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Fostex FR-2LE CF Field Recorder

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The Fostex FR-2LE is a two-channel field recorder that records BWF or MP3 files in stereo or mono to Type II CompactFlash or Microdrive cards. You ge...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fostex FR-2LE is a two-channel field recorder that records BWF or MP3 files in stereo or mono to Type II CompactFlash or Microdrive cards. You get up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution and a two-second pre-record buffer to ensure full-take recording. "File per Take" system allows onboard scene and auto-take naming, or via external keyboard using the USB port. AA-size NiMH batteries let you work in the field for approximately 2 hours. The FR-2LE also features built-in phantom powering, editing functionality, and USB 2.0.

  • Recording on Type II CompactFlash card
  • Light weight and highly rigid chassis
  • FAT32 file system & BWF Stereo file format + MP3 recording/playback
  • High resolution recording of maximum 24-bit/96kHz
  • 132 x 64 dot matrix LCD
  • USB 2.0 connector for high speed file transfer to PC
  • Pre Rec buffer for 2 seconds
  • 1 take = 1 file system to eliminate overwriting
  • Auto Shut-off function when the input power becomes abnormally low to save data
  • 2 x XLR mic inputs with phantom power to accept various professional microphones.
  • Mic Trim for accurate recording level adjustment
  • Buit-in Stereo microphones for quick memo recording
  • Auto File Closing: the recording file automatically closes every one minute to secure the up-to-then recorded data.
  • Convenient file naming mode: DATE or TAKE
  • Approx. 8 hours operation with off-the-shelf Tamiya RC3600HV, Ni-MH battery
  • Wired remote controller with microphone attachment belt
  • Also comes with 128MB CF card, AC adapter, dedicated shoulder belt and carrying pouch

Now you can take top-drawer recording quality and unbeatable convenience anyplace you go. Order today.

  • Recording Medium: Compact Flash Card
  • Recording Time: 1 GB capacity (16-bit ); @ 44.1: 94 min., @ 48: 86 min.; (24-bit ) @ 44.1: 62 min., @ 48: 115 min. @ 96: 28 min
  • File Format: BWF (Broadcast Wave Format), MP3 (MPEG Layer-3)
  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 /96 kHz
  • Quantization: 16-bit linear (44.1 / 48 kHz), 24bit linear (44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96)
  • MP3 192bps (stereo)
  • No. of Recording Track: 2 tracks
  • No. of Simultaneous Rec.: 2 tracks
  • Recording/Reproduction Frequency: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +-1dB (FS 44.1/48kHz), 20 Hz - 40 kHz +-2dB (FS 88.2/96kHz)
  • S/N (ADC-DAC, 24bit, 48kHz): Line (Input Gain: +4dBu) 100dB (typical), Mic (Input Gain: -60dBu) 87dB (typical)
  • Dynamic Range (ADC-DAC, 24bit, 48kHz): 100dB (typical)
  • T.H.D. (ADC-DAC, 24it, 48kHz): Line less than 0.005% (at 1kHz ” 1dB, typical), Mic (trim max) less than 0.008% (at 1kHz ” 1dB, typical)
  • Channel Separation: more than 90dB (at 1kHz 0dB) (24bit, -20BFS, 48kHz)
  • Reference Level: -12dBFS
  • Locate Memory: 99 Cue points per file
  • Battery Operation Time; Approx. 8 hours (Tamiya RC3600HV, Ni-MH battery), Approx. 4 hours (4 x AA Alkaline / Ni-MH battery)
  • Analog In (L/R)
  • Connector: XLR-Phone Combo Type
  • Line In
  • Connector: 6mm dia TS Phone Jack (unbalanced)
  • Input Impedance: more than 10k ohm
  • Reference Input: Level -10dBV
  • Maximum Input: Level +2dBV
  • Mic In
  • Connector: XLR-3-31 Type (balanced, 2-pin hot)
  • Input Impedance: more than 6k ohm
  • Reference Input: Level -50dBu to -10dBu
  • Maximum Input: Level +2dBu
  • Phantom: P48
  • Monitor Out L, R:
  • Connector: RCA Pin Jack (unbalanced)
  • Load Impedance: more than 10k ohm
  • Reference Output Level: -10dBV
  • Phones:
  • Connector: Stereo Mini Phone Jack
  • Load Impedance: more than 32 ohm
  • Maximum Output Level: 15 + 15mW (32 ohm)
  • USB 2.0 (for PC)
  • Connector: Series "B" Receptacle
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Maximum Output: 300mW
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.01 in x 9.84 in. x 8.66 in., 77 x 250 x 220 mm
  • Weight Approx.: 0.8kgs (w/o battery)
  • Power Requirement: DC12V; AA (Alkaline, NiCd, NiMH) x 4; Tamiya-type (7.2V) battery; AD-12A Adaptor (supplied)
  • Power Consumption: 4W
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FostexFR-2LE CF Field Recorder

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


It is a decent recorder but could be better.

By Ron-VzDYG

from Oldbridge, NJ

Comments about Fostex FR-2LE CF Field Recorder:

I have been using the FR2-LE Field Recorder every day for a little over a week. I have also tried to put it through its paces, by recording live music, birds, nature sounds and sound effects. In all, I think that I have used the recorder enough to make some reasonable comments. Just remember that these are my feelings and your feelings might be totally different. First off, I wish that the mic trim knobs were a little bigger. I know that this is the Light Edition of the FR2 but they could have made the knobs a little bigger so that they would be a little easier to use. Next item that I am not to keen on, are the push buttons on the top of the unit. They are not solidly mounted to the top of the case. When you push on one of the end buttons in the row the whole button strip moves down into the case but they are still useable. This does not give you a positive feel and it feels a little mushy. The LEDs on the outside of the case are not as bright as they appear in the pictures on the Fostex site. They are totally useless outside in the daytime. Also I wish that they could have added twice as many LEDs so that you have a better feel of where your level is. It is a little tight on your fingers getting the CF card out of the unit. In my opinion these are all minor gripes and may or may not concern you. Well those are my gripes, now for the good points. The pre amps, mic trims, mic limit, LCD display, input and output hardware are all top notch. I have no complaints at all in this department. The menu and file system are both very straightforward and easy to use and very flexible. Battery usage is much improved over the FR2, also there are four battery types that can be used. The instruction manual is first class. Finally the overall quality of the recording is quite acceptable. I really like the units small size and it travels well. I have given this unit an Overall rating of 8 because of the minor gripes that I have listed but still I am pleased with my purchase. I just think that they could have done a little better in the areas that I have listed in my gripes. Final note, I am probably going to buy another FR2-LE as an affordable backup to this unit.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Recorder

By SlimSmarti

from Denver, CO

Comments about Fostex FR-2LE CF Field Recorder:

This is great quality recorder when used with your microphones. The built in mics are not suitable for making high quality recordings. I use Neumann and AKG mics. The preamps are solid, clean and strong. I highly recommend getting the rc battery pack (get 2) and a large, 4 gig or more, CF card. You can record for 2 days at CD quality and never need to be near a power supply. The remote is very functional with a red or green indicator light. The Fostex has performed without fail, is easy to use, and I would recommend to anyone planning on recording with their own microphones.

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