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5.7 out of 10

Fostex FR-2 LE

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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!!!<br />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

&quot;Film&quot; 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.<br /><br />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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Overall 10
10

Pro in all the right ways

Mike the aspiring Sound Designer, B&H Photo
10 January 2011
  • Excerpt: I got the product a few days ago, I've already recorded trains and around the house sounds, I plan to record crowds, junkyards, etc.<br /><br />I am an field-experienced amateur sound designer, I've recorded animal handlers wrestling alligators to get them to hiss and growl, guns, helicopters. I even recorded kangaroos - only to find out they don't vocalize.<br /><br />I used to use the Microtrack II, and it is just terrible.
  • Pros: Perfect sound, Reliable, Shoulder strap, Works Every Time
  • Cons: Difficult To Control, Plastic
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Overall 10
10

A great piece of gear

rustel the recorder, B&H Photo
29 March 2010
  • Excerpt: I have owned this for over a year and a half and it still works great. The quality is pristine with my rode nt4 and my audio-technica stereo shotgun. I record urban and natural ambiance, birdsong, small ensemble performances, etc. I also own a zoom h4 and this recorder is miles above that one in terms of noise and sound quality. I agree the headphone and the monitor outs are noisy which is annoying but the recording quality is what really counts and that is great.
  • Pros: Works Every Time
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