kHz/16bit, it can store about five hours of audio. All in all, this is an efficient audio recorder that will surely satisfy all your needs.

PROS

CONS

Outstanding sound quality Screen could stand to be a little larger
Loaded with a plethora of interesting features
Long battery life
Nice balance of facilities

VERDICT

The Olympus LS-100 is a classy portable stereo recorder loaded with a lot of interesting features. In comparison to the Roland R-26 which records up to 6 channels, this device is capable of recording only 2 channels. However, it has a better storage memory. It comes with 4 GB built-in memory. Additionally, it is equipped with a separate audio processor which helps it maintain a high signal-to-noise ratio.

3. Zoom H6

If you are looking to purchase an efficient yet affordable audio recorder, then the Zoom H6 is exactly what you are looking for. It comes with a compact design which makes it perfect for creative professionals who need a portable device. Similar to the Roland R-26, The H6 recorder is capable of tracking 6 channels simultaneously. More than that, it comes with four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS connectors. Able to record directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards up to 128 GB, this recorder may be exactly what you need: a great device specially built to satisfy all your needs. As compared to other similar devices, this recorder uses a system of capsules. The XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule allows you to perform stereo X/Y record, while the MSH-6 MS mic capsule helps you capture a fully mono-compatible stereo image. In spite of how good the other products are, we present this model as one of the most quality yet affordable recorder out there.

PROS

CONS

Interchangeable capsules Noisy preamps
Dedicated gain control for each input
Built-in effects, including lo-cut filtering, compression and limiting.
Records WAV and MP3
Can be used as an audio interface
Monitor via headphones

VERDICT

The Olympus LS-100 is the best value option on the market we reviewed. It is a great product that comes with a lot of interesting features at a reasonable price. It has become a go-to device for a lot of people in need of an audio recorder, including reporters, writers or musicians. Aside from being a good device, it is also easy to use recorder that comes with a backlit color LCD screen. This allows you to have a clear view of the screen.

4. Tascam DR-44WL

Another interesting recorder that you should take into consideration is the Tascam DR-44WL model. It is a portable audio model with WiFi that allows you to record 4 tracks of audio simultaneously with its dual combo XLR inputs and built-in XY stereo microphone. Due to the fact that it has internal WiFi, it does not need an external network, which means that you can easily control all its functions via iOS and Android app. Also, as compared to other recorders, it features dual-level recording. This means that it is capable of recording duplicate tracks at a lower volume. More than that, it can easily support dual-format recording. It is able to track simultaneously as MP3 files and WAV. Keep in mind that it records as SD cards, but it also has a microSD card adapter for other recording options. Like any other audio recorder, this Tascam model comes with a plethora of useful accessories, including a mic grip, a windscreen, a 4GB microSD, an AC adapter, 4 AA batteries and a USB card.

PROS

CONS

It records and mix up to four tracks on each audio file Doesn’t record quiet sounds as well as it records louder ones.
It has adjustable microphones
Good overall sound
. Wi-Fi control
Plenty of features

VERDICT

The Tascam DR-44WL is exactly what you need if you are a writer or a musician. It is a Wi-Fi enabled audio device that captures great recordings with its impressive features and effects. Although it is not as popular as the Roland R-26, it is definitely an option worth taking into consideration. It is quality, efficient, portable and affordable. In short terms, it is the best recorder for business professionals.

5. Zoom H2n

The Zoom H2n is another product whose incredible features place it in the 5h position. What we really like about this recorder is its stylish design which makes it a great choice for everyone. In comparison to other similar devices, including the Olympus LS-100 and the Tascam DR-44WL, the H2n recorder comes with a 2GB microSD. Plus, it is equipped with 5 built-in microphones for superior audio recordings. More than that, it has four recording modes, including stereo X/Y, stereo MS, 2-channel surround and 4-channel surround. In spite of how good the other is, the audio quality of this model is absolutely excellent. The H2n also comes with a lot of other impressive features, including auto-gain, auto-record, pre-record and data-recovery features usually used to maximize performance for the best possible result. All in all, the Zoom H2n is a good option worth taking into consideration.

PROS

CONS

Great value for money No professional XLR inputs
Easy to use
Good overall sound
Plenty of features

VERDICT

The Zoom H2n is a good audio recorder for budget-friendly. It comes with a lot of features and it runs for up to 20 hours on just 2 AA batteries. It comes with an LCD screen and a USB 2.0 port for connecting to your PC. Also, there is a menu selection and a hold power switch which makes navigation much easier.

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