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Olympus-dm-20.33505770
6.9 out of 10

Olympus DM-20

Great Deal: $595.00

Reviews and Problems with Olympus DM-20

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Overall 2
2.0

Awful for voice recording

Nina, Amazon
2 January 2008
  • Summary: My recorder keeps going mysteriously into a mode where it stops recording if the person stops talking (assuming you are recording voice), which is supposed to conserve your storage space. But what happens is that the recorder cuts off the person prematurely, making the recording virtually USELESS. This is a disastrous problem. Also, the interface is not at all intuitive.
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Overall 4
4.0

Device Permanantly Reverts to Japanese Language

Jeffrey Korhan "Author of Built-In Social: Es..., Amazon
21 March 2007
  • Summary: If you are considering this device, be aware that it will revert from English language to Japanese if it sits around without being used for a few months. Olympus is aware of this peculiar behavior but charges you to fix it. Having owned the device for several years, I finally got around to sending it in to take care of this. Unfortunately, there is a charge of $95 to give it a 'hard boot' - according to the technician.
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Overall 10
10

We are very happy with our purchase of the Olympus Digital Recorder DM-20.

SusanSexEducator of "Every Woman's Orgasm..., Amazon
20 March 2007
  • Summary: We are very happy with our purchase of the Olympus Digital Recorder DM-20. Tiny, hand-held recorder, that you can record for hours on and don't have to change the tape every 45 minutes. It is user-friendly, so you don't have to be a technical wizard to have a great recording and then easily download it to your computer. The software could be more user-friendly, because it has its' own folder system that doesn't work to good with the Windows folder system on my computer.
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Overall 10
10

Good for lectures

Emmalena Gregory-Bryson, Amazon
17 February 2007
  • Summary: Excellent unit for large lecture halls with 100+ people. It works great with my Mac and I've downloaded the audio files with no problem. It does eat through batteries quite rapidly. I have it set at the highest quality for some of my lecturers who tend to mumble. It picks up the lecture voices very well, but I can only get about 16-18 hours of recording from it. Nonetheless, I think it was a worthwhile purchase.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent for Linguistic Fieldwork

Jimmy NOLA, Amazon
15 January 2007
  • Summary: I've been using my Olympus DM-20 for two months and am completely satisfied with its design and operation. I do linguistic fieldwork in rural areas, and have never been satisfied with cassette recorders. I wanted to switch to an all-digital recorder, but usually felt those recorders weren't up to the task, due to limitations of memory or of supported file formats. The DM-20 meets all of my needs.
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Overall 10
10

This dm-20 does wonders

gci_sj, Amazon
15 January 2007
  • Summary: I just recently bought the dm-20 and absolutely love it!!! I use it for lectures and the sound comes out crisp and clear on sp mode. I like it even more because I can index all of the portions of the lecture that i want to go back to. The dm-20 body design is very sturdy and convenient for its size. You can even reduce background noise so that it is easier to hear the professor talking.
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Overall 10
10

Quite nice

A. V. Niles, Amazon
15 January 2007
  • Summary: I've been using this recorder for about a month, buying it after reading a few reviews about its great sound quality. At first when I recorded my voice and then played it back in what I thought was HQ, I was somewhat dissapointed since it sounded okay, but not anything special. Then I realized it wasn't set at HQ, but at SP. So I tried again on HQ and was blown away. It didn't even sound like a recording, it sounded crystal clear and lifelike.
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Overall 10
10

Thanks Olympus!

dodd9702, Amazon
15 January 2007
  • Summary: I really love my little Olympus DM-20 Digital Voice Recorder. The price can cause one to take a step back, but it really is worth it. I am a qualitative researcher in sociology and it sucks to have completed an interview and then to play back the recording and find out you can't understand a word that was said. I am impressed with the quality of sound provided by the DM-20.
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Overall 6
6.0

Consider the WS-300M, WS-310M, WS-320M, or DS-2

Kevin Smith, Amazon
15 January 2007
  • Summary: I just purchased a DM-20 for around $200... and that might have been a mistake. If only I had done my research by looking at Olympus's own web site more closely rather than spending all my time on user reviews. The specs are all there on Olympus America's site! Battery life, sound quality (in terms of frequency response, bitrates, and sampling rates), how much memory they have, and whether they record in WMA or DSS format. Who would have thought.
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Overall 8
8.0

very nice

D. Helix "biotechie", Amazon
15 January 2007
  • Summary: I recently ordered olympus digital voice recorder DM20 from amazon.com. 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.
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