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1. Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice Recorder
$208.83 $203.75 list($269.99)
2. Olympus DM-20 Digital Voice Recorder
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3. iRiver PMP-120 Portable Media
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4. Creative MuVo Slim 512 MB MP3
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5. Radio Your Way LX AM / FM Radio
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6. Griffin iTalk Voice Recorder for
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7. Olympus DS330 Digital Voice Recorder
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8. Sony ICD-BM1 Digital Voice Recorder
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9. Sony ICD-MX20 Memory Stick Pro
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10. Olympus WS-200S 128 MB Digital
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11. Olympus VN-240 PC Digital PC Link
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12. Sony ICD-SX25 Digital Voice Recorder
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13. Panasonic RR-US360 Digital Voice
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14. Sony MZ-B100 MiniDisc Business
15. Olympus DS 2200 - Digital voice
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16. Sony ICD-BM1VTP Digital Voice
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17. Sony ICD-SX25VTP Digital Voice
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18. Sony ICD-P210 Digital Voice Recorder
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19. Sony MZ-B10 MiniDisc Voice Recorder
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20. Olympus DS-660 Digital Voice Recorder

1. Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice Recorder and Music Player
by Olympus
list price: $179.99
our price: $134.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DYTDJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 436
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

  • Supports DSS, MP3 and WMA file formats
  • Voice recorder and music recorder/player all in one
  • 64 MB of built-in internal memory for 22 hours of voice recording or an hour of music
  • PC and MAC compatible
  • Noise cancellation mode reduces ambient sound for improved clarity
  • Includes USB docking station and cable, earphones (stereo), Windows® Media Player 9 (Windows only), DSS player software (Windows and Mac) and more ... Read more


    • 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
    • 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

    Reviews (29)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice Recorder and Music Player
    Tell us what you think. Write a review of this item and share your opinions with others. Please be sure to focus your comments on the product. Read our review guidelines for more information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, it does have pause, cue, and review during playback
    A previous reviewer said this recorder is "not good for transcribing" because it lacks pause and review functions. This is incorrect on both counts.

    During playback, the Stop button acts as a pause button. If you press Stop and then press Play again, it will continue playback from where you paused.

    To review a section without rewinding all the way to the beginning, hold down the Rewind button. As long as you hold it down, it will continue backing up, playing little pieces of the audio as it goes to help you find your place. Similarly, you can fast forward (cue) by holding down the FF button.

    Pages 25 and 26 of the manual describe these playback functions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST voice recorder there is, but where's the remote?
    I am one of the world's biggest voice recorder users.My life has practically revolved around them daily for the past 8 years.This recorder has superior quality in every way to every recorder I've used - and I've used every major brand.One thing to note though: there was a remote pictured here, where is it?There's no mention of it on the packaging, but it is mentioned in the manual.It sure would make for icing on the cake, but it shouldn't be pictured.However, mine came with a great condenser mic in the package, which I wasn't expecting.Tip:

    4-0 out of 5 stars works like a charm

    The Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice Recorder works like a charm, recorded lectures clearly with almost no static and minimum background sound. The only downside to this great recorder is its incredibly small memory, I mean come on Olympus, a 64 MG memory is obsolete in 2005. This recorder records 2hr of high quality sound, or 22hr of poor. I just record the HQ and transfer the file to my computer after each time I use it. I wish this devise had a way to upgrade memory. The software is cheap and of no use, if using XP, don't bother installing it, windows will recognize the driver automatically. The dm-10 is also an mp3 player, though only 60min of music can be uploaded; it plays adequately wma and mp3s.
    In conclusion, great devise, unreasonably small memory.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I use it to capture my rhymes
    Yo dawgs, I'm a rapper.
    I am always kickin' sweet rhymes when I'm drivin home.
    Before I got this mic I was always feelin alone.
    No hand to write, no dictation.
    My rhymes are so phat, give me a donation!
    I'll buy this recorder, maybe 1 or 2,
    I'll make the rhymes stick, they be tight as glue.
    Word to my ladies, word to my homies.
    Ain't got no flow, go eat some bologna!
    Keep it on the downlow, this product is the bomb.
    If J-Zee finds out about it, it won't be long.
    Every rapper will be sportin' a blinged out voice recorder,
    they be practicing their flows durring Law and Order........SVU style dawgs!

    Peace, Me outta here. 2005, good to be alive. WORD! ... Read more

  • 2. Olympus DM-20 Digital Voice Recorder and Music Player
    by Olympus
    list price: $269.99
    our price: $208.83
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    Asin: B0002ALB3S
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Olympus
    Sales Rank: 986
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This pocket-sized, all-metal device supplies up to 45 hours voice recording time or two hours of CD-quality music.Voice recorder and music recorder/player all in one. 128MB of built-in internal memory for 45 hours of voice recording or two hours of music. Supports voice/audio recording files in DSS and WMA formats and music recording files in MP3 and WMA. Stereo recording and playback. USB Docking Station for quick, easy uploads and downloads. PC and Mac(R) compatible. Included remote control doubles as an external microphone. Noise Cancellation mode reduces ambient sound for improved clarity. WOW ... Read more


    • USB Docking Station for quick, easy uploads and downloads.
    • PC and Macintosh compatible.
    • 128MB of built-in internal memory for 45 hours of voice recording or two hours of music.
    • Supports voice/audio recording files in DSS and WMA formats and music recording files in MP3 and WMA.
    • Stereo recording and playback.

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars LINE IN recording issue, andBye Bye Sony
    If you want to use a good external microphone (USUALLY STEREO) or record from external source using the micro jack as LINE IN, and don't want the automatic SHQ setting, just use a 3.5 stereo to mono adapter (both channels are merged) and VOILA, a lot of selectable good quality (HQ or SP) recording time.
    About the recorder. . . sorry for my other ones (SONY) but ever since I got the DM-20, only use it. The difference (quality of recordings) is awesome. Bye Sony, welcome Olympus.
    Ahhh. . .and as a Macintosh user... bye Sony, welcome Olympus (again). Tired and frustrated of trying unsuccessfuly to use Digital Voice Editor via Virtual PC. Thanks Olympus on behalf the rest of Us.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great except for the batteries
    I use the recorder in college to record lectures and classes, and I have been extremely satisfied with the quality and ability of the DM 20. I have classes in rooms as large as 40' x 20' and record on HQ mode. My Prof's range from the screamer to the mumbler and even at 30' the recorder picks up the mumbler clearly, (after I turn the noise reduction feature to high). I was going to buy the DM 10, but 8 hours of high quality recording won the day over the price difference. I would strongly recommend the DM series to everyone.

    The reason I didn't give five stars is simple: the batteries. Regular batteries last about a week for me; I use the recorder about five hours a day everyday. So it's new batteries every week or rechargeable batteries. I bought rechargeable batteries and a charger but that adds $35 to the price of the unit. If the DM cradle recharged the batteries, it would be a big plus and I would have given 5 stars.

    The battery problem is more a minor nuisance than a real annoyance. Overall, the recorder is amazing at picking up voices at distance and capturing it into a high quality recording. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very nice
    I recently ordered olympus digital voice recorder DM20 from it was the cheapest price after compairing it to tons of stores. it was shipped the same day i placed the order and with Free shipping i receieved it in 6days. overall i was very satisfied with Amazon's service. DM20 itself is really good, very light and compact. the recording was clear and i was able to download a 2hr recorded file in less than 5sec. I had some trouble with the software in the begining, i was not able to download the files but after calling Olympus tech support, i was able to resolve that issue very quickly. i read one review where there was a complain about the pause time allowed during recording. while recording if you need to pause for somereason, the recorder has a 10min pause, after that it will release the pause. it was a concern for me since i record lectures and most of the time professor either goes off topic, or takes a break and it would be a waste of time to keep recording in situations like these. i was able to get around that by pausing the recording for 8 min and then releasing it for 2 sec and then again pausing it, this increased the time for pause to more than 10 min. i have found the recorder to be very helpful but at a close range to the speaker, i have not yet tried it from a longer distance. the cradle cannot be used to recharge the battery, in my opinion the recorder would be perfect if it included this feature. ... Read more

    3. iRiver PMP-120 Portable Media Player (20 GB)
    by iRiver
    list price: $499.99
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    Asin: B0002G81J4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: iRiver
    Sales Rank: 14638
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Get the Big Picture!On a 3.5-inch LCD ScreenIRiver PMP-140 40GB Video PlayerThe unanimous pick here as our coolest video device, iRiver's incredible 40GB player will deliver tunes, videos and photos to your almost endless delight. Store up to 160 hours of video or 1200 hours of music! Enjoy an amazing bigscreen experience on a superb wide 3.5-inch vivid color display. Connect directly to your home entertainment system! This incredible player features built-in FM tuner, integrated voice recorder and many, many extras. Record music from any audio source without a PC! Store or transfer files of any type. The iRiver PMP-140 boasts built-in speaker, USB on the Go (you can attach it to your digital camera!), USB 2.0, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery with up to 10 hours of battery life for audio and 5 hours for video. The iRiver PMP-140 is an absolutely phenomenal innovation in miniaturized portable entertainment. Get the big picture. Capture thousands of hours of sound. Experience a revolution in entertainment with the iRiver PMP-140 40GB video player. ... Read more


    • Includes rechargeable lithium-ion battery; up to 16 hours (audio only) and up to 5 hours (audio/video)
    • Plays digital music and video files, including WMV, MP3, WMA, DivX (AVI), BMP, and JPEG
    • 20 GB storage total storage capacity--up to 80 hours of video, 600 hours of music
    • 3.5-inch color TFT LCD
    • USB 2.0 support, audio inputs and audio/video outputs, built-in FM tuner and voice recorder

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars "the coolest" way to get junk "on the market"
    Don't make the same mistake I did! I signed up for one of those get-iRiver-free "offers" that are continually being posted here.

    Within one day, I received over 200 spam emails and 15 telemarketing calls. What a pain. I guess there really is something to the saying "you can't get something for nothing".

