Olympus DM-1 Voice and MP3 Recorder with WOW! Technology
M. A. Mendez-chacon, Amazon
7 December 2013
Summary: Unable to use it, recording after 2-3 minutes is dead. I regret buying this "piece of toy". Expected tu use it for recording conferences and traveling experience...but did not success. Olympus manufacturer unable to help me.....$200.00 wasted..
Best choice for personal recording/dictation - with pro quality software
3 February 2012
Summary: They don't make 'em like this anymore - literally! Bought this product because I had owned one which I lost, and I realized that I couldn't live without one! This handy digital voice/music recorder combines the best of both worlds, music recording with good fidelity, and awesome voice compression with software tools that make this the recorder of choice for conferences, interviews, and even stealth taping (but there's no tape, just a removable memory card).
A good voice recorder, but an AWESOME MP3 PLAYER!!!
Brandon W. Ericksen, Amazon
28 September 2008
Summary: I bought one of these for 100$ on ebay, primarily for use recording song ideas as they came up so they didn't get lost, I also use it as an impromptu mp3 player, The customizable equalizer makes this an AWESOME MP3 player. Once properly set, it sounds better than my Ipod! the voice recorder is ok, could be a little more intuitive, perhaps allowing one to name files with the player would be nice. OVERALL An awesome Voice recorder/Mp3 player.
Summary: This little tool was an absolute Godsend when I was going to Respiratory Therapist school. As someone pointed out, if you want music features, get a Rio or Ipod. When the settings are correct (there are 3), recorded lectures are loud and clear. I sprung for a 512K card. 22 hours recording on the highest quality setting. Most of my recordings were done in an auditorium. When I listen to the recordings, its exactly the way I heard them (echoes and all but crystal clear).
Summary: I use this DM-1 every day to record meetings at a conference table. It picks up great, is reliable, easy to use. And with no mic. Do not use the mic! It is better without the mic. All the hooey about files and blah blah that people made complaints about, who cares! Just record your day's worth of proceedings, transfer it to your PC, back it up somewhere, and the next time you use the recorder, then delete the audio.
Summary: Long battery life, good storage, easy to use, usb connectivity works great on Apple Macintosh computers, only down side is you have to download playback software at Olympus website. this should be shipped on CD. there is no excuse for that omission as this software is over a year old when i bought recorder. there also seems to be no way to easily convert their audio format into the more common mp3 format. The price is a bit much too.
Summary: I have used DM-1 to recorde lectures, and I am truly impressed by the quality of this unit. The microphone can pick up clear audio even when I sit several rows away from the instructor. The 64MB card can hold more than 10 hours of lectures. The unit accepts Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. So I keep two sets handy, and I never run out of batteries. When I come home, I can easily download the lectures to my PC via USB cable, and it sounds excellent on my computer.
Summary: Please read the other 2 star reviews before buying! I didn't and... I wish I could have my money back. The product is just average. Hardly deserving the Olympus brand. As a recorder it... records! No editing, no inserting, if you want to see the date/hour data you have to go to the begining of the recording and be fast as the info will vanish in a split second. Also, if you rewind when listening at low volume, the volume will decrease!
Summary: I would have given it five stars but they dissed Apple by not providing MP3 compatibility. There is an MP3 driver that get's installed by the PC only, Music Match. I've done a lot of searching for freeware to come up with a fix for this. You can use Kilometre. I have a packet with directions for download but the review guidelines prevent me from posting a url for downloading. If you know of a really popular posting forum where I could put this, let me know.
Sometimes the whole is NOT greater than its parts.
Marc Ruby™ "The Noh Hare™", Amazon
15 May 2003
Summary: Based on the marketing, the Olympus DM-1 Digital voice recorder should be a nearly perfect tool. Combining as much as 44 hours of recording capacity (if you expand the memory to 128M) with quality MP3 playback is an attractive combination. Especially for someone like me who has a borderline need for a DVR, but who is attracted by having music playback capability.