Monday, January 24

Olympus LS-10 WAV/WMA/MP3 Recorder Review

Review: Olympus LS-10 WAV/WMA/MP3 Recorder



If I were to design my ideal compact field recorder, here is my wish list: It would be tiny yet rugged, have a decent pair of microphones with sturdy windscreens, and record both compressed and uncompressed audio at a variety of resolutions. I'd be able to set recording levels with a thumb wheel and operate the transport controls with one hand.

It would have acres of memory, run forever on replaceable batteries, transfer files to my computer at the highest possible speed, sound great, look cool, and fit inside the accessory pocket in my ukulele case. Oh, and I shouldn't have to take out a second mortgage to buy it.

Tall order? Maybe not when you consider the new Olympus LS-10.
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Although this is its first high-resolution audio recorder, Olympus has been in the game for quite a long time. The company's pocket voice recorders are well regarded by many users. With the LS-10, it looks like Olympus was paying attention to what musicians and broadcasters want, too.



The LS-10 fits comfortably in your palm and makes barely a bulge in your shirt pocket. Despite the recorder's diminutive size, the display is large and the controls feel reassuringly solid. There is little wasted real estate, yet nothing feels cluttered.

The rear panel sports two tiny stereo speakers (handy for spot-checking recordings, though not powerful or hi-fi enough for serious listening), a metal insert for a camera tripod, and a large door for two AA batteries. Olympus claims battery life up to 20 hours; I can't dispute that because I'm still using the original batteries after almost two months! A jack for an optional power supply is located on the bottom.

Two slider switches for the low-cut filter and Hi/Lo microphone sensitivity are within easy thumb range on the right side. Above them is the sturdy little Rec Level wheel. Next come a pair of mini jacks for an external mic ("plug-in power" is available) and a line source.
Olympus LS-10 Left and Right


On the left, a three-position slider turns the LS-10 on in a respectable four seconds (it takes slightly longer with a card inserted); moved the other way, it serves as a hold switch, locking out all the function buttons. Next comes a small flexible plastic door covering a mini-USB port. The LS-10 supports hi-speed USB 2.0, though transfers may slow down depending on the removable memory card you choose. Even better, the LS-10 runs off USB bus power. It will not double as an audio interface or record while connected, however.

Rounding out the left-hand side are a volume wheel for playback volume and a 1/8-inch jack for headphones. Watch out — the headphone amp gets loud!

You'll also find a slot for a memory card; SD and SDII cards up to 8GB are supported. But you don't need one to start recording, because the LS-10 also has 2 gigs of internal memory. I really like the flexibility of recording to internal or removable memory; it's handy for organizing files or quickly adding memory in the field.

Face the Music

The front panel is clean and well laid out. Stop and Rec buttons — one press puts you in record-ready, a second commences recording, and a third pauses the recorder — flank a red peak LED. The LED blinks rapidly if you're running out of memory — nice. A four-position click wheel with a multi-function button at the center serves double duty as cursor and transport controls.


Four small buttons run along the bottom; three call up the Menu, Folder/File lists, or repeat a short section of an audio file. The fourth button, labeled Fn, accesses an assignable menu function with a single button press. I set it to jump to the recording setup screen, eliminating a couple of button presses. Other options include turning the LED on or off, selecting internal or removable memory, toggling between normal and automatic recording gain, stepping through the various recording or playback effects, etc. It's a great little feature that I came to love.

The menu is well thought out; you navigate between sections using icons on the left side or scroll through menu choices on the right. For instance, selecting a little microphone icon jumps you to the Rec section; a wrench leads you to a menu of handy tools for setting the date and time, protecting individual files for accidental erasure, etc. No matter where you are in the menu, a quick press on the Stop button jumps you back to the main screen.

Would that were so in the List screens, where you select one of five folders for recording or playback (there's an additional folder for audio downloaded from a computer). From the List screen, pressing Stop brings up a momentary display showing the time and date; the only way to get back to the main screen is to press FF. Worse, if you enter the List screens via a menu option (as when you select memory location), you can find yourself in a loop that keeps jumping between the Menu and List screens until you remember to press FF. Not exactly intuitive, that.

The main display is easy to read with large meters active during recording and playback. Additionally, there is information about the file type and sample rate, elapsed time, current folder, the number of files in that folder, and the battery status. When recording, the LS-10 also shows the remaining recording time at the current settings; in playback the file length is displayed.





To save batteries, or for stealth recording, you can turn off the display's backlight.
Olympus LS-10 Back
Two small speakers let you verify you captured the sound without fumbling with headphones. (Click to enlarge.)
How's It Sound?

The LS-10 ships with everything you need to start recording, including the batteries. Rooting through the box, I was happy to spy a couple of foam windscreens that clip securely to the mics. Several other recorders I've reviewed skimp on this important accessory.

