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1. Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice Recorder
$159.99 $148.27 list()
2. OLYMPUS DS-660 Digital Voice Recorder
Too low to display $84.50 list($99.99)
3. Olympus W-10 Digital Voice Recorder
Too low to display $52.54 list($79.99)
4. Olympus VN-480 Digital Voice Recorder
$25.99 list($29.99)
5. Olympus Microcassette(TM) Recorder
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6. Olympus VN-240 32 MB Digital Voice
$39.99 $29.64
7. Olympus VN-120 Digital Voice Recorder
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8. Olympus DW-90 Digital Voice Recorder
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9. Olympus L400 Ultra-Compact Microcassette
$199.99 $174.52
10. Olympus T-1000 Transcriber
$32.99
11. Olympus VN-1800 Digital Voice
$44.25 list($69.95)
12. Olympus J500 Microcassette Recorder
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13. Olympus VN-3600 Digital Voice
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14. Olympus J300 Microcassette Recorder
$24.87
15. Olympus Microcassette Recorder
$349.99 $259.85
16. Olympus T-2020 Transcriber
$299.99 $236.40
17. Olympus DT-1000 Dictation/Transcriber
$299.99 $264.95
18. Olympus T-1100 Transcriber
$105.94 $102.99 list($149.99)
19. Olympus DS330 Digital Voice Recorder
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20. Olympus VN-240 PC Digital PC Link

1. Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice Recorder
by Olympus

our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000DYTDJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 306
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Olympus DM-10 stereo digital voice recorder/music player packs 64 MB of built-in flash memory to give you nearly 22 hours (1,340 minutes) of voice recording or a full hour of near-CD-quality music in either MP3 or WMA formats. The DM-10's compact, lightweight design and smooth, silvery finish make it an ideal travel companion. Measuring a mere 4.31 x 1.56 x 0.6 inches (H x W x D) and weighing in at a mere 3 ounces, the attractive and ergonomic DM-10 fits comfortably in the hand of the on-the-go professional or exercise enthusiast.

The DM-10 has 5 separate file folders capable of holding 199 files each, so you can organize nearly 1,000 files according to subjects like "work," "personal," and "to do." When recording, simply capture your high-quality voice files in either WMA or DSS (Digital Speech Standard) format and then place the recorder in the included USB docking station to begin downloading hours of audio to a PC or Macintosh computer. Stereo voice recording is possible with an optional stereo microphone.

Alarm playback will alert you to meetings, dates, show reminders, or wake-up times. You can simply dictate reminders into the DM-10--such as "Time to pick up the kids!"--and assign a time for this message to sound, like an alarm clock's buzzer.

Built-in WOW sound enhancement produces rich bass, and three-dimensional sound, while a user-selectable 5-setting equalizer lets you tailor the sound to your taste or environment. Olympus's innovative noise-canceling technology makes the sound even clearer. removing unwanted hiss and background noise.

The unit offers a built-in condenser microphone, and a .125-inch microphone jack gives you the option to use a high-quality external mic (not included). A .125-inch earphone jack and supplied stereo ear bud headphones let you monitor your files during or after recording. To suit various sound conditions, you can adjust the microphone's sensitivity. The recorder can be viewed in low-light situations, such as at a lecture hall or during presentations, thanks to its easy-to-read backlit LCD.

After capturing recordings you can erase them or move them between folders. The DM-10 also lets you set up to 16 index marks per message, during recording and during playback. This way, you can locate specific sections of individual dictations quickly and easily. The individual files may be played back at three different speeds: normal, fast, or slow, through either the built-in speaker or the supplied earphones. In addition, with the Repeat Playback function, the DM-10 can repeatedly play back a particular user-selected section of audio recording--ideal for transcribing dictation.

The unit's Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) ensures that recording begins only when sound occurs, while its security lock prevents accidental deletion of sensitive files.

The DM-10 is perfectly suited to meet varying professional needs. You can easily attach voice files to e-mails or forward them to others for transcription. The optional AS-3000 transcription kit (DSS Player Pro transcription module with foot switch and headset) can further streamline this process. The DM-10 is also compatible with most voice recognition software, including IBM's Via Voice.

What's in the Box
Voice recorder, docking station, USB cable, stereo ear bud headphones, a CD-ROM, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Voice recorder and music recorder/player all in one; stereo recording and playback supports DSS, MP3, and WMA file formats
  • 64 MB built-in internal memory for 22 hours of voice recording or 1 hour of near-CD-quality music; offers voice activation, index marking, backlit LCD
  • Manage your voice files in 5 folders and music files in 2 folders capable of storing up to 199 files each
  • USB docking station grants quick, easy uploads and downloads; PC and Macintosh compatible; comes with stereo ear bud headphones
  • Noise Cancellation mode reduces ambient sound; WOW audio technology provides rich bass and 3-dimensional sound during music playback

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
I purchased the DM-20, which has twice the storage. I would recommend finding that one if you plan to use it much for music. It has great support for Windows Media Audio .wma and .mp3 files, and their proprietary format. I try to do everything in .wma. At the lowest quality compression setting you get a very long recording time. Navigation is easy. The controls are set out well. The LCD has good info and lots of options. The voice recording quality is excellent, especially from the remote control plug-in microphone (which might not be available in all versions).

2-0 out of 5 stars Fragile equipment
On May 29, 2004 I ordered the digital recorder, based upon the glowing reviews that I've read about the sound quality. I'm a barbershopper and wanted to have high fidelity digital recordings for the chorus web site and for learning tapes. The device is tiny, sleek and shiny like an elongated lighter. It sounded sensational with the little ear buds, but came with no protective case. On 07/09/04 it stopped working entirely. The display did not light up, yet the batteries were new (2 days old)and the battery display showed that it was fully charged the day before. I was heading out for a rehearsal, and had it on my wrist by the strap. My guess is that it must have bumped into the car door as I slid into the driver's seat. When I took it off my wrist to put on the seat belt, that's when I discovered that the display was dead. I opened the battery slide and the little coil that pushes against the battery sprung out. Without that in place the recorder cannot work. Because the failure happened more than a month after purchase, Home Depot would not cover it. Olympus is having me send it back. We'll see what happens. It's a nice device, with great fidelity, but it's incredibly fragile. I'd hesitate before recommending it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Beware, DSS is Olympus proprietary format, not a "standard"
Yes, the features of this machine are nice, but the DSS format's name "Digital Speech Standard" and Olympus's touting of it as an "international standard" are deliberately misleading. In fact, Olympus owns it and does not even make it available enough for software vendors to develop conversion software. There is no way to, for instance, convert a CD audio, or MP3, or any other audio file into DSS format in order to play it on the DM-10. If you buy the thing thinking you can load 10 hours of CD audio books onto it, you will find that instead you only get 1 hour (in WMA format). And if you call Olympus to ask about it, their tech support people based in India will just tell you tough luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful voice recorder, works great in ALL modes
I am going to be conducting interviews for research. I was new to the digital voice recorder buying scene and started out by buying an Olympus VN-3600. That device is OK, but has severe limitations. The most obvious one being that the lower end digital voice recorders do not transfer files to a computer. So if you want to use the space again you have to take your notes and lose the original. The other limitation that the lower-end voice recorders have is poor to unsuable recording in the long-play mode. For the 3600, 6 hours was a joke. Believe me it was completely unsuable. I knew that going in but I didn't realize how crippling not being able to transfer files to the computer would be.

