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Olympus Digital Voice Recorder (VN 6200PC)

by Olympus

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  • Record up to 444 hours of uninterrupted audio in LP mode
  • Pc link with USB 2.0 PORT - Upload files directly to your PC using a simple cable connection for easy file management.
  • Voice activation extends recording time and saves battery life by recording only when the microphone senses sound.
  • Recording modes - Lets you select standard playback (SP), long playback (LP) or high quality (HQ) mode.
  • Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and Battery life
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5 x 6 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002DSHMA8
  • Item model number: 142070
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,849 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 18, 2009

Product Description

Transfer audio files quickly and easily to a computer with the convenient PC link. Voice activation extends recording time by recording only when the microphone senses sound. Record up to 444 hours of uninterrupted audio in LP mode. Select from three recording modes to meet your specific needs: HQ for high quality; SP and LP for extended recording. Index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval. Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and battery life. Slow and Fast Playback modes let you listen to audio 25 percent slower or 50 percent faster than real time. Contains five folders that each hold up to 200 files.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very compact, good sound quality and easy to use.
Reductionist
It works great for me and if it wasn't for this recorder I wouldn't have done as good in my anatomy class.
Jeff and Amy
The files and folders are easily transferred to your PC via the USB connection.
R.S.J.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

645 of 661 people found the following review helpful By R.S.J. on July 20, 2009
Olympus has just introduced its new Olympus VN-6200PC Digital Voice Recorder. The VN-6200PC is identical to the nearly 1 year old Olympus VN-5200PC Digital Voice Recorder in function and features, but now has twice the memory, 1 GB, for the same suggested list price as the VN-5200PC. The Olympus VN-6200PC, VN-5200PC and VN-3200PC Digital Voice Recorders all operate exactly the same and are boxed with the same "Instructions" sheet for all 3. The VN-5200PC I own is great. The VN-6200PC is even better!

If you need a quality, low-cost, monaural digital voice recorder that easily records and transfers Windows Media Audio (WMA) files fast via a USB 2.0 connection to your PC without any extra software, the Olympus VN-6200PC is a great choice. It outperforms the popular Olympus VN-4100PC Digital Voice Recorder in nearly every way...more storage, longer recording time, longer battery life, more folders and files, greater frequency response, greater output level. Over 444 hours in LP record mode, and you still get almost 71 hours in HQ mode...that's 200-13,000 Hz range, good enough to hum or strum your spur of the moment musical inspirations if you are into songwriting. It also has variable voice activation and a dynamic display of audio recording level. About the only feature the VN-4100PC has which the VN-6200PC doesn't is timer recording and playback if you really need it.
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494 of 505 people found the following review helpful By S. F. Bell on July 27, 2009
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I haven't tried all of the VN-6200PC's capabilities in differing circumstances yet, but below are a few preliminary comments.
Pros:
- Lots of memory: 1 GB of built-in memory gives about 70 hours of HQ recording and up to 400 hours of lower-quality recording.
- Playback sound quality (at least in HQ mode) is pretty good for a voice recorder.
- When connected to a PC, it shows up and functions pretty much like a flash memory card (you can even use it as one).
Cons:
- Looks and feels rather kind of cheaply made- i.e., it has a light-weight, "cheap plastic" look about it. The Sony voice recorders looks sleeker and feel better in your hand.
- There are no adjustable options for naming files; e.g., you cannot automatically name files with the date/time of the recording. All sound files are automatically named by sequential numbers, and when you transfer them to your computer you would have to manually re-name them with the file date if you want that. (The files do have standard modification dates, though, since you can set the date and time on the recorder.)
- There is no sound file management software either included or available on the Olympus Web site. All files are in .wma format, so if you want to make them into .mp3's or anything else, you'll need converter software from an external source. The same is true if you want to do batch-renaming or any type of sound or file editing.
- Mono only: no stereo recording/playback.
Bottom line: Works pretty well if you want to do straightforward recording of occasional lectures, meetings, dictation notes, etc. However, if you're doing complicated tasks, like a series of interviews with different people, it might get difficult to keep track of the files and manage them.
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119 of 120 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Staley on August 13, 2009
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I got this recorder to record tutoring sessions which I do with local high school students. After installing the batteries and setting the date and time, I did a quick test recording. I set the recorder on a table in Record mode. My position at the board was about 12' away, with an angle to the mike of about 45d. The distance to the student area was 5-7', with the mike angle from 45d to a full 90d. Tests from all of these areas provided a clear Playback.

I then plugged the USB cable into the recorder and the computer (Windows XP Home, USB 1.1). After automatically installing standard drivers, Explorer showed the device as just another drive - like a flash drive. Using Explorer, I copied the test WMA file onto my hard drive, then opened Windows Media Player and played it back - perfect, with excellent volume and clarity. To finish, I just right-clicked the recorder drive in Explorer and clicked on "Eject", unplugged the recorder from the USB port, and that was that.

All this using only the factory-default settings. I'll play with those later.

The only problems:

1. The batteries were plastic-encased. Until you realize this and remove the plastic, they won't work well.
2. I agree with others that labelling what is essentially the on-off button as "Hold" is idiotic.
3. I also agree the USB cable is really short - too short. This isn't a problem for me but may be for you.
4. The recorder controls are difficult to read and in a low-lit room, you'd better have them memorized.
5. As others have noted, the format is WMA, which is fine if you have Windows Media Player. If you need WAV format, I "beethink" you can find a good free converter program for Windows.

Added note - WMA files are small and fast - I can attest to that.
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