Sony ICD-TX50 Digital Voice Recorder

[REVIEW] Sony’s Slimmest Voice Recorder – the ICD-TX50


Sony ICD-TX50 Digital Voice Recorder
Sony ICD TX50 Digital Voice Recorder

8 May 2012, Singapore – In my line of word, a digital voice recorder always comes in handy.  It helps reduce the troubles of scribbling down notes during a press conference or interview.    So when I got the Sony ICD -TX50 digital recorder, it fit nicely in my front shirt pocket without it causing the pocket to sag.

It is only 6.4mm thick and weighs 50gm and comes in a glossy finish.  The built-in lithium-ion batter lets you record for 24-hours and allows for a quick 3 minute recharge to give you another additional one-hour recording time.   There is a selection of scene modes for various recording scenarios such as Shirt Pocket, Meeting, Voice Notes and Interview.  You have the option to customize your scene mode as well.

The 4GB ICD-TX50’s  embedded high quality digital microphones can record in linear PCM or MP3 format.   You can add on a microSD card.  The ICD-TX50 retails at S$199 and is available at Sony stores and Sony-authorised retailers.


Overall Built-in Memory 4GB
PC Connectivity Yes
Built-in Microphone Stereo
Recording Format Linear PCM/MP3
Playback Format MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV
Dimensions (mm, w/h/d) Approx. 40.8 x 102.3 x 6.4 mm
Weight (g, including batteries) Approx. 50g
Headphone Jack Yes
USB Port Yes (microB)
Memory Card Slot microSD
Max Recording Time 178Hrs  ( 48kbps mono)67Hrs 05Min(128kbps )44Hrs 40Min(192kbps)6Hrs ( LPCM 44.1KHz)
Recording Features Scene Select Yes
Low-cut Filter Yes
Recording Monitor Yes
Battery Life MP3 48kbps ( monorual ) 24 Hrs
MP3 128kbps 24 Hrs
MP3  192kbps 24 Hrs
LPCM 44.1kHz, 16bit 18 Hrs
Playback Features Digital Pitch Control (Speed Control) Yes
Clear Voice (Noise Cut and Voice Up) Yes
A-B Repeat No
Equalizer Yes



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