Enter the DM-10. From the reviews here and across the web I decided to give it a try. I am VERY GLAD that I did. What a remarkable device. It has 3(4) recording modes and each one of them is crystal clear. I put 4 in parathensis because if you use a stero microphone it automatically records in SHQ or Super High Quality mode. As many voice recorders have this has a voice activation level so that pauses shut down the recording. This one works really well with 15 different levels. The SP mode gives you 22hours of recording! And it is usable.

I just downloaded the software and it is great. I recorded two files one in HQ mode and one in SP mode. SP and LP recordings are stored in something called DSS files whereas the HQ and SHQ are stored as WMA files. They downloaded in a flash. I also copied them to a folder and then clicked on them and they brought up the software for replay in a flash.

You can also use the DM-10 as an MP3 player. As a nice bonus, and I bought this in early June 2004, the package I got included a stero microphone. You usually get what you pay for and I would suggest if you want to have a ton of recording space and you feel that storing your recordings would be helpful, spend the money on this device. It has too many features to list but all are well-thought out and enhance its usability. The manual is well-written and will get you started in minutes. Really a superb device and worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this DVR. You won't regret it!!!
I was looking for a digital voice recorder for a long time and first tried Olympus W 10 and did not like its sound quality. After reading the reviews here for DM 10, I decided to give it a try and boy am I happy to do that or what??? !!! Features are superb and the sound quality is perfect. Even the LP mode, which can give you a whopping 22 and half hour long recording, is quite decent. It is easily attached to the computer thru USB and transfering files is a piece of cake. It is small and very portable; it can fit easily into your shirt pocket. It looks slick and slim in design. It can even give you CD quality sound for your MP3's on the go. I am very happy with this purchase and wanted to share this with those who are looking for a good DVR. ... Read more


2. OLYMPUS DS-660 Digital Voice Recorder
by Olympus

our price: $159.99
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Asin: B0002S09K6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1982
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Features

  • 32MB of built-in memory
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Compatible with PC and Macintosh computer systems
  • Noise Cancel feature can be activated during playback to reduce noise for clearer listening
  • Convenient NEW button enables you to quickly end one recording and begin another

3. Olympus W-10 Digital Voice Recorder with Built-in Digital Camera
by Olympus
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00007KJWO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 2513
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The W-10 doesn't just make it easy to record, it makes it easy to manage audio and image files, too. With two folders devoted to audio files--each capable of storing 100 messages--and a dedicated folder for image files that can hold 250 pictures, organizing and locating important files is simple. You can even move files between folders and erase a single file or an entire folder. Thumb-pad navigation is available with a jog dial, and the W-10's built-in 16 MB memory provides up to three hours of recording in long-play mode (other modes are standard and high-quality). Audio is stored as WAV files, and images are JPEGs. The recorder can be voice activated, and it even has an alarm feature, so you'll never miss an interview. Included Voice Album software lets you display pictures on a PC monitor in slide show fashion and add descriptions and narration to recorded images.

An LCD panel shows recording time remaining, sound quality, folder name, and other non-image-related information (though the LCD cannot be used to review pictures). When the recorder is hooked up to an external monitor, however, visual indexing lets you display an image while playing related audio. The W-10 uses a 0.3 Megapixel CMOS chip for visual indexing (640 x 480 resolution). The W-10 runs on two AAA batteries (not supplied) and cannot run from an AC adapter. Two batteries run about 24 hours. Supported operating systems include Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000 Professional, and XP Professional and Home editions. Your computer must be running an Intel Pentium II class 233 MHz or faster with 64 MB RAM minimum and a Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 sound board (or 100 percent compatible). Your video card and display must be 800 x 600 pixels minimum with 256 colors minimum. One available USB port is required. ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 3 hours of voice recording
  • 16 MB inboard memory
  • Two dedicated audio folders (up to 100 WAV files each), One dedicated image folder (up to 250 JPEGs)
  • Voice Album Software lets you add descriptions and narration to recorded images for a slideshow on your PC
  • Jog dial simplifies navigation and usage

Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars Failed expectations
I must admit this was the first voice recoder I had ever purchased and with the features and price I thought I could not have found a better bargain. What I got was a tiny well designed pseudofunctional device. I read a few reviews but figured when the people had said the camera wasn't too bad was an understatement, but then again I had high expectations (don't make this mistake). The pictures even at a short distance showed up relatively fuzzy. In high quality mode the W-10 reproduced recordings exceptionally well, however unless you don't leave your computer or a pc to continually download the files you only get about 47 minutes worth, the reason I got the thing in the first place was so I could record my professors whose lectures were consecutive, making it impossible to use that mode. The Standard mode gives fair sound reproduction with a slight hiss, overall its bearable, howeveryou only are allowed 68 minutes not enough time to complete one lecture for my T,R classes (75 minutes for non college readers). Low quality mode, I'll just say I used it once and that was enough of that setting. Also the recoder saves files from modes lesser than high in a different wave level so you can't put them on cds unless you change the format which i dont have time to figure out. In conclusion, if you don't require a lengthy recording then this is a pretty good buy, I have to also admit that just because I complain of the quality of the pictures the camera option would be nice on rare occasions, also the pc interface is a no-brainer. Hope this helps someone looking for a something better not to be unhappy with their purchase!

4-0 out of 5 stars fun, practical, conversation piece
Pro: A wonderful tiny device I tend to carry with me everywhere. Con: I cannot see the photos til I get home!
Solution: Olympus(or someone) should create software so the w-10 could send images to a pda (palm or PC Pocket OS).

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Handy
This is an incredible value for a Digital Voice Recorder. It has 1hr. of recording capacity at the highest resolution setting. Over 10 hours of battery life. Voice Activated. All software, cables, earphone piece, and case are included. It's incredibly slim. Easy to manage. And it'll take pictures (not the highest quality but definately am added bonus). What more could you really want?? I am a very satisfied customer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Olympus W10
I am a teacher and I was looking for a digital recorder that would allow me to put audio material on my website and in my email. The W10 with its software is extremely easy to use with a computer. The audio quality is very good. The digital camera is a real plus. I am pleasantly surprised about the quality of the pictures. I have taken pictures inside and outside and the pictures are very clear for such a small camera. The pictures are also easy to download to a computer. To sum it all up, I really am pleased with my purchase of the Olympus W10. It may not be for every application, but it sure works for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased with the W-10
I purchased the Olympus W-10 primarily as a general-purpose note and meeting recorder, replacing a micro-cassette. The W-10 generally met or exceeded my expectations in all areas.

