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.
A great music player / digital voice recorder combo
Robert Jung "GadgGuy", Amazon
11 December 2006
Summary: My DVR (digital voice recorder) experience has included the Sony ICD-MS515, the Olympus DS-2200 and DS-2. My main use for DVRs is PC archival of lectures and sermons. The new WS-320M appealed to me because of its 1GB of flash memory, small size, WMA codec, and built-in USB connector. My older DS-2 is disadvantaged with only 64mb of memory and a proprietary USB connector. This DVR is much smaller than other DVRs.
Summary: I am reviewing this recorder from the point of view of the non-technical end user. I am taking a very challenging physiology course with high-speed lectures that pack three hours worth of information into one hour. I needed a high capacity recorder so that I could always have my lectures with me for quick review. I also wanted to be able to unload them onto my computer and replay using Windows Media Player.
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.
Olympus DS-2 better mic. WS-320M Ok mic and more memory
Pedro Pereira "Filho", Amazon
2 November 2006
Summary: I own Olympus DS-2 and WS-320M digital voice recorders. I think that DS-2 is much better built, but it only has 64MB of memory which is a pity. Don't get me wrong WS-320M is still an excellent option if you consider it as a whole. The built-in mic is worse but you will still be able to make great recordings. I've done an extensive research before I bough my digital voice recorders and so far (2006) Olympus is the best choice in the $100 ~ $300 price range.
Daniel Limbach "Reader, writer, gadget guy", Amazon
7 April 2006
Summary: This is an excellent device for recording interviews. More than good enough for lectures and informal dictation. The recordings are clear (especially at HQ or Stereo HQ). I use it for interviews for a trade magazine. I also use it for recording interviews that I edit into podcasts. More than acceptable, though not as good as a professional sound system of course. Buy the external noise cancelling microphone. It pops on to the mic-in jack, and is very small.
Summary: Questo nuovo prodotto multimediale della Olympus, rappresenta bene cio' che andrebbe fatto per tutti gli appassionati di musica, che non uscirebbero mai di casa senza la propria compilation musicale preferita!! Stiamo parlando del Ws-320 m, il nuovo prodotto Olympus: E' un lettore Mp3 e wma, con una capacita' di 1 gb..piu' che suficiente quindi per archiviarci circa 200 canzoni in formato mp3..e se i nostri brani sono in formato wma, addirittura qualcuna in piu'!!