OLYMPUS WS-320M Digital Voice Recorder - Piano Black
12 November 2008
Summary: Compact, versatile and enough capacity to hold 35 hours of recording in the highest quality mode. The main reason I bought this particular unit was because it has a built-in USB port which makes transfering my recording to the computer a snap. This unit sells new for $299 but you can pick it up for $199 or less on ebay and even less if you can buy a preowned unit.
Summary: I needed a recorder to grab lectures during school and after searching through many audio recorders i came across this little beauty. i have a mac so i wanted something that was mac compatible and this thing works amazingly. I also have flip for mac (freeware) which allows me to play the wma files straight though quicktime. so if you are using a mac i would download that because it makes things that much easier. otherwise you can convert them in iTunes.
Good audio quality, file format annoyances, micro size has pros and cons
5 July 2007
Summary: Pros--Size, Sound quality, Handy USB design, Cons--Size, Limited file type support, Battery life I've used this product over a year, primarily to record group conversations, persona memos, meetings, and conference calls. On the whole, it is very useful, but it has a few quirks and weak points. The WMA format is a minor inconvenience.
Wonderful product, BUT--Amazon reviewers deserve the most praise!
Nighthawk "Nighthawk", Amazon
2 June 2007
Summary: I love my new Olympus WS-320M,1 GB Digital Voice Recorder and Music Player, and all the optional accessories I purchased with it. (I bought most all of those offered here and at Olympus' home page, spending some $218 total). 01. everything works as advertised. 02. the product is stylish and well constructed (though a bit expensive, especially the accessories). 03.
Summary: Amazing quality of recording. Flexibility of quality and duration but at best mode, 35+ hours is awesome. I used to use a Panasonic but that required dedicated sofware and limited memory for limited recording time. Overall, very impressed. I bought the proper case as well.
Summary: I think it is a bit expensive for what it is - a quality voice recorder. But it doubles nicely as an mp3 player, which is fantastic. However, the interface for music is pretty bleak, it is obviously a voice recorder first. I like the fact that the voice recording is in stereo; although, I am not sure why that is useful - if you are looking to do good stereo recording, I would purchase the exterior mic to go with it.
Summary: I use the voice recorder to record and analyze the lectures for the classes I am attending. This particular model I've purchased as a replacement for (thanks to a colleague's recommendation). What a world of difference! The quality of the recording is just amazing - despite the fact that the lecturer was situated some 15 meters from me and that his voice was not particularly loud.
Summary: I'll begin by saying this recorder is rapidly becoming an invaluable tool for me. I have owned several of digital voice recorders and they have all found their way into the bottom of my junk drawer. The Olympus recorder is the first recorder which I have personally owned which has fine enough fidelity to make it useful. I am using the highest quality, stereo recording since 35 hours is more than ample, overkill really.
Summary: As a non-technologically savvy person, I was pleasantly surprised to find this product extremely easy to use! I primarily use this item for recording lectures - others' and my own, in a college setting. The wave files are very easy to transfer to my desktop computer and later burn on CDs. I do find that the batteries seem to wear out faster than advertised so be sure to carry extras if you attend a multi-day conference!
Summary: I sing in a chorus and several of the guys bought one of these mp3 recorders ahead of me. It is very light, very compact, and conveneint to carry. It works well enough on a lanyard, though there is some rushing noise picked up as the device moves across clothing. The sound is more than acceptable for a novice singer who wants to record himself and others, then listen later with a critical ear.