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: sure it's not the smallest recorder, (it's about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide and under 1/2 inch thick...) but this recorder records far!!!!!!!! I sit in the back of the class and I am still able to record everysingle world. Just don't rub it against your bag or it will record that too. It has great volume control and noise adjustment. Easy to use, i didn't even read the manual and it also comes with a short easy to use guide.
Summary: I'm really happy with this digi-recorder. I was looking for something with excellent sound quality, that would work with my macbook, and had the capabiltity to work with a phone recorder so I could do telephone interviews. I bought another Olympus product (for 20 bucks) with a little plug for your ear on one end and plugs into the DS-2 on one side and with I get excellent telephone recordings.
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: This recorder works so well for all of my recording needs, and is definitely worth the money. I bought it for interviews for my thesis and it records incredibly well, even from inside a pocket. It also records my small jam sessions very well. It's a good size and shape, and the software works seamlessly with my Macintosh computer. My only complaint is that it doesn't withstand the pressure of a sport utility vehicle when rolled over.
Excerpt: This easy to use recorder provides great audio quality. I've only ever used it with an external microphone though, so I'm not sure if it would be adequate on its own. But with the mike, I can record interviews at high enough quality to play on the local radio news. Most common functions are obvious without needing the manual. It's light and small enough to fit in my pocket. It holds hours of recordings, even at high quality. The audio level indicator is extremely useful.
Pros: 1. Quality of sound 2. Size 3. Convenience
Cons: 1.Windows audio format is a nuisance. 2. Requires their software.