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1. Panasonic RR830 Standard Cassette
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2. Sony TCM-200DV Cassette Recorder
$199.88
3. Panasonic RR930 Panasonic Microcassette
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4. Sony M-670V Microcassette Voice
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5. Sony M-2020 Microcassette Dictator
$28.49 $24.49 list($29.99)
6. Olympus S711BLUE Microcassette
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7. Sony M-200MC Mic' N Micro Microcassette
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8. Sony M-450 Microcassette Recorder
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9. Sony TCS-30D Pressman Cassette
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10. PanasonicRQ-L51 Mini Cassette
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11. Panasonic RQ-L31 Portable Cassette
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12. Sony M-850V Pressman Microcassette
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13. Panasonic RN3053 MicroCassette
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14. Sony M-100MC Microcassette Recorder
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15. A-321 AC ADAPTER POWER SOURCE
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16. Sony BM-575 Portable Microcassette
$49.89 list($69.99)
17. Sony M-657V Microcassette Voice
$19.98 list($39.99)
18. Sony M-560V Microcassette Voice
$44.95 list($54.95)
19. Sony TCM-220DV Standard Cassette
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20. GE 35364 Mini Cassette Recorder

1. Panasonic RR830 Standard Cassette Transcriber / Recorder
by Panasonic
list price: $249.95
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Asin: B00004YK2X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 3700
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Transcribe audiotapes with this Panasonic transcriber. The Panasonic RR series is designed for the small office/home office market. The RR-830 uses standard cassette tapes and has V.S.C. pitch (0-+100%) and speed (-15-+100%) controls. It features 4 LED indicators for power, tape run, quick erase and REC 3-digit tape counter.Variable tape speed allows for playback control, with in/out switch and level control. Lightweight headset ensures comfort. 3-position backspace allows you to adjust how far it rewinds when you take your foot off of play: 0, 1 or 3 seconds. Foot controller is included for play, backspace, and rewind functions. ... Read more

Features

  • Speed Talk Variable Speech Control
  • VSC Pitch and Speed Controls
  • Remote Review (with Foot Pedal
  • Full Auto Stop

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Limited by single speed
It is a fine transcriber if you only use single speed tapes, but for those who want to tape at half speed to utilize tape space better (i.e. recording 180 minutes on a 90 minute tape), it's not the machine for you.You'll be stuck with a lot of tapes you can't transcribe.

5-0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and workmanlike machine
If you need to transcribe tapes for any reason at all you will save yourself hours of time and frustration by using a tape recorder/player intended for transcription - rather than your tape player alone. Panasonic has been making this good machine for more than a few years. To my knowledge it's the best value around.

The foot pedal is essential and easy to use, and allows you to stop, start, and back up your tape without taking your hands off your keyboard. The speaker is good, there is a tone adjustment, and in addition a headset (and this one is comfortable to wear)enables quiet transcribing - and improved intelligibility, because the sound of your keys going a mile a minute won't interfere with your hearing your taped material. Importantly, there is a control lever for tape speed - for "variable speech control," so that you can play your tape a bit slower, or faster (which you sometimes need, too).

There is a mic and a remote jack, andfast forward and fast reverse. A tape counter - your odometer - is helpful.Different little lights glow when you're taping, recording, when the machine is on. This is a straightforward, simple, and gimmickless machine that is very nicely put together. It measures a neat and tidy 8 by 10 inches, and packs up simply and with no fanfare. Indispensible - if you need to transcribe tapes. ... Read more


2. Sony TCM-200DV Cassette Recorder with Dual Power Source
by Sony
list price: $34.99
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Asin: B00008WIX3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2511
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Sony Pressman Standard Cassette Voice Recorder offers double recording time when recording a normal speed, or half the normal speed for extended sessions. It's voice-activated and features clear voice recording system; +30% or -50% playback speed control; one-touch recording; Sony-Matic automatic recording level control; built-in microphone; 25-hrs. battery playback time and a large playback speaker that enables improved sound while the cure and review function simplifies your search for specific points in your recording material. Operates on batteries or AC power with adapter (sold separately). 4-1/2Hx3-3/8Wx1-3/8D". ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 25 Hours of Battery Life
  • Double Recording Time - normal or half-normal speed
  • Voice Operated Recording
  • Playback Speed Control - +30% or -15%
  • External Microphone Jack

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars average
i'm a 17 year old filipino student writer/filmmaker and when an idea pop into my mind, im always armed with a pen and paper to write my ideas and to review it later. there were also times when pen and paper are not appropriate, while in the bath, while sitting at the toilet, while walking, etc. so I decided to buy a voice recorder to record my ideas everywhere and anytime. I'm considering a digital voice recorder but it is out of my budget. microcassettes however are good and small in size but it cant be played in ordinary cassette players. i originally bought a cheap 375 pesos or about $6 Platinum cassette recorder but the microphone is so bad so i needed a replacement. im considering an aiwa model with Voice activated recording, 2x recording time and a tape counter for about 34 dollars but because of sony's clear voice recording, i got this tcm-200dv tape recorder for 36 dollars. i really love the cool features such as 2x recording time, speed control VOR or Voice activated Recording, Clear Voice system which filters sound to make it more audible and its design. the microphone in the aiwa model is positioned in the hood of the recorder which is very bad because you cant direct the microphone to the sound source you want; sony however, positioned it excellently in the body facing up so you can direct it easily to the sound source. the VOR also is nice but it needs a litte practice to use and is so sensitive. the only thing lacking in this product is a tape counter. the recording is excellent and you can use it on meetings and during class because the mic is sensitive enough to "hear" sounds from a distance. overall, i recommend this product for students and professionals. you will really deserve what you pay for.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good For Class & Mtg Lectures
I use this for class to record lectures.I sit in the front and I pick up adequate amplification. However, if someone in the 4th through 6th row asks a question, it is a difficult to hear. During playback, I have to turn up the volume on those sections.

