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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2004
I found this Sony recorder perfect for making quick dictation notes, so much so that I constantly use it and may well purchase a second one as a backup. It is ergonomically well designed, the appropriate control buttons easily accessed, and doesn't attempt to look fancy like the Olympus models. It has a clear voice replay, with a very well designed Cue and Review Control (rather oval shaped, so you don't accidentally hit any wrong buttons), the record button is prominently red and the microphone silver, so it's hard to make any mistakes in recording or accidentally erasing information. Similarly, the Pause control reveals a red spot when activated, so you don't have to guess if the machine is actually on pause or not. An unexpected feature is the stereo sound when you plug in a pair of earphones: unlike your standard tape recorder that will only provide sound through one phone in a headset, this recorder feeds sounds to both sides of a headphone. As the manufacturer description indicates, it has two speeds to extend cassette length. If you want a personal dictation recorder that is as small as can be expected, is inconspicuous and literally compact, then this is a wise and economical purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2008
I've been using the Sony M450 unit every day for several months -- ever since my previous Sony M430 finally gave up the ghost after 5 years of daily use. It works well, and gets the job done. Another reviewer complained of the lack of an "on/off" switch. This is not a problem for me, as the unit is "off" unless you turn it on. I recommend it, and would buy another one (if I needed another one!). A very good value for the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
This recorder is being used to record city council meetings. At this time the Sony M-450 is working quite well.
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on July 10, 2015
Perfect and excellent in many ways! I have been testing a number of these lately, and this is my number 2-ish choice in the field. My first is the 529V, but the 670V is perhaps the cream of the crop. It is getting tough to distinguish the top gunners and very best ones. The Sony 450 is right there with them. It's very nice, and a positive and unique, top of the line choice. Most outstanding feature is the incredible volume and sound strength for a voice recorder this size, and for a microcassette. I never knew I could have so much fun playing around with a Voice Recorder. It's the highest out of any I have tested. You can turn it all the way up and hear it across a a large size living room - no kidding. I just tried for the second time and couldnt believe it, a machine that small could produce such strong volume. I thought some other ones were good, but this is impressive. I have not yet directly compared it with the 670V volume wise, but it should be an interesting test sometime. Perhaps I should report back on my findings.

As usual with any half way decent, quality product, someone is gladly willing to tear it down. I already see 2 negative naysayers or complaints. Again, as usual - never fails. I think 1 or 2 Stars for this particular model and product is completely unmerited and unfounded. I could never see less than 4 Stars being fair or realistic. That's just negativity in my book. I guess if someone had a bad one out of the box, etc.. ok, maybe it gives the wrong impression. I can understand, things happen. But I often wonder if that is really the case, or if it is fair to simply trash something or someone because of a one time, limited experience. Voice wise, I was literally just testing mine - and I held mine a good 1-2 feet from my face and it picked up every piece of my commentary. So I dont think the 2 Star review based on that is merited.

To continue... Additional and desirable dynamics are that a) it's a Sony, b) it looks super sharp, c) has Clear Voice technology, d) is a recent model, e) has extended battery life and endurance, and f) comes across or appears very professional, hip and even modern. So it's basically a sweet Sony! lol : ) I also like the structure on this one a tad more, and is similar to the 529V. It's just a little bit sturdier, stronger and has a good size/dimension. It also fits like a "gun" in your hand, with a unique grip and feel. I also like the small LED light, tells me it's working and all systems are go. It's a slightly more masculine model, so something to take into consideration for professional woman looking at this option. This is not one of the more slightly feminine Voice Recorders, or color choices - however note or may I add this is in my opinion.

It looks good though and functions well, and is definitely not an oversized, complete piece of junk. I cant see anyone being disappointed in one, as long as they get a good one. This is not a $100 Voice Recorder out of the box. This is no Dimestore stuff, regardless if it uses microcassettes or not. The technology is surprisingly still there. Back in the old school days, you would be hot stuff if you had one of these on the job. Obviously the new price of $400 plus says something. I think personally it's worth it if you can afford one, and if not, like new or used may not be a bad way to go. I should have already mentioned, the recording quality/capability is very high. Overall, it is up there with the top 5, out of a large field. Panasonic RN305's and a few other Sony models are the only ones that can truly compare or hang. It's nice, without a doubt. Hot stuff! I definitely like and would reccomend it ~
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2014
Microphone needs to be directly held in front of mouth or recording fades quickly. Awkward to hold this position while trying to read medical records onto tape. Poor quality feel for price!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2007
This product seems to work ok, but seller didn't include part of package that was advertised.
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14 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2004
I would not buy this product again. My unit emits a constant electronic hiss even when all controls are in the neutral position. As far as I can tell, there is--incredibly--no switch that disconnects battery power when the unit is not in use.
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