Sound Recording -- This unit is extremely easy to use, and the interface software is excellent. Sound quality is very acceptable at the HQ and SP speeds, although I would not count on using the LP mode for anything, as the quality is very poor. I would have much preferred a 2-hour record time that was actually intelligible, instead of a 3-hour time that is not. The max usable record time, then, is at the SP 'speed,' at a little over an hour. The voice-activated recording mode works very well, and has the effect of expanding your recording time by cutting out periods of silence. For my purposes, an hour is find. Microphone sensitivity is very good.

Photo capability -- There have been very mixed reviews about the camera feature, and here are my two cents on that topic: If you are looking for a camera to take on your vacation, you will be disappointed with this product. If you are looking for a solid voice recorder, this is a good product, and the ability to snap a photo or two in situations where you would otherwise not have access to a camera is a real plus. I have read reviews complaining about a lack of sharpness in the image. I don't think that this is a problem, as long as you understand that the photos are only at a 640 by 480 pixel resolution. In fact, I think that the sharpness is fairly good. What is less good is that colors are not very vivid, and high-contrast situations are not handled well. The photo feature is nice as a supplement to voice recordings, as a way to include a visual reference to the audio. When you play back a voice recording on your PC, any photos taken during that recording will be displayed at the appropriate point in the playback. I could easily live without the camera feature, but it is really nice to have.

Battery life seems to be very good, as I have recorded 8-10 hours in all, with no change in the battery level indicator. Some other digital voice recorders are real battery hogs.

In all, I think that this product is an excellent value! ... Read more


4. Olympus VN-480 Digital Voice Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $79.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001W1I62
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 9619
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Features

  • Saving files in schedule folder displays them according to the day they were made
  • 3 recording qualities (HQ, SP, LP)
  • 32MB internal memory
  • About 177 minutes recording in High Quality mode, 267 minutes Standard Play, 493 minutes Long Play
  • Alarm function -- just record appointment details, and set the time you want to be reminded

5. Olympus Microcassette(TM) Recorder (S711BLUE)
by Olympus
list price: $29.99
our price: $25.99
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Asin: B00005T3VT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 692
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Built-in front speaker, built-in condenser mic
  • Voice Operated Recording
  • One-touch recording
  • Dual Tape Speeds, Pocket Size

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, beautiful controls... Easy to use buttons, features
The Olympus Microcassette Recorder S711 is the perfect utensil for corporate meetings, fun stuff, and stuff you know you will remember. It slashes a digital recorder, because the simple tapes that you buy may include almost 90 mins. of space. That's 270 mins. with all 3 tapes (if 90 mins. are included) That is even more then some of the digital voice recorders that top $50. This proves a digital voice recorder isn't and wasn't worth my while. At first, when searching I'd looked towards Sony and Olympus for their digital recorders. But that is nothing compared to their microcassette recorders. Sony has been doing well for quite a while, but it is tiny, puny, and not worth it once compared to the Olympus.

Pros
-Large, easy to use buttons. Nothing fancy
-Allows 2 type of speeds
-From a name brand that you trust
-Cheap, but accurate
-3 tapes with 90 mins. can hold more than some digital recorders which top $50

Cons
-Looks aging
-Some buttons are too big and bulky
-Blue, I think not, Maybe Grey or something else

Overall, I rate the Olympus 5 stars. It isn't too big or small, and it is accurate. It allows you to record with microcassette tapes, and has been proven much better than a digital voice recorder. I'm glad that I own it, and I would like you to have it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars olympus is a good recorder
I got my olympus for my anatomy class and it works great. the only problem i am having is trying to find the in the ear headphones for it. it records great. if your teacher mumbles you can turn up the volume so you can hear him better. Turning up the volume is like turning up the microphone. there is not wind sounding static noise. you can take a 30 min tape and make it an hour by using the 1/2 speed record. but if you want to listen to it on another machine with out this feature it sounds like alvin and the chiip munks. it is small and the blue is like navy blue not that pale blue in the picture. I have seen more expensive micro recorders for more. it is great for college or high school students with out alot of money. you could not ask for a better record quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bargain Price for Above-Average Performance
No problems here. Beats higher-priced similar models from competitors like Sony and Panasonic. The aesthetics/design quotient is a nice extra, too. ... Read more


6. Olympus VN-240 32 MB Digital Voice Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $59.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001W1I5S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 2212
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Digital voice recorder with up to 4 hours of recording time
  • Voice activation mode enables hands-free recording
  • 4 storage folders with up to 100 files each
  • Index marking keeps track of files; easy-to-read LCD display
  • External earphone and microphone jacks; runs on 2 AAA batteries

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Deleting is easier than claimed
I doubted it could be so difficult to delete a message as was claimed in the previous review, and so I looked up the user manual for this recorder. The manual says that the complicated procedure only applies when deleting messages in the "S" folder, which sorts messages by date. To delete messages in the ordinary "A" through "C" folders takes just one button press.

1-0 out of 5 stars a real pain to delete messages
Olympus really blew it this time!
On their previous digital recorder, you pressed the delete button, to delete a message, during or after it played. Now, you can only delete it AFTER it plays, and it requires pressing THREE DIFFERENT BUTTONS to delete one message.
I often record and/or review and delete messages while I'm driving. This new deleting method makes it impossible, without taking your eyes off the road. I hope Olympus realizes this was a REALLY BAD IDEA! ... Read more


7. Olympus VN-120 Digital Voice Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $39.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B0001W1I5I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 468
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Amazon.com Product Description

The compact, lightweight Olympus Voice-Trek VN-120 offers 3 scalable recording modes. You'll get high-value storage with a maximum of 120 minutes recording time from a supplied 16 MB flash-memory card. The recorder weighs just 2.4 ounces with batteries (included) and is designed to sit snugly in the palm of your hand. Fast playback lets you listen at a speed 30 percent faster than real time.

With its lengthy recording time, the VN-120 is ideal for weekend seminars, extended discussions, recording meetings, school lectures, or study groups, as well as for short memos, ideas, phone numbers, shopping lists, and other notes. The unit combines smart styling with 3 folders so you can arrange files according to personalized subjects such as "work," "personal," and "to do." Each folder stores up to 100 messages, and you can erase 1 message or 1 folder at a time.

The unit offers a built-in condenser microphone, and a .125-inch microphone jack gives you the option to use a high-quality external mic (not included). A .125-inch earphone jack lets you monitor your files during or after recording.

