Excerpt: Bought two of these back in 2011 (I think) and have used them for all sorts of uses - with shotgun mics, with lav mics, line in from audio board during events etc.. Last year the clock had to be reset every time we turned them on. I read online it was the internal battery having died.
Pros: Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Reliable
Excerpt: I needed a compact device to do street/ field recordings. This is so great - what ever I record can be imported instantly through usb and dropped into my DAW. 24-bit/96kHz! pretty simple to navigate barely needed instructions.
Excerpt: It's small, simple to use, and has fairly quiet pre-amps, but the mics are average and the sound is tinny. It's not the miracle that many reviews would have it to be. I've made hundreds of recordings with it.
Excerpt: I was looking for a handheld recorder to replace my Zoom H1. This Sony recorder performs so much better in many aspects: self noise is CONSIDERABLY lower than similar recorders, battery life is great, I've used it for many hours now and the battery still shows full.
Excerpt: I love the M10 as much as anyone for all of the excellent reasons listed above. But I did spill a miniscule amount of beer on the buttons, and no amount of distilled water, alcohol, or electronics cleaner (and drying out in rice) will make it work again.
Excerpt: I'm guessing that Sony would like to retire the 2009 technology in this recorder and get you to buy one of the newer Sony models, but Sony just can't do that because the ongoing demand for the M10 is just too high.
Pros: Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Reliable, Solid Build Quality
Summary: Fantastic recorder. I did a ton of research on this before I purchased. I was looking for an inexpensive recorder to do ambient nature recordings, and this rose to the top of the list due to its excellent battery life and low noise microphones.