Summary: I bought this voice recorder for a course I was taking and it was one of the best things I decided to do. I sat close to the middle of the room and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to pick up what was being discussed, but after the first day, all my doubts were gone. This a great voice recorder for close-medium distant situations. Though, I did buy it for less than what it is advertised for currently.
Good product, professional sound for a very reasonable price.
27 April 2013
Summary: I bought two of these for our church. Our minister wanted to record his sermons and lessons for transfer to cd. They work great. He has had no problem with them and the cd comes out load and clear. If you are looking for an inexpensive recorder, this will do the job.
BEST of VOICE RECORDERS that Olympus has ever made
Rebeca E. Eigen, Amazon
3 March 2013
Summary: The newer ones do not pick up as well. When they run out of battery you have to start over if you are listening to something. Not this model. Put the new battery in and just keep going. I love it! I've owned 3 so far. (one I dropped in the bathtub when I was listening to music and drinking wine!) so not the recorders fault. One I dropped too many times and this is my third.
Summary: I love this digital recorder. I bought it online from adorama.com (where it was a bit cheaper) in 2011 after reading the reviews here on Amazon. I don't think Adorama sells this exact model anymore but it is worth buying nonetheless! So.. I found this after searching for a digital recorder that also played mp3's but honestly I did not think I would find one- thank goodness for Olympus!
Exellent' Top of the Line, easy to use, Perfect results Every time"""
1 January 2012
Summary: With very 'minor' recording&playback speed settings "FASTEST" It's as easy as pushing one button, from the lowest whisper to the loudest Live Band. Has Auto recording levels, with Perfect Crisp, Clean Sounds Every Time. I have Four of them. I Tried Other brands. But they were To confusing to use and the sound wavered in & out. Take My word You can't do any better than the Olympus WS 500M. Sincerly Harry M.
Summary: It's doing everything that I wanted it to. Was easier to use than I expected after reading other reviews and I think I'm secure enough in my being that I really enjoyed saving 75% by buying the PINK unit! Thank you!