The VN-120 has 3 recording modes: HQ mode (for the best possible quality recording and 43 minutes available recording time); SP mode (for a high-quality recording and 65 minutes available recording time); and LP mode (for the most possible recording capacity, with 120 minutes available recording time).

An LCD display lets you check remaining recording time, date and time, voice-activation mode, play mode (HQ/SP/LP), microphone sensitivity (HI/LO), and battery status. Other features include voice activation for hands-free recording and easy deletion of one or all messages in a folder. The VN-120 uses the ADPCM (Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation) recording format.

What's in the Box
Voice recorder, 2 AAA batteries, a 16 MB flash card, a pocket clip, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Saving files in schedule folder displays them according to the day they were made
  • 3 recording qualities ( HQ, SP, LP )
  • 16MB internal memory
  • About 43 minutes recording in High Quality mode, 65 minutes Standard Play, 121 minutes Long Play
  • Alarm function -- just record appointment details, and set the time you want to be reminded

8. Olympus DW-90 Digital Voice Recorder (Champagne Gold)
by Olympus
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00005OBDS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 8904
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Record up to 90 minutes of digital sound
  • Download lectures, notes, etc. to your computer with the high-speed USB interface
  • Listen to your files from your computer with Olympus's "Digital Wave Player" software
  • LCD display panel helps you keep track of important recording information
  • Voice activation function allows for hands-free recording

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I purchased the Olympus DW-90 Voice Recorder to record ambient sounds for some web work I'm doing. I found the DW-90 easy to operate after browsing the manual. Loading the included software was a non-item. Once you record a sound you just plug the unit into a USB port and the software automatically pops up on the computer screen. You then push one button and it uploads the file or files to the computer. Fast, simple. You select the file (it records in .wav file format) with your mouse and hit the play button and there you are. I'm into recording sounds of doors creaking, birds chirping, water dripping, etc. I record outdoors and in, on the hiking trail, voices in the park, the crackle of a fire in a fireplace, children's voices. In short, I record anything that might make a digital scene come to life. I also use the sounds for link buttons: the ping of a pencil on a drinking glass or china, the crumpling of an aluminum can, fist on a tabletop. Once I've uploaded the sound, I open it in my sound editing software (Sound Forge) and go to work on it. The sound that comes from the DW-90 in HQ mode is crystal clear. Since it's designed to record voices, I was worried that it might muffle background noise, but found this to not be true. Everything the ear hears, the DW-90 records (not the same frequency response, of course), which can at times be a problem for me. Human hearing is selective, so we don't ordinarily hear the refrigerator running or whir of our computer's fan. But they will all be there when you replay a DW-90 sound file. The DW-90 is smaller than it looks in the pictures, ~3.5 inches in length, and extremely light weight, so you can take it anywhere. But it definitely has its limitations. File storage volume is one. Just make sure that prior to purchasing the unit you evaluate its specifications against your requirements. I'm immensely pleased with it, but then I'm not trying to record a one-hour lecture in HQ mode (limit 22 min) or LP mode (limit 90 min) where so many of the reviewers here on Amazon have complained about sound quality.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very Small Capacity
I purchased this thinking that I was getting a recorder that would actually hold 90 minutes of audio. Unfortunately that capacity is only available for "LP" mode which is highly distorted. HQ and SP modes record very well, but only plan on getting 20-30 minutes of use out of it before the memory is full.

The PC connection was not automatic, despite the instruction manual comments that no additional software was required. On the whole, I found no little to no support material available on the Olympus website.

I returned the recorder and am still looking for something <$100 that provides 2-3 hours of high quality recording with a PC connection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Proved with time
I've been using this recorder for about 5 months now, and I love it now just as much as I did when I first purchased it. One thing that I like very much about the design is that the Erase button is extremely hard to accidentally push (and that, twice) - which shows someone was thinking when they designed it. The software installed perfectly, and works perfectly. I am very satisfied with this little recorder; it does not weigh much, but it gets the job done - and very well at that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compact yet full of features
I just got this little guy (so small it fits in the palm of my hand), and I am thoroughly satisfied with it. It is small, yet it has a lot of features, and it seems to be well manufactured - doesn't seem like it will break real soon or anything. I have recorded four files so far, and have even transfered them to my laptop (running Win 98 SE). The installation of the software was seamless, and all works great. I have not had a chance to try out some features of the recorder (lecture mode for instance), but I am very satisfied with what I got so far.

4-0 out of 5 stars limited functionality, short duration very good LP mode poor
Bought this model to record science lecture notes, but the advertized 90 minute recording capability is only in LP mode. In LP mode, the playback is completely illegible. In HQ mode, the sound is superb, but you only get 22 minutes of recording. I will return this and continue looking.

Should have read the reviews here first, it would have saved me time but I was out on errands and stopped in at a local superstore to buy one. ... Read more


9. Olympus L400 Ultra-Compact Microcassette Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00004VXN4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 27189
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Record your memos and meetings with the Olympus L400 Ultra-Compact Microcassette Recorder. It fits easily in a shirt pocket and weighs only 3.2 ounces, so you can travel with it anywhere. The easy-to-read LCD displays tape direction, operation mode, and a tape counter. Voice activation enables hands-free recording with adjustable sensitivity. With dual tape speeds, you can record up to three hours on a 90-minute tape. An auto-reverse function provides uninterrupted recording or playback from one side of the tape to the other. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact design, weighs only 3.2 ounces
  • Voice activation for hands-free operation
  • Dual tape speeds for longer recordings
  • Auto reverse for uninterrupted operation
  • Fits easily in a shirt pocket

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Disapointing sound quality
I bought the L400 and 500 recorders, and am disapointed in the sound quality with both. The 500 had a real "tinny" sound, and unsuitable for dictation. The 400 has a loud motor whine on playback (which doesn't happen if I play the same tape back on a Sony recorder), and a similar tinny sound. Olympus recorders seem to be well constructed, compact, and great gadgets. But, the sound quality is inferior, and causes me not to recommend them until Olympus makes this better. My various Sony recorders are so far superior in sound quality that Olympus should be ashamed. Is my experience unique?

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiny yet loud
I bought this as a replacement for a previous Olympus pearlcorder for my father-in-law and he loves it. The Olympus microcassette recorders blow all those cheap recorders in the retail stores. Olympus can pick up your voice easily and play back loudly. The bonus is that the L400 is so small, it's cool. If my father-in-law can use it easily, then anyone can!

4-0 out of 5 stars Actually needs to be a little bigger
I ordered this from Amazon, who had the best price on the internet or otherwise. When I received it, I spent several days thinking I might send it back. It has its problems and is a little "too" small for me. However, I've worked through the problems and gotten used to the device and it is pretty good.

