Summary: It's worth the money if you are using this for work or other things where the sound quality matters. We use these on a daily basis and they hold up terrifically. No complaints at all and worth the extra $ if you need good recording and sound quality.
Summary: This Olympus voice recorder does not have audible tones to cue you when you have pressed pause or record. I often have to redictate information because the recorder was on pause. I did rely on the audible beeps to help me on my old recorder so I got used to that. This one states that is has an audible tone, but it does not. I even called Olympus to see if maybe mine was defective but they said that this model does not offer that feature.
Summary: I purchased this voice recorder and the associated transcription module because I was unable to find a tape system for my cardiology practice that had acceptable fidelity for playback. Initially, the recorder worked well. The transcriptionist in my office was very pleased and could understand every word.
Summary: Looks and feels like the old school tape recorder, operates with easy with the very nice display. major negative, it will ONLY record in the ds2 format, so be prepared to change the rest of your equipment with this unit.
Summary: I have used a microcassette recorder, as well as an older version Olympus digital recorder, for my dictation and transcription needs for our periodontal practice over the last 8 years or so. We were "forced" to move forward with technology for various reasons (transcription machine malfunctioning, poor sound quality, new microcassette machines no longer being made).
Summary: discovered after buying this that olympus fouled the program so that the 2400 recordings could not be sent over the net to a transcription service. only the person handling the recorder can hear, not from the memory card. apparently they made a patch which which was not available to me. My transcription service had a program from the prior model which this replaced which worked after 3 hours time for 2 employees .
Summary: This is a very dependable machine except for the one thing. I believe that putting an erase button on the very front of the machine right below other buttons with no safty lock is a serious error. I work for a medical university and I cannot tell you how many doctors have mistakenly erased transcription. The way the recorder is designed to be held puts your thumb right over the erase button.