Summary: I was at first a bit intimidated by the device but soon overcame it. It is a terrific recording device that is not only very simple to use, but produces amazing sound. I am using the device to record interviews I am conducting and cannot believe the quality and clarity of what I'm getting from it. Plus, downloading the recording to my Mac and burning a CD is a piece of cake.
Excerpt: My minidisc player has finally become unreliable so it's time to trade up. I've used the M10 only a few times to tape live concerts but it has proven to be just as good and better than the minidisc. Solidly built with nice tactile buttons. The quality is great but I'm no expert. One negative, however is the poor editing functions. You have to make the t-marks and THEN go into the menu to actually cut the tracks.
Pros: Aa Not Aaa Batteries, Battery life, Easy To Use, Great Screen Backlight, Quality Construction, Sexy, Turkey Flavor
Excerpt: I use this for field recording, and capturing things on the fly. It has very low self noise which is pretty important for me, and the built in mics are quite nice. Friends who also use this device have reported it to be pretty rugged after many drops etc. So far Im very pleased with it.
Summary: Great audio quality, great battery life, internal mics are very quiet. I designed and 3D printed a shock mount for it- see http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:384567 The built in mics are too closely spaced for anything like a real stereo image, but they are fine for recording conversations or interviews.
Excerpt: Very easy to use in meetings with one hand or anywhere for that purpose. Love the 1-piece unit without any attachments on top for concealment. I bought this in hoping Sony doesn't pull their switch designs and/or closeouts.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Versatile
Excerpt: Sony makes great audio and video products. But some product designs defy logic. The M10 is a great recorder. I do multi-camera video production. Together with a Marantz PMD661 I use some of Sony's $/@$ MP3 recorders in which I can specify what the file/folder name should be so that when I copy all the files to my project on hard drive I know which file came from where. very convenient and time-saving.
Pros: Excellent Sound, Long battery life
Cons: Difficult To Use, Unintuitive, Unintuitive Controls, Unnecessary Functions
Excerpt: I am not an audio expert or musician, but I can see, feel and hear quality. This recorder is small, solidly constructed, easy to use and is excellent for wildlife and bird recording. I would have to think that it would be impressive for any type of audio recording. The microphones are sensitive and have a good reach and the frequency range, I would assume, would make it an excellent device for the study of (EVP)Electronic Voice Phenomena.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Powerful, Versatile, Wildlife And Birds