Summary: On the surface, this appeared to be a great little recorder. I wanted to give it to a blind person. However, I couldn't get it to record in HQ mode. It only recorded in LP mode which is not mentioned in the manual, making T and P hard to tell apart or Z and V. I have been using recorders all my life and found the mic also not to be adequate. Holding it a reasonable distance from your mouth distorted the sound, just a little farther away and the sound wasn't audible.
Summary: This is a very disappointing product. I only bought this because I thought it would be an improvement on my ICD-B15, but in fact this is a downgrade: it only has 2 folders(the B15 had five)and it only records in Long Play mode(though of course it does not state this anywhere in the manual) which means sound quality is half that of the B15's. Also there is no display light now. Goes without saying that the price is higher than that of the ICD-B15. Thanks a lot SONY.
Summary: I have many Sony products in my home and never had any issues until recently. I purchase a Sony MP3 player for my wife and the headphone that came with it was absolutely horrible. I followed their procedure and wrote to the Review Committee without any resolve. I decided to get a little tougher, and wrote to the CEO, Sir Howard Stringer only to have both letters forwarded to the twinkes in the Review Committee.
Summary: I have both the Sony B-7 and B-16. Both are excellent recorders and especially if you are involved with EVP. I have received great results with both the B-7 and B-17. It is very easy to use and gives quality results. It's very clear and sensitive. Looks great and performs well. This recorder is in a low and fair price range, I reccomend the B-17 to anyone looking for an inexpensive way to acheive better than average sound recordings.