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Sony TCM-200DV Standard Cassette Voice Recorder (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
228 customer reviews
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Price: $159.95 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • Double Recording Time - normal or half-normal speed
  • Voice Operated Recording
  • Playback Speed Control - +30% or -15%
  • External Microphone Jack
  • Up to 25 Hours of Battery Life
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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: TCM-200DV
  • Battery Average Life: 25 Hours
  • Item Display Weight: 0.55 pounds
  • Tuner Technology: Digital
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Product Description

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Product Description

A standard cassette voice recorder with voice operated recording / External microphone jack / Built-in microphone / Large speaker

Sony's TCM-200DV cassette recorder offers a multitude of features which make it an excellent choice for a cassette voice recorder. The two channel, one track recorder promises accurate recording. For recording ease, Sony has installed double recording time and voice operated recording. The double recording time gives you the option of recording at a standard speed, or at half the standard speed, essentially giving you double the recording space. With voice operated record, you no longer have to worry about constantly shutting off and switching on the record button; with the first hint of sound, the TCM-200DV will begin recording. Sony's Sony-Matic automatic recording level control will keep your recordings at one constant level. Play-back editing or transcribing becomes more useful with this feature. If the internal microphone doesn't support your recording needs, simply plug in an external mic into the mic jack.

An essential playback feature is the playback speed control. With this adjustment, you can adjust the speed between thirty percent of normal and negative fifteen percent of normal. This is a great tool for those transferring interviews or lectures. If you find yourself fighting to hear the cassette player via the built-in speaker, plug earphones into the recorder and your troubles will be lessened. In fact, Sony has installed a L/R monaural earphone jack for clear and unobstructed hearing.

There are two options in powering this recorder. The first is an optional AC adaptor. If batteries are more useful, use the required two AA batteries; these batteries will run for up to twenty-five hours. With the LED battery level indicator you can be watchful of remaining battery time. With automatic shut-off, you can be assured that you will not be wasting batteries needlessly.

Other features include: clear voice recording system, cue and review, pause switch, stop/pause release function. The recorder's color is silver.

What's in the Box
Sony TCM-200DV cassette recorder and user's manual.

Product Information

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight6.1 ounces
Product Dimensions10.5 x 6 x 2.2 inches
Item model numberTCM-200DV
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #8,473 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
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148 of 153 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2004
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I use this for class to record lectures. I sit in the front and I pick up adequate amplification. However, if someone in the 4th through 6th row asks a question, it is a difficult to hear. During playback, I have to turn up the volume on those sections.
A few things I wish I had were
* a LED light signalling that I was recording. I have accidently forgotten to press the record button and just hit play. So, I have dead air.
*Auto shutoff when I am recording and get to the end of the tape. It doesn't shut off and it makes this screeching (but not too loud) noise when it hits the end of the tape. Which is kind of embarrasing. i have to pay attention to where the tape is at, which you can see through the window.
* It doesn't have a counter on it, so if I am taking notes, I can't write down the position I am at during the note taking.
Yet, for the price, I got what I paid for. It is a decent recorder. I have no complaints, only suggestions I want to get when I upgrade to another recorder.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A. Buck on November 5, 2006
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Wouldn't you think a product whose title reads "with Dual Power Source" would actually include the AC adapter? Not in this case, although I can order one separately.

If you in fact want the AC adapter to arrive in the same package as your cassette recorder, be sure you order the Sony TCM-210DV, which I now understand is the model I should have ordered. The TCM-210DV appears to be identical to the TCM-200DV but includes the AC adapter.

Although I don't have the AC adapter I wanted as insurance for the occasions on which I record on tape, the recorder performs just fine on battery. I use it primarily to play audiobooks from the public library, because a Walkman or other play-only motor is not powerful enough for old, worn cassettes.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By SteelBlue on December 1, 2005
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This is a nice little recorder and the price is right. I got it for my folks because they wanted to be able to record my niece and nephew and because the new digital technology was a little overwhelming. This is a very sturdy little player/recorder, easy to use, and great if you still have cassettes lying around.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Thegreatnerd on November 4, 2007
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I've used this recorder for nearly a year now, and I love it. It is sensitive enough to record voices at 50 yards away. And, it is still clear and crisp enough at close ranges.

It'll hold up in the toughest conditions and strains. For some of my recordings, I've had to be out in the woods or open fields during freezing weather or burning heat. The tapes always come out clear, clean, and enjoyable. (Nature recordings, outdoor events, races, etc.)

As a reporter, I used it for interviews. As a student, I used it for lectures, discussions, and notes. The 2X recording time is worth the price alone. Not only that, but if you have to listen to the full three hours that is possible on tape, but you don't want to drain the battery, there's a 3V adapter plugin at the bottom.

The tape deck has remained secure despite some drops. The deck heads are still smooth, and the gears haven't started squeaking, which is something that other recorders have done in the past.

Overall, if you need a tough, durable cassette recorder, this is the one to buy. I wouldn't buy any other now that I have this one. Sure, you get longer recording times with MP3 and MD recorders, but this is a bargain for what it is.

Oh, and it's great for paranormal investigations... but, that's at your own discretion.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo Menderes on January 26, 2006
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I am in charge of fixing the horrible distortions

that happen in converting low-sample-rate recordings of poetry

readings from a camera to MP3 (terrible kazoo buzzing noise).

I discovered that good old analog tape, via an attenuating patchcord (-60db), convert very smoothly, and the PCM/16-bit 11khz audio format even rolls off tape hiss and keeps a beautiful natural tone. Using an electret microphone outboard also gets rid of the tape machine motor noise.

Anyway, I got this TCM-200DV at Target on sale for $25 to

back up the garage-sale recorder I was using. The first

wonderful surprise was that you can plug a common

external-powered PC condenser mic straight in! Sony

says they supply the bias, and they aren't fooling.

The level is quite sensitive too; excellent for poetry

at 1-2 ft distance, so 'pops' are avoided. The sound is

brilliant, even at the half-speed. I would have gladly

traded that for a tape counter. I am worried about

how all the switches dealing with the tape speed will age,

but I'll keep the thing in a bag to avoid dust.

The 25-hr batt life is cool.

Analog recordings of speaking events are very important at this

time, since the true 24-bit//96khz PCM recorders needed to

avoid conversion distortions are still very expensive. This

recorder does a super job for voice, and is a great feed

to the PC for digital recording.
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