Summary: Excellent sound quality, easy-to-use functions and good battery life make for a phenomenal product. The built-in microphones deliver detailed, rich recordings and provide for useful stereo mic configurations. Audio file management is simple and efficient. Wish a windscreen was included but all-in-all, I am very satisfied with the PCM-50.
Summary: At first when I see the price and the product picture I was in shock, thinking sony is once again overpricing their products. However upon receiving the product, all I can say is "you get what you pay for". Although it only looks like a general case, it is NOT flimsy or soft at all. It is designed for the d50 and provides a perfectly snug fit.
Summary: This was the only one that I found that could do higher bit-rate and connect to sound card (input and output). Want to digitally record streaming content?.. I love this thing and will also use it for recording live sound. It costs a little more than the competitors but you can use optical cables to connect to your sound card. Also, the headphone output easily drives my Beyerdynamics DT990 and my Dennon 5000's. You won't be sorry you got this rig!
Pros: Decent Battery Life, Internal flash mem card, Optical inout, Versatile Easy to use
Summary: this was purchased for a musician who described this as a high end camera for sound. at this time, this machine is selling for $500 brand new, and around 370 used in perfect condition. Competitors include the Zoom h4n, Tascam dr-08, olympus ls-11. The sony is by far the most expensive of the popular devices, selling for more as a used device than the competitors sell for new.
Summary: I purchased the Sony PCM-D50 for two purposes: to record interviews for my work as a journalist, and to make recordings for my wife, who is a musician. The unit succeeds admirably at both, achieving much better results for music, especially, than the Olympus LS-11 I had previously employed. The sound quality of the Sony is really remarkable. Voice recording for interviews is fine, but doesn't take much.