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.
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: 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: 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: As a singer, I use this device to record both speech and music. It is easy to use, and the quality is excellent. It is a bit cumbersome to use in conjunction with a Mac; the native file format on the recorder (WMA) has to be converted to another format (MP3) to be played with iTunes. Nevertheless, I am extremely happy with it.
This product is great for ideas and interviews; disadvantates are minor; not for Apple users
Jay Gourley, Amazon
9 January 2007
Summary: This product is the latest in a steady stream of improvements in recording devices for reporters like me. I've used recorders for interviews since the 1970s and started using them for ideas and notes with the advent of IC recorders that are easy segment and manage on a Windows computer. I've also used it as an MP3 player, but not so much for reasons I'll explain later.
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.
Summary: I read the above reviews was was a a little concerned. The unit is not low cost but a number of people thought it is not well made. I bought it anyway. I have two other Olympus digital recorders(WS-100 snf D1000) and well as a couple of old tape dictation machines of various types. The digital recorders are some much better than the old tape machines. I think the D-1000 is is an excellent machine for dictation.