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Olympus Digital Voice Recorder (VN 6000)
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163 of 169 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2009
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I was looking for a voice recorder to capture my lectures but also be able to transfer them onto my computer for back up. The recording is very good quality but it's frustrating that I am unable to transfer my recording. So, if you are looking for a "record and erase" voice recorder, this is the right one.
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155 of 163 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
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Get this for yourself or college student.
I went back to school after twenty years and bought this recorder incase i missed something during the lectures-boy am I glad I did! I have listened to the lecture recordings and noticed that I missed alot,even though I felt like I was paying attention.
works absolutly great! long record time availability-1 gig- long battery life and no problems picking up the teachers voice from anywhere in the room.
5 stars!
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2009
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I teach piano and suggest that students record their lessons with a digital voice recorder. I've seen just about every kind you can imagine in just about every price range you can imagine! After using my students' recorders, I chose to buy this one. It's great. Even comes with a protective case. It's small, easy to use, and has lots of storage capacity It's definitely easier to operate than Sony's product - and definitely cheaper. Definitely priced well for the quality of the recorder.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2009
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VERY nice for the price. First set of AAA batteries that came with lasted thru 3 seminars, each 2.5 to 3 hrs in length, before getting the "LOW" battery message. Usually sit a good 25 feet away, give or take, from the speaker and it picks up EVERY word clearly - as long as its pointed that way. *NO PC connectivity (but that wasn't why I bought it)* Simple press of RECORD during recording puts it in Pause mode. NOT voice activated, if that's what you need. Need to read the manual to figure out how to manage all the folders and for playback - and you'll have the minor pain of re-setting the clock when you replace the batteries (but all recordings safe when you do so).
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
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Technology is forever changing - I purchased this at a price which made it an excellent value for money. Given the archaic machine that this replaced, my father was AMAZED at the storage capacity and ease in which he could operate this slim practical document saver. He is not yet apt when it comes to the computer, is learning to use the internet ... as far as emailing goes ... I am afraid to mention search engines just in case he becomes overwhelmed ... however his little number was like driving a car, in other words, he never read the directions, grabbed it and flew!

A lovely gadget. I suggest you use it for the business AND for the reasons I purchased it, to capture the history of a wonderful man who at 70 has much to share. There is enough space on this little ditty for him to release his soul for generations to enjoy in years to come. Love the fact that downloading the gems and pearls of wisdom and reflections is so easy.

Get it!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I have used Olympus's line of digital voice recorders quite heavily for over five years now, mainly because of their extreme ruggedness and ease of use.

This one works quite well, too, but unlike the others I have used, this one has a rather annoying bug.
There is a problem with the index button.
For some reason that I am unable to understand, when I use it, often it fails to mark the spot I want, usually immediately after fast forwarding or rewinding.
In fact, once this happens, the only way to get it to mark at ALL in the recording is to quickly press and release the rewind button, then do the same with the fast forward button to get back to the beginning of the recording, then advance to where you want to place your mark, waiting at least five seconds after releasing the fast forward to hit the index button.
I have discovered that waiting about five seconds after doing a fast forward or rewind usually (but not always) prevents this annoying index mark bug.
It is quite annoying, though, especially if you have to spend a considerable time advancing to where you intend to make the index mark again.

Another minor thing - although I was fully aware of it beforehand - is that this recorder does not have a USB port to directly transfer recordings to a computer.
A solution, albeit a bit clumsy, is to plug the headphone jack into your sound card's audio input, hit play on the recorder, then use recording software on your computer to capture it.

A nice feature this recorder DOES have that the current Olympus recorders in the "VN" series with the USB port lack is a timer function, which comes in very handy for recording regularly scheduled radio shows, or for leaving your recorder unattended to record an event if you can't stand right there to operate it.
I needed the timer feature more than the USB port, so that was the motivating factor for why I chose this model.
I am quite puzzled as to why Olympus chose to make the USB port and timer feature mutually exclusive on their current models, since their older VN480-PC and VN4100-PC have BOTH features.

I have owned two of this model recorder now, and they both have the same index mark bug, so this is clearly a flaw in design and not just a bum unit, so this one gets only three stars for poor workmanship that is clearly inherent.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2009
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We bought this for my 10 year old Son. He's loved the Home Alone movies and wanted to recreate those taping moments to play back to the bad guys. I had to write this after he was distraught because he couldn't find his recorder. We finally found it in a pair of freshly washed jeans. Luckily it was washed in cold and found before the dryer cycle. We pulled the batteries and let it dry out for two days. Put new batteries in and it came on. I thought it wiped out the memory, but after setting the date/time, it came right back where it left off all recordings in-tact and works as good as a squeekie-clean new one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2009
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I got this as a present to help a friend with some classes she is taking. After I got it I wanted to keep it. It was hard to let go.. :P

When I finally gave it to her I couldn't stop playing with it, "showing her" the features and things, until she finally took it from me. Now she loves it. I haven't used it too much, but I can say that the features are superb: recording time is surprising, audio quality is very good, you could record days of audio with this little thing. Haven't tried hooking it up to the computer yet but to me this was one of the main reasons for getting it. Plus the price, you really can't beat that. And to top it all off you can also plug in a microphone and headphones, which is an excellent touch. Also the controls are very intuitive and easy to use.

I want to get another one for myself now!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2010
Some posters here thought that you could not transfer your files to another format for recording or saving to other media. I though this too at first but you have the option to transfer all files to .wav format, using the software that installs with the USB RCA recorder being reviewed here...from there you can transfer the file to a .WAV file and then you can easily convert to MP3 using commercial, consumer software, freeware etc... you can them put them on another MP3 player, flash drive or save them to a CD-

Not sure how good the product is as I've only had it in use now for 3 days.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2009
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Unfortunately this product does not provide the PC/laptop connectivity support, which I believe is the biggest drawback
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