Over the years we have used many recorders in hopes of picking up EVPs at some of the most haunted locations in the US. When choosing a recorder for EVP always comes down to preference. There is no specific recorder that will guarantee the capture of EVP, and I have found the more you use your recorder for EVP capture the more in-tuned your recorder becomes over time to the phenomena.
Types of EVP
Class A EVP: An identifiable word or phrase. Everyone agrees on what is said.
Class B EVP: A word or phrase that may not be recognizable by every investigator.
Class C EVP: A word or phrase that is not identifiable and needs to be perceived with the use of headphones; very soft and faint
Class R EVPR: R stands for Reversible. Audio can be reversed and identified on what is said.
I am absolutely shocked to see some of the recorders on this list sell on ebay for $3,000 or more. While I do like using some of these high priced recorders on investigations I have found that cheap models such as the Olympus VN 3100 capture EVP clear class A’s.
Best EVP Recorders
The list below contain the best evp recorders for paranormal research. We have tested all of these recorders and these are the ones that we use both on livescifi.tv and private investigations with our paranormal groups. If you have a recorder that records excellent evps that is not on this list please let us know.
1.) Olympus VN-3100PC / VN-4100 – Features USB port, 3.5 jack for external mic, 3.5 jack for headphones, Indexing capabilities, records over 100 hours of audio on the lowest setting, 20 hours on HQ. Overall a great recorder, we have over the years picked up some of the most clearest, and compelling pieces of audio evidence with this device. Although the recordings can at times be a little noisy, the noise seems to benefit the device for EVP recordings due to the fact that EVPs seem to pop out more.
Price $20 usd
2.)Panasonic RR-DR60-IC – The RR – DR60 is a recorder that only operates on voice activation mode. Rumor has is that when Panasonic produced this recorder numerous complaints were received by users that they were recording disturbing “ghost-like” voices on the recorder. Although some groups and researchers swear by this device, we have found that while you can record many unexplained voices on the recorder the quality of the EVP is almost always class B or lower. Due to the devices age it only features 60 mins of playback, and it does not feature a usb port for downloading audio. Due to the pricing and the other restraints on this recoder we don’t believe that it makes it suitable for long investigations or weekend-long ghost hunting trips. However if you are running around on a location, we recommend the recorder for evp because it can facilitate almost real time communication with dead.
Price $3,000 usd
3.)Sony ICD B16 – A