IN the red corner – the iPhone loaded with Audioboo software.
In the Blue Corner, a Marantz PMD 620 Solid State recorder with a Beyerdynamic MCE 58 Microphone.
Which one wins?
Well, this test is really just a bit of fun. However, it could have implications. Imagine, if you could file a reporter piece directly from an iPhone using Audioboo instead of having to record it onto whatever microphone you use and load it onto a laptop to send back to base. It’s easy enough to file a radio report, quickly, over Audioboo. You can’t insert audio, but then, neither can you do that on a microphone if it’s got to be done quickly. The Audioboo can be set up with an RSS feed to find and download quickly. And the quality, at first glance, is not too bad. Let’s see shall we. First of all, let’s hear from the Marantz:
Now, let’s hear from the Audioboo:
I’ll leave it up to you whether the quality difference is negligible or not. Ultimately, it could provide the difference between first and second for local radio or community radio in the bigger cities, around the world. BBC, on the other hand, have a lot of resources they can use very quickly.
Maybe the next update is ENPS for the iPhone – I don’t know if thats any closer? Would that be a good idea and workable?
We’ll have to wait and see. But what do you think?