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Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder - ICDSX1000

Abt Model: ICDSX1000 | UPC Code: 027242860087
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Built-In 16 GB Flash Memory/ Up To 636 Hours Of Maximum Recording Time/ 3-Element S-Microphone For 40-40 kHz Audio Response/ Dual-AD Convertors For 96KHz/24-Bit Audio Recording/ S-Master Digital Amplification For Premium Playback/ Memory Card Expansion Slot (microSD/M2)/ Black Finish
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Sony 16 GB Premium Digital Flash Voice Recorder - ICDSX1000

Feature packed the ICD-SX1000 delivers. Combining flexibility and capability with convenience for musicians, business people and students the ICDSX1000 offers: a 3-element stereo microphone, LPCM and MP3 Record modes, Memory Card Slot, Manual/Automatic Level Control, Intelligent Noise Cut circuitry, the ICD-SX1000 offers powerful recording capability in the palm of your hand.

Key Features:

  • Built-in 16 GB flash memory
  • Up to 636 Hours of maximum recording time
  • 3-Element S-Microphone for 40–40 kHz audio response
  • Dual-AD convertors for 96KHz/24-bit audio recording
  • S-Master® digital amplification for premium playback
  • Memory Card Expansion Slot (microSD/M2)
  • Automatic/Manual record level settings w/Limiter
  • Pre-Record Mode buffering so you’ll never miss a beat
  • USB Direct-PC & Mac® compatibility with charging
  • Internal lithium-ion battery for up to 19 hrs of recording


  • Premium Recording Introducing the ideal digital voice recorder for business and music recording, delivering Sony’s legendary ease of use with superior recording and audio playback capability.
  • Built-in 16 GB Flash Memory 16 GB of available internal flash memory provides ample space for recording life’s important moments-up to 636 hours in fact.1
  • 3 Element Microphone Capture every nuance, distant or low volume, with greater clarity via a 3-element microphone array featuring adjustable sensitivity and zoom functionality.
  • Dual AD Convertors Dual analog to digital converters work in tandem to deliver wider dynamic range with minimized distortion. The result is smoother/fuller sounding recordings that capture everything from the quietest whisper to the loudest noise in the room and all things in between.
  • S-MASTER® Digital Amplification After the fact, S-Master® digital amplification faithfully reproduces your recordings, including 192KHz/24-bit resolution files, with all the captured fidelity of the actual, physical moment.
  • Memory Card Expansion Slot A built-in Memory Card Expansion Slot (microSD/M2) allows for additional recording time via removable flash memory. It can also be used to transfer recordings to a computer. Thanks to the cross-memory recording feature, the recorder can automatically extend a recording from the built-in flash memory to the micro SD card to avoid interruption.
  • Automatic/Manual Record Level The recorder can be configured to automatically adjust recording levels for optimum results, or when necessary allow for manual control. In manual mode, a Limiter Function prevents recording distortion from loud sounds.
  • Pre-Record Mode Pre-Record mode, when activated, buffers sound for five seconds prior to the moment when the Record key is depressed so you never miss a word or note.
  • USB-Direct PC And Mac® Compatibility A convenient retractable USB terminal enables direct connectivity and charging with both Windows® and Macintosh® computers.3
  • Lithium-Ion Battery A built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 19 hours of recording time so you will never miss a beat.2



  • Format(s) Supported: Recording - MP3 files: Bit Rate: 48 kbps - 320 kbps, VBR Sampling Frequencies: 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 kHz File Extension: .mp3 PCM files: Bit Rate: 16/24 bit Sampling Frequencies: 44.1/96.1 kHz File Extension: .wav Playback - MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV
  • Frequency Range: LPCM 96/24: 40 - 40,000 Hz LPCM 44/16: 40 - 20,000 Hz MP3 320k: 40 - 20,000 Hz MP3 192k: 40 - 18,000 Hz MP3 128k: 40 - 16,000 Hz MP3 48k (Mono): 40 - 14,000 Hz
  • Microphone: Built-in, 3-Element S-Mic microphone
  • Recording System: Digital Stereo, Monaural Recording, Zoom functionality