First, the problems. Someone with real small hands will appreciate it. Others with bigger hands might find it too small. Those used to holding a microcassette recorder a certain way (using the thumb to work the controls for example) will have to get used to the small size. The controls on this device are electronic buttons instead of manual push buttons. But I have to shift the device up in my hands to access all the buttons with my thumb. In addition, only the rewind function works while the tape is playing. That is, you can't fast forward without stopping the tape first. Further, they didn't add a separate fast forward button, but you hit the rewind button twice to go forward. I don't really like this feature. Finally, the voice activation doesn't work too well. At least not for me.

Now, the good news. You can turn the access to the buttons off, so if it is in your pocket, it won't go off prematurely, and it won't accidentally pop the tape open since the eject slide is on the bottom of the unit. The speaker sounds pretty good and recording quality is about the best I've seen from the total of 4 recorders I've had. All in all, I have started to like it, but I would have made it a little bigger and gone for controls more like traditional recorders.

Update: I have used this recorder almost every day (at least 3-4 days a week) for about a year and a half. Everything above still stands, but there are other things, some good some bad. First, the bad (or, perhaps, not so good): you MUST use good quality tapes in the machine. I used whatever tapes my firm had, some cheap tapes that probably are good for 2 or 3 erases even in a cheap machine. This caused the unit to act up -- and you would hear 6 beeps when trying to play, record, or even rewind. I thought the unit was defective and called customer service, who told me to send it in. Finally, I realized that the problem didn't happen when I use Maxell, Sony, or TDK (high quality tapes). Second issue, you can't start talking immediately after hitting record. I didn't realize this unitl recently when my secretary was always missing the first words of sentences. I wondered why until I was rewinding one day and found out that there is a quick delay before recording. It is constant, but lasts for less than or about a second.

Now, the good news: this thing still produces the best sounding stuff. Olympus clearly makes the best analog recorders. Although I think the unit could be a little better, you do end up getting used to the small size (if that was ever a problem) and the controls. I haven't gone back to the voice activation feature to see if I was the problem, but one day I will. Good luck, and after 1.5 years, I would buy this again. ... Read more


10. Olympus T-1000 Transcriber
by Olympus
list price: $199.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0001OHGYI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 14066
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Features

  • Adjustable Tape Speed.Adjust the speed control from
  • ¿15% to +30% for all levels of transcribing skills."
  • Dual-speaker headset for comfort and excellent sound quality.
  • Tape-end alarm signals when to change or turn over Microcassette.
  • Quick erase feature automatically eliminates old messages to free up space.

11. Olympus VN-1800 Digital Voice Recorder
by Olympus

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Asin: B000067NL8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 11662
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This flash memory recorder records up to three hours of input. With four separate folders, you can organize your messages into distinct sections. Each folder saves up to one hundred messages, and you can transfer these files from folder to folder, or delete them as necessary, using the file management system. The LCD screen displays a variety of information including: date, time, recording time, battery status, folder indicator, recording mode indicator, alarm indicator and battery indicator. The three recording modes allows you to adjust recording time. Choose between high quality, standard or long record. Twenty custom alarms keeps you up-to-date on important dates and times. The highly sensitive microphone will detect silence and stop recording saving valuable memory space. The recorder comes with earphone and mic jacks for added versatility.

What's in the Box
Recorder, user's manual and a one year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Three recording modes allow up to three hours of recording time
  • Pauses recording during silence to save memory
  • Four folders, each holding up to 100 recorded messages
  • Jogdial layout
  • Two AAA batteries last up to 33 hours

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars OK for personal messages, but don't try to dictate
Although this digital voice recorder's (DVR) customer- and editorial reviews are accurate, they fail to identify one important flaw!

With a DVR, (unlike audio microcassette recorders) you can NOT rewind over an erroneous word and rerecord it. If you are using the DVR to dictate, you will not be able to back up and restate anything said in error.

This is a major drawback.

5-0 out of 5 stars great product
The new VN1800 from olympus is a very good product! I see it as a next generation compared to my older VN90. The most impressive differences to me are the smaller size and the better sound. There is also a fourth directory and buttons are more intuitive with the jogdial. The size is now about 3 inches versus 4 inches, allowing the VN1800 to hold in a pocket without deforming it or hurting. The sound quality in HQ mode is very crisp allowing to better recognize all kinds of sounds, even mixes of noises, voices and music. It is no longer a struggle to understand voicenotes I took in my car with ambiant city noise.

The consomation is low: i measured about 0.1mA standby, 40mA play (low volume) 30mA rec mode. So batteries must last a while
I also did a test of replacing the batteries within reasonable time (10sec) and thank god the messages were not lost.

The VN1800 will always be with me, attached to my keys with an extendable cord.
Note: sometimes under harsch frictions and pressure the tiny 'hold' button accidentally shifts and the unit starts recording. For this I simply cut off the 3 grooves of the button

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful - almost essential once you've tried it
This has good, crisp sound at the HQ setting. The full range of the mic shows on a larger speaker if you dub it from the headphone jack. The mic is very sensitive (on high) and is able to pick up sounds near and far without over-amplifying the nearer ones.

The sound quality is fair at the medium setting and almost unusable at the longest-play setting, so don't take the maximum rec time at face value with these units. I've yet to use all 45 minutes at HQ, so this is perfect for my mental note taking and to-do lists at home. People who record entire lectures or meetings might go with a pricier model and more memory unless they want to strain their hearing with the compressed modes.

There are no worries about losing data if batteries die (flash memory) and battery life appears to live up to the 33 hour rating. It's still on "full" after 4 months if that can be trusted. The ergonomics seem clever and they did their best to keep the unit tiny. I think critics of the jog-pad just need more practice!

One improvement might be a rougher gripping surface to prevent slippage. I dropped it once on a carpet from 3 feet but nothing happened. I also would like to see more than 100 messages allowed per folder (4 total folders) since I have no reason to use more than one at any given time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review Voice Recorder VN 1800 & VN 900. Does what I neeed.
Review for Voice Recorder VN 1800 and VN 900.

Pretty good machine, does basically what I need it to do !
Overall good value and functionality for the price.

Although this is not the perfect device of my dreams with all the features I would like to see
it is a good replacement for my old voice recorder...

I bought the VN 900 with advertised 90 min of recording time.
The fact is on high quality you get 22.5 minutes and that is plenty enough.
Before I had 11 minutes which I never used.
Remember this is a voice recorder to take notes and reminders that you would
otherwise put on sticky notes, not a recorder for whole meetings. If you look
for a recorder for meetings you are in fact better off with a tape recorder.
For taking notes it is great because you can do it while riding a bike, a car, on a plane,

where ever you are and want to take a note, without taking out a note pad and end up
with messy pieces of paper.
Best ideas usually come, when you least expect them so be prepared to take a note.