A few things I wish I had were
* a LED light signalling that I was recording.I have accidently forgotten to press the record button and just hit play. So, I have dead air.
*Auto shutoff when I am recording and get to the end of the tape.It doesn't shut off and it makes this screeching (but not too loud) noise when it hits the end of the tape. Which is kind of embarrasing.i have to pay attention to where the tape is at, which you can see through the window.
* It doesn't have a counter on it, so if I am taking notes, I can't write down the position I am at during the note taking.

Yet, for the price, I got what I paid for.It is a decent recorder.I have no complaints, only suggestions I want to get when I upgrade to another recorder.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for voice
I got this recorder to tape rehearsals with my band. Unfortunately, it's not well suited to that purpose--both settings on the microphone are too sentitive to record such loud sounds as drums and amplified guitar. For lecture recording and other similar purposes, though, it seems like this would work really well. It's a good recorder, just not what I was looking for. ... Read more


3. Panasonic RR930 Panasonic Microcassette Transcriber/Recorder
by Panasonic

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Asin: B00004YJYT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 11700
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Its advanced features and use of microcassettes make the Panasonic RR-930transcriber/recorder a compact and useful business tool. The built-incondenser mic allows for easy recording, and the unit also has a foot-controlledbackspace function and variable speed control. The three-digit counter allowsyou to keep your place, and the quick-erase, two-speed tape selector and fullauto-stop functions add to the ease of use. The RR-930 comes in black with aheadset and foot controller. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes headset and foot-controller
  • Uses microcassette tapes
  • Variable tape-speed control
  • Three-digit counter helps you keep your place
  • Built-in condenser mic

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Works very well while it works.
I have worked with quite a few of these transcribers over the years and this would be my least favorite.It works well for a while, but then the rewind and fast forward goes out on the foot pedal and then goes out on the machine itself.Normally transcribers last longer than these seem to.A co-worker has gone through 4 of them in 2 years.We keep asking administration to switch to a different brand, but they say these are cheaper.You get what you pay for, I guess. ... Read more


4. Sony M-670V Microcassette Voice Recorder
by Sony
list price: $44.99
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Asin: B0001YFYUG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 7704
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Product Description

The M-670V has a slim high tech design, which means it will fit in a shirt pocket, and weighs only 6 ounces. It comes with a tape. Great for interviews and lectures, the M-670V features voice operated recording to conserve batteries and tape, one-touch record from playback, and fast playback for quick review. Its "Clear Voice Plus" Recording System enhances voice quality during recording and playback for greater clarity. ... Read more

Features

  • Runs for 15 hours on 2 AAA batteries; includes batteries and a blank cassette
  • Slim, pocket-sized microcassette voice recorder with voice-operated and 1-touch recording
  • Clear Voice Plus recording system enhances voice quality during recording and playback for greater clarity
  • 2-speed recording and playback, 3-digit tape counter
  • Offers a single speaker, a monaural headphone jack, and a built-in microphone

5. Sony M-2020 Microcassette Dictator and Transcriber
by Sony
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00006IACG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 5502
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sony M2020 Microcassette Transcription Dictation System ... Read more

Features

  • Comes with 2-function foot control and headset
  • Includes built-in microphone for conference recording, hand microphone, mic cradle, slide switch microphone, and remote microphone/telephone recording jack
  • Built-in speaker
  • 3-position automatic backspace for transcribing confirmation and variable playback speed
  • Compact design for small desktop footprint

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Caution with factory refurbished unit
Arrived quickly from the seller.It was technically was as promised.Unfortunatley, performance was poor.There was a horrible motor whine.Also the recording quality was MUCH worse that my heavily used, and abused 25 dollar portable unit.My transcriptionist, who almost never complains, could not hear me well (and I dictate clearly).

Right now, my M-2020 is at Sony.I had to mail it there for service.Very hard to contact vendor.At least Sony seems to be evaluating the unit (it is under warranty for 90 days). ... Read more


6. Olympus S711BLUE Microcassette Voice Recorder
by Olympus
list price: $29.99
our price: $28.49
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Asin: B00005T3VT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 6134
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The pocket-sized Pearlcorder S711 Microcassette recorder helps you maximize time and efficiency for mobile recording. Voice actuator begins recording at the sound of a voice and stops when the voice does, letting you record your dictation "hands-free" if desired. And fast play mode lets you listen 25% faster than at normal speed.

  • Perfect for memo and note taking, lecture and meeting recording
  • Voice activated
  • 2 speed playback
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Features

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

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice color..okay recorder for taping lectures
This is the first time I've purchased a mini recorder and it's definitely not as clear as I expected. However I believe the quality I want can only come from a "walkman size" recorder.The sound is easily heard but there's also a lot of white noise being heard as you turn up the volume on playback.
The major drawback of purchasing this recorder is that in order to use the ac adapter or the headphone adapter you need to use Olympus products.Neither hole for the adapters is the standard size.I only realized this after buying and opening a pair of stereo headphones. I've searched high and low for headphones that fit and finally a salesperson, at a major office supply store said to me "the only reason why the holes would be smaller is if the manufacturer wants you to buy their products" and then he said check a major electronics store...but they told me to check the office supply store.Since I bought this with the intention of listening to my lectures during my morning train commute I am very disappointed.No wonder the package inserts included the pictures and product #'s for all of the optional accessories that go withthis recorder.

