Summary: I have actually had two of these go through the washing machine. Not recommended, but it surprised me they survived. I use them to record live music so I can learn the tunes at home. The quality is fine for this purpose and the size is great.
Dr. Stephanie Jourdan "Starry-Eyed Astrologer", Amazon
24 June 2014
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.
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.
ICD-UX81 Poor Quality... Sony ICD-UX71 better quality
Tina Brian, Amazon
16 December 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.