Summary: This little guy is SMALL, especially if you remove the detachable stereo mic on the top (has a perfectly fine mono one built in). I used it to record lectures at school and meetings at work and it has worked just fine for both. The sound quality FAR exceeds anything you need for simple voice recording, but I would not recommend it for the serious recording of music or other dynamic sounds (bought an olympus LS-11 for that).
Summary: First of all, I should note this is a great product especially for those with a visual impairment. My spouse has used this daily for several years. Pro's - Five file folders for quick access to the most frequently used data sources. Easy navigation with both tactile and lcd screen - plus...and this is a biggie, all functions have speech mode making it perfect for low vision or blind users. Great sound quality for clear recording.
Summary: This replaces my 1968 Olympus recorder and over 500 microtapes. I just attended a large group meeting, with several people talking at once for over 5 hours. Recording at about 25 feet I recorded all these different voices and all were audible and clear.
Pros: Durable, Easy Controls, Good Sound, Lightweight, Long Battery Life, Nice dark steel blue, Powerful
Olympus DS-50 Digital Recorder - THE best of its kind
24 February 2009
Summary: I am a court reporter and record all types of proceedings. The Olympus DS-50 is a REMARKABLE digital recorder. I had borrowed one from a fellow reporter just to "try it out". Was SO impressed that I had to have my own. Of course eBay was the best place to get one. This little recorder has great range, super clear playback and holds many files. You can just carry it in your pocket!
Summary: I need to record many conversation, my ownes, and others (discretly if you know what i mean), some are crowded and some just clean conversations. I have 2 Denpa recorders, 2 Sony ICD-SX68, 1 Olympus WS-321M, And I just got this beauty DS-40. It has all the features you'll ever need on a personal or spy recorder!!