So if you are willing to listen sans the headphones and with a little white noise then this is a good buy and it's cheaper here than in the stores.A definite plus is the royal blue color.You can definitely pick it out which one belongs to you when your peers recorders all look the same.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Handy Little Recorder
For those who don't want to invest in an expensive digital recorder, the Olympus Microcassette recorder is perfect for interviews and taking voice notes.The volume control allows for sensitive sound pick-up, and the dual speeds allow for either longer recording or higher sound quality.Use the voice activation feature for automatic recording.Although the sound quality is hardly perfect, it is adequate for most uses.Because of its small size, it fits easily into a average-size purse or small backpack pocket.

This little unit can be operated with minimal effort - practically straight from the plastic pack.It comes with one microcassette and the necessary batteries.Highly recommended for people who don't mind the older technology or for those on a budget.

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

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

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

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

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

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


7. Sony M-200MC Mic' N Micro Microcassette Recorder
by Sony
list price: $89.95
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Asin: B0002TQXQO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 16528
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Amazon.com Product Description

Ideal for recording lectures and presentations, Sony's M-200MC MIC' N Micro Cassette Recorder is packed with features that make recording easy. Voice Operated Recording (VOR) activates the recorder when audible sound is present, so you'll never waste valuable recording time. The built-in zoom mic extends and retracts to provide better recording when subjects are near or far away. Utilize Record Mode Selection (Lecture/Meeting/Dictation) to select the best pickup sensitivity to meet your needs. You can "mark" tape segments with the Cue Marker. This feature allows rapid access during Cue and Review. Clear Voice function improves recording quality by enhancing voice sounds during recording and playback for crisp, clear listening.

This micro cassette recorder has a built-in speaker and an earphone output for quick playback. The two-speed record/playback (1.2 or 2.4 centimeter per second) gives you the option of recording on a standard micro-cassette for twice its normal time. This is great for extended dictation or personal audio note taking. Powered by two AA batteries, the M-200MC is easy to use and perfect for students as well as professionals. ... Read more

Features

  • Runs on two AA batteries
  • Records at 1.2 or 2.4 centimeters per second
  • Zoom mic expands and retracts to provide better recording
  • Advanced voice operated recording (VOR) saves valuable recording time
  • Cue Marker creates tape segments for rapid cueing

8. Sony M-450 Microcassette Recorder with 30 Hours of Battery Life
by Sony
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00006I5TG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 8816
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- M-450VENDOR- SONY CONSUMER FEATURES- Pressman® Microcassette Recorder- Black Leave note taking behind for good, get Sonys M-450 Pressman® Microcassette Recorder and get your next business meeting on tape!Featuring 30 Hour Battery Life, the Clear Voice Recording System, aBuilt-in Microphone, One Touch Recording, Cue and Review Slide Control, and a LED Battery Level Indicator, there is no better way to record your meeting minutes. 1 Cassette and 2 Batteries are included, so you can start recording right away. Why wait? Includes recorder, Microcassette, ... Read more

Features

  • ClearVoice recording system for great fidelity
  • Provides up to 30 hours on 2 AA alkaline batteries (included)
  • Uses MC60 microcassette tapes (1 included)
  • Easy one-touch recording capability
  • Integrated microphone

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Dictation
I found this Sony recorder perfect for making quick dictation notes, so much so that I constantly use it and may well purchase a second one as a backup. It is ergonomically well designed, the appropriate control buttons easily accessed, and doesn't attempt to look fancy like theOlympus models.It has a clear voice replay, with a very well designed Cue and Review Control (rather oval shaped, so you don't accidentally hit any wrong buttons), the record button is prominently red and the microphone silver, so it's hard to make any mistakes in recording or accidentally erasing information. Similarly, the Pause control reveals a red spot when activated, so you don't have to guess if the machine is actually on pause or not. An unexpected feature is the stereo sound when you plug in a pair of earphones: unlike your standard tape recorder that will only provide sound through one phone in a headset, this recorder feeds sounds to both sides of a headphone. As the manufacturer description indicates, it has two speeds to extend cassette length. If you want a personal dictation recorder that is as small as can be expected, is inconspicuous and literally compact, then this is a wise and economical purchase.

4-0 out of 5 stars I have no idea what your talking about
Your recorder must have a fault mine doesn't make any sound at all and doesn't use any battery power when not listening or recording. That's what the red light is for.

Advantages:
One touch recording
Speed of tape switch
Clear voice thingy
Looks pretty cool

Disadvantages:
No voice activation

1-0 out of 5 stars No on/off switch?
I would not buy this product again. My unit emits a constant electronic hiss even when all controls are in the neutral position. As far as I can tell, there is--incredibly--no switch that disconnects battery power when the unit is not in use. ... Read more


9. Sony TCS-30D Pressman Cassette Recorder with Stereo Recording/Playback
by Sony
list price: $54.99
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Asin: B00006IS5L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 5352
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sony's TCS-30D cassette recorder offers a multitude of features which make it an excellent choice for a cassette voice recorder. The two channel, one track recorder promises accurate recording. This recorder will record and playback in stereo. Record in stereo with the included stereo mic. Stereo playback comes from using the stereo headphone jack. For recording ease, Sony has installed double recording time and voice operated recording. Sony's Sony-Matic automatic recording level control will keep your recordings at one constant level. Play-back editing or transcribing becomes more useful with this feature. If you don't choose to use the stereo mic, you have the option to use the built-in monaural mic.

