here is a question I also asked on gearslutz:
I'm planning to build my first field recording rig. I already have a 416 + Blimp. Until now, my plan was to get a SD 702 and a Sony PCM-M 10. For me, a pocket recorder for spontaneous recordings is at least equally important as 'planned' recordings with external mics.
I read about the new PCM-D100 which is said to have excellent internal mics (an upgrade to the PCM-M10). Concerning the external mic Input, I found a comparison between a D50 and a 744 with the conclusion that the Sony performs pretty good. http://thesoundmyheadmakes.blogspot.de/2011/03/quickie-shootout-744t-vs-pcm-d50-with.html
Another test of the D50 also made a good impression: http://www.homebrewedmusic.com/2011/09/09/field-recorders-external-mic-input-pcm-d50-h2n-h2-all-with-nt4/
My question is, is the combination Denecke PS-2 / PCM-D100 really as good as some say (especially compared to a Sound Devices if portability isn't an issue). Another question is, will the stereo mic Input accept two external mics connected via Denecke PS-2 and 2x XLR to stereo jack or just one? If two, is the D100 also capable of recording two seperate channels for each mic (and not a mix of both)?
Since a 702 + PCM-M10 will cost me about 1400€ and the PS-2 + PCM-D100 about 650€, I could save a lot of money for future upgrades.
Update: The D100 itself should serve as a pocket recorder I'll always have with me. But it should be able to record usable sounds I could also add to my library. The external mics are intended for recordings mostly at home or in controlled areas. I mostly want to record ambiances (quiet to loud) and simple effects. Extreme conditions, extreme efects (expolsions etc.) and production sound aren't my focus.