Sony Launches New PCM-D100 Recorder – Features, Specs & Price 17 Jan 2014

Sony has introduced the latest addition to its portable linear Pulse-code modulation (PCM) recorder series, the PCM-D100, which faithfully reproduces various sound sources such as instrument performances and sounds of nature, as closely to the original as possible.

The PCM-D100 offers extremely high-fidelity, compatible with 2.8 MHz/1-bit Direct Stream Digital (“DSD”) and 192kHz/24-bit uncompressed PCM high-resolution audio recording and playback with audio having six times the volume of information compared with the traditional CD format.

The device also supports a diversity of audio formats such as FLAC, WMA, MP3 and AAC.

This portable Linear PCM Recorder with 32GB built-in flash memory is compatible with DSD, a format that records source sounds using digital signals, compatible with recording and playback in 192 kHz/24-bit linear PCM.

The unit can reproduce ultra-high range, delicate musical components, and is capable of recording with excellent audio quality, from low to high range. This is achieved by equipping the device with a broad playback frequency band that easily exceeds the audible band of 20 Hz to 25 kHz.

Furthermore, the device is equipped with a highly-sensitive directional microphone that incorporates a newly-developed 15 mm unidirectional mic unit. This enables the user to adjust the sound collection range of the mic to suit various sounds.

Compatible with High-Resolution Audio recording and playback in DSD (2.8 MHz/1-bit) and linear PCM (192 kHz/24-bit) format

Compatible with DSD (2.8 MHz/1-bit) recording and playback equivalent to Super Audio CD (SACD), this device records the sound with infinite faithfulness and reproduces a natural and realistic sound experience.

Linear PCM technology is also compatible with 192 kHz/24-bit, which exceeds the standard 96 kHz/24-bit format used in recording studios.

Incorporating a wide diameter 15 mm directional microphone

The newly-developed, wide diameter 15 mm directional mic unit is built into the device, enabling highly sensitive wide range recording. Furthermore, design features such as the location where the mic components are affixed, and the mic aperture, have been carefully refined to optimise the interior space of the mic.

The device can therefore express frequency properties up to 40 kHz and leverage the advantages of wide range recording for DSD recording.

In addition, the device is equipped with a highly-sensitive directional stereo microphone, which enables the sound collection range to be adjusted in accordance with the sounds being recorded.

Select the 90-degree ‘X-Y stereo position’ when the sound is in close proximity to the mic, or the 120-degree ‘wide stereo position’ when in more spacious venues, or for performances by larger groups of people. This achieves a recorded sound with broad tones that offer a truly realistic experience.

Superior circuit design enables high-quality audio and reduces noises when recording

The PCM-D100 is equipped with a dedicated analogue-to-digital (AD) converter for both PCM and DSD, providing specialised functionality for respective modes. In comparison to conventional 24-bit digital-to-analogue (DA) converters, the PCM-D100 has adopted a higher-class 32-bit converter to achieve accurate playback of the sound.

The low-pass filter operational amplifier power supply of the DA converter prevents noise interference from the digital circuit, dramatically enhancing the headphone power source and enabling high-quality audio to be reproduced even more faithfully.

Independently-developed S/N 100dB mode minimizes sound distortion and internal noise when recording

Newly developed S/N 100dB mode reduces internal noise when performing conversions from analogue to digital by applying a unique digital limiter mechanism. This functionality achieves low noise with extremely high signal-to-noise ratio of up to 100 dB.

A conventional digital limiter has also been incorporated to constantly secure normal audio as well as to capture quiet sounds. Even if input exceeds the maximum input levels, this device prevents sound distortion by automatically adjusting to the optimal level.

Other special features of the Linear PCM recorder PCM-D100

Built-in high-capacity 32 GB flash memory

This device is capable of continuously recording truly refined sounds and textures, exactly as they are heard, for incredibly long periods of time: approximately 6 hours 35 minutes when recording in Linear PCM (192 kHz/24-bit), or around 10 hours 50 minutes in DSD (2.8 MHz/1-bit). The memory of the device facilitates high-quality audio recording for long periods of time and can also be expanded by adding an external memory, and audio recordings can be stored directly on this external memory.

Comfortable operability

The individual left and right adjustable recording volume enables fine adjustments to be made to the left and right channels with ease.

The illuminated audio recording level meter enables users to check recording levels at a glance, even in darkened venues such as concert halls or at live gig venues. Compact built-in speakers also allow the user to immediately play back and check the recorded audio, even when the user forgets the headphones at home.

Convenient recording functionality

Maximum recording level can be memorised on the device thanks to the peak hold feature. This is especially convenient when determining the recording volume at rehearsals or in similar situations.

The device is also equipped with a dual record feature to enable simultaneous recording in linear PCM and MP3.

Recorded audio can be edited immediately

Recorded contents can be edited immediately and directly on the device. It includes cutting unnecessary portions of the recording, combining files, adding effects such as ‘fade-in/fade-out’, and cues for playback.

‘Trackmarks’ can be added as markers for files being recorded, played back or locations at which the file needs to be split.


The new PCM Recorder PCM-D100 from Sony will be available at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from February 2014 onwards at a recommended retail price of S$999.

Specifications Sheet

High-Resolution Audio CapabilityHi-Res Audio
Microphone15mm Electret condenser microphone in adjustable X-Y configuration
Recording formatDSD: 2.8224MHzLinear PCM (WAV): 192/176.4 24 bit 96/88.2/48/44.1kHz 24/16-bit MP3: 320/128 kbps
Playback formatDSD (2.8224MHz), WAV, FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC
Signal-to-noise ratio
(for LINE IN recording)
[DSD]: 98dB or more (1kHz IHF-A)(Linear PCM) : 100dB or more (1kHz IHF-A) 24bit?S/N 100dB on
Frequency range
(Input from LINE IN jack recording playback)
2.8MHz:20-50,000Hz(0 – -6dB)(Linear PCM)
192kHz:20-45,000Hz(0 – -2dB)
176.4kHz:20-45,000Hz(0 – -2dB)
96kHz:20-40,000Hz(0 – -2dB)
88.2kHz:20-38,000Hz(0 – -2dB)
48kHz:20-22,000Hz(0 – -2dB)
44.1kHz:20-20,000Hz(0 – -2dB)(MP3)
320kbps:20-20,000Hz(0 – -2dB)
128kbps:20-16,000Hz(0 – -2dB)
Maximum sound pressure level (SPL)Approx. 128 dB SPL
Built- in microphoneElectret condenser microphone(Unidirectional)
Power supplyAC adapter (AC 100V-240V, 50/60Hz) or 4 x AA alkaline batteries
Built-in memory32 GB
Compatible memory cardsMemory Stick PRO-HG Memory Stick PRO Duo SD, SD HC, SD XC
Input & outputInput: Mic jack (mini-jack) line-in / optical-in / DC-in
Output: Headphone jack /lineout / optical out
USB: Micro B (USB 2.0)
Key featuresS/N 100dB / SBM (Super Bit Mapping) / Digital limiter / LCF (low cut filter) / Pre-recording/ MIC ATT(mic attenuator) / External mic plug- in power/ Divide / Combine / Fade-in / Fade-out / Trackmarks / Dual recording / Cross-memory recording / Upsampling / DPC (Digital Pitch Control) / Key control

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