An essential playback feature is the playback speed control. With this adjustment, you can adjust the speed between thirty percent of normal and negative fifteen percent of normal. This is a great tool for those transferring interviews or lectures. If you find yourself fighting to hear the cassette player via the 359 mW, built-in speaker, plug the supplied stereo earphones into the recorder and your troubles will be lessened.

There are two options in powering this recorder. The first is an optional AC adaptor. If batteries are more useful, use the required two AA batteries; these batteries will run for up to eleven hours. With the LED battery level indicator you can be watchful of remaining battery time. With automatic shut-off, you can be assured that you will not be wasting batteries needlessly. The hinged battery lid will keep your precious batteries in the player and not on the ground.

Other features of the TCS-30D recorder include: clear voice recording system, cue and review, pause switch, stop/pause release function. The recorder's color is black.

What's in the Box
Sony TCS-30D cassette recorder, stereo mic, headphones, hand strap and user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Headphones and hand strap included
  • Stereo recording with supplied mic provides clarity in recording
  • Clear voice enhancement sound system enhances voice quality
  • Double recording time lets you record at normal or half-normal speed
  • Front speaker ensure excellent sound quality

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this piece of junk
It's clumsy, cumbersome, not great quality, and a bad idea. In addition to that, mine will no longer work after very limited use. Wish I could get my money back. ... Read more


10. PanasonicRQ-L51 Mini Cassette Recorder
by Panasonic
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B0000659TY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 25079
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Tired of mixing media? Record thoughts, memos, phone calls onto regular (standard) sized cassette tapes. Review your notes on your home stereo or in the car. ... Read more

Features

  • Cue and Review Control
  • Mini Cassette Recorder
  • Slide Microphone
  • 3X recording Time
  • Voice Actvated System

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little portable cassette players L51, L31, L11
Great little shirtpocket recorders/players. Great sound and
quality. Interesting 3 LED battery indicator. ... Read more


11. Panasonic RQ-L31 Portable Cassette Player with Slide Microphone
by Panasonic
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000659TX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 5814
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Panasonic RQ-L31 Portable Cassette Player with Slide Microphone is a compact, handheld microcassette recorder. You'll be able to achieve up to 25 hours of recording with just two AA batteries. This recorder features a valuable voice activation system that helps conserve tape space -- recording begins as soon as sound is detected and stops when there is a lull in conversation so you'll never waste valuable tape. The built-in front speaker makes for easy listening so you can review recordings without headphones.

There are two selectable recording speeds -- the faster speed makes clearer recordings for reproduction, while the slower speed is perfect for voice memos and audio note taking.The slower speed triples the recording time of the microcassette, which is great for those meetings or lectures that never seem to end on time. The slide microphone is designed with improved sensitivity for even clearer recordings. ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 3.51 x 1.47 x 4.52 inches (W x D x H)
  • Compact, handheld microcassette recorder
  • Voice activation system conserves tape space
  • Slide microphone is designed with improved sensitivity
  • Two selectable recording speeds

Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars cassette reviewer
I bought the RQ-L31 from Circuit City(in their store)for a total of about $38.00; with no AC adapter or batteries.This recorder has a sensative microphone(built-in)that will pick up birds singing from a neighbors yard!The mic has two positions(up or normal); and it's difficult to tell the difference between the two settings on recordings. The voice activation record has two settings, one is for quiet, distant sounds, the other is for close-up sounds. I have used the RQ-L31 for voice and music recording.It's better at voice recording! It will record music, but a speaker that it not even "2"; just can't reproduce music that well.Also, volume output seems to be lower than most hand-held recorders; although it is totally clear, even turned all the way up.The design puts the speaker in the cassette door.Where you insert the tape(the door)is where the speaker is. I would have to say, that the recorder is not worth the $34.95 that it sells for.It does allow you to use an external mic, and it is shuts off at tape end very quietly.I have a GE mini cassette recorder that has much louder sound than the RQ-L31 by Panasonic.The GE only cost $19.99 at Walmart.It has voice activated recording too; but instead of normal or 3X normal recording length, the GE 3-5364A model has louder volume on playback, and variable speed playback control. If turned up past 75% volume, it gets distorted.The GE also tends to pick up the tape motor sound more.So, the Panasonic RQ-L31 is better at less tape noise recordings.RQ-L31 uses standard size cassette tapes, and has an LED battery level indicator(3 red lights).It is light weight and feature packed, but buy it with the understanding that it is primarily designed for voice/lecture recordings. Circuit City carries the RQ-L31 in their stores.Tape door is awkard to load tapes in, but you can get hang of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars VG for what it is. But they don't make em like they used to.
It's kind of inappropriate that so many people complain that recorders _intended_ for speech (e.g. lectures, interviews, notes, etc.) are bad for recording music.Kind of goes without saying.If you want to record music, if you want stereo sound, if require audio quality, then don't buy _any_ cassette recorder in this price range.(The bare minimum for these needs is possibly the Panasonic RQ-A220.)

There's also lots of confusion about the term "mini."The term mini is about the player size, not the tape's.This recorder, like all "mini" recorders, takes normal sized tapes.If you want the really small tapes then you want what they call "micro."

