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Sony ICDB600 Digital Voice Recorder

by Sony
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  • Digital recorder with 512 MB built-in flash memory
  • Supports up to 300 hours of recording time
  • Four message folders (up to 396 messages)
  • Large LCD; day and time stamp
  • Powered by two AAA batteries (included)
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Product Description

Product Description

Don't miss a word. With up to 300 hours of recording time on the built-in 512MB digital voice recorder, the ICD-B600 makes it easy to capture class lectures, business meetings or even your own memos.

From the Manufacturer

With 512 MB of built-in memory, the Sony ICDB600 Digital Voice Recorder captures up to 300 hours of audio. An ideal device to record class lectures, business meetings, interviews, and even your own memos, the ICDB600 features simple function buttons on the front for easy operation. Features include selectable microphone sensitivity for adjusting the recording levels to your specific needs, three recording modes (LP, SP, and HQ) and four message folders for organizing your messages (up to 396 separate messages). Also included is a voice activated recording (VOR) mode for added recording convenience, and a large, easy-to-ready LCD screen to keep tabs on the number of messages recorded, recording length, date, time, and battery life. The VOR stops the recording during silent pauses then begins recording again without missing a single syllable thanks to the built-in digital buffer. Other features include a 250mW speaker for clear listening of your recorded files and a date and time stamp that lets you see what day and time you recorded a message. This recorder is powered by two AAA batteries (included).

What's in the Box
Digital voice recorder and two AAA batteries.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 1.4 x 3.8 inches ; 1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0013FDMJ2
  • Item model number: ICDB600
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,617 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This tiny recorder has excellent voice quality and is easy to use.
lneedle
Slide the hold button and it will turn off in a few seconds (battery won't die if you turn it off) 2) The notes DO NOT REPEAT 10 TIMES TO ERASE.
Amazon Customer
A piece of junk that stopped working mere months after I bought it.
Rick Grimes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2008
Works great. Currently using it for lecture classes. It picks up every word the instructor says when set on high frequency.

For all those clicking through the 1, 2, and 3 star reviews. There seems to be a few misunderstandings about this product. Let me try to clarify them for those who can't afford the pricier models.

1) Slide the hold button and it will turn off in a few seconds (battery won't die if you turn it off)

2) The notes DO NOT REPEAT 10 TIMES TO ERASE. Click play, hit erase button twice in sequence and it will... ERASE.

3) No where in product description does it state you can transfer to your computer. In fact let me type out what it says directly on the box as well as whats not on the box so to clear up any further confusion:

301 Hrs Long Recording Time Digital Voice Recorder
Selectable Recording Modes:
LP 301hrs
SP 163hrs
HQ 61 hrs
Microphone Jack, Built in Microphone, Headphone Jack,
LCD Display, Menu, Divide, Rec/Rec Pause, Play, Enter,
Stop, Rewind, FFWD, Hold, Volume, Erase.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Charles Shaver on September 10, 2008
The unit has a phones out. You run 1/8" stereo out into you line in jack on your PC or laptop. Most computers that are less than 5 yrs old have a 1/8" stereo input for a microphone. Most, also have a pop up that gives you a choice for that input as a mic or a line in. Choose the line in. Use the sound recorder software in Windows or Mac, or download a free music editing program like Audacity.
This is all pretty straight forward. After a few minutes you should have a .wav or and .mp3 that you can email to all your friends.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Mischel on May 2, 2008
This is in response to the previous review. Like other versions of Sony voice recorders, this device is turned off by using the "hold" switch. If you turn it off when not in use, the batteries will last much longer. Also, the erase function isn't that problematic. Just press the erase button a couple of times and it should delete the current recording. I found this item to be really useful given the hundreds of hours recording time available.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tony Polito on August 9, 2008
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Documentation states there is no on/off. But there is. The switch on the side labeled "hold" does the trick.

Also the instructions for erasing a message, if followed, will result in message being played 10 times before it is erased. (Why anyone would have a need for THAT to occur is beyond me.) But simply pressing the "Erase" button twice in succession while playing the message will erase the message instantly. That approach is undocumented in the instructions.

Thanks to the other posters who provided this information.

This model has no computer software, no USB, etc. to support sound transfer. The only option for transferring these sound files electronically is to use the speaker/audio out jack. (and something such as Windows Sound Recorder and your microphone in jack on the back of your PC). You have to cough up another forty smackers or so to get the model that does provide true support.

It does also have a jack for an for external mike. I found the quality of the recording as well as the volume on playback to be satisfactory.

The product is a wee bit "over-engineered." The basic operation/buttons and the display screens are not as simple as they could be. This is a $30 unit, so I expected and wanted something very basic. It took a bit of reading/plowing through the manual (and reading reviews here on Amazon) to get oriented.

And there is other functional overkill. I didn't need four storage folders (or a way to transfer files between them), an alarm clock (and a way to select a message for the alarm), the ability to go back and splice previous messages, the ability to append recordings to existing messages and other such what not. All that stuff just complicates the device/screens/menus needlessly, imho.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shlomo on November 8, 2009
Maybe several years ago Sony's icd-b300/b400/b600 recorders were considered good but now Sony has a MUCH better line-up in the ICD-bx700 for approx $30 shipped (refurbished) here on Amazon or $40 new at walmart. I own both and the newer + much improved bx700/px720(adds usb port) make these older models obsolete. They are still basically the same recorders and look the same but offer more features, 1gb storage, SHQ mode along with HQ mode AND HQ mode on the bx700 sounds 10x's better than HQ mode on these out-dated versions which produce a lot of background noise + hiss. The newer models have an up/down button for volume control instead of a wheel and craftmanship is much better and feel is much more substantial and they also added a few more useful features like variable pitch control on playback. So they basically upgraded and improved noticeably on the icd-b600 with the bx700/px720 versions and I have no clue why they're still selling these older models accept to get rid of old stock. The newer versions also have Stereo recording capability in SHQ + HQ mode when using an external stereo mic such as Sony's ecm-ds70p or ds30p which produces some really nice recordings especially for the money. Summing up, If you were to put these recorders side by side you would cry if you bought the b600 vs the bx700 or px720.
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