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5.8 out of 10

Fostex FR-2 LE

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Reviews and Problems with Fostex FR-2 LE

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Overall 4
4.0

Dated design

Dan, B&H Photo
16 June 2014
  • Excerpt: Firstly, as others have noted the headphone amp is very noisy. This will not do in critical moments where buzz is potentially interfering with sound. Secondly, the menu leaves a lot to be desired. Another aspect that makes mixing sound more difficult is the units LED VU meter is slow to react to dynamic levels. While helping some friends they had this unit available. Having my SD 302 in front of it made a significant difference.
  • Pros: Easy To Set Up
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Overall 4
4.0

Suberp sound. Bad build quality

Jennifier, B&H Photo
21 May 2014
  • Excerpt: Can not understand why this recorder can get as good of reviews. After a few weeks wire to the battery holder get off .. When it gets many files on the card the fr2le not find it anymore files. The headphone output is very noisy. It will not appear on the recording, but means you do not know where the noise is coming from. Last came the memory card slo off t. The panel that holds it was mounted just stuck with a piece of double sided tape.
  • Pros: Easy To Set Up, Fast, Good Quality Duplicates
  • Cons: Lots of Duds
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Overall 10
10

Fantastic recorder!

Lee, B&H Photo
17 February 2014
  • Excerpt: We have been using this recorder for on-site audio memoir recordings and the results are fantastic. We're using a pair of MXL mics to record our subjects. While editing, I can turn the volume all the way up during a quiet section and -- no noise -- awesome!!! Easy to use, great on battery power.
  • Pros: Easy To Control, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Works Every Time
  • Cons: A Bigger Display, Small Display
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Overall 10
10

GREAT RECORDER

Bill, B&H Photo
3 February 2014
  • Excerpt: The preamps on this are super quiet, even with the gain turned up high. I use Rode NT-1A mics, recording 16bit wavs, from guitar/vocal to pipe organs, and the results are pristine. The unit is plastic to the max, but very light. It's very intuitive, and over 5 years into having mine, I can't complain. It's dead-on accurate.
  • Pros: Fine Sound Quality, Light, Quiet preamps
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Overall 10
10

great recorder!

Paddy O, B&H Photo
5 May 2013
  • Excerpt: I use this for mobile stereo recordings. Just used it last weekend on a string quartet with a pair of josephson microphones, and it came out great! Not quiteas good in terms of sound quality as something like sound devices, and the build quality feels cheap, but for half the price of a 702 , this is a great unit!
  • Pros: Easy To Control, Easy To Set Up, Fast
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Overall 4
4.0

OK as a backup recorder

Aston, B&H Photo
4 February 2012
  • Excerpt: I originally bought this recorder as my main field recorder because I was on a budget. If this is all you can afford, then you'll be fine. It's a little flimsy but works perfectly ok. No Timecode on this thing so if that's a must, look elsewhere. I decided to send this back and get the Sound Devices 702t. Granted, it's like $2,000 more than this recorder, but I can tell you this: I will always be happy I made that choice.
  • Pros: Easy To Control, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Good Quality Duplicates, Works Every Time
  • Cons: Flimsy Case, Limited Features, No Time Code
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Overall 10
10

Fantastic Field Recorder for Indie Film

"Film" maker, B&H Photo
25 January 2012
  • Excerpt: Intuitive design and easy to use. Currently in the midst of shooting a webseries on a DSLR Canon. The Fostex is the perfect recorder for such projects.
  • Pros: Easy To Control, Good Quality Duplicates, Works Every Time
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Overall 4
4.0

Noisy Preamps

Art, B&H Photo
25 November 2011
  • Excerpt: For field recording, I used an AKG 414 $1000 mic and turned the preamp three-quarters of the way up to record elk bugling in yellowstone only about 100 yards away. The hiss (noise) was too loud. I'm considering Sound Devises MP-1, MM-1 or Mixpre-D to upgrade the preamps. It also doesn't record mono files, so the files are twice as big as they need to be if you only want one channel.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Little Piece

Rykon, B&H Photo
27 February 2011
  • Excerpt: It has pretty good preamps in it and the functions are pretty fool-proof. All-in-all Id say well worth the money I spent.
  • Pros: Easy To Control, Fast, Works Every Time
  • Cons: None yet
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Overall 10
10

User friendly and well designed.

AEP, B&H Photo
26 January 2011
  • Excerpt: As soon as I pulled the FR-2 out of the packaging I was ready to use it. It is a very user friendly system that is more or less ready to go when you pull it out the first time. There are many different recording options including file types and sample rates. The mixer is simple to run, audio preview, one button press to record and stop. New files are created each time you hit record and numbered in sequence.
  • Pros: Easy To Control, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Good Quality Duplicates, Works Every Time
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