I purchased the RQ-31 to replace an older GE model I was using for notes and interviews.One thing stood out immediately - the microphone was far more powerful.If you speak directly into the machine it will cause some distortion.This is good, actually, because it allows you to record people speaking without pushing the machine in their face.Combined with the voice activation feature this will allow you to easily record your thoughts and conversations without wasting tape.I thought this would be especially handy to record while driving - just leave it in the passenger's seat and it will record only when you speak.

The most basic model on the market at this time is the Sony TCM-150 which is at least ten bucks less.Here's some of what you get by paying more:Voice activation, external microphone jack, extended record, and a tape counter.For most people these features are necessary which makes 150 model a poor choice.The Sony's TCM-200DV, however, offers all of that for about five bucks less than this Panasonic - except it doesn't have the counter which I thought I needed.The next model up, the Panasonic RQ-L51, is identical to the L31 except it comes with an AC adapter and rechargeable batteries.I'm not so sure that the extra cost is worth it, but some might find the adapter necessary.

The recorder feels cheap for some reason.It's too light and there's too much plastic.(The Sony's TCM-200DV has the same weight.)Perhaps the manufacturers are putting all their effort into MP3 and digital recorders.In any case, use it for what it is.If you need an inexpensive recorder for interviews or lectures the Sony 220 or this Panasonic will likely do the job.If you require something a little more tough with better audio you'll definitely need to spend more - or pick up an older machine from the days when they made these things to last.

2-0 out of 5 stars average
This recorder uses regular cassettes, not mini cassettes. I bought it so I could tape solos and learn them on the sax but the built-in microphone doesn't record music too well. It's probably better-suited for taping lectures, meetings, voice, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Standard Cassette!!!
If you look at the picture in close up, it says MINI CASSETTE RECORDER RQ-L31. I dont actually have it, but from the other reviews and its features, id give it a 5

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice
Very nice item. I bought others in the same price range and they do not come near the quality of this recorder. Very clear. Perfect price for the options and the quality. The site says there is no headphone jack but this model DOES have the headphone jack on it. ... Read more


12. Sony M-850V Pressman Microcassette Recorder
by Sony
list price: $59.95
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Asin: B00009B8I4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 31189
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Product Description

Take the M-850V Pressman micro-cassette recorder to your next class and get your exam review on tape. The recorder is activated by voice operated recording, and sony-matic automatic recording level control ensures the correct recording level. Cue marker can be used to place an electronic "mark" at specific tape segments, enabling rapid access to particular points on the tape during the review process. In addition, the auto reverse function provides uninterrupted recording and playback of both micro-cassette sides without removing of the tape, and fast playback provides 20% faster than normal playback, reducing the time needed to review recordings. Finish your studying faster with the M-850V! ... Read more

Features

  • Battery Indicator with Alert LED confirms battery and alterts the user of low battery power
  • Advanced voice operated recording (VOR) saves valuable recording time
  • Cue Marker creates tape segments for rapid cueing
  • Clear Voice function improves recording quality by enhancing voice sounds
  • Fast Playback provides 20 percent faster than normal playback speed

13. Panasonic RN3053 MicroCassette Recorder Bundle
by Panasonic
list price: $29.99
our price: $24.69
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Asin: B00007FS83
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 20475
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- RN-3053VENDOR- PANASONIC CONSUMERFEATURES- Micro Cassette Recorder Bundle with VAS, silver finishIncludes tape and batteries. * VAS - Voice Activated System * Fast Playback Function allows you to speed playback by about 20%.* 2-Speed Tape Selector (2.4/2.1)* Slim "Palm-Fit" Design * One-Touch and Follow-Up Recording* Easy-matic Recording * Cue and Review controls with quick review. * Built-in Speaker * Built-in high sensitivity Condenser Microphone * Jacks for DC-in, Headphone/Earphone POWER- 2 x "AA" or AC via included AC cord SIZE - 2 5/16"w x 4 5/8"h x 15/16"dWT.- 4.6 ouncesNice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on thePanasonic RN3053 - MicroCassette Recorder Bundle and all other Panasonic Portable Voice Recorders ... Read more

Features

  • Voice-activated system
  • Quick review
  • Fast playback, 2 tape speeds, cue and review controls
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • High-quality independent RCA jacks compatible with most game systems, DVD players, VCRs, TV, etc.

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Total unsatisfied
This model RN-305 is a complete disappointment.I purchased it to replace a model RN-108 which unfortunately was dropped and broken.The replacement doesn't even come close to the original.I have tried all settings...speed, voice activated, etc to no avail. The replay of recorded voice is not natural and there is always a continuous whiring or hissing in the background.The similar microcassete it relaced had no such annoyance. Recordings from the old recorder sound ok on the new recorder so obviously the recording properties of this new recorder lacks any quality.Can't even return it due to a 3rd party that hides behind Amazon.com in the wood-work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive & handy
I ordered this & received it within 24 hours, WITHOUT asking for expedited shipping!I didn't even realize it had Voice Activated recording until I read the manual.The other reviewer was right - it comes with 3 cassettes & a pair of batteries - awesome!Sound quality is fine, and the mic picks up everything - it even picked up the sounds of me moving up a flight of stairs while it was tucked into a back pocket.I highly recommend both the item and whoever shipped the thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a journalist
I'm a college newspaper reporter and found this to be a great value.It was pretty cheap compared to other recording devices, like digital recorders.It also came with 3 tapes, which was enough to get me started & batteries!I've tested it out with recording my voice and the distance I can have it away from my mouth to pick up sounds and still having what I've said come out pretty clear.I'm impressed, it was easy to hear what I was saying with the recorder at arm's length.