Record with high quality, I agree.
The use of low sensitivity on the microphone is very useful.
If low sensitiviy is used, it significantly reduces background noise.
With my old recorder I had problems understanding what I said when recording
notes on airplanes or in noisy plant setting. Not so with this unit on low sensitivity.
On high sensitivity the background noise is very disturbing.
If you talk into the mic low is you setting of choice if you want to record a whole
room then high is.
I agree that automatic voice recording does not work and so far never has on
any device I have seen. Just don't use it. If you use the machine for notes,
you won't need it.
Stop button on top is in deed confusing, but the logic is that it is right below the
record button. This takes some getting used to.
I did not find a use for the clip either but it is not in the way so who cares.

I agree that the hold button is somewhat of a nuisance.
However, if the unit is left on long enough it goes into a sleep mode by itself.
Unit works well with rechargable NiMH batteries so that it does not add to
the toxic garbage pile created by used batteries.
One hand operation is not a problem, not a problem to handle while driving.

Possible Improvements:
1. A feature I would like to see is an integrated stop watch.
2. Erasing is a pain because when you push it after the message has played
it erases the next message not the one just played. One has to be careful.
3. I would prefer if the machine stayed on the message just played
instead of jumping to the next one.
4. I would prefer if the unit would always come up with folder A instead of the last
folder that was open.
5. I would prefer to have easier access to the folders instead of having to cycle
one way through them.
6. I would prefer to always see the recorded date and time when on a message
instead of the current time. This makes it easier to know what the message
is and makes it easier to classify them.
7. I would like to just have plain alarm function for a wake-up call but it is okay
as it is, when the alarm sounds I get a message when I silence it.
8. Setting the alarm is the same problem as erasing. If you set the alarm once
the message has played you set it for the next message not for the one
you just heard.

Eberhard. ... Read more


12. Olympus J500 Microcassette Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $69.95
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Asin: B00004VXN2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 11127
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Keeping track of memos and important recordings is easy with the Olympus J500 Microcassette Recorder. An indexing capability and tape counter allow for easy location of recordings. The three LED battery-check system provides information on how much battery life remains. Dual tape speeds give you up to three hours of recording time on a 90-minute tape. For a private listening experience, use the external earphones jack. External jacks for a microphone and external power are also provided (AC adapter not included). ... Read more

Features

  • Uses a standard microcassette tape
  • Includes voice activation for hands-free recording
  • Indexing capability helps you locate important recordings
  • 3 LED battery-check system
  • Dual tape speeds give you up to 3 hours of recording time

Reviews (7)

2-0 out of 5 stars To Die For...
Olympus makes GREAT digital cameras, but their recorders are to die for, especially when you interview someone and get back to the newsroom only to discover that while the tape was moving, the condenser mic had decided to go South on you and the only you can hear is the sound of the motor. Cleaning and demagnatizing the heads didn't work for me, either.

For interviews, spend the extra money and get a super quality product.

2-0 out of 5 stars Olympus Microcassette Recorder
I purchased this product and found that it was of relatively poor construction quality. After reasonable normal use the cassette door hinge broke. I elected not to send it back for repair as my need for this equipment passed, but I was surprised that such a key element of the recorder would be so fragile.

3-0 out of 5 stars Only Okay
I was given this as an unexpected & thoughtful gift, but after working with it a bit, I don't think I'd chose the Olympus again. One basic design flaw is that it doesn't stand up very well on it's think rounded base. You can balance it, but it will topple over at the slightest disturbance. I compared it with my friend's Panasonic RN505 which is substantially heavier, but has a bigger, better speaker & is more stable. When I played my tape on her machine it seemed as if the microphones on both were comparable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great package
I use minicassette recorders on interviews a lot, and this one is a great recorder for the price. It's small enough to fit in a shirt pocket (and nicely slim as well), and the ergonomics are good: easy to play back, fast-forward, etc. It has all the basic controls you need. I can't speak for the sound relative to others, but for voice, it's more than good enough. It picks up voices quite distinctly even in a relatively noisy environment. I also like the battery indicator, so I always know when I need to bring extra batteries, which last a pretty long time. I also can't speak for reliability, but I've had no problems in the six months I've been using it. The only caveats are that the microphone/earphone jack is smaller than ones used by other recorders, so you need an adapter or a mike/earphone with small plugs, and that it doesn't come with an AC power supply. But overall, it's great.

2-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
I am not sure if it is my usage of this recorder, the tapes I put in it or the batteries. My recorder doesn't work anymore. The features on it are good, and it is certainly an attractive recorder. While it did work, I had absolutely no complaints. Unfortunately it isn't working now (and I have complaints).

If I had to purchase another mini-recorder, I would go with a bigger name brand, just to be safe. It may cost extra money (as in a few measly bucks) but it is better to pay five more than replacing a whole new recorder.

Lawyers will like the cassette recorders (and micro ones) but for the average person, I might even venture to suggest purchasing a digital recorder. Give it some thought, but whatever you do, be careful before you buy this one. I would not recommend it! ... Read more


13. Olympus VN-3600 Digital Voice Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00008LX7E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 7565
Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Olympus Voice-Trek VN-3600 features a compact, lightweight design with three scalable recording modes. You'll get superb cost performance with a maximum of six hours recording time, with 32 MB built-in flash memory. The recorder weighs just 23 ounces and is ergonomically designed to fit snugly inside the palm of the hand. With its long talk time, the VN-3600 is ideal for weekend seminars, extended discussions, recording meetings, school lectures, or study groups, as well as for short memos, ideas, phone numbers, shopping lists, and other notes.

The unit combines smart styling with four folders for arranging files according to personalized subjects such as "work," "personal," and "to do." A fourth folder (scheduling folder) is used to sort recordings by date, letting you recall the day's meetings, expenses, and reminders for easy on-the-go retrieval. Each folder stores up to 100 messages. Up to 20 alarms can also be programmed for meeting, dates, show reminders, or wake-up calls. Simply press the button when hearing the alarm beep to hear the pre-recorded reminder.

The VN-3600 has these recording modes: HQ mode (for the best possible quality recording and 91 minutes available recording time); SP mode (for a high-quality recording and 137 minutes available recording time); and LP mode (for the most possible recording capacity, with 364 minutes available recording time). An LCD display shows remaining recording time, date and time, voice-activation mode, play mode (HQ/SP/LP), microphone sensitivity (HI/LO), and battery status. Other features include voice activation for hands-free recording and easy deletion of one or all messages in a folder. The VN-3600 uses the ADPCM (Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation) recording format. ... Read more

Features

  • 32 MB internal flash memory for up to 6 hours of talk time
  • 20 alarm messages, built-in speaker
  • Easy-to-use jog-dial for quick navigation through folders and options
  • 4 folders, up to 100 messages per folder, scalable recording quality/duration
  • Convenient metal clip for shirt pockets for quick retrieval

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great value
I ordered this product new from a third party seller on amazon, and I was more than pleased with the product once it arrived. As is always the case, the LP setting isn't the greatest, though in a pinch one could use it for, say, a personal interview in a quiet room, if one needed more than the 2.5 hours afforded by the SP setting, which sounds fine in most lecture/interview/meeting situations.

