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: 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 Olympus VN-960PC (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: We like the recorder, it is so small we can easily talk our teachers into slipping it into their pocket with the external mic clipped on the lapel. Turning the mic sensitivity DOWN is the key to good sound. all these hissing posts they have it set on conference this is bad. dictation is best no hiss.
Summary: I share all of Adlevision's concerns about the Olympus WS-320. I bought it assuming it must be a sensational improvement over the Olympus DM series, only to discover that it is inferior! Yes, it is awesome that it can record for 35 hours in high quality stereo instead of 2.25 (so you can store an entire project on it), doubles as an MP3 player and pulls apart to plug directly into the USB port without an extension.
Summary: There are more informative reviews written about this product, so I won't belabor the issue. I think this product is the same as its 256mb and 512 mb counterparts, except for the memory size and the color. I got this product because I wanted a voice recorder with MP3 player function, not the other way around, as the mic/recording quality on those MP3 players with voice recording function were considered to be mediocre.
Summary: When it comes to buying a digital voice recorder, I like to try each one out and pick the best one. My primary use is for recording lectures. I initially purchased several Digital Voice Recorders. (3 from Olympus, 1 from Sony). Olympus wins hands down. (Tell Radioshack and CompUSA I'm sorry for returning... Purchasing for keeps Amazon has best price) 1. Background: When I first purchased the DS-2 the sound quality was better than the WS-100 and Sony's $150 DVM also.