Summary: I use this recorder daily as a student attending small lectures of approx. 100 people. The lecturer almost always has a mic and there are speakers throughout the ceiling, but there are times the mic doesn't work. So far my experience has been great. I love being able to recharge the batteries, so as long as I have the charger I don't have to worry about batteries. In the conditions that I use it I set it to conference mode.
Summary: I purchased this product to use for my language study. I wanted a recorder that recorded in MP3 format so I chose this one. Immediately when I got it, I noticed that the sound quality was much poorer than my previous recorder. The speakers do not get very loud and unless the person being recorded is close to the microphone, it does not pick up well. After 2 months of daily use I started having problems with playback.
Summary: Nice recorder. Purchased for my daughter who is a first year college student. She plans to use it to record lectures. So far she says its working fine (only has had for a few days). Easy to use and voice quality is good, even in a big noisy lecture room. She has not tried the download feature yet so not sure about that but I don't foresee any problems there. The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars was due to delayed shipping.
Summary: Pros: Decently easy to use, rechargeable batteries, lots of memory Cons: Volume is kind of low when playing I haven't done a data transfer yet, but I am assuming that should not be too hard. This recorder works well when I am doing neuropsychological testing. I just wished it was a little louder during playback.
Summary: I gave this to my father for Father's Day. I want him to record his stories so we can keep them and play them for my daughter when he is not able to visit her. He said it looks easy to use but we have not tried it much yet. I like the concept though.
Summary: This recorder surprised me. With 3 different recording quality settings (70 hours on HQ, 140 on LP and 280 on SP) I find the HQ setting to be the best, but the others aren't really far behind. It has 2 recording modes, one for dictation (short distance from mic) and the other for conferences (far distance from mic). I find both work well for close up and far away with the far away (conf) setting picking up a little more 'noise' while recording what is needed.
Great Sound Quality, an Interface that Makes Sense & is Easy to Use
Liquessence "Dancer", Amazon
3 May 2010
Summary: This is my first digital recorder, so I have no basis of comparison, and will just give info about what I like. I bought this Sanyo after reading the reviews here on Amazon. They were really good and I can see why. I do psychic readings and use it to record sessions. I put it in the middle between myself and my client. I am about 2 yards away from it. On the conference setting, I am simply amazed at how well it picks up.
Summary: I am training to be a neuropsychologist, and am often asked by supervisors to record my sessions with clients. This is my main use for a digital voice recorder. I had an Olympus digital voice recorder that gave me nothing but frustration. The sound quality was okay, but not great. It did not communicate with my PC as it should have, and after one particularly frustrating episode with the Olympus and PC, I decided to purchase a new voice recorder.
Summary: Because the Sanyo uses MP3 files, I simply plug this in the USB port of my Vaio or my Mac and transfer the files from DVR to wherever I want them (my music). The buttons are intuitive and easy to use. I did hit the erase button once, but you have to hit it and hold it again for the files to erase. On lowest quality the sound was good enough, but I'm currently recording class room lectures and yoga classes on medium quality. Good luck on your search.
Summary: This is one of the better voice recorders out there. Quality is great and the money you will save not having to buy batteries every week more than pays for this item in the first semester of college or whatever you will be using it for.