The LS-10 is one of the easiest recorders I've ever used. The transport (if I can use such a term for a random-access device) and level-setting will feel familiar to anyone who has even a passing knowledge of recording. I auditioned different audio file formats and resolutions, changed folders, etc., all without cracking the manual.
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Thursday, November 11

OLYMPUS DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER DR-1000 EK

OLYMPUS DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER

DR-1000 EK

As part of the first set of desktop dictation tools introduced by Olympus, the Directrec DR-1000 boasts features inherent to both professional and general dictation devices and is designed for convenience and comfort, allowing for many hours of consecutive use. The included software helps you automate, streamline and manage files at a whole new level while an advanced configuration tool lets you customize frequently used buttons and allocate specific functions for increased flexibility.



Pointing Device.
The 360-degree mouse-pointing sensor enables intuitive control ranging from fine to rapid movements since it does not have any mechanical components, and provides virtually maintenance-free reliability without breaking, wearing out, or sticking.

Customizable Programmable Buttons.
Two programmable buttons and their respective functions can be customized to suit particular program settings for a variety of purposes, recording conditions, and user environments.

High Sensitivity Microphone.
DR-1000 uses ø10mm, highly sensitive, built-in omni directional microphones. Microphone sensitivity can be easily adjusted using the included DSS Player Pro software to better adjust to various conditions including dictations or conferences.

Programmable User ID.
Register an ID directly in the DR-1000 and automatically have it used as part of the file naming convention for all created dictations.

DR-1000 EK Features

    *High-Quality Microphone System
      New and improved microphone system reduces extraneous sounds such as wind or machine noise for high quality sound recording.
    *Save Recording in DSS Format
      DR-1000 EK can save a recording as a file on a PC in DSS (Digital Speech Standard) format.
    *2 Programmable Buttons
      DR-1000 EK has two programmable buttons (A, B). All button functions are easily customizable to suit a particular preference or any recording environment.
    *360° Mouse-Pointing Sensor
      The 360-degree mouse-pointing sensor provides simple, comfortable control ranging from fine to rapid movements and is highly durable for a virtually maintenance-free performance every time.
    *USB Speaker & Microphone
      Can be used as a USB microphone or USB speaker without installing a specialty driver. In addition, a powerful built-in speaker provides hi-fidelity acoustic playback.
    *Remote Control
      Can be used as a remote control for the DSS Player not only for direct recording, but also when editing recorded files on a PC.
    *Ergonomic Design
      Ergonomic design and convenient button location enables effortless single-handed control without ever having to visually check the placement of function buttons.
    *2 Recording Modes
      Two recording modes, SP (Standard Playback) mode or LP (Long Playback) mode.
    *Adjustable Microphone Sensor Quality
      Microphone sensor quality can be altered to better suit recording conditions and environment.
    *Recording Priority
      A priority level can be set on each file recorded.
    *User ID
      Up to 10 user ID's and Work Types can be registered in DSS Player Pro.
    *Insert and Overwrite on Existing Recordings
      Take advantage of the ability to insert and overwrite on an existing recording file.
    *Index Marks
      Up to 16 index marks can be set in a file.
    *System Sounds
      System Sounds (beep) are available to alert you to button operations or warn you of errors. They can be turned on or off according to your preference.
    *Professional Grade USB Cable
      Professional Grade USB Cable is 10x more durable (more than 20,000 operations in an Olympus durability test) than a regular USB cable.
    *Register an ID
      Register an ID directly in the DR-1000 and have it become part of the created recording file's naming convention for quick and easy retrieval.
    *High-Sensitivity Microphones
      DR-1000 EK uses 10mm, highly sensitive, built-in omni directional microphones. The microphone sensitivity can be easily adjusted with the DSS Player to suit the purpose of use.
    *Firmware Updates
      DR-1000 EK firmware can be easily updated to provide additional features or product enhancement.
    *Enhanced Button Functionality
      In addition to the 2 programmable buttons, further functionality can be supported by combining any button on the DR-1000 with the Shift or Ctrl key on your computer's keyboard. This function is supported by the included DSS Player software.
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Tuesday, October 12

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S


WS-600S

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S Superior Audio Quality in an Easy-to-Use Device
The Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S is designed to be plugged directly into your computer for fast file transfer. Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S always get the best sound recording, no matter what your environment, with built-in stereo microphones and the new Scene Select function. And with 2GB of internal memory, and over 529 hours of recording there is plenty of memory to record and store files.

    * Built-in 2GB flash memory
    * USB Direct connector
    * MP3/WMA stereo recording


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S

Built-In 2GB Flash Memory (More Than 500 Hours of Recording Time).
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S With 2GB of internal memory and more than 500 hours of recording time, you’ll be able to capture notes, lectures, and more – and still have room to store documents.