Audio Features

  • Microphone Sensitivity Feature: Yes (Auto & Manual SENS Settings with Limiter functionality)
  • Recording Features: 6 Modes: Linear PCM 24/16 bit / MP3 320kbps / MP3 192kbps / MP3 128kbps / MP3 48kbps (Mono)


  • Message Folder(s): 5 Pre-Programmed at factory (400 Maximum) 199 Maximum files per folder 4074 Maximum files

Convenience Features

  • Erase/Protect
  • Message Folder(s): (400 Folders maximum)
  • On-Screen Clock: With Calendar
  • Safety Lock: (Hold Function)
  • Search Features: Cue/Review, Easy Search, Calendar Search, Track Mark


  • Color: Black


  • Recording Media: Built-In Flash Memory 16GB³ and Memory Card Expansion Slot (microSD/M2)
  • Recording and Playback Times: Linear PCM (96 kHz/24 bit): 6 hrs 35 min; Max 12 hrs battery MP3 (192 kbps): 159 hrs; Max 17 hrs battery life MP3 (48 kbps MONO): Max 636 hrs; Max 19 hrs
  • Type of Use: Ultra Portable Voice Recorder


  • Display: Full Function backlit (LED) LCD Display with recording operation indicator

Inputs and Outputs

  • Headphone Output(s): 1 (Minijack, Stereo)
  • Microphone Input: 1 (Minijack, Stereo)
  • USB Port(s): 1 (Retractable USB jack), High-Speed USB Compatible
  • Memory Stick: Max recording time (48 kbps MONO): 4 GB = 178 hrs; 8 GB= 357 hrs; 16 GB = 715 hrs


  • Memory Size: 16 GB = 17,179,869,184 bytes Available: 12.8 GB (13,743,895,347 bytes)


  • Battery Life (Approx): Up to 19 hours
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium
  • Output Power: 150 mW


  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows® 8 Windows® 7 SP1 or higher, Windows Vista® SP 2 or higher, Windows XP SP3 or higher Mac OS X (v10.3.9-v10.8), pre-installed
  • Supplied Software: Application Software, Sound Organizer (On unit) compatible with: Windows® 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista® SP 2 or higher, Windows XP SP3 or higher


  • Speaker Dimensions: Approx. 0.4 x 0.2 in. (10 x 6 mm) diameter

What's In The Box:

  • IC Recorder (1)
  • Application Software, Sound Organizer (1)
  • USB connection support cable (1)
  • Stereo headphones (1)
  • Carrying Case (1)
  • Stand (1)
  • Wind Screen (1)
  • Quick Start Guide (1)

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs
  • Shipping: 4 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 0.6"
  • Height: 4.3"
  • Width: 1.6"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
More reasons to buy the Sony ICDSX1000 from Abt Electronics
  • is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The Sony ICDSX1000 is Brand New.
  • The Sony ICDSX1000 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
Memory16 GB
Recording FormatMP3
Recording Time (hours)636 Hours
Height (inches)4.3
Width (inches)1.6
Depth (inches)0.6


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Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder

(based on 53 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review


Just Checked It Out

I've played with the Sony ICD-AX412, today. It's nice. But, Sony advertises a backlit screen provision, which I've not found? Also, it is not as "ready" as my old...Read complete review

I've played with the Sony ICD-AX412, today. It's nice. But, Sony advertises a backlit screen provision, which I've not found? Also, it is not as "ready" as my old Olympus VN-480PC, which begins recording from an "Off" status by simply pressing the "Rec" button. The Sony requires that an On/Off switch be used and that you wait while memory is processed...sometimes 10 seconds if there is a Micro SD card installed. I suspect the recording quality of the Sony will be better.


