Remember when I wrote I didn't want to spend more than $300 on a recording device? Well now I'm looking at spending $500 on a portable DAT recorder that records on media cards so I can use a USB port to upload any recordings.
Sure, I could find a used minidisc recorder for $30 (in my case, more, I'm sure) and do the S/PDIF thing. I don't know what that means. Can someone bypass the annoying ATRAC encoding simply by using cable? I'd try it myself...if I hadn't left my recording device at a show. Also left were a notebook full of material and a nice microphone. If you see a comic talking about temping for Larry Flynt, that's my material. Mine. The Mr. Beaver line? Mine. That was actually a true story, my temping for Larry Flynt. Remind me to tell that story sometime.
Ummmm, this isn't really an official entry. If anyone knows anything about the make and model below--is it good, bad, worth it--please give me a heads up.
The fact I haven't purchased it yet is a good sign. I'm known for my impulse buys.
It can run for hours on just four AA batteries. It records on Compact Flash media cards which you can find in any discount store, and will store more than 36 hours of mono on a single card. If audio quality is your key requirement, you get over an hour of pristine, uncompressed, 16-bit .wav files. Editing can be achieved right there in the field using either of two editing modes, or you can use your favorite audio editing application by transferring files to your PC-the PMD660 even has its own USB port. XLR inputs, phantom power, built-in mics and more-it's all there in the PMD660.
Also, anyone have information on Martel Electronics? They seem to have the best deal at present.
All for now. I appreciate everyone's feedback. Very helpful.