Summary: This is an older model digital recorder, but has lots of features. Records in stereo or mono, has timer. You can set smount of forward and reverse skip, so that it jumps back to just where you want it.Play back speed can be varied without pitch distortion. Excellent, all purpose recorder. Only negative is somewhat short recording time when recording in highest quality stereo.
Summary: Nice little recorder. I bought this one because it works with Mac. Software on the Mac is easy to use. My only complaint about the recorder is that the playback sound is not very good. After listening to it for 30 minutes it started to bother my ears. But if you import the recording to the Mac and listen to it from the Mac, it is fine. If you are a Mac user and you want to import your recordings to your computer, I would recommend this recorder.
Summary: The DS-2 is very handy for my project (oral histories); the recorder itself works smoothly (five stars). The instruction book does need upgrading; for example it does not tell you how to turn the machine off (do it with the hold switch). It gives only marginal information about the various modes of recording and no suggestions about when one might want to use each of the modes.
Summary: I searched long and hard to find the best digital voice recorder possible. My goals were simple: record conference calls and the ever more important meetings but without anyone seeing or noticing the recorder - I'm hard of hearing and use this to go back to fill in my notes. First the microphone quality is astounding.
Summary: This recorder is great! I am using it to record sermons and then transferring them to our church's website. The quality is great. Got a cheap ($25) lapel mike to plug into the recorder from Radio Shack, and the sound quality is great. I transfer the files to a Mac and while this is not the easiest interface/software package to use to do this, it does just fine. Will export the WMA to an AIFF format.
Summary: I use this for recording voice dictation for medical reports. It works with my mac but here are a few things I wish I knew earlier. Read those other reviews for technical details. This isn't just like tape--you cannot back up and listen or record over. Every time you hit stop, the "file" that you started is done, and if you start a new file, you will not be able to connect it to another file without buying the upgraded software key ( which wasn't that expensive, but...
Summary: I read lots of reviews and finally bought a DS-2 for mobile sound recording. Man am I impressed. The sound quality is amazing for such a small and inexpensive product. No need for me to repeat all the features everyone else has mentioned. I will mention the following: 1) I sometimes use the DS-2 to record voices or interviews in mono. I simply used a decent mono-microphone plugged into the microphone jack, along with a wind filter (foam).
Summary: I have had this recorder for about 2 months now. I use it to record my lecture hall class and it has worked very well for me. I record it at the highest quality so the file size is about 30 MB for an hour lecture. It can only record about 2 hours at the highest quality but that works for me since I download it as soon as I get home and erase for the next class. It records a WMV file but I can convert it to MP3 and play it on my IPod as I walk around campus.