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Sony ICDUX70 Digital Voice Recorder MP3 Stereo Recording and Playback

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  • 1 GB digital voice recorder for dictation, MP3 playback and recording, and storage
  • Records up to 290 hours of digital audio
  • MP3 playback
  • USB direct design (no need for USB cable); drag and drop files directly to your computer
  • Windows and Mac compatible
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 1.4 x 3.8 inches ; 1.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00142VMMS
  • Item model number: ICDUX70
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,373 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

MP3 Stereo Recording and Playback --- Allows you to playback MP3 files and record using the MP3 file format. USB Direct Connection --- allows you to plug your voice recorder directly into a USB port on a computer or hub, eliminating the need for cables. 1GB Built-in Flash Memory --- uses a high capacity IC chip, which may be recorded over and used again and again with distortion free clarity. Up to 290 Hours Recording Time --- LP mode gives you plenty of time to record everything you need. Drag & Drop File Transfer --- allows you to easily drag files from your PC right to the voice recorder, no software is required. Supports Hi-Speed USB. Voice Operated Recording (VOR) --- stops the recording during silent pauses, saving valuable recording time, then begins recording again without missing a single syllable because of the digital buffer.

Product Description

MP3 Stereo Recording and Playback --- Allows you to playback MP3 files and record using the MP3 file format. USB Direct Connection --- allows you to plug your voice recorder directly into a USB port on a computer or hub, eliminating the need for cables. 1GB Built-in Flash Memory --- uses a high capacity IC chip, which may be recorded over and used again and again with distortion free clarity. Up to 290 Hours Recording Time --- LP mode gives you plenty of time to record everything you need. Drag & Drop File Transfer --- allows you to easily drag files from your PC right to the voice recorder, no software is required. Supports Hi-Speed USB. Voice Operated Recording (VOR) --- stops the recording during silent pauses, saving valuable recording time, then begins recording again without missing a single syllable because of the digital buffer.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The quality of the recordings are very good.
C. WOOD
Downloading the recording files (that already are in MP3 format) is as easy as plugging the device into a usb port and copying them to the c: drive.
Perry Baldwin
Long boot up time, can be mitigated by not turning the Hold on, but still take 3-5 seconds to start a recording.
D. Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 115 people found the following review helpful By R. Samsel on April 4, 2008
I have had been using the Sony MZM200 Professional Portable Hi MD Recorder for the past year for digital recording of meetings and lectures. I have had good luck with it but I could never just hand it off to someone else to use. So I began to look at flash based recorders. The model I kept coming back to was the ICD-U70 but I was concerned by the proprietary file format and the difficulty that I had heard about converting it to a more standard format.

Well, with the ICD-UX70 & UX80 this major concern was addressed as the file format used is MP3. Now I can just load it directly to my computer and then to the website for podcasting with no transfer or conversion. I usually do some cleaning or normalizing using Nero but - oh how easy this has become. With the ease of this unit, I can imagine that I might not be using my MD recorder nearly as much.

I have used the unit connected to a sound board, an external microphone (Sony ECM-CS10 Tie-Clip-Style and Sony ECMMS907 Digital Recording Microphone) and by itself, and I have been very impressed with the quality of the recording.

The only thing with which you need to check and be comfortable is the internal mic sensitivity. Do some tests to see how the recording level and background noise comes out. Once you become familiar with the abilities of this unit, I think you will be happy with the recordings.

I think the size is great; if it was any smaller (thumb-drive sized) the buttons would either be too small or too close together for my fingers to operate. Sometimes small is too small - this unit is not too small.

Be careful about your expectations of the internal speaker - you can only get so much sound out of a teeny speaker.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By L. Anderson on April 4, 2008
I purchased the ICDUX70 last week. Unfortunately, I wanted it fast and paid $99 at Fry's. (By comparison, the ICDUX80 was $149 (for 2GB) and I thought I could live without the extra Gb of memory).

My initial purchase excuse was to record voice conversations and classroom lectures as well as listen to prerecorded audio recordings, but after reading the documentation it looks equally well suited for dictation or music when used with an external (higher quality) mic or other audio input with excellent audio (see one possibility below). Is reportedly compatible with, but does not include, Dragon Naturally Speaking (I have not tested however).

The use of (the nearly universal) MP3 format is a huge plus (although an open source codec such as Ogg Vorbis might have been nice in some ways). The ICDUX70 records directly to the internal memory which can be easily read and written to by any computer that has USB just like a flash card (Sony only advertises compatibility with Windows and Mac, but my brief test with Ubuntu Linux showed that I was able to transfer (legally purchased) MP3 files to it and listen to them.

Reading the short manual is helpful for some features. The functionality is better than I expected. Included is user adjustable DPC (Digital Pitch Control) which allows play back at slower or faster speeds without distortion or pitch change, and after brief testing of the DPC feature I was quite impressed with the quality of playback.

MiniDisk recorders have in the past been a secret weapon of videographers or sound people for their own projects to capture sound that would other wise be missed. My Sony MiniDisk cost $300 but only had analog out.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By John Wiegley on September 15, 2008
I've been a heavy user of digital voice recorders in the past for noting down ideas when I'm in bed (and the lights are out -- no paper), and for when I'm driving. I don't use it for much else, but when I do use it, I tend to use it a lot.

I started out with Sony, then went to Olympus, and now I'm back to Sony again.

This little unit is my favorite so far. Transferring sound to my Mac couldn't possibly be easier. The size and weight are the best yet, as is the recording length.

Where I ding this little marvel is in a few areas: The buttons are too tiny, and too similar. The first Sony I use had a large and square record button, compared to small round buttons for everything else. Based on everything I've used so far, this is the "right" design; why Sony used all tiny round buttons for the UX70 I'll never know, but it forces me to check and recheck myself to see which buttons I'm really pushing.

Battery life is absolutely terrible. The worst I've ever used. And I don't mean continuous recording length (which is probably what the unit is designed to excel at). I mean the situation where you leave a fresh battery in the unit for a month, and then pick it up hoping to quickly jot down a voice note. I'm using high-capacity (2500 mAh) rechargeable AAAs, and these things can't even last *two weeks*. And that's with the unit on "Hold" the entire time!! This makes it completely useless as a "there when you need it" recorder, and I think it's going to make me get rid of it. My only option right now is to carry about the battery separately, but since the startup time for this unit is so long, it means I'm almost sure to forget the idea that I wanted to jot down in the first place.
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