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Richard Crowley
Re: Why is the FR2-LE field recorder only 12 volts, when phantom power requires 48 volts?
on Mar 22, 2019 at 12:15:02 pm

"does this mean that the Zoom F8 is a better field recorder cause you don't have to turn the pre-amps up as high to power the mics, and therefore less gain and less noise floor cause of more power?"

Yes, but it has nothing to do with "power". The Zoom F8 is a significantly better category of product compared to your Foxtex FR2-LE

The Zoom products have long been favored by budget-constrained (read: "cheap" or "poor") users because of their low price. But the quality of their mic preamps (notably the available gain and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) have always been an issue of disappointment. So Zoom developed the F8 and F4 recorders with notably better mic preamps (along with other improvements). But better quality mic preamps come at a higher price.

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