Summary: I just went to radio shack to pick up the 3/32 adapter to fit the headphone jacks i use with my s713. A little bulky but didn't want to buy a separate jack for the cassette recorder itself. Love this cassette recorder.
Summary: This little recorder would work well for a lot of purposes, but I needed it for a situation where I couldn't just lay it out in front of the speaker -- nothing clandestine! Just too distracting! Anyway, it was difficult to get a good clear recording in these circumstances. I can't imagine trying to use it to record a lecture, for example, unless you have permission to set it on the lectern and the speaker never wanders off!
Summary: I bought this unit for taking notes that would be transcribed later, replacing an ancient branded Radio Shack microcassette recorder that has problems with Cue/Review functions but works fine otherwise. After I received the "Pearlcorder," I installed fresh Duracell batteries and tried it out. I found the it recorded easily but the playback was faster than the recording making the speech rapid and higher pitched.
Summary: I've had an Olympus Pearlcorder S713 for several years now. It has many features hard to find on new recorders. It has red LED to signal recording, a 3-digit tape counter, jacks for external headphone and microphone, auto stops at end of tape. Also has dual recording speeds and voice activated recording. I don't notice any tape noise while using internal microphone. The only caveat is that it's a microcassette.
Summary: I am a writer and I decided to get a new micro recorder for work. I prefer tapes to digital so I went with the Olympus pearlcorder. I used the product, everything recorded fine and clear. However, my headphones don't fit in the headphone jack! I've tried four sets to include my Ipod headphones and nothing fits! I'm not sure what, if any, size headphones would fit, but I am EXTREMELY disappointed in this product.
Summary: The tape recorder did a poor job with picking up sound. The sound on the microcassette recorder was muffled and didn't do a good job picking sounds in a classroom, especially if the speaker is using a microphone.