I'm looking for recommendations for a good quality digital sound recorder.

Here are some requirements:

  1. Small enough to be easily concealed. Preferably large enough to fit in a pocket.
  2. Able to run wirelessly. Rechargeable batteries would be preferred, but they don't seem to be common with this type of device.
  3. Has good quality recording, which is also not badly affected by surrounding noise. The usual way of handling this seems to be to have multiple microphones, but I don't care what method is used.
  4. Able to record conversations on Android phones, preferably via internal connections to the phone
  5. Able to record conversations in different standard formats, and at different levels of quality
  6. Works well with Linux systems

Nice to haves include:

  1. The ability to be used as a standalone microphone as well as a recorder
  2. Durable. Can cope with being dropped, for example.

Note that I'm India, which limits available choices. But feel free to include options without regard to availability here.

I'm not too concerned about price, but anything more than say USD 200 will probably be too expensive for me.

I've been looking at the Zoom series of sound recorders, particularly the H1N. But I'm open to other suggestions.

  • I note that you say "small enough to be easily concealed." I don't think that it's illegal to record a conversation to which one is party in India (it is in some other countries), but certainly some people might not take it well anyway.
    – Obie 2.0
    May 19, 2018 at 22:17
  • I'm missing what the "for Linux" bit in the title means.
    – JMY1000
    Jun 14, 2018 at 11:16


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.