Sure, there’s plenty of handheld portable audio recorders out there, but to say that their quality is a little lacking is an understatement. (Fun fact: the “professional” audio recorder the bozos on Ghost Adventures use is the same crappy one I got from Radio Shack for $25 bucks.) To fix this audio quality predicament, we have the Zoom H1. It brings 24-bit/96 kHz stereo recording on the go, with twin mini condenser microphones picking up all that audio goodness in either WAV or MP3. In addition to level and volume controls, there’s a track marker and auto record function. The H1 supports up to 32GB micro SDHC cards for 50 hours of recording on one card, running on a AA battery for about ten hours a go.
The H1 is available in July for $99.