Summary: It records very well and picks up sounds from a good distance. You know how sometimes batteries get their power drained while keeping it in a device that uses a soft power switch. So far the battery seems to be holding strong while the unit is off. This is great!
I have owned nine Sony recorders but switched to Philips ...
s. lam, Amazon
20 August 2014
Summary: I have owned nine Sony recorders but switched to Philips due to the noise created when manufactured that appears when you play back. I tried the DVT1400 and it was a disaster for me (senior citizen, and not all that savvy). The deal breaker was that it took 8 seconds from the time I started speaking for the recorder to record. I am used to the 1 second or less on SONYs.
Summary: The voice playback is distinctly tinny and higher pitched than my voice. I tried it with and without ClearVoice. With ClearVoice there seemed to be an echo. Without was better in that regard. I tried both HQ and SHQ. There was not much difference. This had all been done in Dictation Mode. I switched to Speech to Text. It still made no difference.
Summary: This is a wonderful voice recorder for anyone who wants to record conversations (interviews, personal thoughts, etc.). It's easy to use, which is fortunate because the instructions that are included aren't very helpful. The sound quality is great. You can manually start recording, which is what most people will probably use, but you can also set the unit to start recording automatically, which could be handy in certain situations.
Summary: As a freelance writer, having a reliable digital recorder is indispensable. Previously, I used a cheap RCA digital recorder (RCA VR5220), and I have found that this Philips recorder is a vast improvement over my old device. Not only does it provide generally crisp, clear sound quality, but it also comes with a variety of useful settings and features that allow you to customize it for different uses.
Summary: I am a pastor. My church does not have the ability to record sermons with our current sound system. I am hoping that we can push forward in next few years to getting a high quality audio recording system or a way to record the service with video. Until then, this digital voice recorder will do the trick in recording my sermons. It is easy to carry around.
Summary: This digital voice recorder is very easy to use, and fits nicely in a shirt pocket for carrying around. My first impression was frustration over the instructions that came with it, since there were no verbal comments, just illustrations. Because the controls are reasonably intuitive, however, within a few minutes I was making recordings, playing them back, and deleting files. Any residual difficulties I was experiencing were remedied quickly by my teenage granddaughter.
Summary: To be honest, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be looking for when reviewing such electronics as this. In my world, I get an electronic and it either works to my happiness or it doesn't. For this one, I'm just looking for a handy and small voice recorder. I found this one very easy to use (quite idiot proof, no panicked "what button do I hit?") and easy to play back. The features are wonderful and make this device great for our interconnected electronic society.