durable, high sensitivity, excellent sound quality
ergo superabo, Amazon
18 September 2010
Summary: I made my ICD-BM1 provide yeoman's service over a period of one and a half years. It was used to record conversations for about 10 hours every day over that time. I used four rechargeable AAA batteries and a few Sony 128 MB Memory Sticks (MSH-128) as well as one Lexar Media 256MB Memory Stick Select (MS256-253) . The sound data was then loaded into my PC, where frequently I would analyze it with the included Digital Voice Editor software.
Best Dictation recorder, of several I have used over many years
Practical Evaluator "MA", Amazon
19 January 2009
Summary: Pros: sound quality, small file size, small recorder size Cons: no compact dictation headset offered by Sony, omnidirectional internal mic, battery door easily broken and if broken, recorder loses power and ongoing function in a flash I have used this recorder for several years. It is the most recent of several Sony recorders I have tried, all with good to excellent fidelity. However, this one has been the most flexible.
Summary: I researched the available choices for digital voice recorders for quite some time before settling on this one. It turns out the Sony ICD-BMx series is the only professional level "dictating" recorder available from Sony (discounting their DAT models). All the others don't have the all-important "slide switch" mentioned previously. The Olympus DS4000 and Phillips Pocket Memo 9360/9600 also have this switch.
Summary: I bought a Sony ICD-MX20 digital voice recorder a week ago. I was surprised that Sony does not provide downloads of the associated software named "Digital Voice Editor". Sony Customer Service staff told me that if you lost the CD that came with the box, you had to buy a new one. Only patches of the software are available to download. This immoral policy violating the norm of digital appliance industries and should not be encouraged.
Summary: RIPPED OFF BY SONY Just purchased this for my daughter at college. It records for less than a hour with the included 32MB card. ALL HIGHER CAPACITY CARDS ARE INCOMATIBLE AND ALL COMPATIBLE CARDS ARE OUT OF PRODUCTION.
Summary: The transaction went fine. The product is comparatively far over priced. I was almost "drummed out" of an organization where I am the secretary, for spending that much on this item. We have a competitor's product for half the price, that rivals this Sony ICD-BM1 Recorder. Don't buy it!
Great Quality Recordings - but completely incompatible with macs
R. Chang, Amazon
21 September 2006
Summary: What's annoying about this solid recorder is that Sony hasn't elected to make it compatible with mac. It records in a proprietary format which you can't convert out of (or even play) in mac, and it's not exactly easy to convert out of the msw format in windows either (requiring multiple different downloads, or an initial conversion to aiff with the provided software). For a while I had to run virtual pc to get my recordings - and that is just way too much hassle.
Summary: I brought this for kids to record their violin lessons. It records in CD quality. As far as I know, this is the only brand voice recorder that so small and still record in CD quality (16bit/44Khz). We have it for about two years and still working fine.
Summary: This is a recorder with many nice features but mine lasted only a few dozen hours (but did make it beyond the very short warrenty). It was well cared for and still does not have even the tiniest scratch but it simply did not last long. For the price I expected a durable and well built machine. I was very disappointed and could not personally recommend it.
Summary: Microcassette portable dictating machines all have a single slide switch for Record/Stop/Playback/Rewind. Long experience has shown that is the best control mechanism for actually doing dictation vs. recording something. Most of the Sony and other brand portable flash-based recorders have buttons scattered all over them, making dictation a real pain. This model is the rare exception.