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I have a small Sony digital recorder that I use at jobs as an extra audio backup, as well as my steno machine audio and my laptop audio. I've had two fail at once, so always want to have extra. Anyway, I notice that my digital recorder audio on playback is AWESOME compared to my laptop audio, and I'm thinking since those little digital recorders are so little, surely I can get the same quality in a synched audio file by replacing my laptop's sound card, but I'm not having a lot of luck finding a replacement internal sound card, so I thought I'd look at an external device. My digital recorder doesn't seem to pick up the white noise like my laptop and steno machine do and the sound is so much louder on the digital. In fact, my digital recorder picks up better than the videographer's audio and he's got everyone individually miked. I've traded microphones between the digital recorder and laptop to see if the mike makes any difference, and it doesn't. Anyone have any suggestions. I was actually looking at something like this: http://www.amazon.com/70SB049000000-Creative-Technology-External-ex..., although I would have to replace my microphones or just buy the mono to stereo adaptors for them. Someone suggested the Andrea sound card like SG sells, but I had a less expensive model and it was worthless. My computer sound card without an external mike sounded better!
That's out of my price range, especially for a backup. Wow!! That's more than a computer.
Thank you though.
I don't really use it as a "backup" since I have it connected to my laptop and it's recording into my audiosync. I love it so much I actually bought a second, though I did get that one used. But I'm telling you, it's worth every penny.
I believe it is just a line in/line out cable. Has both male ends. Can be purchased at Radio Shack, but mine came with my digital recorder.
The sound is amazing. I think you can get them for a little over $300 on Amazon.