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RCA VR5220 512 MB Digital Voice Recorder (Black)

by RCA

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  • 512MB Built-in Flash Memory - Allows you up to 200 hours of recording. Record lectures, seminars, or important day-to-day notes, without the worry of running out of time!
  • Built-in, Flip-out USB - No Cables Needed! Built in USB port allows file download to PC. Once transferred to the PC, listen, share and save with our Digital Voice Management Program.
  • Automatic Voice-Activated Record (AVR) - Allows recorder to sense the sound and start recording automatically. Recording stops when sound stops.
  • Variable Speed Playback - Select from multiple playback speeds so you can listen to your recorded files at your own pace.
  • Intro Scan - Preview message content to quickly find messages.
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 1.5 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001U5VND2
  • Item model number: VR5220
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,249 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2003

Product Description

Use the VR5220 digital voice recorder by RCA for taking notes at lectures and seminars or to simply record important day-to-day notes. With 512MB of built in flash memory, you can enjoy up to 200 hours of recording. The digital voice recorder features a multi-function LCD display that shows the time, low battery indicator, recording countdown and other information. The built-in USB allows for direct PC connection, helping you listen, share, save and organize with ease. Enjoy worry-free recording with the Automatic Voice-Activated Record (AVR) mode which will sense sound and start recording automatically once sound begins and stop recording when sound ends. Choose from three different playback options: bookmark, variable speed and pitch correction for slow/fast play. By using the date/time stamp you can quickly find specific recordings without the hassle of listening to complete recordings. Additional features include editing functions, headphone jack/external microphone jack, selectable recording mode and key lock function.

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Customer Reviews

The user manual is useless.
Kathryn K
An important thing to mention is that thanks to the USB port, you can transfer files directly to your computer.
Arturo Ruiz
The sound quality is excellent as well.
Therapeutic1

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98 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Arturo Ruiz on March 26, 2010
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I bought this voice recorder because I needed an inexpensive solution to a lot of classes that I was going to have to take lots of notes on. I was looking for a digital recorder, and it had to be a recorder that I could plug into my computer for quick file transferring. As long as that was true, I didn't mind how big the memory capacity of the recorder was, since I could always fill it up and empty it at the end of each week.

· Price: the recorder is pretty affordable compared to some of the other products out there with far more bells and whistles than I need, so I felt it was great.

· Interface: The digital display is clear though swapping between folders is a little more time consuming than I would like, navigating through the brief menu is easy enough.

· Connectivity: This recorder has a built-in USB port which attracted me to it immediately. I didn't want to be carrying any cables around with me, so I was pleased by this. The port is great and sturdy. It hides away cleanly under a plastic cover so you won't worry about dust. When the USB port is out, it locks firmly so there is no fear of it being pushed back into the recorder when you are inserting it into the computer's USB port. Good job on that. An important thing to mention is that thanks to the USB port, you can transfer files directly to your computer. There are voice recorders out in the market which are "digital" in the sense that they do not require blank media such as minicassettes to record the audio; they store the audio in internal memory, but in order for you to archive that audio, you need to do it through playback in real time. You need to actually sit down and press play and sit through hours and hours of audio while it's recorded into your computer.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Dmitry Sergeev on September 3, 2009
I was about to return RCA VR5220 back to the store. The reason to return was a recording VOC audio format which is not a very common for an average user. A need to convert files from one format to another, often with a loss of quality was not an option for me.

Last night I opened a manual... To my surprise VOC recoding is only done in LP and SP mode, and HQ mode, the one I was going to use, records in WMA (Windows Media Audio). No need to convert files anymore, just copy them to PC and play with Windows player or any other player. Reading a manual saved me a trip back to the store.

With a recorder price under $30, ability to record in WMA format, play and edit options, easy file transfer via built in USB port, in my opinion, this recorder offers a really good value.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Just Me on September 20, 2009
I purchased this despite reading the other reviews that said they could not get this to work on their mac. I run Mac OSX and had no problem with this voice recorder. The voice recorder must be turned on before you plug it into your USB port. After that it should show up on your desktop just like an other external device. Click on that and in one of the folders you will find a VOC file. To play this VOC file, you must download a converter. The one I use is SoundConverter, and it works great (make sure to change the output to your desired file type, such as MP3). If you are a Mac user, you are probably searching high and low (like I did) for an affordable digital voice recorder. This was cheap, and thus far I have been impressed with the quality and overall functionality of the device. I will update this review after I have used it for a longer period of time.

Overall, if you are a Mac user looking for something that is compatible, this does indeed work. You just drag the file onto the desktop, convert it, and you have your recording.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Henry N. Manz on July 14, 2009
I bought the recorder to produce sound tracks for online slide shows. The resulting files are of excellent quality and the integral USB connector along with microphone and earphone jacks are nice touches, but there are four problems which are irritating:
1. The resulting files are .VOC format which must be converted to be usable with anything but the included Digital Voice Manager software. That information should be on the box.
2. The Digital Voice Manager software which comes with the device insists on installing to the C: drive. I install all software to another drive.
3. If the user is not alert during installation, unrelated software like Ask and Weather Bug will be installed. There is no need for this unrelated software. In addition, a piece of software to recognize that the recorder has been plugged into a USB port is installed. I have no need for this add-on. It can be removed leaving the voice manager in place, but the extra steps are a pain, especially since the ony reason to install the voice manager software is the proprietary .VOC file format.
4. The controls are incomprehensible without extensive study of the poorly written instructions. This is a recorder. So put buttons on it which do the things recorders are supposed to do instead of hiding them behind multipurpose buttons and tiny icons. And write the manuals in standard English.
I will use this recorder a lot, but I know that I will eventually trade it for something a little more expensive, but easier to operate.
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