Summary: I've had the last two versions of this voice recorder (lost the first one) and have watched the features evolve...as well as my use of them. This is by far the best value for the money. At this point the higher end Sony VRs haven't created the incremental value to make it worth it. The cheaper VRs (Sony's and others) leave out features that you will probably regret if you're using this for any lecture records, interviews, notetaking, interviews, etc. Here's my take: 1.
Summary: I just list the major points to save your time: 1. Only one recording model, there is no LP/HP function. 2. Good shap, endurable, light weight. 3. No background or static noise like tape recorder or Olimpus ditigal recorders. 4. Price is fair, affordable for student. 5. Can't record good when distance is over 10 feet. Place it on the table which close to the speaker or preacher, the recording is almost perfect. I record my sermons when I preach, it works great. 6.
Summary: This is a nice-looking little recorder, and it is certainly cheaper than the $150 Sony ICDST10, but the audio, while generally OK for dictation, is, in my opinion, just not good enough for recording meetings or lectures. The ICDP17's audio quality is approximately the same as the Sony ICDST10 in "LP" mode.
Summary: This is my first digital voice recorder, so I can't compare it with others. I use an old Sony MD player/recorder to record class lectures. The quality is excellent, however, there's no usb connection, so I'd have to play back the lecture into the PC to record it. I bought this recorder as a refurbished item, but I assume the recording/playback quality is the same as new. If you use this device for personal memos, it will work just fine.
Summary: Pros: - Large 278 minutes recording capacity at the highest (and only) recording quality mode - Good recording quality - Lightweight, but feels substantial - Small learning curve - Informative LCD display Cons: - Does not include software for Mac OS X - Play/stop toggle button is not very tactile - Memory not expandable - No carrying case, batteries not included After looking at digital voice recorders in similar price range and feature sets (USB connectivity, long...
Summary: If you are looking for a DVR for recording lectures, don't waste your money on this piece of sh**! The sound quality is very poor compaired to the LPEC units and the record volume is extremely low. It is unfortunate that a good company like Sony would release such a poor quality product and advertise it as being useful for lecture recording.
Summary: Sony ICD-P17 omes with USB cable and PC sofware to download and review the recording. There is ONE recording mode. It provides over 4 hours (278 minutes) of recording capability at great quality! It has five folders for you to store your recording and a timer to remind you. You can also add recording to an exisiting recording - can't think of the need for it to record lecture : ) Check it out. I am sure you will find it worths the money.
Excerpt: sound quality even with a Sony external mike is nothing short ofdisastrous. Battery life is a con - about 3 .5 hrs max. All in all- acomplete waste of time. Yeah, you can download the wAV files OK and thesoftware is fine but what the good in downloading unintelligablerubbish.