If you can afford it, go with a digital recorder, but if you can't or aren't going to use a recorder that much, this one will definitely fit your needs. ... Read more


14. Sony M-100MC Microcassette Recorder with Voice Operated Recording
by Sony
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00001ZUHX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 18743
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sony Corporation is proud to introduce its M-100MC Mic 'n micro microcassette recorder. Uni-Directional Microphone minimizes recording of peripheral sounds and is ideal for recording speaker at lectures and presentations. 3 Mic Sensitivity Modes (Lecture/Normal/Dictation) lets you select best pickup sensitivity for recording a wide range of applications, from close-up personal dictation to large meetings. Desktop Mic Stand allows the recorder to be set down on table or desk for hands-free operation. Voice Operated Recording (VOR) automatically activates the recorder only when audible sound is present, conserving tape and eliminating lengthy noiseless passages on recordings. Clear Voice Sound System enhances voice quality during recording and playback for greater clarity. Cue Marker Indexing lets you place an electronic "mark" at specific tape segments, and provides rapid access during Cue and Review. 3-Digit Tape Counter provides a Digital display of tape elapsed for rapid access to a particular section of the tape during playback. 3 LED Indicator visibly indicates recording level and condition of battery power, in three segments. Playback Speaker is unobtrusive, and lets you and others hear playback without an earphone. Automatic Shut-Off helps reduce mechanical wear and conserves battery power. Pause Switch temporarily halts recording or playback without leaving that mode, and resumes at the flick of a button. Cue/Review Function provides sound during fast Forward and Rewind modes to help find specific passages. Hand Strap Attached affords very convenient one-hand use of unique design, similar to using a videocassette camera. ... Read more

Features

  • Clear Voice sound system
  • Unidirectional microphone for lecture recording
  • 3 microphone sensitivity modes (lecture/normal/dictation)
  • Desktop microphone stand included
  • Voice-operated recording

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so great as you'd think
I thought this would be the end-all, be-all solution to my microcassette needs, which include field recordings, music ideas, dictation and lecture.It's not...I tried three models, thinking each time it was just a bad model, but each one had an enourmous amount of flutter on playback, as if everything recorded was being twanged with a whammy bar.Too large and bulky for standard dictation needs as well, you can do better for dication with a smaller one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great!!!
Bestmicro recorder I've ever had. And I've one througt a number of them with all the dictating I do in a day.
This is a well made machine, with a good mic.

4-0 out of 5 stars A little better than the average recorder
In the hunt for something to help me with my college studies, I decided to grab this particular microcassette recorder/player to tape my instructors' class lectures. So far, I've found it to be a pretty good study aid. Although the recording quality still isn't as top-notch as I'd hoped it'd be, it's still a bit better than many mid-to-lower-end recorders I've used and tried out.

The lecture setting is good if you're in a class where the instructor just gives his spiel, and doesn't field that many student questions. Unfortunately, this setting features a bit more background white noise than the other two modes, so it's best to have this device within a close proximity to the subject doing the lecturing, about seven feet or less. It's also best to have a clear line-of-sight from the microphone to the speaker, without any obstructions in the way.

I've found the meeting setting to be the best for classes where student views and participation is encouraged. It doesn't have quite as much background noise as the lecture setting, but it also doesn't quite have the recording range, either. I try to get the player about five feet away or closer from the instructor when I set it to the meeting mode.

The dictation setting's perfect for those times I've got a few thoughts and words off the top of my head regarding a product offered on Amazon I'm going to review (like this one, f'rinstance). It's an especially good thing to have when you come up with a thought or idea, and you want to record it before it disappears on you. You know, like when you walk to another room in your house to get a particular thing, but when you get there, you've forgotten the reason why you went there in the first place. This setting offers the least background noise, but unfortunately it also has the shortest recording range, which doesn't make it a very good mode for recording my class instructors' lectures. But for some reason it records my voice a bit deeper than it actually is. I listen to the playback of my spoken thoughts, and I end up sounding a little like Mister Sulu from classic Star Trek. Oh my!

PROS:
I've discovered that the playback is a bit clearer sounding if you listen to it through earphones. I would, however, recommend you listen to it through a comfy pair of headphones, rather than the earbud that's included with the machine. You can even listen to whatever you're recording through the player itself as it's taping, and you'll have some idea of what the tape will end up sounding like, background noise and all. Also, don't put the earbud too close to the mike, or you'll cause some uncomfortably high-pitched feedback!

I'm always losing the battery covers to my little electronic gadgets, so I was happy to see that the battery cover slides open, and stays attached to the player.

The foam wind guard seen in the product picture is an attachment that can be removed or added if needed or desired. I found this add-on a bit funny-looking, and I'm happy to see that it's not permanently mounted to the player.

CONS:
I'm not too hip with the cue/review (aka fast-forward/rewind) feature. Both selections are on either end of a three-way slide switch, rather than push-down buttons like the play, record, and stop/eject buttons. Also, when the tape reaches the end (or beginning), the switch doesn't automatically click off; you've got to slide it to `off' yourself.

I've also discovered that the voice-only recording feature isn't as sensitive as it should be. It doesn't need the subject to be very loud when it's activated and recording, but a fairly high decibel level is required for the VOR to re-activate and resume taping. Unfortunately, I've found this to be the case with every other minitaper that has this feature, so it's not like this particular model is a unique case.

A Con that became sort of a Pro:
I haven't found the fast-playback feature to be all that useful. It plays back my lecture recordings a bit too quickly for me to comprehend what's being said. It does have one good point, though: if you want to fast-forward or rewind your tape a little faster, click the fast-playback switch on (along with the 2.4 cm tape speed setting) and it'll get to the end or beginning a bit sooner than with the rewind/review switch by itself.

