Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Audio recording...

I always stop in at the 'Cash Generator' type shops when out and about - most towns in the UK have at least one, if not three such places.

They're always full of goodies - I have rarely seen any scanners or receivers (except a nice Sangean ATS-909 for £90).  I suppose the days of criminals and other people offloading their 'police scanners' are gone.

Anyway - I'm always on the look out for a bargain, and I have been in the market for a solid state 'dictaphone' or audio recorder.  The one I want has to have an external input for radios/microphones etc.  Today, I struck lucky.  I got an immaculate Sony ICD-P520.  It's a 256MB internal storage (sounds bad I know) recorder with a mono mic input, VOX and other goodies.  More importantly it lets you download to your computer.

It was listed at £39.99, but a quick "any chance of a deal?" got the price down to £17.   Always worth asking!

I also re-visited a shop I'd seen a nice Creative X-FI USB sound card in - these are ideal for software defined radio with a high sample rate and good quality...ness.  Anyway, when I went in again, it had gone :(

So, the moral of the story here is:
Always check the pawn shops.
Always be cheeky and ask for some money off.
Don't leave it too late - most of them allow you to 'put money down today' and reserve the item.
Keep an open mind on what can be used for radio/monitoring/scanning/covert ops, depending on your line of work/hobbies!

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