    I hope everybody here will learn from my extremely bad experience and avoid these ridiculous pyramid schemes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars coolest item out on the market! sign up here and complete the videoprofessor offer and you can get it at no cost...this is a must have item and you can get it legitly free here!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Before you decide to buy...
    I've done extensive research in trying to find the perfect portable video player.From all the magazine reviews, sites like CNET and suchforth, customer reviews, and hands-on experience, I decided to purchase the MSI MEGA View 566.The MSI Mega View was one of TechTV's finalists for most innovative products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2005).If the features of the iRiver PMP appeal to you, consider taking a look at MEGA View 566 (Check out the product page for more info).It has almost identical features at approximately the same price.

    Like the iRiver, the MEGA View 566 can play mp3, wma, wav, divx (avi), mpg, and your digital photos.It has a built-in FM tuner, voice recorder, an A/V Input and Output with composite video to record video from TV or other sources and so you can view files on your television set.You can rest the player on the tripod that is included.Unlike the iRiver, an extra battery is included for more playtime on those longer trips!Since playing with the unit a few weeks ago, I can't get enough!

    If you're still researching for the perfect player, take a minute and check out the MSI MEGA View 566.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Annoying!Avoid, avoid, avoid!
    I was very excited to get this player as a holiday gift.I was looking forward to watching the TV shows I recorded using Windows Media Center edition on it.But this turns out to be impossible - the PMP-120 runs a Linux operating system and does NOT convert recorded TV files (*.dvr-ms) and moreover it won't sync with Windows Media Player 10, which would in fact convert such files.

    I spent five hours trying to set it up to watch TV and only learned this sorry fact through extensive Googling.Certainly I could not learn this from the embarassing manual or from the poor automated help service at iriver itself, nor from the 800 number (I spent 45 minutes on hold then gave up).

    Apparently the PMC-120 (PMC not PMP) is in fact Windows Media Player compatible, but at this point I'm not sure I'll trust another Iriver product, because their support is so poor.

    Stay far, far away from this!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Finally a PVP that I can tolerate
    I had bought Creative PVP sometime back, but had to return it bcoz it uses Microsoft Media Player. Wrong media player choice. It makes the whole process of uploading media very tiresome and slow. So i returned the Creative.I checked iRiver at the store and found that it did NOT use Windows Media Player. SoI bought it. I have been playing with it over the past couple of weeks. It provides a DIVX codec software and associated media converter software, that makes importing videos easy. Use the Portable Media Center DIVX profile, when coverting videos.I use the AVI format to upload videos onto the player. It is also a full featured mp3 player, voice recorder and a fm tuner. The speakers are little bit low in volume, so have to use headphones in noisy situations. The fit and finish of the hardware is not as nice as Creative. The software has some spelling mistakes such as "FM Tunner" instead of "FM Tuner". But at the end of day, it does what it is supposed to do. And it provides all the software and cables right out of the box.I am in process of creating a PC based DVR solution, to capture and record live TV. iRiver will then become my portable video system. iRiver can also send video signal's to TVs through a provided port and cables.Provides USB Master port capabilities to interact with other USB port capable devices, without using a PC. It comes with a nice hard case, that U can use to carry it around and to even prop it up while watching it on an airplane. Battery is removable type, so u can buy an extra one, if U are on a really long flight. PVP space is still evolving fast, so expect to see lots more new models coming out in next couple of months. If like me, u want one right away, iRiver is an reasonable choice. You will need some experience in media conversion to successfully import videos in a watchable format. Experiment with video sizing, audio mixing etc till u get it right.iRiver has also released another PVP that uses Windows Media Player. Do not buy that, unless you have a full featured Windows Media Center PC.

    An update to the review. Using Pinnacle Dazzle DVC 80 Video capture device (USB based) and excellent Pinnacle Video Capture Software, I have been able to successfully capture TV output and import into iRiver. I had to reconvert the Dazzle AVI output files to iRiver AVI using the iRiver media converter software. Now I have a complete portable video solution. I am a bit surprised it all actually worked. I was even able to capture HD channel outputs from my DISH TV satellite box using the AV components in the back of the satellite receiver. ... Read more

    4. Creative MuVo Slim 512 MB MP3 Player Silver
    by Creative Labs
    list price: $149.99
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    Asin: B00067KZ8E
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 3475
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    About the size of a credit card and just over 1.5 ounces, the silver Creative MuVo Slim digital audio player is compatible with both MP3 and WMA files and has a built-in FM radio and voice recorder. The 512 MB memory will store up to 16 hours of WMA files at 64 kbps or up to eight hours of MP3 music at 128 kbps. With super-fast USB 2.0 connectivity and simple drag-and-drop transfer without software, the MuVo Slim accepts music files as quickly as a song per second.

    With built-in support for Windows Media Player 9 Series, the MuVo Slim offers compatibility with a wide range of popular music services, including Best Buy MusicNow, Buy Music, Musicmatch, and Napster.

    The Muvo Slim features an FM radio with 32 presets, plus FM recording capabilities to record favorite radio shows or songs. With the built-in microphone, the MuVo Slim can record up to 32 hours of voice recording, from important meetings to reminders to yourself. You can customize playback with a five-band graphic equalizer with four equalization presets, as well as environmental settings for pop, rock, jazz, or classical.

    The removable battery is rechargeable via the player's USB connection, providing up to 17 hours of continuous playtime. The 132 x 32-pixel blue backlit LCD displays file information, and you can scroll through folders, playlists, or individual songs.

    What's in the Box
    This package includes the 512 MB MuVo Slim (silver) digital audio player, neodymium earphones, carrying case, and CD-ROM with Creative MediaSource music management software. MediaSource is an easy-to-use application for ripping CDs, organizing entire digital music collections, and easily transferring MP3 and WMA files.

    Choose your music. Choose your device. Know it's going to work.
    Look for the PlaysForSure logo if you're shopping for a portable music or video device and you want to make sure the digital music and video you purchase will play back on it every time. Match the PlaysForSure logo on a large selection of leading devices and online music stores. If you see the logo, you'll know your digital music will play for sure.

    The PlaysForSure logo makes it easy to find digital media stores and devices that work together. Choose from a large number of digital music and video stores, including CinemaNow, MSN Music, Musicmatch, MusicNow, Napster, Wal-Mart Music Downloads, and many more.

    Look for the PlaysForSure logo on a wide variety of devices, including portable music devices, portable video devices, digital audio receivers, Pocket PCs, and Smartphones.

    The checkmarks indicate if the device is capable of playing back audio and video that's been downloaded from an online store. Additionally, some devices can play back media that has been purchased through an online store that offers subscriptions or rentals.

    ... Read more


    • Removable Li-ion battery recharges via USB -- up to 17 hours of continuous playtime
    • Mass storage class -- simple drag-and-drop music and data file transfer
    • 512 MB player holds up to 16 hours WMA or 8 hours MP3 music
    • Stores data files such as photos and presentations
    • Built-in FM and FM recorder with 32 presets

    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get this if you're thinking of getting a Shuffle
    I bought an iPOD shuffle for 100 bucks, and I tried to convince myself afterwards that it was a good idea.I finally came to my senses and bought the muvo slim 512, selling the shuffle on ebay.I can't believe how much better this is.There is NOTHING to complain about.If you forced me to complain, maybe I'd just say that the headphones that it comes with aren't the best.I can't think of anything else.Definitely buy this if you're considering the Shuffle!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not Even one full song!
    I boght this a month ago and it was horrible!After i listened to one song it just crashed! It was one day old, i was very careful, and it took me three hours to download a few songs!Skip protection?Never!It was a waste of $150 dollars!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good all-around value
    My evaluation of the MuVo Slim is similar to most of the others who have rated it highly. There are a couple of additional items I'll mention however;

    The unit has a replaceable rechargable battery. Listening to the player while I'm working I'd go through a battery about every two days with the AA or AAA battery players. But Li-Ion batteries have a limited life. With this unit I can replace the battery if it fails after a couple of years instead of dumping the, otherwise good, player.

    The battery is very thin allowing the player to be much thinner than an AA/AAA player. (0.3")

    The leather case is much higher quality than I expected. It doesn't need to be removed for any normal function. The only thing you can't do with the case in place is open the battery door. Like a previous reviewer, I noticed the battery door seems flimsy but it is well protected by the case and most people will never open it again after they initially install the battery. The only minor drawback to the case is that it pretty much doubles the thickness of the unit.

    The player is exactly the same size as a business card. I slipped one of my cards into the case behind the player for identification in case it ever gets "lost." Without the headphones plugged in the cased player looks like a classy business card case. It carries well in a front shirt pocket and is small and solid enough to carry in a front pants pocket.

    Microdrives are great for capacity but, being mechanical spinning disks, have very little shock resistance. A drop to even a carpeted floor is often fatal. Flash memory, being electronic, does a lot better but is limited in size. Don't expect to carry your entire music library around with you.

    The earbuds are as good as most earbuds but if you're going to listen to the unit a lot you're going to want to get a headset.

    Overall, for the price, the MuVo Slim is a hard unit to beat!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality control
    Didn't work when I got it. The files sytem is fine so can be used as an expensive flash memory. The lithium battery is changed so it is not the battery. Needed player for trip so got another one without a quality control problem. This MuVo goes on the bone pile.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best for price
    The three things that sold me on this product were:
    1) USB 2.0 interface - fast transfers

    2) Included Rechargeable Lithium Battery - which recharges off the USB port on your computer (3 hours for first charge, roughly 1/2 that for recharging completely afterwards).

    3) 512mb of storage for a hundred dollars

    PROS: Compared to any mp3 player you could find at your local Best Buy, or other store, this product blows them out of the water - and for much less.

    CONS: The FM reception is not long-range, don't expect to pull in a FM station 45-50 miles away -its best suited for urban 30 mile range.
    You will need to buy a seperate charger if you will need to charge the unit away from a computer ($19-29).