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Great hardware; awful software

We purchased several of these for use in classrooms to record student responses. The teachers found it easy to get started and make recordings. It was easy to retrieve the MP3 files off of...Read complete review

We purchased several of these for use in classrooms to record student responses. The teachers found it easy to get started and make recordings. It was easy to retrieve the MP3 files off of the device when using it as an attached device (like a flash drive or camera). However, the Sound Organizer software can only be run by an Administrator or Power User; it cannot be run by ordinary users. This is totally unacceptable in our environment.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Rare item that justified buying new


from Austin, TX 78758, USA

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

I rarely buy electronic products new but this one seemed worth it and has completely proven itself to have been worth it. I've used it for hours daily recording my interactions with a severely narcissistic family member and it's been very valuable to give me a record of all interactions for future reference. Even at 48kbps (one of the long-record modes) voice quality is great. I use two NiMH AAA rechargeable batteries and they last days after being recharged. Being able to disable the beep and LED is good for not drawing attention to the recorder. The hold switch has proven valuable to avoid accidentally stopping a recording. The track mark feature is quite useful to note interesting points to go back to later. For other uses this also was unexpectedly useful. It has an external mic plug which supports a stereo external microphone, with full stereo recording. I used this to make some nice stereo recordings of our pond's water falling sound, and of a rain storm. This unit can also play back mp3 files, including stereo music tracks, and the sound quality is great when using headphones, with rich bass, though the display is small so navigating a lot of music files would be difficult. I wouldn't have expected this unit to be so full-featured beyond just mono voice recording. Computer syncing has been a breeze. Zero problems with USB connection (using Ubuntu Linux), copying files, safe removal, etc. It's never a given that a device will work well with a computer. I like the mini-USB connector on the side, which is convenient as I have other things that use this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from 95695

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

Disappointed in instructions. First digital recorder I have owned and directions pointed out names of buttons already named on device, and how to load batteries and set time. Didn't need instructions for any of those things....pretty standard. Didn't explain how to use folder or divide buttons and I have no idea what those are. Very little info on outside of box. I thought all recorders accept SD cards but this one doesn't. I will be returning it.


An Author's Best Friend


from Akron, OH, USA

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

It is a valuable part of my toolbox in writing… My fountain pen, my iPad and my digital voice recorder by Sony! Easy to use, the Sony digital voice recorder is perfect for all of my recording needs! The date and time access is particularly valuable for those audio segments I need to access. Truly, this tool is like a hammer when I need to "pound" out those thoughts!


Micro Digital Recorder


from Michigan, USA

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

If you're looking for a micro digital voice recorder for a modest price this Sony model ICD-BX140 is decent. It's about 2/3rds the size of a "bar" sized cellphone so it is small. That's a convenience for most folks. The controls are reasonably easy to use. The built in mic isn't great but it's OK for recording notes or conversation, IME. I don't know that it's good enough for music however. Recording time seems reasonable for the AAA sized batteries that are included. It will easily fit in a shirt pocket for carrying ease.


Does it all digital recorder......


from El Segundo, CA, USA

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

Easy to operate digital recorder that's multifunction and has excellent sound quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good Purchase


from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

Excellent recording quality. Great functionality. I give it 4 stars because it did not come with a user manual. It is completely online which, for me, is very cumbersome. I like getting the most out of my purchases and enjoy having the manual at my fingertips for learning and future reference.




from Valleyview , AB

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Great Purchase


from San Antonio, TX

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

This product is easy a lot easier to use than my RCA digital voice recorder. The product also gives me the capability to convert my recordings into MP3 files. I should have purchase the Sony digital voice recorder before I purchased the RCA.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Dragon Dictation disk does not work


from Sacramento CA

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

I Purchased one of these from Frys Electronics for school the recording device works fine but when i went to run the program that SONY produced and added with the product the disk does not work so i exchanged it and the second one does not work so not sure how quality control did not catch this but this is the second review i see of this nature.


Very Nice & Great Size


from Clovis, NM

Comments about Sony 16 GB Digital Flash Voice Recorder:

I like the Sony digital recorder for all my meetings that I need to record the minutes. What I like about it is that the folders you can create with the program it has and store them. Nice & compact and very workable. I recommend this product to my professional friends.

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