Summary: I would like to see Olympus come out with a DM-30 or -40 or -50 with higher-capacity onboard memory. This is a great recorder for my particular use, and that's about the only change recommendation I would make to it.
Pros: This is a good recorder for recording in large rooms with an external mike. I use it to record in courtrooms where oftentimes speakers are 20 or 30 feet or more apart. With an external battery-powered mike like a Soundgrabber, I can pick up even the softest speakers. I also like the fact that thi...
Cons: About the only con I have is the capacity. As I said, I use it in courtrooms where there is often lengthy sessions of speech (testimony) and I only use the highest quality setting, which allows for a little over eight hours of recording. I don't particularly care for the DSS setting even though I...
Summary: Very satisfied with my Olympus Digital Camera equipment. And I have purchased several ( all Olympus ) over the years. My use is primarily professional. Therefore didn't mind paying over $200. for a digital voice recorder. However, this DM-20 disappointed me on all levels. Enough said.
Summary: I have used this recorder for recording meetings of a voluntary organization (in order to distrubute CD's to people who wanted to be there and couldn't make it), and to record voice lessons and coaching. It is easy to use, and gives reasonably good sound quality.
Summary: If you're a student and you don't use a DM-20, your missing out. This recorder can record, non-stop, right through those 4 hour summer classes in HQ. You can archive lectures to your pc, burn them to cd or upload to an ipod. How about using the software to edit out the dead spaces on the recording?
Low Battery could make the screen go from English to Chinese (or Japanese) mode.
Recorder User, Amazon
15 January 2007
Summary: When batteries go low or the device isn't used for a long time and batteries are replaced, it can suddenly give you a menu in Chinese or Japanese instead of English. I had to call Olympus customer support to fix. Fix is below: 1) Take off hold and put in voice mode.
Summary: I have been using this lil device for 3 months now, I'm in many different types of classrooms including Labs(with noisy refrigs...) This recorder works very well, I am very happy with this purchase and recommend it to anyone. Recording quality is clear and it has a good reach for picking up voices.