    For those that would like to store audio books or VERY LARGE amounts of mp3's on their portable player, look elsewhere - you will only get roughly 100-130 songs on a 512mb flash player, just remember Flash players are FAR more durable and shock-resistant than microdrive players. ... Read more

    5. Radio Your Way LX AM / FM Radio Recorder
    by PoGo! Products
    list price: $199.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0008KL7IQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
    Sales Rank: 5397
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Excellent Liberation
    With many thanks to Book Fan for his very helpful review, I went ahead and purchased this very versatile AM/FM radio recorder/MP3 player from Pogo. I must say, I am very happy that I did. I would have given the radio a five star rating, but due to a few minor but fixable bugs in the firmware, as well as the cryptically written user's manual, I could not. Hopefully Pogo will take the hint from these reviews and strive to propel this amazing little device into Five-stardom territory.

    First, I should tell you that I'm a high tech gadget guy (degree in computer science, etc.), and love devices like this. On the other hand, my wife is very gadget/tech-toy shy, and is very reluctant to change her ways, once she finds something that works well for her. Even so, after I sat down with the sorry excuse of a manual, the Pogo radio, and a cup of coffee, I studied and familiarized myself completely with the radio's operation. I then transferred my understanding of the radio's basic operation to my wife. To my surprise and delight, she quickly threw away her cassette players, recorders and tapes, and went out on her daily walks with only this very handy, lightweight radio.

    I purchased the Pogo radio with 256MB internal memory and a separate 1GB SD memory card, since my wife records many hours of an AM radio show every late night/early morning. And because the radio's USB/PC interface doesn't enable direct access to the radio's external memory card, I also had to purchase a USB to SD card adapter to upload the resulting MP3 recordings to my PC's hard drive. I should not have had to make this purchase, and believe the ability to upload from the radio's external memory card should be considered an item for a future firmware bug fix by Pogo's programmers.

    Another bug fix that Pogo should consider for this potentially excellent device should be to simplify the resulting filename for the recorded MP3s. As Book Fan stated, After the shows are recorded from the radio, they wind up in the "Voice" mode file list with their titles looking like very long, scrolling, binary bytes of data, instead of something looking like English. It should be a very simple matter to modify the title format into one with the month/date/day shown more intelligibly for the novice user.

    The AM and FM reception of this unit is surprisingly good in our location, even better than the much larger radio we were using to record to my wife's cassette tapes. This is quite a pleasant surprise for us, since we can now have much more room available on our hutch shelves, with us now only needing this one very small device rather than a large cassette tape recorder and large AM/FM radio. The AM/FM to MP3 recordings are very clear, even with the voice sampling rate at the lowest setting. This low sample rate sampling also increases the number of 4 hour shows that we can record in a row without having to erase or upload them to the PC for storing, burning onto CD or e-mailing (as long as it's done legally, of course).

    The unit is so light (unlike the iPOD) that you can easily carry it hung about your neck with the included lanyard, or in your shirt pocket. You'll hardly notice it's there, except for the high quality sound that will be playing in your ears from the very high quality ear buds that come with the unit.

    Do yourself a favor and go ahead with this purchase. My wife and I are happy we did, as it has liberated us from making any more purchases of messy space-occupying cassette tapes and recorders. She really loves it, and we believe you will too!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little radio timeshifter; crufty interface
    I've been very happy with the capabilities and performance of this radio recorder, and I would give it 5 stars if the interface (and manual) were better.This product occupies a unique niche, at this time of writing, it is the only stand-alone (non-computer) solution to timeshifting radio that I could discover.Finally I can listen to Ira Glass and Terry Gross and Neal Conan and Science Friday and Elvis Mitchell (public radio geek shows), even though I'm busy when they're on.

    It is basically like a VCR for radio, allowing you to timeshift radio shows that you want to listen too later, saving them as MP3 files, with a choice of kbps.You can record onto internal memory, or onto removable flash memory so it is easy to move things recorded to other computers.(There is also a USB interface, but that gives access only to the internal memory). Oh, it is a perfectly respectible MP3 player also.

    The sound quality seems good at the higher sampling rates e.g. 256kbps (if there is a good signal).Some of my stations have poor signals where I live, so I record non-musical shows at a lower rate and use the hi-cut equalizer setting to reduce the hiss and static to listen.

    But this little box has a few other tricks up its sleeve.You can play back at different speeds, 0.5x, 0.7x, 1.3x and 1.5x.I regularly use 1.3x to listen to spoken PBS shows a little faster than real time.And the 0.7x is good for slowing down someone who is hard to understand.(Fun to do this also with music.)You can fast forward over ads, you get to hear little bursts of sound as it passes over and when the sound quality changes you know you're back to the show.

    Also, it will take mic or line in and save it as an MP3 file.This allows you to, say, use the headphone jack of your tv and timeshift the audio of shows you want to listen to later.

    The box itself is about the size of a deck of cards, and is pretty lightweight (feels like it contains air), so it is easy to carry it around and use it as a portable source of music and spoken radio.It weighs much less than my iPod.

    The interface is crusty, the buttons are numerous and do different things depending on what mode you are in.It is too complex to play with while driving (I pull over to adjust playback).It is also a mystery sometimes under which folder a recording is going to appear, and it doesn't match what the manual says.The file names are long number salads - you can figure out what part of the names are the date, which are the time, etc., but they are hard to read, especially since when you select a filename, it becomes so long that it doesn't fit on the screen and then starts scrolling.The filenames and folder names should be better done.

    The manual is like reading a parts list with descriptions (gently translated from Korean); with few exceptions everything is there, but it is not well organized or cogent.I had to go back and forth through the manual and glean new info each time (I'm a computer person well accustomed to lots of complex interfaces).It could really use a "getting started" section.

    All in all, I'm getting a lot of use and pleasure out of this product, and find it a great supplement to my iPod.I would like to see a combination product with a better interface design. ... Read more

    6. Griffin iTalk Voice Recorder for iPod
    by Griffin Technology
    list price: $39.99
    our price: $26.59
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001WW398
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Griffin Technology
    Sales Rank: 288
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    In its bid to make the iPod the handiest device on the planet (right up there with the Swiss Army knife), Griffin created the iTalk voice recorder, a combination microphone/speaker that attaches to your iPod's headphone and remote outputs. Griffin suggests using the iTalk for any number of tasks, from recording personal memos and interviews to archiving class lectures to listening to an audiobook on the speaker without wearing your headphones. And because the iPod offers such a large storage capacity, iTalk users can literally record thousands of hours of voice audio without running out of memory, making the device far more convenient than a portable cassette recorder.

    Design and Setup
    Griffin has been designing Apple accessories since 1992, so it's no stranger to the sleek styling encouraged by Steve Jobs and crew. And the iTalk--with its smooth, white housing and slick, silver-colored speaker--fits in perfectly. It also pays tribute to the Apple ethos by requiring no setup: just plug it in and start recording (the recording functions appear automatically on the iPod screen). Once the device is connected, a user relies on the click wheel to record, pause, play, save, and delete files. The iPod then stores the files in a Voice Memos folder within the Extras menu. Each time you sync your iPod to iTunes, the files transfer into an iTunes playlist also called Voice Memos, where you can listen to them on your computer or transfer them to other multimedia programs (they're saved as WAV files).

    The iTalk includes a couple of features that help it stand out above competitors' products. The first is an automatic gain control, which instinctively adjusts the signal level to achieve the best possible recording. The second is a multifunction pass-through jack located on top of the unit. This lets users plug their headphones directly into the iTalk rather than removing the device to access the iPod's headphone output. Users can also connect an external microphone to the iTalk to enjoy additional recording options. In addition, the iTalk archives the date and time of the recording--a plus for people working on date-specific material.

    Features and Performance
    At its best, the iTalk performs solidly. The recordings are clear and easy to decipher, and the microphone picks up sounds from all over the room. We tested the iTalk's microphone at distances of a few inches, a foot, 5 feet, and 20 feet, and each time it performed admirably. It also picks up TV speakers and some ambient noise, depending on the situation. Playback quality is mixed, however. It's decent through the built-in speaker when played at high volumes (the sound can be somewhat scratchy), but very good through the headphones. Anybody using the iPod to transcribe recordings should definitely use the latter, as the audio is much crisper.

    Unfortunately, the iTalk isn't always at its best. For unknown reasons, it often fails to play recordings it just made through the built-in speaker. The files play for a few seconds, and then the menu inexplicably returns to the recording screen. Occasionally, you can play the file by trying again, but other times the file stubbornly refuses to open. The same files often played just fine through the headphones, indicating that the problem originates in the speaker rather than the microphone. However, anyone using the iTalk for important recording tasks--something more than archiving grocery lists, say--should test the iTalk thoroughly to verify that the files are recording properly. Users should also be aware that the iTalk doesn't actually start recording until three or four seconds after the light turns on, which is somewhat aggravating at first, although you adjust quickly.

    The problems with the built-in speaker extended to other forms of playback as well. Griffin touted the iTalk as a great way to listen to audiobooks without headphones, but it refused to play Jon Stewart's America (the Audiobook). Many users have complained that the iTalk often locks up their iPods, especially if the iTalk is installed when the iPod turns on. We suffered through a single lockup, which required a quick reset, but didn't experience the problems described by other users. It's possible that the latest iPod software updates have resolved the freezing issues, but the glitch appears at least common enough to mention.

