Why this digital recorder is far better than others for recording telephone calls
D. P. Randolph "AriKona", Amazon
30 May 2014
Summary: First, let me put to rest the argument whether or not a person can legally record telephone calls. In my state I can and I do. Check your laws before you start recording calls. Now, why this recorder is best suited for this application. To start with, I have tried several of the small, or should I say micro-recording devices.
Summary: I purchase two of these units in July of 2013 after visiting the Sangean website, downloading the manual and reading it carefully. I also read every review that was available at the time at amazon.com. Despite having read some horror stories, I decided to purchase due to my previous experience with the Sangean name and the liberal exchange policy of Amazon.
Summary: Though this unit functions as a digital desktop 2-microphone recorder, I use it for it's ability to record telephone calls automatically. Generally, it works okay as long as you keep a couple of things in mind. First, it takes about 4 to 5 seconds for recording to begin. I can live with that but I wish there was an immediate caching capability that I know is technically possible to incorporate these days.
Quirky, but useful, and reliable in its own quirky way.
Mitchell Regenbogen, Amazon
6 February 2014
Summary: Usually I return products that have issues that show poor design or implementation, but in this case I have grown to like my DAR-101. Make no mistake about it -- there are quirks: the alkaline/rechargeables switch is in a ridiculous location and is unreliable, the rewind function only works properly near the beginning of a recording, there is no one-button record feature, the recorder misses several seconds when it breaks up recordings as per optional settings, the...
Summary: The only thing novices at this need to know is this unit comes expecting analog phone lines when it comes to recording phone calls. If you have a digital phone system then hooking this into that system will not only NOT get you a recording, but it may fry the electronics in this recorder or even the digital phone system. It's a risk. If you don't know if your phone is analog or digital you must make an effort to find out.
Summary: Installed batteries the day I received it (alkalines - make sure you set the battery switch) and the display lit right up when I turned it on. Set the clock and checked other settings, then shut it off. Turned it on two days later to record a meeting, and could hardly see the display. Tried plugging in to A/C in case batteries were bad, but no change. Tried adjusting brightness setting, but it didn't help.