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Fostex FR2 Compact Field Memory Hard Disk Recorder

Sets a new price performance ratio in the compact portable two track recorder market. (76) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Designed specifically for location sound recording, broadcast & sound effects acquisition, TV & radio documentary, and in fact any application where high quality audio recording is required, the Fostex FR-2 sets a new price performance ratio in the compact portable two track recorder market. Flexibility is the keyword with the FR-2.

Recording industry-standard Broadcast Wav Files (BWF) to either PCMCIA 1.8 in. hard drives or Type II Compact Flash cards, the FR-2 brings many features from Fostex's experience as a long-term leader in digital location recording such as a 10 second pre-record buffer, battery power, on-board limiter, and phantom powered balanced mic inputs.

Of particular note is the file per take system with scene & auto take naming which was developed on the industry acclaimed PD-6 & DV40. Specific "firsts" on the FR-2 include the ability to record up to 24-bit 192KHz, making it the first choice where the highest quality sound effects acquisition is required; and the optional timecode card which has a fully-featured reader/generator, including 23.976, and external word/video references, making it an ideal basic production or location back-up recorder.

Features:
Records to innovative PCMCIA 1.8" hard disk drives and Type II Compact Flash

Industry-standard BWF format. Stereo/mono selectable

"File per Take" system with scene & auto take naming/increment

Up to an "industry-first" 24-bit 192KHz recording in the field

132 x 65 dot matrix LCD for ease of use & high visibility in the field

Takes "off-the-shelf" AA-size NiMH batteries for approx. 2 hours field operation (Compact Flash)

Easy file transfer to PC/Mac via PCMCIA, CF adaptor or standard onboard USB connection

Quick file naming on-board or via external keyboard (USB port as standard)

Pre-recording loop buffer of approx. 10 seconds ensures no soundbite is ever missed

Tough rigid housing designed for the rigors of location use

Optional fully-featured timecode generator/reader card

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Specifications

General

Recording Media: PCMCIA: CompactFlash, ATA Flash card, ATA type Hard disk

Recording Format: BWF

Number of Channels: Stereo / Mono

Sampling Frequency: 22.05 / 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192kHz Quantization 16 / 24 bit

Physical

Power Requirement:
- 4 x AA type dry cell (NiMH recommended)
- AC adapter (optional)
- DC 12V

Power Consumption: Approx. 5W

Dimension (W x H x D): 9.5 x 4 x 8.3 in. (240 x 100 x 210 mm)

Weight: 2kg (w/o battery) (approx 4.4 lbs)

Performance

R/P Frequency Response:
- 20Hz to 10kHz +/-1dB (fs: 22.05kHz)
- 20Hz to 20kHz +/-1dB (fs: 44.1 / 48kHz)
- 20Hz to 40kHz +/-1dB (fs: 88.2 / 96kHz)
- 20Hz to 80kHz +/-1dB (fs: 176.4 / 192kHz)

S/N:
- Line: 100dB (ADC-DAC, 24bit, ref:-20dB, fs: 48kHz) typical
- Mic: 87dB (ADC-DAC, 24bit, ref:-20dB, fs: 48kHz) typical

Dynamic Range: 100dB (ADC-DAC, 24bit, ref:-20dB, fs:48kHz) typical

T.H.D.:
- Line: Less than 0.005% (1kHz, -1dB) typical
- Mic: Less than 0.008% (1kHz, -1dB) typical

Channel Separation: More than 90dB (1kHz, 0dB, 24bit, ref:-20dB, fs: 48kHz)

Phase Difference: Within 20 (20kHz) between channel

Reference Recording Level: -20dB

Click: Less than -30dBV (-16dBu) peak @ power on/off

Power Life: 2 hours continuous operation estimated (4 x AA NiMH type)

Input / Output Connectors

Analog Audio Input
L/R Connector: XLR-3-31 type (Pin2: Hot)

Line:
- Input Impedance: More than 6kOhms
- Reference Input Level: +4dBu
- Maximum Input Level: +24dBu

Mic:
- Input Impedance: More than 6k ohm
- Input Level: -60dBu
- Maximum Input Level: -40dBu

Phantom Power: +48

Analog Audio Output
L/R Connector: RCA pin type

Output Load Impedance: More than 10kOhms

Reference Output Level: -10dBV

Headphone Output
50 + 50mW (32 ohm)

Speaker Output: 1W

Digital Input / Output
(except for 176.4, 192kHz) Connector: XLR

Input Format: S/P DIF / AES/EBU automatic

Output Format: S/P DIF / AES/EBU switchable

USB x 2 (keyboard / PC only)
Fostex Warranty ´╗┐Fostex offers a warranty of 1 year for parts and 90 days labor.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-994-4984
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (76 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"The centre of my field recording rig!"
Sound: Really nice sound. I have been using this in the field for about 2 years and am still surprised at the quality the FR-2 sound capture and reproduction. Feature: All the things I needed except a few more channels but then we start talking bigger bucks Ease of Use: Once the drive has been initialized (I use a 5GB PCMIA Toshiba drive), it's ready to go. Loses a point for the location of the buttons as the it can be a bit fiddly when rugged up in its case. Quality: Solid, well-built ready for action. Value: Does more than I expected at a really reasonable price. Manufacturer Support: I haven't needed to use support myself but I haven't heard glowing things about Fostex. The Wow Factor: It's not going to win any beauty pagents but its performance is sexxxxy Overall: Unless I get really rich and migrate up the food chain to something with more channels of recordable audio in, I'm keeping this until it breaks in half!!!
Style of Music: Trance, progressive, alternative
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"Great sound, great options, great portability,"
Quality: It feels cheap but it isn't an issue because it also needs to be very light. I can wear this thing over my shoulder all day with no strain on my back or shoulder.
Style of Music: Dialog
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