Conclusion: When you move to a sound recording device like this with a full color display and more recording options than you'd ever have thought possible on a single hand-held machine, you wont be able to go back to your simpler one-trick-pony recorder. You'll feel terrible using anything less fabulous than the LS-100 once you've got it in the field.
Excerpt: Portable stereo recorders take many shapes and forms: pocket-sized units small enough to be carried anywhere, some with video as well as audio recording, and those that are a little larger but have more pro-level features.
Excerpt: One of the new products Olympus introduced at CES 2012 was the LS-100 audio recorder . I had the chance to sit down with the LS-100 for a few minutes during a press briefing. Check out my hands-on report below.
Excerpt: Olympus has really made a mark in the portable-recorder arena over the years – we loved the pocket-size LS-5 that we reviewed in February 2011, giving it nine out of ten for its great sound and build quality. The LS-100 is the company’s new flagship model, packing numerous features. Physically, its size is more portable device than pocket-friendly, and it ships with a slick carry case and wrist strap.
Summary: As a recording device, the LS100 does almost everything required of it, and it's ahead of the competition when it comes to playback track provision and the app-style interface. In terms of computer interfacing and DSP effects, though, it lags behind some competing products.
Pros: It sounds good., Phantom power is independent for each XLR input., Can record and mix eight tracks., Variety of useful recording modes., Supports SDXC cards.
Cons: Can't record more than one stereo signal at a time, despite having four inputs., Takes a while to start up., Lacks on-board effects., The OS could be improved.