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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.