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6.3 out of 10

Sony ICD-B17

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Overall 2

Very Disappointing

Cay Bee "Goldendoodle Owner", Amazon
3 November 2005
  • 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.
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Overall 2


pambos "kk8864", Amazon
30 June 2005
  • 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.
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Overall 2

Bad Customer Service

Giovanna Toscano, Amazon
29 March 2005
  • 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.
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Overall 10

Sony ICD-B17

Harry Flagle, Amazon
28 March 2005
  • 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.
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Overall 6

Does this IC Recorder do the job it was made for?

drick, epinions.com
3 July 2004
  • Summary: Sony's ICD-B17 IC Recorder is a sophisticated recorder that has sophisticated tastes in terms of operation. If you want a basic recorder, go elsewhere.
  • Pros: Sophisticated Look, Silver Elegance, Large LCD Display
  • Cons: Sophisticated Operation, Batteries die easily, buttons have more than one operation
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