Summary: I've used the Fostex FR-2LE about a dozen times. Prior to this I recorded on Tascam and Sony DAT players, dating back to 1997. The Fostex is a great machine! Records on a Compact Flash card (I use an 8 gig card and have never had a problem with dropouts or diginoise). Note: you must format the card at the frequency rate you wish to record in (e.g. 16/48, 24/48, 24/96, etc)...this gave me fits when i first used machine.
Summary: I am a video producer and need to record narrations and some field ambience. I use a high end microphone (Sennheiser). Once I learned how to use the FR-2 LE - 2 is seems to do a fine job but operation was not intuitive and the manual is extremely long, 110 pages, and you better keep it handy at first. There is no index so you have to hunt and the words used are often different than I would. I looked a long time for "erase," or "over-record." Nowhere.
Excellent sound quality, some small issues with monitoring
Christiaan Hattingh, B&H Photo
22 August 2007
Summary: I bought this item for use with some core binauralmicrophones. My main interest is ambient recording ofsources such as natural sounds, urban sounds, soundwalks,etc. For this particular purpose, in most situations i haveto really turn the trim controls up all the way (though itend not to go beyond 3/4 full gain) and then the overallrecording level close to full.
Summary: Great recorder from Fostex. Easy to use and no learningcurve. Recorded BWF files sound great..... Very happy withthis piece of equipment. I bought the Time code version.... Problems Encountered: None Previous Equivalent Items Owned: All Fostex professional field recorders, PD-4, PD-6w, EX-12, FR-2 Items I Recommend: Porta brace bag, DC to 4 pin-pigtail, 2GB CF cards, NIMH AA Bats.