    The iTalk is a mixed bag overall. The concept is terrific, and when Griffin releases the next generation of iTalk, it'll likely be a great buy. But in the meantime, users should proceed with caution. If you can afford to re-record your memos on the occasions that playback fails--or if you can test the microphone to make sure the speaker is the only source of the problem--the iTalk can be quite handy. However, if reliability is a major concern, such as when recording one-time lectures or interviews or archiving song ideas, iPod owners might want to take a pass. --Rivers Janssen


    • Recording quality is quite good
    • Sleek, attractive design complements iPod perfectly
    • Pass-through jack lets user connect headphones or external mic


    • Playback often fails through built-in speaker
    • Many iPod owners have experienced lockups when iTalk is connected
    • 3- or 4-second delay before recording starts

    What's in the Box
    iTalk microphone/speaker, user's manual. ... Read more


    • Compatible with any iPod with dock connector; requires iPod software v 2.1 or later
    • Sleek microphone/speaker turns iPod intoportable voice and memo recorder
    • Automatic gain control adjusts signal level to improve recording quality
    • Multifunction pass-through jack for connecting headphones or external mic
    • Attractive housing perfectly fits seamlessly on top of iPod

    Reviews (25)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Much better than these reviews suggest
    I bought this item yesterday. I needed something to record telephone conferences, meetings, interviews, things like that for my job, something that could record in digital form and where the recording could easily be transferred to a conventional home or office computer. I considered buying one of the expensive Sony voice recorders, the ones costing $90-$150, which generally seem to be of good quality. But I was intrigued by the idea of spending less than $50 to get something I could attach to my iPod (recently purchased).My only concern was that online reviews of iTalk and the Belkin device that competes with it are generally quite poor.

    I've already used the iTalk to record an hour-long teleconference with a client. It is just about perfect -- just what I was looking for and at a bargain price.The built-in speaker is highly inadequate -- you really have to use headphones with this thing to hear playback, but I don't see that as a big deal. Recording quality seems at least as good as what I've seen with Sony voice recorders.

    I suspect that many of the people giving this product a bad review are expecting too much out of the built-in speaker.

    4-0 out of 5 stars iTalk = Handy VOICE Recorder
    The iTalk recorder makes very adequate voice recordings on my 3G 40 Gig iPod. I've had no problems with freezing (or any performance issues). Before using iTalk, I read all of the reviews, and following the helpful suggestions from other users, I've had good recordings from the first.

    What's terrific about iTalk is that you can organize your recordings in iTunes. As another user mentioned, you can create playlists of related recordings that can later be burned to CD-Rom.

    Two drawbacks for me are the volume level of iTalk's speaker, which I find too low for adequate playback even at top volume on my iPod, and the lack of a carrying case to protect and identify the iTalk in my purse.

    Would I buy again? Absolutely. Would I recommend? Without reservation.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the trouble
    I purchased the iTalk to record my shows so I could send them on the internet, but I had alot of problems with my iPod that were all started by the purchase of my iTalk. Suddenly music wasn't fully playing, I had to restore my iPod to factory settings and import my music multiple times before I got it working again, when I finally got everything working, I used my iTalk to record a show and as soon as I got home and plugged it in, the troubles started again: my iTunes wouldn't read my iPod, I couldn't get anything to work, iTunes would freeze, all sorts of things, and worst of all I couldn't copy my show onto my computer when activated as a disk. Though I have a sneaking suspesion that the problems are also on account that my iPod is over a year old, none of the problems began until I recieved my iTalk. After much aggravation, I sat down to listen to my show and it turned out that my iTalk, though it sat through my entire show (6 minutes), after 3 minutes the iTalk just stop recording sound. There are many bugs to be fixed by Griffin before this product is markable. I reccomend, if you really need to record something, just get a regular mini-tape player, it will save you alot of aggravation, or if you really need it in digital format, go ahead and get a digital one for a few hundred dollars, because in the end, you really do get what you paid for; $30 is too good to be true.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying
    Get the Belkin mic, which is much better.The microphone on this one is low-level, playback is buzzed-out, awful.And if you use the jack--which is why I bought it, so I could record my phone interviews for my journalism work--it's even worse.I give it one star for the *idea* of having a mic jack in the first place--to my knowledge, this item is the only one to have it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars a decent toy
    i bought this for the primary purpose of recording history lectures during which i often fall asleep. so far, the iTalk voice recorder has had its good days and bad days. on the good days, it works just fine, not producing professional-quality recordings but good for its price.

    on the bad days, however, i end up missing either a big part or the entirety of the lecture. i haven't experienced lock-ups or inability to playback through the speakers, but what it would do sometimes is that it would start recording like normal, but when i check a few minutes later, the battery indicator will show up empty (although it's still running) and the timer will be set at 0, while the LED is still on and the "recording" message still flashes. and nothing is recorded at all. i don't know what i can possibly do to prevent this, except maybe test it immediately before recording for real, and be on the look-out while it's working (watching it won't help if it stops abruptly, but i want to see what happens when it stops).

    overall i give it 3 stars for cost, style, and approx 70/30 chance of smooth operation. ... Read more

    7. Olympus DS330 Digital Voice Recorder
    by Olympus
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $101.63
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068QIT
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Olympus
    Sales Rank: 861
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The DS-330 also includes a number of other features to enhance the digital recording experience. Up to 16 index marks can be set per message to easily locate specific dictation. The Variable Control Voice Actuator means recording starts only upon sensing sound. *When connected to a computer, the DS-330 can be utilized as a USB microphone and speaker. And an easy-to-read backlit LCD display allows you to use the recorder even in low-light conditions. ... Read more


    • 16 MB total memory
    • 2 Speeds of Recording: 155 Minutes or 330 Minutes
    • 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

    Reviews (24)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Recorder Could Make me a Millionaire
    The main reason I purchased the recorder is so that I could tape my professor's lectures. In fact, it worked like a charm in my Biology class this past semester. At first I didn't think the recorder would be ideal because the playback on the recorder is hard to hear. However, when I downloaded the files to my computer, the sound quality was awesome. I credit this recorder to helping me receive an A in Biology because without the precise recordings, I would have never been able to remember and write down all of the details discussed during the class.

    I'm also using the recorder to dictate a book I'm co-writing with my husband and found that this recorder works like a charm. For instance, the software works similar to a Dictaphone transcription machine because when you press the F4 key it stops playing and to restart the recorder, you simply press the F4 key again. To see a listing of the shortcut keys, simply click Tools, Function Key Settings (located on the menu bar).

    Additionally, you can set up the auto back space to rewind up to five seconds every time you stop the recorder. Simply click Tools, Set Auto Back Space, and then choose the number of seconds you want the recorder to rewind each time you stop the recorder.

    My husband and I are going to go out and buy another recorder for him so that he can use it to dictate his portion of the book that we are co-writing.

    This recorder is a great purchase. You won't regret the purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Use it everyday
    My employment in the legal field often requires recording of conversations and interviews.The interviews become evidentiary in nature.
    I originally purchased the DS330 two years ago. It has been an excelent tool I use everyday.The unit developed problems after getting kicked, frozen, laid on, etc.After two years of hard abuse, it still records well, plays what it records without problems, and trasfers the information without problems.The problem it developed was a shattered lcd display.I do not blame the recorder was a rough night.....
    I promptly went out and bought another as a replacement.
    It has a few really great features I have not heard mentioned by others.Every recording it makes gets a unique number assigned to it when you download it to your computer.It includes a date and time stamp for every recording as well.If you need more than the time available to the recorder, just leave it in the cradle, and record directly into your computer with the software that is included with the recorder. (The longest recording I have made in the high quality setting was about 10 hours.)
    All in all, it is a great product.I have had problems with other brands that just do not appear with this recorder!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best when closer to the person speaking
    I've read some of the reviews about the recorder being able to record lectures really well, even from far away, but I've found that this recorder will pick up more of the surrounding noise than the lecture if you're more than 6-10ft away from the person speaking. I really love the fact that you can store and listen to recordings on your computer. It definitely saves money and space from regular tape recorders. The battery life I've found last maybe around 2 weeks. Like maybe 6-8hrs each week if you turn it off and on. I bought Rayovac's 15min rechargable batteries for the recorder. It records about 2hrs and 30mins? on SP speed and about 5 hrs or so on LP. I prefer the SP speed because the quality of the sound is better on playback, but I've had to download the files on the recorder more frequently. This recorder is best if you have only 2 classes a day that run about an hour each, or maybe even 3 classes if you want to record at LP speed. Overall it's a great recorder.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very poor support: no driver on Internet
    I agree with Reviewer:Andrzej Turski "guru" (Redmond, WA) Very poor support: no driver on Internet, October 12, 2004

    The drivers should be available from the web.Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one who had trouble.What a time waster this has been today.I'm better off buying a new one - and not from Olympus ever again.

    Today, a Olympus tech support told me the base software is "usually there but we're revising our web site."Well, Andrzej could not find it about 10 days ago.So it does not seem to be a temporary glich - but a long term oversight by Olympus.

    If you buy this, you will have to carry the CD wherever you may go and want to use your DVR because the sofware isn't on the web.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very poor support: no driver on Internet
    We bought DS330 to record interviews for our radio program. While the recorder workes reasonably well, I've run into big problems trying to copy the data onto PC. I was filling in for our regular technician. I was given the recorder with a cable and craddle and expected it to work with the computer. No such luck. The driver for the recorder control wasn't recognized. I searched the Internet, but the Olympus Web site has only updates that require the original software to be installed. But the original CD was misplaced and I don't have it!
    I understand Olympus doesn't want to give away an "advanced" sound editing software, but why the basic driver is not freely available? I got used to the idea that all the basic drivers for hardware devices can be easily downloaded. Beware! Olympus thinks differently. ... Read more

    8. Sony ICD-BM1 Digital Voice Recorder
    by Sony
    list price: $349.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00015H0XE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6950
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Don't miss a bit of your next meeting, class or great idea. Removable Memory Stick Media records all your notes on this ultra-compact dictating machine. You get up to 347 minutes of recording time with the supplied 16MB Memory Stick. With Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice to Print software easily convert your recorded files into text. ... Read more


    • Professional, seamless aluminum body
    • Record up to 347 minutes on the supplied 16 MB memory stick
    • Features new LPEC codec to deliver high quality samples at 44.1 kHz
    • Built-in playback speaker and microphone
    • USB connectivity for high speed file copying

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Now we're talking....
    I read the reviews on Amazon and checked out the Olympus and other recorders...nothing touches this one for usability.Therein lies some of the problem.I'm a techie and still can'tuse it in the dark when driving. As a master's student, it has proved invaluable in lecture.On the (CONF-Hi) setting, it easily picks up even the whiniest professor's voice at a 15 foot range.The main reason I purchased the ICD-BM1 was it's 5 Dragon award from Dragon Natually Speaking(DNS).I use DNS v7.3 and have found it trained easily and has around 95% accuracy (down a few points from another reviewer) probably because I impatiently read the 1 hr training script in 40 minutes. It's very small and extremely light.The case has two velcro'd places for additional memory sticks.However, since it can use 128mb (not pro)I rarely swap sticks.I use the 128 for class related info and the others for personal life - maybe that's why I rarely swap - I have no personal life.One more thing, it's fabulous with DNS for dictating emails while driving.This allows emailing to family friends that would otherwise not hear from me as often.Great product!!!!

