Summary: Recommended to me by a field recording specialist. Sounds great, and is easy to navigate. Good memory options and battery life, as well. You'll want a tripod for it, as the handling noise is rather prominent when hand-held.
Summary: It's a great recorder, audio quality is amazing. The only thing people need to know before buying is that it needs a fast SD card, when I bought it I decided to buy it alongside th e sd card that amazon recommends but after a few recordings I noticed that they were stopping every 15 secs or so for a short period of time. I now bought a class 10 16GB SD card and have no problems.
Summary: I conduct interviews all over the world in various locations. This recorder has meet my needs perfectly. The sound quality is excellent and it is very easy to use. I do wish it had its own rechargeable battery, but quality batteries last a while before needing changed. Great recorder!
Summary: When I started shopping for digital recorders I really didn't know what I was looking for. I'm not a journalist so I wouldn't be doing a lot of transcription or interviews but I did want a recorder that would play voice back clearly so that I could use it to learn Korean. I am an amateaur musician but I still wanted a sound quality that wasn't sub-par.
Excellent field recorder: great sound quality for price and portability
7 May 2010
Summary: I've had the ls-10 for about 9 months and have used it a few times on field recording trips (internal mics) and a several times recording in doors (internal mics and homemade electret mics). The recording sound quality is much better than my minidisc recorder (all consumer level no pro) and the internal mics are much cleaner than any of my homemade electret mics (radio shack) (used with either plug-in power or homemade low-end component 9v mic preamp).
Summary: I was pleasantly surprised with the Olympus LS-10 recorder. First, the look and feel of the device is wonderful. The buttons are well labeled and it's incredibly sturdy, yet small enough to fit in a pocket. Setting up for a recording is very easy. Once you set your mic levels just be sure to hit the record button again. I recorded a 25 person meeting in a 12 X 20 room and it worked extremely well.
Summary: I have owned my LS10 for about a year now and have determined the following performance specs: I have tested it recording white noise from a CD I created using WavePad master edition. Generally, I have just been testing what the frequency range is (not how flat it is). My best results were recording in 96khz 24-bit mode. I was able to see it go from 20hz to 22khz using the WavePad frequency analysis tool.
Summary: I am in a Masters program, so I wanted to add this review for people looking primarily to record lectures, as opposed to music recordings. People in an undergrad or graduate program that need to clean up hand-written or typed notes should give the LS-10 consideration over the WS 500. It costs $100 and change more, but if you have to attend several lectures on a daily basis like I do, it is well worth the extra money.