Direct Link to your Mac/PC.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S With the "USB Direct" design, it is easy to transfer your files over to your Mac or PC. Just plug the recorder right into your computer for fast downloads – no cables needed.

Multi Format.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S Record and play back in two standard high-function formats: MP3 and WMA.

Built-in Stereo Microphones and Scene Select Function.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S Stereo microphones allow you to easily capture high-quality sound with no effort. The new Scene Select function will help you pick the best recording mode wherever you are. Whether it’s a conference room, large hall, or at home dictating, the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on the scene setting you select.

Voice Activation.
Extend recording time and save memory by setting the device to only record when the microphones sense sound.

Multiple Language Display.
The large, bright LCD supports and displays four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese – another plus for accessibility. (EN/FR/ES/PT)


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S
 Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S Features
   
*Built-In 2GB Flash Memory (Over 500 Hours of Recording Time).
      With 2GB of internal memory and over 500 hours of recording time, you’ll be able to capture notes,
lectures, and more – and still have room to store documents.
   
*Direct Link to your Mac/PC.
      With the "USB Direct" design, it is easy to transfer your files over to your Mac or PC. Just plug the
recorder right into your computer for fast downloads– no cables needed.
   
*Multi Format.
      Record and play back in two standard high-function formats: MP3 and WMA.
   
*Get the Best Sound with the Scene Select Function.
      Wherever you are, whether it’s a conference room, large hall, or at home dictating, the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.
   
*Stereo Microphone.
      Built-in stereo microphone.
   
*Multiple Language Display.
      The bright LCD supports and displays four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese – another plus for accessibility. (EN/FR/ES/PT)
   
*25 hours of battery life (Alkaline, SP mode recording).
      There’s up to 25 hours of recording capability with the WS-600M’s long-life battery.
  
*Voice Activation.
      Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-600S Package Contents

    * WS-600S Digital Voice Recorder
    * AAA Alkaline Battery x 1
    * Instruction Manual
    * Warranty Card

Product Market Price $79.99

Product Reviews

By Captured from Dallas, Texas


Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


This digital recorder is exactly what I was looking for and more. Trying to catch my fast talking boss AND understand his request (engineer) will be much easier.


As a side note, I turned on the TV to Ghost Hunters one evening and laughed to myself when I realized they were using the Olympus Digital Recorder to capture the voices of ghost. It just might work.


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Saturday, October 9

Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder Reviews

Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-10


Studio-Grade Recording to Go.


Combining the advanced technologies derived from Olympus' decades of experience in the recording field, the compact and portable LS-10 brings you high-fidelity sound recording that's ideal for everything from live music to the singing of birds. The LS-10: unparalleled sound quality, anytime, anywhere.

Olympus LS-10

LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder

Offering the ultimate in live recording capability, the LS-10 uses the linear PCM recording format for optimal digital recording without compression.


With a 24-bit/96 kHz sampling frequency that takes quality above and beyond CD quality, the LS-10 captures every sound around you exactly as it is.

Combining and condensing the advanced technologies derived from Olympus's many decades of experience in the recording field, the LS-10 brings you high-fidelity sound recording that's ideal for everything from live music to the singing of birds.

The LS-10 - Unparalleled fidelity, anytime, anywhere.

24-bit/96 kHz Linear PCM Recording

The LS-10 is compatible with extra-high quality linear PCM recording with a quantization bit rate of up to 24 bits and sampling frequency of up to 96 kHz - far exceeding standard CD quality of 16-bit/44.1 kHz. You can easily convert your recordings to CDs with the same quantization and sampling rate.
Stereo Microphones & Amp Circuitry

The built-in stereo microphones employ carving-processed aluminum with higher vibration absorbing characteristics. The microphone amplifier uses discrete left and right-channel amp circuits to suppress interference, making high-quality "original sound" recording possible.
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Low-Vibration Microphone Structure,90-degree Microphone Unit Layout
Manual Recording Level Adjustment

The LS-10 allows you to fine-adjust the recording level manually to obtain the optimum level by checking the level meter display on the LCD panel and the PEAK indicator. An automatic level control function is also provided.

A Variety of Recording Formats

In addition to WAV format non-compression linear PCM recording, the LS-10 is also compatible with the MP3 and WMA formats, offering you more versatility and enabling longer recording times.
And More
* Long Battery Operation
* Long-Term Recording Capability
* Large 1.8-inch LCD Panel
* Stereo Speakers in a Compact Body
* Wireless Operation via Infrared Remote (optional)


Package Contents

* LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder
* Strap
* Carrying Case
* USB 2.0 Cable (KP-10)
* Wind Screen
* 2 AA Batteries
* Warranty Card
* Software DVD-ROM: Steinberg® Cubase LE4
* Instruction Manual

Product Market price $249.99

Product Reviews

By Schadstoffsöldner


"Best recorder I've ever encountered. The quality is on par or even better than the human ear.
It has drag-and-drop support, which is extremely convenient.
It can record hq mp3.
It has pretty good capacity (2GB). "

By Skip Martin (Chicago, 'My Kind Of Town (Reprise)'!)


"Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder. Purchased and used the Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder at a recent trade show. The audio was for a podcast.
The Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder performed very well. It did a great job of filtering out background noise, battery life is excellent, and the storage provided was perfect. "

By Douglas Howey "serial geek" (Denver, CO)


"The Best One Ever!. This Olympus LS-10 has served me well for a couple years. The battery life is excellent (even with rechargables.) The recording quality is great with zoom-ability microphone and still great with lapel mic. The size is perfect. The weight shows the great quality of the construction and design (very dense.) I have no complaints! One of three was just stolen so I ordered a new LS-11. "

By Terence Roberts "Trexx" (Detroit,MI)


" High Quality Recorder. I use this to record my rock band life. I have used other small recorders, but this is the best. Easy to use and the batteries last forever. Great playback also. "
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Thursday, October 7

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-400S Reviews

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder


Enjoy superior audio quality and ease of use in a sleek, stylish package. Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S Capture over 272 hours of audio in high-quality stereo sound with the compact, stylish Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S. Easily store and organize your files and transfer them to your PC with the easy-to-use "USB Direct" design. Simply plug the recorder into a computer, with no USB cable necessary, for easy downloading of audio files, documents, image files and more!

    * WMA Recording
    * USB Direct PC Link
    * Built-in Stereo Microphones

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S

272 Hours Recording Time.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S With 1GB of internal memory and 272 hours of recording time, you’ll be able to capture notes, lectures, and more – and still have room to store documents.
Direct PC Link.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S With the “USB Direct” design, it is easy to transfer your files over to your PC. Just plug the recorder right into your computer for fast downloads – no cables needed.
Built-in Stereo Microphones.
Stereo microphones allow you to easily capture high-quality sound with no effort. From personal notes to music, everything sounds great.
Voice Activation.
Extend recording time and save memory by setting the device to only record when the microphones sense sound.


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S
 Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S Features

    *WMA Format Recording
      Records in popular Windows Media Audio (WMA) format.
    *1GB Internal Memory
      The WS-400S has 1GB of internal flash memory.
    *272 Hours Recording Time
      Enjoy an amazing 272 hours of recording time.
    *USB Direct
      The unique "USB Direct" design means you can connect it right to the USB port on your computer and download or transfer audio, music, photos and more.
    *Built-in Stereo Microphone
    *Voice Activation
      Use the Voice Activation mode to record sound, via the built-in microphone, without ever lifting a finger.
    *Easy File Management
      Organize up to 200 files in each of five available folders for quick retrieval and storage convenience.
    *Multiple Language Display
      The LCD supports and displays three languages.
    *21 Hours Battery Life
      Up to 21 hours of continuous operation with only one AAA battery.

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S Package Contents

    * Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S
    * AAA Alkaline Battery
    * Instruction Manual
    * Warranty Card

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS400S Reviews

By Wesley Everett (Bellingham, WA)

" Great recorder, far superior to comparable Sony. I've owned this recorder for about four months, using it mostly for interviews (I'm a journalist). It's far and away the best DVR I've ever owned. Very simple to use, decent battery life (love that it can recharge through USB port while plugged in), good mic pickup, super-easy file transfer with built-in USB dongle. It's even better when used with the small Olympus noise-cancelling mic.

As previous reviewers have noted, this recorder has some clear advantages over the Sony UX71. It's much more intuitive to operate, and better built. But the main advantage is battery life: The UX71, which I unfortunately bought, routinely kills a battery in one day, even when set to "hold." It's worthless, and Sony hasn't been too anxious to do a thing about it, beyond offering exchange for a refurb (I suspect its endemic with the model, and haven't bothered.) I was a Sony user for a long time, but no more.

The sole advantage to the Sony, in my mind, was the fact that it records in MP3 format, which is handy for web posting, etc. But that's not an advantage anymore. Olympus has posted a firmware update for this recorder on its web site that gives you the option of recording in .wma or mp3. So there you go. A much-appreciated update. Download it. "

By A. Boren

" Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-400. I've used this recorder for a couple of weeks and love it. It's easy to use and to transfer the files to my computer. It parses out background noise and amplifies what I've needed it to record (voice). I have no complaints and would recommend it to others. The price wasn't bad either. "

By Frankie "Nettees" (Tucson, AZ)

" Easy to use and reliable product.
The item arrived in better condition than I expected. Also, it was properly packaged and received it prompty. I find the recorder such a help and plus, it is so easy to use."
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Wednesday, October 6

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8100PC Reviews

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder


Great memory and flexibility in a new design

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8100PC With 2GB internal memory and a great new, intuitive design you’ll be able to easily capture all the audio you want. And with built-in USB connectivity, MP3&WMA recording, the new Scene Select Function and the large LCD with font size setting it’s easy to record and store high-quality audio with ease.



