Summary: I was very disappointed in this item. It claims to be voice activated--I've followed the instructions but I have never had this feature work. When I have recorded a message the playback is very noisy either though there is no background noise when the recording is being made. I would not recommend this item.
Summary: Buyer beware!!!! I purchased the Sony M-675V in November 2008 and received the package from Amazon's third party seller BestSource Office Supplies rather quickly. I removed the item from the box and read the description on the sealed manufacturer exterior packaging of the recorder and the description stated as that of my order.
Summary: This is a great little recorder. We have used many brands of recorders in the past, and this is among the best. The learning curve was also very small, and we were able to start using it within a few minutes of opening the box.
Summary: The Sony M675v is the exact same model as the Sony M-670V which you can purchase for 20 dollars less than this but it comes without the battery charger and rechargable batteries. I purchased this thinking it was a higher model than the 670V and I feel sufficiently ripped off and tricked. I had no need for the charger or batteries but thought it was a nice plus with what I thought was a superior corder.
Summary: In my opinion this recorder offers everything you need if you use microcassettes. This model like the one below it offers a separete microphone input and the built in mic. 2 recording speeds and the actual ac adaptor. Yes, Sony is a bit greedy with their proprietary ac adaptor inputs in just about everything they sell, but you don't have to pay full price at Amazon to get the whole package. For my needs this is perfect and at Amazon, competetition drives price.
Summary: The microcassette works well enough in fast speed but has a bit of wow and flutter in low speed for extending your recording time. Cue and review is located in an awkward position for my use. However, although this recorder is pricey, hopefully it will hold up under use. The AC adapter and NIMH battery charger are a very useful included item with voice activation on the tape recorder itself. Recording and playback work well as does fast forward and rewind.
Summary: Gift for husband - he loves it. He had a Sony M-670 that he really liked and wanted to try this one. He is very pleased with the size, the recording quality, and portability of this recorder. Great product!