The folders are a tool I didn't think would be useful to me, but have since come to love. I can file interviews for several articles I'm working on at a time, and when I'm done with one, simply erase the whole file.

When I was shopping for one of these things, I almost went with a mini-cassette recorder. Don't make that mistake. Digital gives much better sound quality simply because you don't get the hiss of the tape in the recorder. It is also incredibly small and light. Batteries last longer since there isn't a motor.

Some reviewers have asked about getting files onto your computer. The only way to do that with this unit is to plug the earphone output into an audio input and record the audio in realtime. I haven't found any need to archive old interviews so this hasn't been an issue. If you will need to archive, either go for a mini-cassette recorder or pay through the nose for USB connectivity.

There isn't a jog-dial as the description says. There is a four-way circular button. I don't know of any personal voice recorders with a jog-dial. Searching through audio is incredibly easy and fast, though.

I used to carry a notebook around everywhere, now I have my mini-recorder in my pocket at all times. I use it as a journalism student as I don't know shorthand, and as a music student to record my private lessons and review them later. The sound quality is fine, and the amount of audio that this little thing holds is simply staggering.

3-0 out of 5 stars Question on editing voice files on digital recorders
I bought the Olympus VN1800 and used it for about a week, and found my biggest frustration is that you can't edit any voice files that you record. In other words, if you wanted to add on to an existing file, you can't. You have to create a new file to record more information. In addition, you can't edit any portion of the file, for example, if you had a long list of items to do for a given day, you can't edit the file to remove those that you took care of, and don't want on the recorder anymore. Are there any recorders with this capability, and if so, which are they? Thanks much.

3-0 out of 5 stars Question
I wonder whether there's any PC interface, such as USB port available in this recorder??

3-0 out of 5 stars LP Mode -- Unusable for me
Yes, this unit is small and compact. And it does record great in the 'high quality' or 'standard mode', but if you need to record a long meeting in the 'LP- long play" mode, you may be very frustrated. I attest to a previous reivew -- this mode is "too muffled" unless you have very acute hearing and have a good sense for what the person was saying. Thus, for me, LP mode is terrible and i find it unusable and I have fairly good hearing. I've even tried earphones -- still unusable. Finally, the buttons to fast forward and skip can be very frustrating to use. It takes a deft touch to operate them correctly.

4-0 out of 5 stars It does what it should
It's very good gadget. Before buying, keep in mind what the use would be. For memos/reminders/thoughs its great, and for lectures/interviews too. You can use the LP mode to have 6 hours available, but I recommend this mode only for memos, or things that you don't need to keep crystal clear; the recordings in LP mode are understandable. ... Read more


14. Olympus J300 Microcassette Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005LM8G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 6992
Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Microcassette recorder with variable control voice actuator for hands-free recording
  • Tape counter for easy location of previously recorded passages
  • Dual tape speeds give you up to three hours of recording time on a 90-minute tape
  • Cue/Review makes for fast, easy message monitoring
  • Built-in, dynamic speaker delivers crystal-clear sound; does not include a blank microcassette tape (as stated on the packaging)

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I have owned three of these "machines" and each time, they stop working after lessthatn a week for no reason. I wish I could post no stars.

Don't But it.

Never buy it.

You're beter off throwing your money out the window.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fairly Suitible as an Analog Recorder
I don't understand the three one-star reviews on this product. I remember purchasing this recorder in probably Sep, Oct, or Nov, 2001 and have been pretty happy with it. I've played around with it a few times here and there, and overall it's not too bad. The microcassette tapes are pretty inexpensive; like $4.99 I believe for 3 microcassettes. The speaker is loud enough to hear the playback most of the time, and the microphone is at a convenient spot on the top of the recorder.

THe VCVA Voice Activated recording works almost every time. You just set it to that setting, And it'll record when it starts to hear voice. As for the options you get on this thing, you get 1.2x speed and 2.4x. The 1.2x is the regular speed in which you get a fair amount of time on the tape, and 2.4x is just twice as fast which takes up twice as much tape. The three modes are: F. Play (Fast Play; makes the play probably 1.25x faster), OFF, and VCVA. Right next to that is the 3V DC port. I've never had to use it because I think after nearly three years I've never replaced the battery but once.

You also get a red LED light when recording which is somewhat bright. There's also a pause button, which may come in handy for playback. The only drawbacks I have is that the MIC/EAR (microphone/headphone) jack is for some reason too small for the 1/8" jacks. So I've never been able to use that feature, which doesn't really put a downer on my spirits because the internal microphone is perfectly fine. The other drawback is that about a year ago the cover for the microcassette tape fell off--but I put it back in place and it stays on all right, however it falls off at certain angles.

I haven't had any experience with customer support, because I never needed it. This recorder is fine as a toy, but for a serious business person they would want something like the Olympus VN-3600 Digital Voice Recorder. It's one of the more fancy voice recorders, having 6 hours available to record, but in my opinion looks worth its price tag. The best part about digital is that it isn't analog, so you can put it onto the computer via USB.

Price Paid:
39.99 $USD

Recommended:
As a play-around toy, but not as a serious business recording tool.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Performer
I own this unit. I attempted to purchase earphones from Olympus but after phoning them 5 times, and getting put on hold each time, I gave up. I was never able to speak to a live person.
The unit itself does not have enough audible power with batteriess or by AC connection. I do not recommend this unit.

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Junk
I have had this recorder for a couple years and have sent it back 5 times because it just decides to not work. Customer service is horrible and the new recorders they send me are just as bad and stop working (without explanation) again. A waste of time and money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Olympus J300 Microcassette Recorder
I have bought this recorder 2 days ago. I have used it only twice and for some unknown reasons it does not work any more.
I have paid [quite a lot]. Thus, if you do not want to have trouble do not buy it ! Add few euros and buy yourself something better. ... Read more


15. Olympus Microcassette Recorder (S701ACC) (S701ACC)
by Olympus

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Asin: B0000668YP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 6352
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a good product at a reasonable price
This tape recorder is perfect for recording class lectures or conducting field interviews for academic purposes. The only thing you have to watch is make sure you have it on the right tape speed. You have to use the higher quality speed if you want to hear anything in a classroom setting. If the speaker is close and you only want the lecture and none of the student comments or you are conducting an interview both speeds are fine. Overall a very fine purchase ... Read more


16. Olympus T-2020 Transcriber
by Olympus
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B00007K6NZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 46481
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Features

  • Transcribe from both minicassettes and microcassettes.
  • 20% to 40% for all levels of transcribing skills.
  • Auto Backspace, adjusts for trouble-free transcription.
  • Tape Counter allows you to locate important notes quickly so you can transcribe them more efficiently.

