Summary: Save yourself some headache, this thing is very stubborn and unintuitive. It will not work on a Mac and it barely works on a PC. Try finding something that when you plug it into a computer it shows up like a regular drive instead of using some asinine proprietary garbage. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS.
Summary: I owned a sony minidisk player that later got stolen. I was so impressed by its recording quality of sound and the editing features it had that I became a sony fan just because of that minidisk player. So when I decided to buy a portable digital voice recorder, I picked this one out and was ever confident that sony's recording quality would be excellent like that of the minidisk player. But I was so much disappointed that I felt like throwing it against the wall.
Summary: I bought this puppy when it was first available through Sony in September of 2006 for the sole intention of recording all my thoughts while on a 7,000 mile bicycle ride around the country. I made an armband holder for it and away I went. The voice recorder held up beautifully against five months of weather and extensive use every single day. I was able to record and ride at the same time without significant wind being recorded.
Summary: It's a great bargain; I use it for its voice recording feature, at which it far surpasses any other brand. Every other mp3 voice recorder I've gotten records in a compressed wav format which is totally unreliable and I've lost messages that are unrecoverable, at random times. This records on its proprietary format, which produces wonderfully small files - which can easily be converted to any other format in the world with one click on your PC if you get a 3rd-party...
Summary: Sony has a schizophrenic approach to their products. Because they are a huge conglomerate that owns a lot of copyrighted material (movies, music, etc.), they are paranoid about you converting any of it to something that might be useful to you in a format that is not a proprietary Sony format. This is the company that put hacker software on their CD's to try and prevent people from ripping Sony CD's.
Summary: I bought this recorder to do one-on-one interviews. I can't listen to the recordings on the actual player though, I have to transfer them to the computer and play them with an audio player- the volume of the recordings is too quiet on the recorder itself. The quality of the recordings is fine once you get them transfered.
Summary: I got this device for voice recording, specifically notes to myself.The device records well even at 2-3 feet way. The playback volume is pitiful, however, even at the highest setting. Calling support was no help as they just directed me to do what I had already done and then told me it was recommended that one should always listen to the recording through the headphones.
Good Hardware, really bad support on sound format conversion
zcp "pcp", Amazon
12 December 2006
Summary: I bought it mainly for speech (not music) recording. It is a pretty good recording device. However, you can only listen to the recordings using the recorder or play back on PC using the software plugins for Windows media player. The plugins comes with the player on a CD and I had no problem installing it. The recoding is in a proprietary SONY format called "dvf" or "digital voice file".