    When first setting up the unit I found the battery door was very difficult to get open - but dismissed it figuring how often would I be replacing batteries? It turns out the door has now become unstable and sits in a slightly open position, popping open at will. When the batteries come out unnoticed, I have to reset the date/time etc.

    After contacting Sony I learned that IF they determine it is a manufacturing defect versus user abuse, they will exchange the unit. The problem is... the unit received in exchange will not be new, rather it will be used (refurbished).

    A warranty should repair or replace with a new unit - especially manufacturing defects. I'm disappointed in Sony.

    Rather than do without the unit only to receive a used unit, I've decided to tape the door shut.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Watch your pricing!
    Started to order this item at the listed price of $299. On checkout the price was $320 - plus $22 more for handling and shipping.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Included Sony Voice Editor Software Incompatibility
    I returned the Sony ICB BM1 due to the loud audible "click" it inserts into the recording whenever it is paused. Sony tech support said that it was a characteristic of all BM1's, not just the unit I had. Then I find that the Sony Voice Editor software is incompatible with my Windows XP Media Center pc, and the more current Voice Editor software which came with the BM1 does a "dirty" uninstall (leaves it's own dll files in the windows\system folder rather than the Windows dll files it replaced). This caused my Sony ICD MS515 Voice Editor software (an earlier version) not to work. After a week back and forth with Sony tech support, their conclusion is that ALL Sony Voice Editor software is incompatible with Windows XP Media Center pc's, and I was just out of luck that my older Sony ICD MS515 Voice Editor (and the recorder) wouldn't work now after working fine for seven months. I'll never by Sony again, and am waiting for the new Olympus DS-2200.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BM-1 Works GREAT With Dragon NatSpeak Pro
    I checked around several places before I made my BM-1 purchase. First of all, these puppies were hard to find anywhere much less get anyone on the phone who could tell me very much about the product.I found what I was looking for at where I was able to speak to someone who could explain in more detail to me how the Sony BM 1 would work with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Pro which I also own. The accuracy with the recorder is about 98% which I'm very pleased with. The slide switch is great because all the main functions are in one place.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best IC Recorder available as of 04/2004
    I've had this unit for approximately 5 months, during which time it has been almost continuously strapped to my belt.

    The unit is finished very well, with a brushed aluminum case and a belt case that allows quick removal of the recorder, and also for storage of spare Memory Sticks in 2 pouches on the side.

    If you own other Sony devices, this one uses the same USB trransfer cable, and also of course takes the Memory Stick cards which are proprietary to the Sony brand.

    The software was simple to install and operate, though I was a little disappointed that unlike the cheaper Sony ICD-MS515, this unitl is not shipped with the Dragon Naturally Speaking software. The Sony codec is not installed to the PC for encoding, only decoding. The internal mic has adjustable sensitivity, but I use it mainly on the conference microphone setting rather than the dictation, because I rarely use it for the latter. The intermal mic provides very adequate audio quality, picking up speech from 10-15 feet away without excessive noise, though I'm sure an external would be even better. The built in speaker is barely adequate!

    However, when compares to that MS515, the operation of the unit itself is much simpler. Those of you that hate software menus and prefer solid switches and buttons will love this unit. Although there is a configuration menu, most operations are accomplished with the use of high quality switches. For example, the main toggle allows the user to switch between record, stop and play effortlessly, and inserting or adding to an existing recording is easily done. In fact, I would say that it's designed to operate like the earlier generation tape devices, but without the limitations of that medium - easy.

    The quality of sound from this equipment is far in excess of what will normally be required. the High quality setting operates at a sampling rate of 44kHz, similar to CD quality, and when played back on a PC with good qualityh speakers, it shows. The medium quality is more than adequate for most purposes, and will provide you up to approx 20 hours of recording on a 128MB memory stick - more than adequate for me. I don't even bother using the lowest quality setting, although it's adequate for most purposes and substantially free from artefacts, as are the other modes.

    I use NiMH batteries rather than disposable alkaline, my small contribution to the planet, and I do find that the batteries will last for about 4 hours of recording, whereas high performance alkalines would last much, muich longer. the main power switch can tend to be knocked on or off in the carry case, which can be annoying, but actually, it uses very little power unless in an active mode such as recording or playback, so I don't see that as a fatal flaw. Inserting and removing the Memory Stick is a snap, there being a solid click when the card is properly positioned, and the display confirms that the card is being read, and how much space (relatively) remains. The display is easy to read, and can be configured to tell you different information about such as time remaining on card, time spent on this track, volume levels (VU meters) etc. easily be pressing the display button.

    All in all, although I have had the opportunity to trade this unit for another, I declined to do so. It's worth mentioning also that this recorder is sufficiently advanced to be used even for legal recording and transcription (IMO) with the optional paddle equipment.

    As with all free information, your mileage may vary.... ... Read more

    9. Sony ICD-MX20 Memory Stick Pro Duo Digital Voice Recorder
    by Sony
    list price: $299.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007Y6AF8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6892
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Includes Sony ICD-MX20 Memory Stick Digital Voice RecorderPC Download Software 2 AAA batteries USB Cable RK-G136 Carrying Case Stereo Earphone. ... Read more


    • Measures 1.18 x 0.67 x 4.23 inches (W x D x H)
    • Compact, handheld digital recorder
    • Memory uses high-capacity IC chip
    • Hybrid media card storage with Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo
    • Features advanced digital voice operated recording (VOR)

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars ProfessionalRecording Quality
    In short.-

    Things I don't like:

    -Proprietary codec. Not universal format (like say mp3)
    -Not(standard) UMS
    -No Macintosh version of the companion software (but Virtual-PC OK)
    -The included pouch is awful

    BUT. . . I do like:

    -Unlimited recording size. The recorder uses a built in 32 MB FLASH as well as removable MEMORY STICKS(up to 1 GB). The stick format however is PRO-DUO.
    -Excellent recording quality, comparable to the one found in $500 to $1000 recorders.
    -The built in speaker sounds well, and (with Voice Up activated) distortionless and very loud.
    -Three high quality microphones
    -USB connectivity.
    -Stereo Long Playing mode
    -Excellent software (and WMP plug-in available) can convert Sony formats to wav (but the mix of compression and conversion can result in unpredictable quality files). Conversely, the recorder plays mp3 and wav (by first converting automatically to Sony format via software).
    -Line-in (Mic), and stereo out (Ear) separate jacks (2)
    -Voice Up feature is amazing.
    -3 Volts AC/DC adapter input jack (adapter not included) .

    BOTTOM LINE:I got one and use it successfully for very important live recordings. By far the best in this area.

    However for direct encoding high quality music, I use my iAudio i5 (2 GB). DITTO.

    If the price is not an issue and you need PRO quality recordings . . . buy it. ... Read more

    10. Olympus WS-200S 128 MB Digital Voice Recorder
    by Olympus

    our price: $97.84
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0009HMR6E
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Olympus
    Sales Rank: 1857
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    Product Description

    With up to 55 hours recording time, a built-in stereo microphone, and a compact and slick design, the WS-200S has a lot going for it. But when you consider the recorder can also be separated from its battery unit and plugged directly into a PC's USB port - without a USB cable - for quick and convenient downloading of audio, documents, images and more, you'll also see it has a lot going for you, too. ... Read more


    • 13 hours of recording/play with 1 AAA battery (included)
    • 56 hours voice recording time
    • PC compatible through direct USB PC link
    • Fast/slow playback
    • Four recording modes and five folders

    11. Olympus VN-240 PC Digital PC Link Voice Recorder
    by Olympus
    list price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00020M1T6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Olympus
    Sales Rank: 2942
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    VN-240PC Digital Voice Recorder ... Read more


    • 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.
    • 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.

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Product
    I've had one for about 6 months and I love it!Good controls.The ability to download recording into my PC in just great.I use it without ever having to look at the controls.It's a bargain.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Don't get dooped
    If using Macs don't be doooped! First off the bad. I got dooped by some sales clerk at a local electronics store who told me this device was both Windows and Macintosh compatible. NOT TRUE! I felt deceived at first until I went to Olympus' website and pulled up the product info. Under software downloads it does in fact list a Mac OSX app to use with this device. Must be a webbo (typo) because after 3 days of fiddling with this gremlin I happened upon the specs sheet, which clearly shows it is not compatible with Macs. After 4 emails and 2 weeks I've rec'd no reply from the Olympus Tech support. Tech support is crucial - imagine owning a house and never being able to get a hold of a plumber, roofer, or electrician. That's what bad tech support is like. Anyway that knocked mystar rating down 3 points to a 2. Aside from all the bad this a a cool and user friendly device and I've just been plugging the audio out (earphone) into my USB audio recorder and getting it to my Mac that way. It's a real pain in my toe but for the price it works. Still experimenting with the quality but set on low quality and placing the recorder on the table in front of me at a coffee house does not give a very good recording. Anyway this is a keeper for the price and doesn't get tossed in the kibble.

