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Olympus TP-7 Telephone pick up

by Olympus
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  • Economical, sensitive microphone for recording phone conversations
  • Works great with cell phones and landlines
  • Includes all necessary adapters
  • Records both sides of conversation
  • Records directly to voice recorder, Recording Device
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Product Description

Product Description

OLYMPUS 145051 TP-7 Telephone Recording Device

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Do you ever need to record an important telephone conversation? The TP-7 telephone pickup, makes phone recording easy and even picks up both sides of the conversation. Just plug the TP-7 jack into the "MIC" jack of your recorder, and put the earphone side into your ear. When in use, the TP-7 will capture both sides of the conversation. For added convenience, the TP-7 works great with land lines and cell phones.

What's in the Box
Microphone, adapter to convert from monaural 3.5 mm mini-plug to stereo 3.5 mm mini-plug, and monaural 3.5 mm mini-plug to monaural 2.5 mm mini-plug adapter.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 2 x 0.1 inches ; 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000GU88CQ
  • Item model number: 145051
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,644 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 5, 2006

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The sound quality is very good.
Georgia Terrapin
Plug the cord into your recorder, stick the tiny microphone in your ear, put the cell phone to your ear (over the mic), hit record, and boom!
Sarah
I am a writer who needs a way to record phone conversations with the subjects I interview.
DelSol

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

266 of 268 people found the following review helpful By family dogg on May 22, 2007
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i needed to record a cell phone conversation and this was the absolute cheapest way to do it. the earpiece has a microphone on the opposite side that records what is being said by whomever you're talking to, plus your voice (a bit louder). i bought it friday and it got to my house by monday. amazing.

one thing: this mic doesn't have its own power source, so whatever recording device you plug it into must be able to supply power. i used an olympus VN-2100 digital recorder and it worked almost flawlessly. i say almost because the mic doesn't record in stereo, it records in mono. but the record volume is loud and comes out very very clear even if the earpiece/mic isn't right on top of the phone receiver.

you will not be able to do this any better for the money. a lot of online spy shops are charging $200 or more for this same function. i got this mic (which will record cell phone and land line conversations) plus a digital recorder for under $50.
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168 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Matt P on November 2, 2007
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I'm a writer, and I spent way too much time trying to find a good solution for recording phone calls -- everything from Skype to Radio Shack gadgets that had to get connected through an analog phone. When I ordered this, I was actually stunned with how simply it works, and how well. I use it with my cell or home phones and it does the job perfectly. It's one of those things that seems so simple, you wonder why no one else came up with this solution sooner. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Woodlandsman on May 29, 2007
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I bought this to use with the Olympus DS series recorders, but it should work with most recorders that have inputs. It does come with adapters for mono, stereo, and mini-jack, and, of course you can buy additional adapters...

The phone recording works fine. Have confidence that it's working and remember to keep your own voice low to keep more of a balance in the recording. Sometimes, too, the playback on the computer turns out to be more balanced and better sounding than the sound on the device's own speaker.

And, as a bonus, you may want to use this mic for interviews rather than the tie-clip mic or the RS29. With the TP7 in your ear, it records people speaking next to you, or, across from you, very well.

Bottom line, if I only bought one accessory for recording with a DS recorder, this might be my first and only pick.

If it had a "pause" feature, I'd bump my review from four stars to six....
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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on August 28, 2010
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Bottom line: the recording quality is certainly servicable. Play the video for a recording sample (using a TASCAM PR-10 Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Black)) and learn about an unadvertized use.

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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By SplitEdit on August 10, 2008
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This microphone seems well made, despite being inexpensive, and the sound quality is good. But there are disadvantages. First, you have to wear it in your ear as you talk. That's awkward for me. I can feel it between the phone and my ear and it gets in the way, sonically -- you don't hear as well with it in. Worse, it records my voice much more loudly than the person at the other end of the line.

So, yes, it works, and yes, I can get used to it, but it's not an ideal solution.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jens Zorn on August 24, 2007
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I use the telephone pickup with a DS2 recorder, though it seems to me that it would work with almost any recorder that had a standard mike input jack.

The device is a small, foam-cushioned microphone (about the size of an i-pod bud) that you put in your ear... So it picks up the acoustic vibrations as they pass between the telephone and your own eardrum. In contrast to magnetic pickups that can show up on sniffers, I don't see any way that the people at the other end would know that the conversation is being recorded when this purely acoustic pickup is used.

I have used it to record business transactions with large corporations, covering my responsibility by saying their standard phrase "this conversation may be recorded for quality assurance purposes". (I wonder whether it is fair to say this while we are in the "for information on your bill, please press 3 now" phase of the transaction? )

Overall, the results with the TP-7 were satisfactory --- the telephone's audio output seems to be major factor in determining the ovreall quality of the recording that one makes. This pickup offers a fairly simple, economical way of recording both ends of a telephone conversation.
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