    * 2GB memory, 843 hours recording time
    * USB Connectivity
      to EMail, Edit and Archive
    * MP3 and WMA Recording

843 Hours of recording time.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8100PC With 2GB of internal memory and 843 hours of recording time, you’ll be able to capture notes, lectures, and more – and still have room to store documents.

USB 2.0 Support.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8100PC Allows high speed, mass storage of files for emailing or saving of audio files and fast transfers to your PC.

Multi Format.
Record and play back in both of the standard high-function formats: MP3 and WMA.

Large LCD with Font size setting.
Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and battery life. The new font size setting allows you to adjust the character size to your needs.

Get the best sound with the Scene Select Function.
Wherever you are, whether it’s a conference room, large hall, or at home dictating, the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.

51 Hours of Battery Life.
Long battery life—51 hours of continuous recording—gives you the on-the-go confidence you need (Alkaline, LP mode recording).

Multiple Languages (EN/FR/ES/PT).
The bright LCD supports and displays four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese – another plus for accessibility. (EN/FR/ES/PT)


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8100PC
 Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8100PC Features

    *2GB MEMORY.
      Record up to 843 hours of uninterrupted audio recording in LP mode.
    *USB 2.0 SUPPORT.
      Allows high speed, mass storage of files and fast transfers to your PC for emailing, editing, or archiving.
    *MULTI FORMAT.
      Record and play back in both of the standard high-function formats: MP3 and WMA.
    *LARGE LCD WITH FONT SIZE SETTING.
      Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and battery life. The new font size setting allows you to adjust the character size to your needs.
    *GET THE BEST SOUND WITH THE SCENE SELECT FUNCTION.
      Wherever you are, whether it’s a conference room, large hall, or at home dictating, the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.
    *LONG BATTERY LIFE.
      Records for up to 51 hours before you have to replace or recharge batteries.
    *MULTIPLE LANGUAGES.
      The bright LCD supports and displays four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese – another plus for accessibility. (EN/FR/ES/PT)
    *VARIABLE CONTROL VOICE ACTUATOR.      Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.
    *INDEX MARKS.
      Index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval.

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8100PC  Package Contents

    * VN-8100PC Recorder
    * USB cable
    * Soft Case
    * 2 x AAA Batteries
    * Warranty Card
    * Instruction Manual

Product Market Price $59.99

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8100PC Reviews

By J. Lindell (Colorado Springs, CO)

"Excellent Digital Voice Recorder. I just ordered this Olympus VN-8100PC digital voice recorder a few days ago and so far it has worked pretty good. I had an older digital voice recorder, but it didn't have a USB port, so I couldn't transfer files to my PC which is what I wanted, so I bought this. I've made several recordings and transferred them to my PC and they sound good, all you do is plug it into a USB port on your computer and then you can access this device just like a USB thumb drive.

I decided to go with this one because the older Olympus model VN-6200PC on Amazon has over a hundred reviews that are mostly all positive, and this one is simply an updated more advanced model with 2GB of memory instead. I checked the Olympus website and this one is very close to the 6200PC model that everybody loves, but with more features and an easier looking layout. The most important difference is the ability to record in MP3 format, the 6200PC can only record in WMA format. Also this one has 2GB of memory, so you can record for a long time, and if the memory fills up you can just transfer the files off the device to your computer.

As far as the layout of the on screen menu settings and buttons on the device, it is super easy. I didn't even read the instruction manual to figure everything out, I just played around with it for a few minutes and everything was pretty much self explanatory, it's designed so anybody can use it without having to click through a bunch of settings and crap just to get it to work.

If you buy this device, one very handy accessory to get is the Olympus TP-7 Telephone Recording Device. It sells here on Amazon for $[...] or so and has a ton of reviews all rating it very positive. I bought it with mine and it works perfectly, I recorded a phone conversation earlier today to test it out and it worked great. The main purpose of buying this digital voice recorder was really to record phone conversations using the TP7. All you do is plug the TP7 into the mic input on your digital voice recorder, and then put the ear piece into your ear and when you are on the phone talking to someone hit "record" then when you are done hit "stop" and that is it. The Olympus digital recorders only record in mono, so that means when you play back your phone conversation on your computer speakers/headphones you will only hear sound from one speaker/headphone, but that really isn't a problem or big deal since it's only a conversation you're listening too and not music.

As a side note, hopefully more people realize the VN-6200PC is an old model and do not buy it instantly just because it has a ton of good reviews. I almost did that until I went to the Olympus website and realized this 8100PC model was newer and better then the 6200PC and cost pretty much the same.