    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY NICE VOICE RECORDER
    We just received this Olympus Digital PC Voice Recorder (VN-240) in the mail yesterday, but so far we just love it!!!It has very nice features for such a great price -- (1) very compact & lightweight, (2) EXCELLENT sound quality (headphones included), (3) records each recording into separate files with a date/time stamp, (4) allows you to schedule future reminders, and (5) has the PC link to save all of your treasured (baby/kids) and/or important (school/business) recordings.Bottom line, this is a TERRIFIC product @ a TERRIFIC price!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome quality, but less than one and a half hours in HQ
    I bought this recorder a couple of months ago, hoping to record some classes and lectures that are too good to hear just once.It's amazing that the classes sound even better on my PC than when I'm there!I absolutely loved it!
    I usually place my recorder 5 to 10 feet from the professor, and the sound is perfect even when he walks around and goes further than that.It does not catch much noise from my colleagues, chatting in class but, surprisingly, records efficiently every question or comment!
    I could not be more pleased with the quality of the sound, but now that I've used and loved it so much, I wish I had spent twice the money and gotten the Olympus recorder with twice the memory (DM-10)!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding product, easy to setup and use
    My first digital voice recorder, and I couldn't be happier so far. Within minutes, I was recordering and saving those recordings to my laptop. The software installed without any problems, and the USB download, while not exceptionally fast, is very convenient. I am satisfied with the voice quality. My first meeting using this recorder, there was major construction going on right outside the office. That noise had very little effect on the recording. I agree with wanting longer recording time, but for the price, you can't beat this recorder. ... Read more

    12. Sony ICD-SX25 Digital Voice Recorder
    by Sony
    list price: $199.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007XHLZM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 4936
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Sony (Personal Audio) (ICD-SX25) Digital Voice Recorder ... Read more


    • Record up to 695 minutes on the 32 MB built-in flash memory
    • Super-slim design for discreet, easy use
    • Advanced digital voice operated recording (VOR) saves valuable recording time
    • USB connectivity for high speed file copying

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A little more, and a little smaller than the old ICD-ST25
    6/4/05 - Addendum
    There's no backlight on the LCD on this model (SX25) so you can't see the display in the dark or low level lighting (the ST25 had a nice green one).

    Handling noise is much higher on this model, so unless you're very steady-handed, go with an external mic to keep the noise from cancelling out your recorded material (don't bother trying to record from your pocket, or while it's in the velvet carry pouch).Sensitivity has been boosted for 1-4 ft. recording, so that's where the trade-off occurred.But the internal condenser mics (stereo) are not isolated from the unit's case, so every contact with the case results in noise.
    Everything you liked (or hated) about the ST25 is back in the new model, but this one's skinnier by a 1/4-inch, and the display has been changed to be wider but shorter - same displays.New STLP mode is like a ST (high quality mode) file but with less resolution, so you can pack a third more time in the non-expandable 32MB memory (still about 7 hours on SP, 15 hours on LP, 2.5 hrs on ST, say 4 hours on STLP).

    Don't expect to try to digitally record music on this unit because you cannot disable the automatic gain function (it's really designed for recording speeches or other presentation material, not recording concerts).In a pinch, I have used it to capture the audio line-out of a DVD, but it's not good with wide volume changes since it tries to equalize everything to an overall acceptable volume.

    I like/dislike the 4-way toggle button RW<- v ^ ->FF idea - it gets rid of one extra 2-way button, but it gets confusing if you were trying to manipulate it without looking at the display.On the other hand, if the settings are the way I want them, I don't usually have to touch that button.You just hit the Record to start, and again to pause recording (Stop saves and lets Record create a separate file).It's good at splitting and combining, and the USB port lets the proprietary software manipulate the sound files for general management (but very limited editing).

    Battery life is the same as the ST25 - about 16 hrs. per set of 2 AAA's.I miss the swivel microphone mount because I often used the ST25 sitting on the floor and pointed the mics upward, or in a shirt pocket pointed away from me.

    Bottomline - better sound quality than the $99 or less variety recorders.No memory card expansion available, so you need to dump off files to clear space. Speaker is loud enough to be able to hold it to your ear and hear playback clearly if at a noisy airport, so that's a nice feature.Can be used in a pinch to record music via line input, but with degraded quality compared with a true MP3 recorder.Smaller than most units of similar capacity. Since it was designed to function better when connected to a PC, why not make it rechargeable via USB as well? ... Read more

    13. Panasonic RR-US360 Digital Voice Recorder
    by Panasonic
    list price: $69.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001MKTUS
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 9915
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    This digital voice recorder features up to 8 hours of recording time. There's also a digital VAS function, three jacks (mic, headphone, earphone) and a high-sensitivity Electret condenser microphone, among other features. The RR-US360 can even hook up to your PC via its USB terminal. ... Read more


    • Can be linked to you PC via USB
    • Hold 99 files in each of 5 recording folders
    • Records in 3 quality levels
    • Features a built-in external speaker
    • Records up to 8 hours of audio

    Reviews (16)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good digital recorder for professionals
    Very good quality sound recorder for professional (but non-jounalistic) use: dictation of ones ideas, taking interviews, recording what people say at trade fairs etc...
    Takes good enough recordings of very long seminars at low quality settings (up to 8 hours), good meeting recording and interviews at medium setting (4 hours) and excellent recordings at dictation setting. However the latter means only 2h20minutes so you need a portable in the neighbourhood for transferring files so that you can delete and continue recording in this mode.The quality is good without a mic but is even better with a small directional mic that one holds in the direction of the interviewees (especially in noisy environments)
    The major weak point is the file transfer soft.Voice Studio recently replaced by Voice Editor is a strange software.One has to stay within the program to transfer files to and from the recorder but also between storage devices.Using simple microsoft copy/pasting of files ruins the whole storage system and audio files become unreadable.So one has to make virtual disk-structures to copy onto backup storage devices.The advantage though is that within the Software one can do a lot with the audio file and if the data is sensitive, a common thief cannot do much with a lost/stolen storage diskette since they will need the panasonic software to listen to the content.
    However manipulating the files within the software is easy and has some neat functions if one has to transcribe interviews: dividing of long recordings (so that they become more easy to transcribe or organise in subject classes), gluing two files together, flags in the files etc.Conversion to WAV is possible so one can copy the recordings to CD and play the interviews again on a walkman device.
    For non-professionals I find the transmission of audio files to friends via e-mail very awkward: one has to send an replay-exe with the audio files which is a bugger now that everybody has a firewall.

    2-0 out of 5 stars it's nice, but not great...especially for the price
    The microphone is too sensitive...I use this recorder to get class lectures, but so much background noise (and conversations) are picked up I can hardly hear the lecture.The software for the program is great, as long as you only want to use their sound file format.You can convert to .wav, but the sound quality it dramatically reduced (and background noise amplified).It's also impossible to share your sound files with another person...or it might be, but I've been unable to find a way to save the recordings to cd.If you plan to use this for minimal use in a disciplined environment, than this might be the one for you.Otherwise you might want to shop around some more.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this recorder
    I bought this recorder for the purpose of recording meetings.The recordings needed to be transfered to my computer.All in all, it's a wonderful product.The reason for the bad review is in the difficulty (nigh unto impossible) of retreiving your recordings if you should happen to lose the CD that comes with the recorder.Panasonic's tech support is horrible at best.There is appearantly no way to replace the needed software or drivers via mail or download.The best solution I was given from Panasonic's technical support was to "buy another one, copy the CD and return it."Aside from the dubious legalities of that suggestion, I recommend not supporting a company that doesn't support their products.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Unhappy customer
    Practically everything I own is Panasonic - rice maker, home entertainment system, vaccum cleaner, clock radios. I have three of their older voice recorders and this RR360. The device is great. What isn't great is their software. It's hideous. It's worse than hideous, it's the worst commercial software I've seen in a long time. It's the only package I know of that consistently bluescreens Windows 2000 Pro. I'd love to update it to the latest version and see if that helps, but when I use the VoiceStudio Help -> Update menu it stupidly tells me that VoiceStudio is not installed on my computer. They do not offer the software for download separately, you can supposedly only upgrade it through their menu. All attempts to contact Panasonic tech support are fruitless. The recorder uses a proprietary format and they don't release specs so you can't use it with Linux, older Windows versions or future Windows versions - just the ones out now. Right now I've got a rather important 2 hour meeting stored on it that I can't upload because every time I try it bluescreens the two computers I've got their software installed on. I'm going to have to capture the analog audio as a .wav file.

    I'm a huge Panasonic fan, but don't buy this one because they won't let you get to your own data and they won't respond to requests for tech support on it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Limited to wav files only
    Voice recording in HQ mode is very clear, but any extraneous sounds (such as page flipping, chair moving, etc. ) even 10 feet away gets recorded louder than your voice.

    Panasonic uses its own proprietary format to record voice. If you need to save the recordings on your computer, you can only use its supplied Voice Studio software, and it only converts the recording into wav format.You then need to convert again into mp3 or wma.Likewise, to play your audio recordings from other sources, you must first convert them into wav format in order to download into this Panasonic 360.It accepts download in wav format only.So, if you need to play your files in mp3 or wma format in other devices, you would spend a lot of time converting them from and into wav format.Besides, the software for conversion into mp3 or wma are not supplied.

