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Best Podcast Recording Device, by now ?

ADDITIONAL UPDATE: Despite its amazing features, this device seems to be of the "give me this day my daily firmware"-kind…
UPDATE: The MicroTrack 2496 won German c’t magazine’s recent competition against two other mobile recording devices.

Last week I had the chance to try out a M-Audio Micro Track 2496 portable recording device for a customer who wants to do podcasting with it: It’s amazing. O.K. we had to upgrade It’s firmware first, since the one it shipped with rendered plain unusable, but afterwards we were granted a fine 24/29 audio experience.
Unfortunately the device needs about 30 MB of the accompanying 64 MB Flash-Card as RAM, so if you want to record anything other than cd-resolution MP3, you are strongly advised to invest in a bigger card or even a microdrive.
The device comes with a plug-on microphone for conference-recording, though also being open to a variety of other connectors, including S/PDIF. Please see the specs for details. Just keep in mind that the phnatom power provided by the device is limited (though not quoted in the specification) – so if you also consider buying a microphone, be sure to give it a try at the shop before buying.
However the most fun part of it is, that if you are recording directly to MP3, you just need to connect the device to your PC’s USB port and it will switch to "server-mode" and you will be able to operate it just like any exernal USB-drive.
For podcasting, where time and flexibility count, it’s the most suitable device I’ve seen by now. I’m sure, we’ll have some serious fun with this thing throughout the coming weeks.

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