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Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8000PC Reviews

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8000PC Memory and flexibility – in a single powerful device
You’ll love the new design of the VN-8000PC with its large front-facing speaker, simple functionality, and USB connectivity. The WMA recording functionality, new Scene Select Function, 1GB of memory, and large LCD with font size setting make it a feature-packed and compact audio recorder.

    * 1GB memory, 421 hours recording time
    * USB Connectivity
      to EMail, Edit and Archive
    * Large LCD with Font size setting

Recording Hours.Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8000PC supports 421 hours of continuous recording time with 1GB of internal memory.

USB 2.0 Support.
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder Allows high speed, mass storage of files and fast transfers to your PC for emailing or saving of audio files.

Large LCD.
Large LCD with Font size setting allows you to adjust font size to your needs.

Long Battery Life.Olympus Digital Voice Recorder Records for up to 51hours before you have to replace or recharge batteries.

Get the best sound with the Scene Select Function.Wherever you are, whether it’s a conference room, large hall, or at home dictating, the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.

Variable Control Voice Actuator.Voice activation extends recording time and saves battery life by recording only when the microphone senses sound.

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8000PC Features

    *1GB MEMORY.
      Record up to 421 hours of uninterrupted audio recording in LP mode.
    *USB 2.0 SUPPORT.      Allows high speed, mass storage of files and fast transfers to your PC for emailing, editing, or archiving.
    *LARGE LCD WITH FONT SIZE SETTING.      Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and battery life.
    *51 HOURS BATTERY LIFE.
      Up to 51 hours of continuous operation with two AAA batteries.


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8000PC
     *GET THE BEST SOUND WITH THE SCENE SELECT FUNCTION.
      Wherever you are, whether it’s a conference room, large hall, or at home dictating, the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.
    *MULTIPLE LANGUAGES.      The bright LCD supports and displays four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese – another plus for accessibility. (EN/FR/ES/PT)
    *VARIABLE CONTROL VOICE ACTUATOR.      Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.
    *INDEX MARKS.      Index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval.
    *3 RECORDING MODES.
      Select from three recording modes to meet your specific needs: HQ for high quality; SP and LP for extended recording.

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8000PC Package Contents

    * VN-8000PC Recorder
    * USB cable
    * Warranty Card
    * Instruction Manual

Product Market Price $49.99


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-8000PC Reviews


By K. lessard "GRANDMA" (WAYNESVILLE MO)

"MONEYS WORTH I HAVE USED THIS SEVERAL TIMES AT MY MEETINGS SO WHEN I GET HOME I CAN REVIEW PEOPLES SUGGESTIONS AND NEW POLICIES.ITS LIGHTWEIGHT SO I CAN TAKE IT ANYWHERE.MOST OF THE TIME I JUST TURN IT ON AND STICK IT IN MY POCKET."

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Monday, October 4

Olympus LS-11 Linear PCM Recorder Reviews

Olympus LS-11 Linear PCM Recorder


Capture every sound out there,
exactly as it is...

Offering the ultimate in live recording capability, the Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-11 use the linear PCM recording format for optimal digital recording without compression.
With a 96 kHz/24-bit sampling frequency that takes quality above and beyond CD quality, the Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-11 capture every sound around you exactly as it is.
Combining and condensing the advanced technologies derived from Olympus's many decades of experience in the recording field, the Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-11 brings you high-fidelity sound recording that's ideal for everything from live music to the singing of birds.
Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-11 - Unparalleled fidelity, anytime, anywhere.




Olympus LS-11


96 kHz/24-bit Linear PCM Recording
Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-11 is compatible with extra-high quality linear PCM recording with a quantization bit rate of upto 24 bits and sampling frequency of up to 96 kHz - far exceeding standard CD quality of 44.1 kHz/16-bit.


You can easily convert your recordings to CDs with the same quantization and sampling rate.

Stereo Microphones & Amp Circuitry
The built-in stereo microphones employ carving-processed aluminum with higher vibration absorbing characteristics.
The microphone amplifier uses discrete left and right-channel amp circuits to suppress interference, making high-quality "original sound" recording possible.

Manual Recording Level Adjustment
Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-11 allow you to fine-adjust the recording level manually to obtain the optimum level by checking the level meter display on the LCD panel and the PEAK indicator.
An automatic level control function is also provided.



High-Quality Microphone Amplifier Circuitry
For the purest sound reproduction, the sound signal picked up by the microphones must be transmitted and amplified as accurately as possible without any signal deterioration.

To achieve this, the circuit boards have been carefully designed according to the latest innovations in sound-conscious design. The microphone amp employs discrete chips for the left and right channels to prevent interference with the signal between channels, assuring the clearest possible signal transmission with improved signal-to-noise ratio.
With Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-11, the frequency response has been extended to lower frequencies, delivering richer and more powerful bass and mid-tones.

