WE THINK the Sony ICD-MX20 delivers broadcast-quality audio recording sample when it's connected to a €98 Sony ECM-MS957 electret condenser microphone with a rotating mid-capsule. Even without using our Sony microphone, the $260 MX-20 delivers passable broadcast results when used to record "dictapauses" in our podcasts. You wouldn't think "passable" is "broadcast" until you recall that many Irish broadcasts incorporate tinny call-in comments that are well below studio standards.
Ultimately, the network sound engineer gives the acid test. We thought we'd mention the favourable results of our field tests because we're watching a parade of people land at podcasting.ie when trying to answer, "Does the ICD MX-20 record in broadcast quality?" The fact is that the MX20 records at 48 kbps, which is below broadcast quality for most stations. However, for a podcast, you cannot tell the difference. Trust your ears. Listen to Monday's show [31.9 MB 96 kbps MP3 file].
Image of Sony ICD MX-20 from our Flickr photostream.