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Olympus VN-801PC Digital Voice Recorder

by Olympus

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  • Box Contents - VN-7000, Earphone, Soft Case, 2 x AAA Batteries, Manual, Warranty Card
  • Record up to 1,200 hours of uninterrupted audio in LP mode
  • Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy
  • Long battery life - 39 hours of continuous recording gives you the on-the-go confidence you need (Alkaline, LP mode recording)
  • Index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B004SZAJR2
  • Item model number: VN801PC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,749 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2011

Product Description

Up to 843 hours recording / 2GB built-in memory / Records & playback MP3 and WMA / PC link to email / Uses 2 AAA Alkaline Batteries / Folder storage 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 Select from three recording modes to meet your specific needs - HQ for high quality; SP and LP for extended recording Use the timer recording option to set a start and end time for a particular recording Playback a pre-selected file at a specific time for reminders or wake-up callsSpecifications Recording Format - Multi-codec - HQ/SP - SubBand, LP - CELP Recording Media - Built-in 2GB flash memory Recording Time - HQ mode - Approximately 81 hours, 00 minutes / SP mode - Approximately 215 hours, 50 minutes / LP mode - Approximately 1208 hours, 30 minutes Speaker - 28 mm round dynamic speaker Microphone Jack - 3.5 mm, impedance 2k ohms (mono) Earphone Jack - 3.5 mm, impedance 8 ohms (mono) Power Supply - Two AAA alkaline (LR03 or R03) batteries or Two AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries Battery Life - Alkaline - Approximately 39 hours (LP mode) Optional rechargeable NiMH batteries - Approximately 22 hours (LP mode) per charge Size - 4.0 x 1.4 x 0.8 inches (102 x 36 x 20.5 mm) Weight - 2.2 oz. (63 g), including batteries

Customer Reviews

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This little device is really great.
Zachary L. Rubin
It's super easy to transfer the digital files to laptop via usb.
book reviewer of portland
The batteries last a long time and I LOVE IT.
Helen W.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Stahl on April 26, 2011
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I use these digital voice recorders on a regular basis, having started with the 4200, then the 6200 and now this model. I bought this one after comparing it with the 8100, and didn't see how they differed except the 8100 comes with a cover. I haven't explored the extra features with the 801, but am impressed with it's recording capability, and the option to use either wma or mp3 formats. Some changes I like are: the speaker being on the front, the improved visibility on the screen, the wider body, controls, especially choosing what to erase and the additional memory, and adding the word 'power' to the hold control. It's a nice machine and well priced. We use it for basic language data recording.
Jim
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ACW1120 on October 1, 2011
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The way I evaluate how easy to use a product is by looking (or in this case not looking at the manual, this product is sufficiently easy to use, I do not need to open its manual to start to use it right away.

First, the good points:

1. I find the microphone came with the recorder is very senstive and can pick up volume quite nicely from a distance, this is good for me as I bought this for recording my conference minutes.

2. It appears to be well made, I drop it once (already!) from 6 ft, and it did not appear to damage it.

Now, the not so good point:

The play back volume and speaker is not very good, in a quite room you certainly can hear it, but if you are in an outdoor environment or driving, forget it, the playback is not very good. you can crank up the volume but distortion will set in, I was thinking first, this may be the recording volume issue, but after I upload to my PC with better play back device, I know this is not the case, it is the recorder itself.

Update 3-5-2012

After several month use, I can tell you another not so good point about the recorder, it will eat battery (2x AAA) quickly, with a new set of battery, no recording but just playback, it will last 3 weeks in daily use for 40 minute a day, I consider this is not very efficient.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Bear on July 4, 2011
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Pros:

The sound of recordings is exceptionally clear. This unit replaced a Sony and the battery life of this unit is FAR FAR superior. This unit powers down after a few minutes of no use. It can also power down manually. That saves battery life. The Sony has no way to shut it off other than removing a battery. I use this to record hour long lectures and the batteries in the Sony would last four lectures over four days before really needing to be recharged. The initial alkaline batteries in the Olympus have recorded well over a dozen lectures and the batteries are still strong.

Cons:

To record in MP3, which I do since I am sending the recordings to others (and some want to play on devices that don't play WMA files and those recipients are not technologically astute), means large file sizes for a one hour lecture. The file size at the worst recording level is about 16 MB for almost one hour. That is too large for some email recipients. Drop Box is an easy workaround.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leah on August 28, 2011
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I purchased this so that i could keep track of my random ideas throughout my day, and have now been using it to practice my interviewing skills. very easy to use, love that it records in chapters, impressed with how much it can store, and that I can save my digital files.
only thing that would improve this would be if it was rechargeable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dnabios on August 20, 2012
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I've been using this for about 1.5 years now, and I like it. The battery has yet to die and I've been able to intuit the instructions easily without needing to consult the manual constantly.

Actually, I went to turn it on while I was typing up this review and it's dead. So there you go. About 1.5 years from 2 AAA batteries.

It has a port for microphones, a port for earphones, and a usb port for downloading the audio files.

I've been using it to record myself instructing new hires with a throat mic and it has worked quite well.

My only complaints are:
The USB port is not covered and gets dirt and lint in it quite easily.
The "on" switch is a toggle, and it can get activated by accident if you aren't careful. I haven't had too much problem with this though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By driverzed on June 4, 2011
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We use these recorders to create a history of our on-road driver training lessons. The recorders are easy to use, reliable and easy to offload to a pc for archival purposes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By book reviewer of portland on June 12, 2012
I'm really happy with this.

I haven't had another digital voice recorder to compare this to, but I am a tech person and very particular about good functional product design.

This does everything it's supposed to do and has no extra bells and whistles to muddy up the experience. the on screen interface is very utilitarian and easy to figure out. It's super easy to transfer the digital files to laptop via usb.

I have used this for recording several interviews and was more than happy with the results. I used the optional mic, placed the recorder on a tabletop about 3 feet from the interview subjects.

I plan to use it to record sound for video - basically use it as an external mic (with built in data storage) for audio coverage while filming a subject walking and talking.

I've also found another use - I use it record my vinyl records to digital files. The sound quality is great. Great little recorder. It's much more convenient than connecting the laptop to the stereo - I can grab the recorder, plug it into the out from the tuner, and record stereo mp3 at 192.

One of the other reviewers complained about the battery usage. I haven't had that problem - I like using AAA's - they're cheap, I buy them in bulk, and I haven't gone through many while using this device. It might be different if you used it daily.

Overall I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
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