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5-0 out of 5 stars You're lucky you're not paying more!
With the LED voice meter, battery meter, removable wind filter, counter, and a bipod you usually find on machine guns, you're lucky that you're not paying more than the price listed above.I used mine to record European History notes and I had no problem understanding my teacher.The built-in speaker has a good maximum volume so you won't have to hold it to your ear.I really liked how far the microphone was kept away from the recording components-your regular recorders have the microphone right next to the motors (which can cause noise). ... Read more


15. A-321 AC ADAPTER POWER SOURCE
by Olympus

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Asin: B00006HYC8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 18802
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Product Description

A world leader in the development and application of sophisticated optical technology, Olympus has created innovative solutions for consumers, health care and industry for long-lasting past years. Olympus power accessories are excellent sources for reliable power. ... Read more


16. Sony BM-575 Portable Microcassette Dictating Machine
by Sony
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B00006IACH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 10934
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Product Description

Sony Microcassette Recorders combine sleek portability with a wide range of convenient features to make the most of your precious time and valued ideas. This one features Slide Switch Operation that makes it slide into position with one finger and change the operating mode from Dictate to Stop to Listen to Backspace. Dictate Conference Switch enables the unit to record in different situations such as for individual recording or in meetings. ... Read more

Features

  • Fast playback function reduces time needed to review recordings
  • Handy voice operated recording with mic sensitivity adjustment
  • Slide Switch Operation slides into position with one finger
  • Metal case is designed to withstand rugged use
  • Lock switch prevents accidental activation of any function

17. Sony M-657V Microcassette Voice Recorder
by Sony
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00006592R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 27005
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Includes Sony M657V Pressman Microcassette Recorder Microcassette AA Batteries x 2 External Microphone Carrying Pouch. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Just prefect!
I'm at a loss for words. I was aiming for a digital voice recorder, but after checking a few price tags and reading the reviews for this one, I decided to go analog.

These are my two cents: Amazing. I use it mainly for classroom lectures (I find that going through the parts of the lecture I was asleep through *does* help :). I sit at the very back of the classroom (room that fits about 50 people) and I don't use the external mic. I just press the record button and leave the recorder next to me. I use the so-called _low quality_ setting (slow tape) to extend the recording time on my tapes, and this recorder picks up the sound of the chalk on the board as clear as day!

Highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Level the rating
It appears that some unfavorable reviews have been pulled. They are trying to unload a bunch of these and appear to be trying to show it as a five star.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT RECORDER!
I had a digital voice recorder....now I have a Sony microcassette recorder.The Sony is 10 times better.Easy to use, wonderful sound on playback. Excellent value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great intermediate level recorder for students
I bought this recorder a couple of weeks ago for class lectures at a University.I have been extremely happy with the quality of the product...It comes with an external mic that you can clip to your shirt, or sit on a desk so you can be conspicuous in your recordings.I chose this one over digital ones because I needed to record for long periods of time, and the digital ones seemed to only do that in poor quality modes.I can pick up the Professor's voice crisply and clearly, even on the slow mode.And the VOR option only records when someone is talking...

5-0 out of 5 stars QUITE IMPRESSED!!!!
THIS ITEM HAS GREAT SOUND QUALITY.IT HAS THE BEST SOUND QUALITY OF ANY OF THE MICROCASSETTE RECORDERS, I HAVE TRIED.THIS PACKAGE OFFERS YOU THE MOST IMPORTANT OPTIONS THAT ARE NEEDED, TO OPERATE EASILY AND EFFECTIVELY.THESE RECORDERS ARE NOT FOR RECORDING MUSIC, BUT FOR RECORDING VOICE.THIS ONE DOES IT EXCEPTIONALLY WELL.I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THIS UNIT AND IF YOU PURCHASE ONE?? I AM SURE YOU WILL ALSO BE IMPRESSED!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


18. Sony M-560V Microcassette Voice Recorder
by Sony
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006592V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 24743
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Sony Microcassette Voice Recorder is voice-activated, which means it eliminates soundless passages and conserves tape. Features a record/battery indicator with voice mirror; clear voice recording system which provides greater clarity during recording and playback; 3-digit tape counter; one-touch recording; 2-speed record and playback; Sony-Matic automatic recording level control; built-in microphone and 30-hr. playback time. Operates on batteries or AC power with adapter (sold separately). 2-1/2Hx4-5/8Wx1D". ... Read more

Features

  • brand name:Sony
  • manufacturer:Sony
  • model name:M-560V
  • maximum record time:120 minutes
  • voice-activated recording:yes

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Clear Quality
I have had this for 5 years and it still works great. In a normal setting (like a room), it records very clear. I recently used it underneath a big stack of clothes to record friends for a school project and I could hear everything just fine. The only times I have had not so clear recording is outside and in my car, and it still produces good audio. Note however, that this was still with the volume at a normal level. If it is turned up all the way then the audio quality is diminished, but there is no need to have it up all the way. This was my third microcassette recorder. My previous two had broken within weeks of me using them, but not this one. Also, the battery life in this recorder is great! I don't remember the last time I had to change the batteries. Definately a good deal!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Choice
Records a loud and persistant background noise. The Voice Activated Recording on my unit did not work. It records continuously even in a very quiet room. The microphone is not strong enough to record a meeting. Realized after I opened it that it does not have an automatic reverse function. I plan to return it to Office Depot.

