Summary: Insofar as fulfilling the needs for which I bought it, I have no complaints. It's an excellent ambient recorder, either in person, off the computer or over the phone (with special hook-up). But my enduring complaint with this thing is that it literally eats batteries. If you're thinking of buying one, make sure you own stock in Duracell, Eveready or some other battery manufacturer because you are going to be going through batteries like a kid on Christmas day.
Summary: This Sony IC Recorder worked well when I first purchased it, but I'm experiencing some issues with files becoming damaged and having trouble transferring mp3s to the unit. My computer (running Windows XP Pro) freezes up during mp3 file transfers frequently. Out of frustration, I find myself going back to my old Sony NetMD disc player. More cumbersome, but it works. The Sony IC Recorder does still record audio well enough.
Summary: I am a preacher and I have two other Sony IC recorders (UX71). We use them for line recordings and have had very little hassle with them for over 3 years now (twice a week usage). two or three times I had problems with corrupted files and lost recordings. No reason I could find. I just formatted the units and went back to work with them. otherwise they have performed very well. I decided about a year ago to get this one, which I take with me for engagements.
Dr. Stephanie Jourdan "Starry-Eyed Astrologer", Amazon
10 April 2011
Summary: I use this for several hours a day, every day in my work. It's the best DVR I have used to date and I've tried about six or seven different brands and models. The only drawback is that you can not plug it in and it goes through a couple of AAA batteries pretty quickly. I check the battery level every day as recording quality starts to diminish as soon as the batteries just begin to fade. Excellent sound quality. Very simple to use. Very reliable.
ICD-UX81 Poor Quality... Sony ICD-UX71 better quality
Tina Brian, Amazon
10 January 2011
Summary: For over 4 years, I have been using (2) Sony mp3 recorders three times a week to record church services, (Sun. morning, Sun. night, and Wed. night). One recorder for speaking tracks and one recorder for singing tracks. The Sony ICD- UX71 recorders had an average life of 1 year. The newer UX81 units have not lasted longer than about 8 months.
Summary: I use it primarily to record choir rehearsals and performances. The recorder has a very good range and the sound quality is good for such a small, inexpensive recorder. It's also very easy to transfer the music onto my Mac (into iTunes). i'd recommend it.
Summary: after reading many good comments, i got my ICD UX81. battery in and surprise? i cannot read what is in the display window? i checked my eyes - still working well. so, what is going on. well there is a tiny display window and in two rows a whole bunch of data, written in less than a hair thin letters - joke. it is idiotic and ridicules; i would like to see the Sony designer of this device operating it in a real life conditions?
Summary: I use this recorder mostly for listening to Audio Books after converting them to MP3 format and downloading them from my PC. The quality of the sound is amazingly good, and one AAA battery seems to last forever with earphones. I use Logitech FreePulse Wireless Headphones when listening while doing manual work. I use it in place of an iPod or smartphone for playback at a fraction of the cost. I tested the recorder function and it seems to record very well.