And More
A Variety of Recording Formats
Long-Term Recording Capability
Long Battery Operation
File Editing Function
Automatic Recording Function
Backlit 1.8-inch LCD panel

Product Description

Olympus Linear PCM Recorder LS-11, A Compact, Lightweight Powerhouse of Audio Recording. Drawing on 40 years of experience, Olympus has put a feature-packed audio studio in one 5-ounce PCM recorder. The LS-11, with two high-sensitivity microphones and 8 GB of internal memory, is the star of the show when it comes to capturing and playing back crystal clear audio, whether for personal enjoyment, hobbies, or even important business functions.

Product Market Price $299.99


Product Reviews




By Tomas Bilek "bilekt3" (Prague, CZE)


"Great tool for sound design beginners. All what you need to start make sound for your CD/DVD, memo or sound design. Easy to use and good stereo mics.
Included package with case and accessories is helpful.
I have used for live music, sound effects and adhoc guitar riff recorder when I am lazy to start PC.
I am suggesting to buy small tripod.
For me is so sensitive for handling noise."

By Haraldur Baldursson (Iceland)


"Very good field recorder. I'm really happy with my Olympus LS-11; it suites my purpose perfectly i.e. recording small and large vocal groups, band-rehearsals and acoustic guitars. In my view the strength of the LS-11 is:
- Excellent mics
- Excellent battery life
- Handy types of files (MP3 and WAV)
- Very informative display
- Size and shape (fits pockets and hands well)
- Mic screens in the box
On the weakness side:
- "enter" button needs a careful push (or you end up with an up/down selection)
- Display information is sometimes hard to read due to small letters
I also bought the silicon protective holster and the remote control...both are a must-have in my view."

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Sunday, October 3

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN 7600PC

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder


VN 7600PC

Memory and Formats to Suit Everyone

The simple Voice Recorder VN 7600PC gives you plenty of internal memory with 2GB, allowing for 888 hours of recording time. With MP3 and WMA recording formats, compatibility with PC and MAC computers allow for flexibility according to your needs. PC link capabilities offer simple downloading of audio files for saving, emailing, and file management.

    * 2GB Memory, 888 Hours Recording Time
    * USB Connectivity
    * MP3/WMA recording



PC Link with USB 2.0 Port.
Upload files directly to your PC using a simple cable connection for easy file management. The USB 2.0 allows high speed, mass storage of files and fast transfers to your PC.

Variable Control Voice Actuator.
Voice activation extends recording time and saves battery life by recording only when the microphone senses sound.

Recording Modes.
Lets you select standard playback (SP), long playback (LP) or high quality (HQ) mode.

Windows Media Audio.
Enables high quality recording, no additional software required.

VN 7600PC Features

    *2GB INTERNAL MEMORY AND 888 HOURS RECORDING TIME
      With 2GB of memory you can record up to 221 hours and 30 minutes of uninterrupted audio in LP mode.

    *Multi Format Stereo Recording.
      Record and play back stereo audio in all three of the standard high-function formats: MP3 and WMA.

    *PC LINK
      Transfer audio files quickly and easily to a computer with the convenient PC link.

    *EASY FILE MANAGEMENT
      Contains five folders that each hold up to 200 files.

    *VOICE ACTIVATION
      Voice activation extends recording time by recording only when the microphone senses sound.

    *INDEX MARKS
      Index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval.

    *LARGE LCD
      Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and battery life.

    *2 PLAYBACK MODES
      Slow and Fast Playback modes let you listen to audio 25 percent slower or 50 percent faster than real time.

    *3 RECORDING MODES
      Select from three recording modes to meet your specific needs: HQ for high quality; SP and LP for extended recording.



VN-7600PC Package Contents

    * VN-7600PC Recorder
    * Earphone
    * Carrying Case
    * USB Cable
    * 2 x AAA Batteries
    * Warranty Card
    * Instruction Manual


Product Market Price $59.99


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7600PC Reviews

By Bridie (Chicago, IL)


"VN-7600PC THE BEST THING I ever bought for medical school. This is a GREAT little recorder. I use it to record lectures (with permission from my professors, of course) in medical school. I can let Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN 7600PC sit there on the podium for hours of lecture, and then use it for hours of playback, without any change in the battery life. I love the ample volume controls during playback and the ability to adjust the recording sensitivity (hi/lo, for differing distances from the sound source). I also LOVE being able to playback faster or slower, depending on my taste. Getting through an hour's worth of lecture in less time is WONDERFUL. So is slowing down the playback of a lecture that seemed to go just a little too quickly. Plus, Digital Voice Recorder is lightweight, durable, and I can lock it so that it's not always turning on/off when I throw Digital Voice Recorder in my backpack. No problems with capacity or file storage on-board. Great little unit, and I honestly have no complaints yet. I feel like anyone who needs a digital recorder would love this. Don't hesitate to buy! "

By sky (MIAMI, FLORIDA, US)


"Voice Recorder VN 7600PC one of the best I used so fare. Very good tape recorder, easy to use and the sound is impaccable . the only reason why I would not put 5 stars is because of the price .Still too expensive to my taste

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Friday, October 1

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 Reviews & Detail

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder

VN-7000

Lots of memory in an easy-to-use device

This full-featured and easy-to-use recorder makes recording meetings or daily reminders a snap. The 2GB internal memory, more than 1,200 recording hours, index marks and long battery life make this Olympus voice recorder a joy to use.