1-0 out of 5 stars Noise recorder
Records mostly noise of the motor. Poor sensitivity and poor recording quality. My 5 years old (and stolen...) Sony recorder
was perfect. This one is useless.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for the money
I've had mine for three or four years now. I've used it for taking notes as well as recording meetings, and it's good at both. It's small enough that it doesn't draw attention to itself.

Now, it's not a supersensitive spy recorder; you're not going to record a quiet coversation across the room. But that's not what it was meant for. It's best for recoding voices within 6-10 feet, although in a pinch it will record (somewhat noisily) from twice that distance. Add an external microphone and you can increase that range. Add an inexpensive telephone pickup and you can record your incoming phone calls, too. Use the VOR function and you can record them automatically.

Microcassette recorders are somewhat a dying breed, as digital recorders and flash memory cards plummet in price. But it'll still be a while before you can get a digital voice recorder that can record 90 minutes as cheaply as you can with a microcassette recorder.

2-0 out of 5 stars Noise recorder
This model records noise instead of voice. I just returned it to Circuit City. ... Read more


19. Sony TCM-220DV Standard Cassette Voice Recorder
by Sony
list price: $54.95
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Asin: B0001GBK0C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 44079
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Product Description

Includes Sony TCM-220DV Standard Cassette Voice Recorder.External Microphone.Protective Pouch.Cassette Tape.Batteries. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in mic and speaker makes for easy recording and playback
  • Advanced voice operated recording (VOR) saves valuable recording time
  • Clear Voice function improves recording quality by enhancing voice sounds
  • Runs on two AA batteries

20. GE 35364 Mini Cassette Recorder (Silver)
by General Electric
list price: $29.99
our price: $18.04
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Asin: B00005B62U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 15312
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Do you have a great idea you don't want to forget? Or do you simply want to "jot" down some audio notes for an upcoming project? Then look no further than the GE 35364 Mini Cassette Recorder. This recorder features a compact, slim design and is a perfect choice for your electronic notebook. The 35364 features quick, handheld push-button operation for both recording and playback. Plus, with Automatic Voice-Activated Recording (AVR), the device will sense sound and start/stop recording automatically, so you'll never waste valuable tape on dead air.

The five-button design features record, play, rewind, fast-forward, and stop/eject functions and the device is built with an automatic, end-of-tape shutoff feature. The built-in microphone helps assure optimum recording quality and battery operation (two AA batteries) means convenient taping even when you're away from home or office. ... Read more

Features

  • Features a built-in microphone for recording quality
  • Measures 3.5 x 1.1 x 4.6 inches (W x D x H)
  • Compact, slim handheld design
  • Five buttons for fast, easy operation
  • Built with an automatic, end-of-tape shutoff feature

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars GE 35364 mini cassette recorder
Please never ever buy this one...A lot of background noice, you can barely hear the voice you wanted to record.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste your money
I bought this tape recorder and was very disapppointed. The sound quality is just horrible. Don't buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Performance for the Money
I just recently bought my second one of these. I've been very happy with the performance of the 3-5364B Cassette Recorder.

What I like about the recorder is that it takes full-sized cassettes that can be played in your car cassette player. This is good if you're weird like me and read to yourself and want to hear your own homemade audiobook in the car while you're driving. I also use it to tape my phone messages before I erase them, because I may like the sound of their voice, and because maybe future kids will want to know what their grandmother sounded like. I also liked the fact that it fit so well in my hand.

It has a headphone jack, so that if you wanted to listen to an audio book and had a PROPER AC adapter (3V) you could go to bed with your favorite book. Don't expect Dolby noise reduction and stereo sound with this guy. It's very basic.

My first one was VERY good on batteries. I had it over a year, and I hadn't changed the batteries since I bought it. I used Duracell Alkaline AAs. These same batteries are now in my new one and doing fine.

The variable speed playback seems a useless feature since it does have a fast forward button which works better. The mic has two sensitivities low and high...it's got a pause, which I suppose works better than the STOP button. Again, my uses for the recorder are fairly straight forward so I rarely use these features.

There is one design flaw, in my opinion. When you load the tape, realize that the side that you can see through the window is the side you are playing. Looking at the device that way the buttons are below the window facing you. You're fine if you go strictly by the symbols on the buttons for rewind, play, fast forward, etc. However, you quickly notice that if you use it that way, the lettering that goes with the buttons is upside-down! This could be disastrous if you didn't realize this and flipped the recorder over, rewinding instead of forwarding! They really need to fix this if they make a new model.

I mentioned that this is the second one I've bought...I'll explain what happened to the first one.

The first one died by accident...I fried it using the AC adapter to my desktop paper shredder. Potential buyers should know this little recorder doesn't come with its own AC adapter. In and of itself, that wasn't a big deal to me, since I used mine for over a year without ever needing one. It's just this ONE TIME I wanted to not drain the batteries by going to bed with a new relaxation tape a friend sent me, and I thought I could use one the myriad adapters from portable CD players I have lying around to fit it, but the shape of the adapter fittings on all of them were just different enough to not work. Except one. The one to my shredder WAS the right shape, but, alas, wrong voltage! OOPS! Lesson learned: make sure the adapter is set for 3 volts and not higher! Not knowing whether I could revive the old one, I just bought another one since it was my fault it was no longer working.

But, all in all, I liked the device enough to buy another one, so there you go. It might also be noted that both recorders cost about a twenty percent less than what they're selling it for at Amazon.com. I hope this is helpful. ... Read more


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