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Olympus Linear Recorder (LS-11)

by Olympus
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  • 24bit /96 kHz Linear PCM Recorder
  • PCM,Wave, WMA, MP3 Record and Playback
  • 2 precision condenser microphones
  • SD Removable Memory
  • 2 16mm stereo speakers
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A Compact, Lightweight Powerhouse of Audio Recording. Drawing on 40 years of experience, Olympus has put a feature-packed audio studio in one 5-ounce PCM recorder. The LS-11, with two high-sensitivity microphones and 8 GB of internal memory, is the star of the show when it comes to capturing and playing back crystal clear audio, whether for personal enjoyment, hobbies, or even important business functions.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches ; 10.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002RDWL9Q
  • Item model number: LS-11
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,546 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

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Of all the currently available pocket-size portable voice recorders, the LS-11 is one of the most expensive and one of the best. I have used this device to record some professional interviews and the sound quality is generally excellent even with the intrusion of occasional background noise.

Plus points:

1. Its construction oozes quality with a tough lightweight metal casing

2. Chunky, high-quality and easy-to-use controls

3. Easily mastered, intuitively designed navigation menus

4. Choice of recording formats: the default PCM which is fine for everyday use, also Wave, WMA, MP3 Record and Playback

5. Excellent built-in directional/omnidirectional mikes (choice of settings); you can control the record level manually or set it to "auto" and the LS-11 assesses the sound level itself and adjusts accordingly - this good for environments where the sound level changes constantly; you can also plug in any external mike

6. Good handy pocket-size and weight

7. Long battery life

8. Tripod screw-mount

9. Small remote-control unit included so you can set it in position and start/stop it remotely without having to touch it

10. Directly compatible with PC & Mac and very easy to download, copy and edit files in any format

11. Absolutely first-class playback quality

Minus points: few but you should consider these prior to purchasing decision:

1. Screen font size is small and menus can be difficult to read unless you have excellent eyesight

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By iang52 on November 26, 2010
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I'm a journalist who has to cover conferences as well as one to one interviews. So far the Olympus LS-11 handheld digital recorder has performed brilliantly in the month that I've used it. It is especially good at up close and personal interviews, even with lots of background noise, as you can hear in this interview with Internet founder Vint [...]
I'm still experimenting with different settings, but the factory settings work pretty well. I haven't tried the software that came with the unit as I am familiar with the free Audacity editing package. But Audacity has its limitations, so I will give the other a try.
I really like the uncompressed PLM recording, so much so that I've not used the MP3 facility. But as I ran out of memory (despite having 8Gb on board) in the middle of an interview, I'm going to expriment with high bit rate MP3.
I bought the companion device that lets yoiui record phone calls. I've only used it once, and found it easy to set up but fiddly to use, and the sound quality was uneven.
On the downside, I found the AA batteries that came with the unit ran out surprisingly quickly. But that is a minor issue. More problematic for me (I've had a double cataract operation) is the screen quality. The characters are small and hard for me to read. This top end device could use a high quality, high contrast screen. Perhaps Olympus could talk to Research in Motion to see who supplies the screens for their BlackBerries. That really would make the LS-11 a complete package for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Moving Image on February 8, 2011
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Olympus has a great start with the LS-11. The recorder has great sound quality for its price range, a very sturdy build, and a fairly straightforward user interface. Our primary reason for purchasing this unit was to replace our aging fleet of Sony Hi-MD recorders, which are showing the signs of heavy student use/abuse. The metal case has a heavy duty feel to it- time will tell how much better it will stand up to student use. The sound quality is comparable to the Sony MZ-RH1, which is outstanding for a consumer recorder with mini-plug inputs. With decent mics, you have a small, bullet-proof recorder with a lot of pro features. AND it will hold sync for 30 minutes with a video camera.

After putting the LS-11 through a few shakedown sessions in the field, we came up with a wish list of issues we hope Olympus will resolve with the next firmware updates:

1. Ability to 'cascade' recording from internal memory to the SD card (or vice versa). I know 8 gigs is a lot, but hey- the batteries last for 23 hours, and 8 gigs comes up just short of 13 hours at 44/16. Some of us like to go for long durations.

2. Better implementation of the V-sync feature. V-sync enables the recorder to wait in PAUSE mode until the ambient sound level reaches a pre-set threshold level, then it starts recording until the the ambient sound falls below the threshold level. As it is now, it's pretty much worthless. If it isn't re-activated within 10 seconds, it puts the unit in STOP mode, and won't re-trigger again when the sound gets loud enough. Every other recorder with a similar feature will continue start recording when the sound reaches the trigger level until the operator pushes the stop button.

3. Allow for FLAC codec recording/playback. FLAC is much cleaner than MP3.

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