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: 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.
Howard P "Writer of Songs, Musician, Photogra..., Amazon
24 October 2006
Summary: I am a performing musician and songwriter. I needed a small device I can take anywhere to record ideas (e.g. song titles, lyric phrases etc.) as well as to use as a scratchpad to capture live music concepts (voice, guitar, piano, keyboards). I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars for a portable recording studio, as I have a complete Mac based home recording studio. The Olympus DS-2 far exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it.
Summary: And you don't even have to use the highest setting (Stereo HQ) This recorder replaced my Olympus VN-3600 which fell down the sewer. So I had to replace it. This time with a unit that has a USB port. BIG DIFFERENCE I use it to record my church choir researsals. Now from a sanctuary where the reverb and wide hall effect can be very difficlut to descern, this unit porforms very well. I don't understand what people are saying about not being able to rewind, sure you can.
Summary: I am very happy I purchased this product! I bought this digital recorder for work to help me take notes for meetings I have to attend. The sound quality is excellent; it is compact and lightweight (slips easily into your shirt pocket or small bag); download to the PC is quick and easy; and most important (to me at least) the price is unbeatable! This product came with a cover, a docking station, earphones, and batteries. Amazon was quick in shipping the item ...
Summary: I bought it because it's Mac compatible, but I didn't know how darned good it would be. I use it on its highest quality setting, and it picks up everything I want it to, i.e. it makes excellent recordings of all the speeches in a big noisy room, but you don't hear too much of the air conditioner. I find it's also very easy on batteries.