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 started with an Olympus DM-10 DVR, using it daily for recording college course lectures that I converted to CDs I could listen to on my daily drive. The DM-10 model was very adequate for my needs, and I especially appreciated the voice-activated feature, which cut my actual recording time (and thus playback time) in half. I loved this model, although I occasionally had to be sure to download and clear the memory due to space limitations.
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. There are other recorders which can give better sound quality -- but the simplicity of use, and reliablity are what makes me use it for these purposes. I use recharable batteries with it as well.
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: No more buying, finding, or losing tapes for college classes. This awesome digital recorder w/ music player is very good. It comes with the software and usb cord to upload and save your college lectures on your computer. You can claim this for tax deduction as an educational expense. I used this digital recorder for my history class and it blocks out noise. Supreme sound from this small but powerful tool for college students.
Summary: I spent a great deal of time reviewing similar products. This product exceeded my expectations. It is used for security and the sound is excellent. The battery life and storage capacity are a more than enough. The docking station is perfect. It does not even require software. Put the batteries in, set the date & time, and I was rolling. I highly recommend this product.
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? Try that with a tape recording. I usually sit in the front row of class and place my recorder on the professor's desk.