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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2010
I have been using this remote with my L-10 for 18 months now and it works great. For recording an acoustic music performance with the L-10's built-in mics, it is best to place the recorder as close to the performer as possible. I place the L-10 on a small tripod about 2 feet from the subject and sit about 10 feet away. This controller allows me to start/pause/stop recording with complete ease.

Two warnings, though: First, don't hold the controller in your hand while your listening to the performance. I have messed up several recordings by getting too involved in the performance and not noticing that I was squeezing the thing, putting it in pause or stop mode inadvertently. To avoid this kind of user error, I suggest putting the thing on a lanyard and wearing it around your neck. Second, pay attention to the fact that the remote doesn't work the same way as the controls on the recorder. The recorder requires two presses to start recording. The first press only lets you check the recording levels. The remote starts recording on the first press. This makes sense because you can't really check the levels if you are 10 feet away from the recorder, but the user must be mindful of this difference in operation. Blinking lights on the receiver and the recorder let you know what the thing is doing but it takes some practice to learn what the lights are telling you.

This unit performs exactly as advertised. It's pretty rugged, too. I have dropped it a couple of times onto a hardwood floor from about 3 feet and it keeps working. The remote makes the L-10 twice as useful, I love it. The only improvement I would suggest is making it in a brightly colored plastic instead of black. It is just too easy to misplace the receiver unit when it is detached from the recorder because it is so tiny.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2009
My unit functioned very well, but did not do what I expected -- to be able to start my recorder from an adjacent room (outside the sound booth). Since it's infra-red, it's line of sight, so if you want to control your recorder from more than about six or seven feet away from the device, save your money.

What I needed was a true wireless -- or radio frequency controller, so I don't have to be able to see the recorder to turn it on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2010
This small and light remote is really useful for starting and stopping recording on a LS10 or LS11 from a distance. Its working distance of 5m is sufficient in most circumstances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2013
This device is not what I expect, probable because I didnt have clear what I wanted in first place. I was looking to playback from a distance, the control is only for recording, with no playback capability. I use the Olympus recorder to lure birds into certain position so I can take photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2013
This remote for starting and stopping recording has worked spottily for me, even when sitting very close to the recorder, and only with the quick recording mode. Wish it worked better. If so, it would be very useful .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2010
I purchased the remote directly from Amazon but it didn't work with my LS10. I purchased a new battery and that still didn't work. I called Olympus customer service and that took quite a long time and they didn't have a unit on hand to even try out themselves so that wasn't comforting. Olympus gave me a repair authorization but I decided to use Amazons return policy. (Which is great btw!)
I had Amazon send me a new remote and I sent mine back to them free of charge.
The second remote showed up and guess what.. SAME PROBLEM! I saw no reaction at all to having the device plugged into the LS10 nothing! I also tried a new battery in this unit but same negative response. I give up on this attempt at remote control. My guess is that when Olympus designed and build certain early models of the LS10, they didn't include or test this feature since the remote was released much later than the LS10. My advice: Skip the remote!
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on January 27, 2013
It's a fairly simple, two-button IR (short range, line of sight) transmitter and receiver pair. On my LS-14, the receiver piece plugs into a jack on the side, which I thought might be awkward but it's not: In addition to rotating in the jack (of course), the receiver pivots forward and back so that it can face you / the transmitter. It is small enough that I leave it plugged in and folded down against the recorder's body without adding any bulk. The receiver does light to tell you when you are recording--a big help, not only if the recorder is at a distance, but also if it's tilted at an odd angle or away from you so that you cannot see the face.

My only irritation (three stars) is that, for what it is, this old technology should cost less.
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on September 8, 2013
I have tried and tried to get this product to work properly with no luck.

To be honest, I have not interacted with the company to resolve the issue, so just be warned.

It appears to be high quality, but if doesn't function as advertised, what's the point??
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on May 19, 2013
Old technology. Not strong reception. One must be very close to the recorder in order for it to work. A good concept but Olympus should ditch this item for newer technology. No feedback on the controller to let you know when it works or doesn't.
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on March 6, 2014
I have an Olympus LS-20M that I use to record live performances of my band, and this is an incredible tool that helps me on that task while I'm on stage.
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