    In other words, this Panasonic 360 limits you to using only wav format. ... Read more

    14. Sony MZ-B100 MiniDisc Business Recorder
    by Sony
    list price: $499.95
    our price: $309.69
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006I5TL
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 3967
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Sony's new MZ-B100 MiniDisc Business Recorder will satisfy all of your professional recording needs. Stereo Recording with a Built-in Stereo Flat Microphone provides convenient recording versatility in a variety of situations, and its New Smaller Size represents the continuing advances in Sony technology that make this unit light in weight and easier to transport and use almost anywhere. Additional features include: Multiple Record Modes that enable up to 320 Minutes of Recording Time using standard MiniDiscs, Voice Operated Recording, Long Battery Life-Record, Playback Speed Control, and Multiple Track Marks which electronically mark points during recording sessions for later reference. Make the right choice for your business ? the MZ-B100. Features: Records separate left and right channels in stereo withbuilt-in flat microphone. Up to 320 minutes recording time allows extendedrecording times. Records more than 5 hours in MD-LP mode using standardMiniDiscs. Voice Operated Recording ( VOR ) conserves disc space,eliminating soundless passages. Up to 12 hours playback (43 hours monaural) with 1 "AA"battery (not included). Playback speed control (+30% / -15%) allows easierreview of recordings. Large 3-line dot matrix LCD. Built-in front speaker. Easy Search function. External microphone jack + digital line in. Includes remote, headphones, hand strap, carrying pouch. Color: Silver. Dimensions (H x W x D): 3-3/8" x 4-1/8" x 1". Weight: 5-2/3 oz. ... Read more


    • Playback speed control (+30% / -15%) allows easier review of recordings
    • Records separate left and right channels in stereo with built-in flat microphone
    • Up to 320 minutes recording time allows extended recording times ? records more than 5 hours in MD-LP mode using standard MiniDiscs
    • Voice Operated Recording ( VOR ) conserves disc space, eliminating soundless passages
    • Up to 12 hours playback (43 hours monaural) with 1 AA battery (not included)

    Reviews (4)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but leader in the market
    I'm a professional broadcaster, having used MD since the early 1990's, and our organization uses these for newsgathering.The main flaws of the MZ-B100 as noted elsewhere are lack of lighted LCD, and extremely slow RR/FF and other actions, due to the single AA power supply and other issues.But another drawback is that, after extensive use, and with some units this develops earlier, it starts adding phantom tracks without pressing the track button.This is bothersome when you're trying to keep a record of what is where.I hope SONY comes out with an upgrade, but doubt they will, because they already have the slightly cheaper MZ-B10 and other digital recorder options.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice unit
    This is a great unit- I bought a sony mini disc player 6 years agowhich just started to give problems (having dropped it many times)so i had to get a new one. ThisB100 as a great replacement. It is so convenient to have the ability to record and play-back all on one unit-no cords.


    No lighted display!

    This makes it impossible to read even in dimmly lit environments and obviously an oversight on sony's part.

    That said, however, an excellent unit, great features and performance

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for journalists
    ...As a journalist of 25 years experience, I have tried just about every cassette/microcassette/solid-state handheld field recorder out there. Too well do I know the hearbreak of getting back from a day of great interviews to find nothing but a hiss, or hum, or worst of all, a mumble that you cannot quite make out. This recorder solves all of those problems. It is very easy to see that it is recording -- a red light flashes -- which is reassuring while the interview is in progress. It can record for five hours, more than enough for the average reporting day. The media is removable, which means you can tuck the minidisc in a folder and transcribe it later (not possible with the new batch of solid-state microchip recorders). Battery life is fabulous, advertised at 45 hours and I believe it, the battery never seems to give up. It has a nice variable-speed playback feature, so you can run it at 80 percent speed and thus keep up while transcribing. Only minor quibble is that the review feature has a delay...if you want to back up a few seconds to catch a missed word, you have to wait about five seconds for the backing up to begin. Anyway, this thing is not cheap, but if it salvages one interview that would otherwise be lost, it will be more than worth it to the working journalist. I use it for print, but I understand that minidisc is becoming the media of choice for in-the-field radio reporters. I believe it: the sound that comes out of this thing is just plain perfect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the music biz 100 recorder
    I had recently purchased a Mini disc recorder from the guitar center. It's advertised as a songwriters dream. In a box you get the md recorder, mic, headphones etc. I thought to my self,all these damn cords all the time! with todays technology and demand why hasn't anybody developed a md recorder with built in stereo microphones (along with an optional mic jack), built in speaker (along with an optonal headphone jack)And a variable pitch control (very important). Well, I did some deep research and found that the only way to find such a product was to take a look at sony's line of md recorders and see if there on the ball. Sure enough to my amazement I found the Mz B-100 a buisiness recorder with all the features I'd desired plus more. Except, it's advertised only as a journalists tool. This little bad boy is a songwriters dream for It's quick inspiration and exceptional surround sound quality (if you want). Mono or stereo and two more mega bass boost settings are available. It has a high/low mic sensitivity button. The stereo mics are labeled left and right on each side of the recorder and are by no means a toy, they sound fantastic and I haven't even tried it with anexternal stereo mic yet,I could only imagine. And the speaker works well enough to monitor your meanderings in quieter setting(not in crowds). You can also monitor while your recording to get the best mic placement with the supplied earphones that are great. Or even better yet, try monitoring at home with a set of professional studio headphones...incredible! It also has an input for an optical cable if you desire to hook it up to a cd player or multitrack recorder. And it has a power supply jack, contrary to the advertised specs. Also You can label each track or pass. And The recording time and battery life are great. It's just an awesome little heavyweight! (can you tell I'm impressed?) Now a few little NEGS and believe me there just a few little ones. The carrying case is rather useless. The only thing it might do is protect the finish, that's it! Besides that, I've seen better carrying pouches that come with more inexpensive ones, I think in considering it's application, a padded case would have been more deserving... besides, I always accidentally hit record when I grab the carrying pouch (not good). And Considering the price of the machine, A display screen that lights up is invaluable to the journalist. Definetely an overseen feature available on lesser md recorders. Another problem is a few of the buttons are rather tiny. I have a very small hand and even I find it difficult to press some of the buttons such as erase, edit/memo, display, etc. Apart from that, It's a powerhouse of a tool. Still amazed that Sony isn't pitching it to the music retailers. ... Read more

    15. Olympus DS 2200 - Digital voice recorder - flash 128 MB - WMA, DSS - silver
    by Olympus

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006GFF0I
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Olympus
    Sales Rank: 22028
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Professional users demand first-class recording quality with extensive functionality. The DS-2200 is a top-level digital interview recorder that has been especially designed to meet their needs. With the stereo microphone (included), you can record over four hours of crucial interviews in stereo on the removable 128MB xD-Picture Card provided. A total of four different quality modes are also available. This makes it an effective device for journalists, managers and legal specialists on the move. When used with the user-friendly DSS Player Pro software supplied, it also helps streamline the workflow back in the office. Slim and ergonomic with a full-metal body and brushed silver finish, the DS-2200 is simply irresistible. ... Read more

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for lots of dictation...overkill for some people
    I just bought a DS-2200 about 10 days ago and its great for dictation and voice files.
    This is a long review...but I figure if your like me, spending $289 on a voice recorder is a good chunk of change and you probably want to know a lot before you buy one.
    So here goes.

    The included memory card can be changed like a cassette and has 128 megs. You can buy up to 512meg! xD picture cards are everywhere even at Wal-Mart! I paid $32 for a second Olympus 128 meg but if you're willing to buy a different brand they are cheaper.
    I use the sp mode and get about 20 hours off the included 128 meg card in 5 file folders.
    SP mode produces vary good and compact files that can be easily transferred to your computer via the included docking station and software.It also includes a remote mike that I clip to my shirt and a nice case that will slip into your pocket and hold the DS-2200, mike, ear buds and an extra set of batteries. (Always carry them)

    The sound quality for voice in the Standard play mode is more then enough for transcription. The included software is vary nice and allows for reducing noise as well as increasing or decreasing speed without effecting pitch.Vary useful.There is also editing functions and a DSS to Wav converter so you can change the DSS into wav and then from wav to mp3 or whatever. Nice thing about the DSS format is it stores other info about the files such as the time and date they started, time and date they ended. Notes, Author, length of recording and so on. Custom notes can be typed on your computer and feed back into the DS-2200. You can transfer files from the DS-2200 onto your computer and change them and then upload them back into the DS-2200! Nice Features! Copies of the DSS files when transferred back into the program show all the info encoded into the DSS format.And you can change the info through the program such as changing your notes, etc.

    Of course the DS-2200 has Voice activation and it's vary fast so you won't miss a word.It's a vary sturdy unit with an all metal body that's compact and easy to use.
    I would not recommend this unit for musicians as the fidelity is not up to that standard.
    Frequency response is around 300 - 6000which does a great job with voice but not music.I would also not recommend this unit if your planning on making cassettes or CD's and selling them or using them for promotions.This is really a great dictation recorder but not a studio recorder!

    Emailing voice files in the SP DSS format is vary compact and efficient.
    For example I created a 3 meg file that is about 30 minutes long. In wav it would be about 30 meg! If you convert to MP3 and make it around 3.2 meg the fidelity is worse then in DSS so DSS is great for voice files.But of course few people have a DSS player so that limits its use again mostly to dictation unless you record in the included WMA format that uses up about twice the space but does sound a bit better.
    Since I do a lot of dictation (3 to 4 hours per day) I love this thing!

    If you can live with out the remote mike, case and ability to change memory cards and you only need about 10 hours or less of record time, you might consider the DM-10.
    It can also transfer files to your computer in DSS and WMA formats and looks vary similar.It has 64meg of built in memory so you can't swipe a bigger card or new card like the DS-2200.The DM-10 is about $130 cheaper.

    I really like the remote mike, the case and the ability to swipe cards as big as 512K! I clip the remote mike on my shirt and put the unit into vox mode. If I hit record again it throws the unit into pause mode.It's a lot nicer then trying to hold the recorder up close for 2 to 4 hours a day!But the built in mike produces great results as long as you don't mind having to hold the recorder up close while you talk. You can turn off the controls on the remote mike and the recorder independently so you don't accidentally press stop.
    It even has a nice record level meter, handy to know if you're actually recording sound or not. Olympus clearly spent a great deal of time and money making this recorder user friendly and easy to use.I believe the DM-10 is similar in many respects but I'm really happy I bought the DS2200 instead of the DM-10.

    Battery life could be better.Prepare to spend some money on AAA bats. But it's easy to load the two fast.The built in speaker is not vary good, so don't expect to use it as your main player for DSS files without using the ear buds which work fine.Your computer will also play them back and they sound great.
    I recommend this unit as a medium to high end dictation recorder for people who want these features and are willing to pay the high price to get them.