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 Small enough to fit into any pocket and light enough to carry with you wherever you go, the reliable and easy-to-use Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 is an ideal personal companion. The Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 features an elegant compact, ergonomic design that fits comfortably in your hand and discretely in a pocket, and delivers enhanced sound quality over amazingly long recording times up to 1208 hours. Featuring enhanced High Quality (HQ) recording mode, it is an ideal choice for anyone looking to capture superior audio. The easy-to-reach buttons allow the user to play, stop, fast-forward and rewind with a simple touch of a figure. The record and erase buttons are positioned individually for easy access and to eliminate confusion when handling.


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 Record ideas, observations, notes, to-do lists and a whole lot more: up to 100 recordings can be stored in each of the four folders, and the alarm feature ensures important dates are never missed again. Recordings can be made in a choice of three quality modes (HQ, SP and LP), allowing users to choose their personally preferred balance of recording quality and capacity. The large, clear LCD display enables fast, trouble-free navigation through recordings and access to the various functions. The Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 makes a fashion statement with a silver gray body with a black face. Given its thin, lightweight, compact design, the Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 makes an ideal travel companion.

* 2GB memory, 1208 hours recording time
* Variable Control Voice Actuator
* Long Battery Life (up to 39 hours)

Recording Hours.
Supports more than 1,200 hours of continuous recording time with 2GB of internal memory.

Variable Control Voice Actuator.
Voice activation extends recording time and saves battery life by recording only when the microphone senses sound.

Long Battery Life.
Records for up to 39 hours before you have to replace or recharge batteries.

Index Marks.
Allows you to electronically mark where each file begins so you can easily find, erase and transfer files.


Fast and Slow Playback.
Slow and Fast Playback modes let you listen to audio 25 percent slower or 50 percent faster than real time.


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 Features


*MORE THAN 1,200 HOURS RECORDING TIME WITH 2GB OF INTERNAL MEMORY.
Record up to 1,200 hours of uninterrupted audio in LP mode.


*VARIABLE CONTROL VOICE ACTUATOR.
Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.

*39 HOURS BATTERY LIFE.
Long battery life—39 hours of continuous recording—gives you the on-the-go confidence you need (Alkaline, LP mode recording).

*INDEX MARKS.
Index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval.

*LARGE LCD.
Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and battery life.

*2 PLAYBACK MODES.
Slow and Fast Playback modes let you listen to audio 25 percent slower or 50 percent faster than real time.

*3 RECORDING MODES.
Select from three recording modes to meet your specific needs: HQ for high quality; SP and LP for extended recording.

*TIMER RECORDING.
Use the timer recording option to set a start and end time for a particular recording.

*ALARM PLAYBACK.
Playback a pre-selected file at a specific time for reminders or wake-up calls.

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 Specifications

Recording Format
Multi-codec: HQ/SP: SubBand, LP: CELP

Recording Media
Built-in 2GB flash memory

Recording Time
HQ mode: Approximately 81 hours, 00 minutes
SP mode: Approximately 215 hours, 50 minutes
LP mode: Approximately 1208 hours, 30 minutes

Speaker
28 mm round dynamic speaker

Microphone Jack
3.5 mm, impedance 2k ohms (mono)

Earphone Jack
3.5 mm, impedance 8 ohms (mono)

Power Supply
Two AAA alkaline (LR03 or R03) batteries or Two AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries


Battery Life
Alkaline: Approximately 39 hours (LP mode)
*NiMH: Approximately 22 hours (LP mode)

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 Package Contents

* VN-7000 Recorder
* Soft Case
* 2 x AAA Batteries
* Warranty Card
* Instruction Manual


Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 Reviews

by westway77

"This past April we marked the sale of our 10 millionth VN series recorder. Following this landmark we’re pleased to introduce the Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-7000 and VN-8100PC recorders to this successful line. In addition to their sleek look and feel these recorders are packed with great features at even better prices. Always intuitive and easy to use, both recorders now feature a Scene Select mode. If you’re recording in an unfamiliar space and not sure which setting to use, this mode allows you to select from preset environmental settings to help you capture optimal recordings whether you’re in a classroom or a lecture hall. Both recorders also feature 2GB of internal memory and long battery lives to ensure you’ll be able to capture what you need when you need it. With the school year just around the corner, teachers and students alike will find great features at an affordable price with our new VN series recorders."


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