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12 volts is the input voltage. I used to run 48v dual microphones off this recorder and it powered them sufficiently for several hours using the NiMH (Tamiya) battery pack. The gain on the FR2-LE is underwhelming, but there’s no problem setting the concentric level controls quite high. It is a design “bug” that I discovered is not really a problem. I used to record quiet nature sounds with this unit at 80 percent with barely perceptible preamp and mic noise in the final result. The build quality and headphone amp are rather poor, but self noise is very low–competitive with recorders costing many times the price.