    My only warning is the software that comes has some bugs in it.What I had to do was go to the Olympus site and download there software update.Once you do that the software works great!Until then some of the features don't work...mainly downloading from your computer onto the DS-2200.It also will automatically set the time and date from your computer.
    Hope this helps you out.

    Check out the manuals on Amazon if you want more info.

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    16. Sony ICD-BM1VTP Digital Voice Recorder
    by Sony
    list price: $399.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001GJGJO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 17890
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Professional quality sound and high-level functionality are what distinguish the ICD-BMIVTP Digital Voice Recorder. Sony has designed a powerful, sleek recorder with a seamless aluminum body. Whether you're recording grandma for an audio-genealogy or interviewing a famous celebrity, this device makes super-pro recordings and is built to last.

    It features up to 347 minutes of recording time on the supplied 16 MB memory stick and a maximum sampling rate of 16 kHz. The memory stick is removable so you can replace it with a larger capacity stick, or simply keep an empty stick handy in case you run out of memory. Once you record something through the mic, the sampling rate allows you to transfer the sounds into a digital format. This recorder features new LPEC codec with improved frequency response to deliver the highest quality sound. Transferring recorded sounds to digital format is an excellent, responsible way to preserve important interviews. Plus, it allows you to upload, download, email, and manipulate your recordings digitally on your computer.

    Sony has equipped this device with several features that will make you feel like you have your own recording assistant. The memory stick offers the ability to organize message folders by type, offering the ultimate in efficiency and versatility. You can store messages in up to 340 folders, helping you keep recordings organized and easily accessible. The advanced digital voice operated recording (VOR) feature actually stops recording during silent pauses, saving valuable recording time and battery power. Then, thanks to the digital buffer, this intelligent machine begins recording again without missing a single syllable. The ICD-BMIVTP also has a full function LCD display, showing the number of recorded messages, recording length, date, time, and a remaining battery power indicator.

    The ICD-BM1VTP features a slide control switch for quick, responsive recording; a hi/lo mic sensitivity switch for recording in quiet or noisy environments; a built-in microphone and playback speaker; and digital overwrite/cut function for on-the-spot audio editing. All this functionality is powered by two AAA batteries that should run for up to 10 hours of continuous recording.

    With the voice email function, you can record spoken email messages and send them later as audio attachments. The included PC download software will help you master this functionality. And with the Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred Voice-To-Print Software, you can easily convert your recordings into text. Finally, the digital recorder comes equipped with USB connectivity for high speed copying of files to a PC.

    What's in the Box
    ICD-BM1VTP digital voice recorder, 16 MB memory stick, Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred Voice to Print Software, PC download software, earphone, USB cable, and carrying case. ... Read more


    • Professional, seamless aluminum body
    • Record up to 347 minutes on the supplied 16 MB memory stick
    • Features new LPEC codec to deliver high quality samples at 16 kHz
    • Built-in playback speaker and microphone
    • USB connectivity for high speed file copying

    Reviews (1)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good recorder, Obsolete software
    This recorder has good sound quality.However, it comes with version 7 of Dragon Naturally Speaking, instead of version 8, which has been on sale for over a year now.The new version is much more accurate; the old version produces a lot more errors, and correcting them is tedious and time-consuming.I would wait until Sony starts packaging the unit with the current software.
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    17. Sony ICD-SX25VTP Digital Voice Recorder
    by Sony
    list price: $249.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007XXRIM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 4350
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    Product Description

    Sony ICD-SX25VTP Digital Voice Recorder-- Includes Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred Voice to Print software ... Read more


    • Record up to 695 minutes on the 32 MB built-in flash memory
    • Super-slim design for discreet, easy use
    • Advanced digital voice operated recording (VOR) saves valuable recording time
    • USB connectivity for high speed file copying

    18. Sony ICD-P210 Digital Voice Recorder (Silver)
    by Sony
    list price: $119.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007XHLZC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 11739
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Get organized with a digital voice recorder. The ICD-P210 lets you record up to 15 hours 45 minutes of audio. It can hold up to 32MB of data on a high capacity IC chip, which allows you to record over and over again with distortion-free clarity. One of the great features of this digital voice recorder is that you can store and organize your recorded files easily with 4 individual message folders. Capture important information and transfer it to your PC via the USB port. Recording, transporting, and organizing data is easy with the ICD-P210 Digital Voice Recorder. USB Compatible for Hi-Speed Transfer Rate to a PC: via USB port on a PC.Up to 15 Hours 45 Minutes of Recording Time in LP Mode: is available on the integrated circuit chip which may be recorded over and used again. New HQ Recording Mode- 16kHz (19.2Kbps): Up to 3 Hours 35 Minutes3 Recording Time --- Provides a clearer recording of a meeting, interview or dictation. 4 Message Folders: provide separate message areas for different applications, such as business memos, correspondence, personal reminders, and more. Single Function Buttons on the Front Make the Unit Easier to Use: Ergonomic buttons make controlling the unit easier then ever by putting all the buttons where they can be easily accessed. Digital VOR (Voice Operated Recording): stops the recording during silent pauses, saving valuable recording time, then begins recording again without missing a single syllable thanks to the digital buffer. 32MB Flash Memory: uses high capacity IC chip, which may recorded over itself and used again and again, with distortion-free clarity. Large LCD Display: shows number of messages recorded, recording length, date, time, and battery power remaining. 250mW Speaker Output: provides increased speaker output. Overwrite Function to Make Changes to the Dictation 3 Recording Modes: HQ/SP/LP ... Read more


    • Measures 30 x 103.5 x 16 millimeters (WxHxD)
    • 32 MB of internal memory, up to 15.75 hours of recording time
    • Voice operated recording feature
    • USB port allows connection to PC for editing and organization of voice files
    • Up to four voice file folders for recording organization

    Reviews (1)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not For Music
    I was looking for a microrecorder, and the clerk at Radio Shack sold me on this digital. This recorder is very small and transportable and possesses many great features. I think it would be great for making notes or reminders, however I was looking for a tool to capture barbershop quartet rehearsal sessions and the sound was garbled. Also the speaker is small; so the sound is small. The other thing that scares me, is that you are supposed to turn off your computer's virus protection before installing the file editing software. I'm not willing to risk it; so I can't comment on that. I'm returning this to Radio Shack if I can and exchanging it for what I wanted in the first place. ... Read more

    19. Sony MZ-B10 MiniDisc Voice Recorder
    by Sony

    our price: $232.74
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000099SYW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 13662
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Make your business recordings totally professional with the MZ-B10 MiniDisc recorder. It lets you make digital recordings that give you fast access, easy editing and excellent quality. The tiny, lightweight MZ-B10 records through its high-quality flat mic. MDLP lets you extend the recording time of a blank MiniDisc to four times its original length so the MZ-B10 is ideal for conferences or seminars. Plus, it features long life recording, twin speakers and automatic time track that make it the ultimate business solution for busy executives. ... Read more


    • Playback sound function through the speakers
    • Up to 24 hour recording time / 45 hours playback time with two AA alkalines
    • Twin speakers for powerful playback sound
    • Remaining recording timer counter
    • Automatic time track

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unique item. Worth the investment
    Looking at all record formats including solid-state recorders I settled on Sony's MZ-B line of recorders. Since the MZ-B100 I wanted something that could provide me with a cheap removable media solution as well as the flexibility of a digital unit.
    This recorder uses proven minidisc technology and creates a recorder that is truly unlike no other except its bigger cousin the MZ-b100.
    It has a built in pitch control (-50% slow and 100% fast) and twin speaker playback, a stereo mic and headphone jack, and a professional quality flat mic. It's great for musicians and with 5 1/2 hour (320min) LP 4 mode great for executives, students, doctors...etc. The sound quality is exceptional even in LP 4 mode. I have a Net md recorder and it plays my prerecorded discs as well. There are few minor negatives I have to bring up. The record mode button on the side can be pressed inadvertently. The pop up record button may lock into record mode one or two seconds into your recording. Otherwise, you can be assured that this unit is top-notch Sony product. If you've never been fortunate enough to own a minidisc device get a net md first (used) and then get one of the MZ-B's I recommend this unit as a voice recorder only since It cannot download music.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good performance, Poor layout
    I have been using this Minidisc recorder for about 6 months and overall it's not a bad little recorder. The battery life is excellent and it can record upto 320 minutes of audio. It has a reasonable speaker for its size. The few hiccups I have are;

    Built-in MONO microphone (Sony calls it a flat mic.), no back light for the display, slow rewind/review response, Track mark button should have been placed closer to the Record button, the open catch could have been recessed - More than once I have picked the unit up while it was playing and the case opened and the MD fell out! Hmm... frustrating. This unit does NOT allow you to label tracks. Useless carry pouch - what ever happened to those great custom fit leather cases Sony used to produce with their portable electronics? I miss those! I suggest anyone contemplating purchasing this unit to look at the B100 model. Or even hold off for a while until the new Hi-MD format reaches the notetakers. It could save alot of heartache. ... Read more

    20. Olympus DS-660 Digital Voice Recorder
    by Olympus
    list price: $199.99
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    Asin: B0002S09K6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Olympus
    Sales Rank: 16914
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    660 minutes or 11 hours of record time PC & MAC compatible5 separate file folders with 199 in each folderNoise cancel function and adjustable microphone sensitivityBacklit LCD display4 1/4H x 1 1/6W x 1/8DUses 2 AAA batteriesIncludes USB docking station and Player Pro software Shipping package dimensions: 5x8x2.75 (len x wid x dep) ... Read more


    • Included software helps convert DSS files to waveform (.wav) and other formats
    • Measures 108 x 41.5 x 21 millimeters (W x D x H)
    • Has 11 hours of recording capacity
    • Records Digital Speech Standard (DSS) files
    • Features 32 MB of built-in memory

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