17. Olympus DT-1000 Dictation/Transcriber
by Olympus
list price: $299.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B0001OHGYS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 22664
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Features

  • Adjustable Tape Speed.Adjust the speed control from
  • ¿15% to +30% for all levels of transcribing skills."
  • Quick erase feature automatically eliminates old messages to free up space.
  • Auto Backspace adjusts for trouble-free transcription.
  • Tape Counter allows you to locate important notes quickly so you can transcribe them more efficiently.

18. Olympus T-1100 Transcriber
by Olympus
list price: $299.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B0001OHGNE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 40840
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Features

  • 3-pedal foot switch assures efficient transcription.
  • Tape-end alarm signals when to change or turn over Microcassette.
  • Quick erase feature automatically eliminates old messages to free up space.
  • LCD display keeps track of tape data and other important information.

19. Olympus DS330 Digital Voice Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $149.99
our price: $105.94
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Asin: B000068QIT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 777
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Tapeless way to record oral memos
  • Organize memos in up to 5 folders--up to 199 files each
  • Transfer audio files to PC or Mac via USB
  • 16 MB total memory
  • 2 Speeds of Recording: 155 Minutes or 330 Minutes

Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great on Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)
The recorder and its accompanying Mac software work great. I noticed one reviewer said the included software does not work in OS 10.2, which is true: the version on the CD would not run after installation. However, after quick trip to Olympus' web site, I downloaded and installed the software.

I like how the software allows you to manage the recordings on the voice recorder, listen to them before downloading, download only what you want, and export them to AIFF files, which can be played by QuickTime.

I use the recorder with a phone recording controller (from Radio Shack) that lets me record interviews I conduct on the phone. I can save the interview file on my hard drive along with my notes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great little digital recorder.
I bought the DS330 to record interviews and meeting with clients and prospective clients. It works just fine, and provides over 2 1/2 hours of high quality recording - more than enough for 95% of all meetings. I especially like the feature that allows users to download recorded sound files directly to their PCs. That's a big timesaver and excellent organizational feature. Setup was fast and easy. And the software works as advertised. It allows you to convert DSS files to Wave files which can be further converted to other sound file formats like MP3. My only criticism is that the unit is very small - which makes it slightly difficult to operate at times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Everyday Tasks!
I've had mine for a week now and can find very little fault with this sleek little device. I've not even hooked up the USB connection to my PC. My purpose in purchasing this device was for simple note taking (dictation and idea capturing) and not for recording meetings. On the "SP" and "dictation" settings, voice playback is crisp and clean, sounding like typical tape-based audio recorders. It seems to provide the best output speaking in a normal voice holding the unit about 1 foot away.

My primary intent in selecting a recorder was ease of use, durability, size, quality and price. So far, the Olympus DS-330 has proven easy to use. Turn on using the "hold" slider, hit "new" for a new file, hit "rec" to start recording and "stop" to stop. The unit defaults to appending to the current file so to continue recording, you simply hit "rec" again. The "rew" rewind function is cool, counting back on the LCD timer to any spot along the way. Hit "play" to listen to your output and hit "erase" and the file is gone, or drop it to your PC for safekeeping.

For this simple mode of operation, it's hard for me to imagine this not being an excellent fit. With lots of time in the field, I'll be interested to see how durable it is and how long the batteries last. It fits comfortably in the palm of my very large hands and comes with a really nice carrying case (like a lot of todays digital phones with a wrap-around, use-in-the-case design). With today's dark (black) colored personal computing devices, this Olympus unit fits right in (did I mention it was sleek looking?). Note, this is kind of a "duh" point, but output is monaural, not stereo, and you'll only get sound in one ear of your headphones using the "ear" plug. The price is a little higher than a lot of units, but I sense it's worth it (particularly if you're after the advanced features).

So far, awesome!

4-0 out of 5 stars Poor Instruction Manual
Good-quality, handy little recorder. However, I, too, had difficulty installing the device driver. The instruction manual is to blame. There are a few instructions on each page in large type, followed by footnotes in small font that at times contradict one another. In one footnote, it says to install device drivers with the recorder on stop. What does that mean? In another, it says if the new hardware wizard comes up, cancel it and install the DSS software. This also is meaningless. In my Dell XP, this is how I did it: 1) when they say make sure the recorder isn't on STOP, what they really mean is to make sure it's off, or in the HOLD position. HOLD, in other words, should be on (the recorder is off at that point). 2) plug the cord into a USB port that you plan to use every time because the driver gets associated with that port and no other. Whether the USB port is in the front or the back of the computer doesn't matter, even though the instructions say that. 3) Once plugged in, THEN turn on the recorder by taking it off HOLD. The screen will say REMOTE. 4) Make sure you've already installed the recorder software on your hard-drive, which by the way, does NOT auto'lly install the device driver. 5) Once the REMOTE screen comes on, your XP PC will sense its presence, and throw up the new hardware device wizard. Don't Cancel, as the Olympus manual suggests, but instead select to manually install certain portions of the software (the device driver). The next screen will offer to install a device driver and ask from which source you want to get it from -- the CD in your CD-ROM drive or the Windows System folder. I think either would work, but I selected the CD-ROM to ensure an exact match. However, I believe the DSS Player software installs the the correct driver into your system folder at the time it's installed, WITHOUT INSTALLING THAT DRIVER FOR YOU. You have to do that using that wizard.

Finish out the wizard screen. That's it.

If you plug the recorder into another USB port another time, you'll have to go through the wizard again. It's just a guess, but if you don't have your CD-ROM handy, it's likely the driver in the Windows/System folder is the correct one and can be used.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works GREAT with iMac
I don't know what the other Mac user's problem is. In fact, his advice actually made my installation more difficult. His poor review of the included software got me to go first to the software downloaded from the website, which didn't work right. Instead, when I went on and used the software that came in the box, IT WORKED GREAT. It's true that you have to be running the software before your Mac will see your DS-330 when it's in the cradle, but what I love is that you can set the software to automatically download the files from the DS-330 and delete the original files on the 330. I'm using it with a 2000 iMac and OS 10.2.8. ... Read more


20. Olympus VN-240 PC Digital PC Link Voice Recorder
by Olympus
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Asin: B00020M1T6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 655
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Features

  • PC LinkDownload your recordings to your PC. to edit, e-mail,or archive.
  • Four-Hour Recording Record up to 4 uninterrupted hours in LP mode.
  • 3 Recording Modes Use HQ mode for superior sound, LP and SP modes for extended recording.
  • 4 Folders Three file folders plus a convenient schedule folder provide unparalleled organization.
  • Long Battery Life Two AAA batteries are good for up to 33 hours of continuous operation.

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