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: Very good clarity of audio recordings. I have used a Sony ICD-SX25 previously and the Olympus DS-2 is much more user friendly with a wide variety of good sounding compression rates. I regularly email audio files back to the office and thus a small file size is crucial. We bought 5 more for the office and everyone loves them. The PC software is a little bit weak though, so I gave it 4 stars.
Olympus DS-2 perfect stereo mic. WS-320M Ok mic and more memory
Pedro Pereira "Filho", Amazon
2 November 2006
Summary: I own Olympus DS-2 and WS-320M digital voice recorders. I think that DS-2 is much better built, but it only has 64MB of memory which is a pity. Don't get me wrong WS-320M is still an excellent option if you consider it as a whole. The built-in mic is worse but you will still be able to make great recordings. I've done an extensive research before I bough my digital voice recorders and so far (2006) Olympus is the best choice in the $100 ~ $300 price range.
Summary: Actually, the DSS Player software that comes with this recorder does work on the new Intel Macs to transfer software from the recorder to the computer via a USB connector using the "Import File" command on the file menu. It translates to a wma file automatically, but won't do the translation to mp3 on any Mac as far as I can tell. I too have discovered EasyWMA, which works fine to do the wma to mp3 translation. There's also an application called Switch that works, too.
Summary: The software that comes with the DS-2 (DSS Player) does not work on Intel Macs. They're working on a patch, but it's not expected to be out for a few months (it's late Sept 2006 now). I've found a way around this problem, which works beautifully, but requires purchasing extra software. EasyWMA (availible at [...]/) for $[...] is very simple to use and does exactly what you want. It will convert your files to mp3, wav, or m4a so you can listen to them on your Mac.
Summary: The other reviewers covered it pretty well - this is a great little unit, and it works pretty much as advertised. A cheap external microphone helps the sound quality considerably, and eliminates the handling noise (which can be severe). The software that comes with this device is absolutely essential.