The best recorders for coxswains

Besides a 7/16 wrench, one of the most important tools you can arm yourself with is a recorder. The benefits are numerous and can really help take your coxing to the next level. Plus, if you’re considering coxing in college you’ll need a recorder so you can capture your audio and submit it to the coaches of the teams you’re interested in.

There are many models available and each has their own specific features that make them great. Finding the one that works for you is key – you don’t want to get one that has a million different buttons or features you won’t use. There’s nothing more frustrating than pressing the wrong button and realizing after that you didn’t record yourself during your race or that you accidentally deleted a recording while you were trying to move it to a different folder.

Sony ICD PX333 // Sony ICD PX440 // Olympus VN-7200 // Olympus WS-852

The most common ones I’ve seen coxswains use are the Sony PX333 and the Olympus VN-7200. I’ve used both and like them equally. Regardless of which one you choose, it should be a pretty affordable investment since all are between $39 and $60, with three of them under $50.

Additional accessories you might consider (though they’re not 100% necessary) are something to store/carry your recorder in and an external mic. I have both but the external mic came with my recorder when I bought it and the “carrying case” I use is actually an old toothbrush traveling case (similar to this). A soft case like this would work just as well though.

An external mic (like this one, this one, or this one) can be useful because it’ll allow you to pick up sound better since most people keep their recorders in their pockets when they’re on the water. My recorder has a clip on the side so I usually just clip the whole thing to my shirt but if it the wind is bad, it’s raining, etc. I’ll put the recorder in the inside pocket of my jacket and then clip the mic near the top part of the zipper. This helps block most of the outside noise while also keeping everything dry. Like I said, it’s not 100% necessary but it is nice to have sometimes.


4 thoughts on “The best recorders for coxswains

  1. Grace says:

    I have all of the adapter cords set up to link to the Cox Box and I was wondering if I could plug the adapter into my phone and use a recording app rather than paying $70 on a device. Is that an option or should it be incompatible? Just wondering, my phone is Android software if that makes any difference.

    • beantownkmd says:

      Good question – I’m not sure! I don’t know how plugging your cox box into your phone would work but it’s definitely worth trying. The only downside is that you wouldn’t be able to have your phone in any kind of waterproof case since you’d need to either have it out in the open or have the top open enough that the cords could go in (if you’ve got one of the waterproof bag-like things). There are plenty of voice apps you can download though that pick up your voice really well without having to connect anything. You might try doing that first before trying it with your cox box.


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