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Olympus Digital Voice Recorder (VN 6200PC)
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- Record up to 444 hours of uninterrupted audio in LP mode
- Pc link with USB 2.0 PORT - Upload files directly to your PC using a simple cable connection for easy file management.
- Voice activation extends recording time and saves battery life by recording only when the microphone senses sound.
- Recording modes - Lets you select standard playback (SP), long playback (LP) or high quality (HQ) mode.
- Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and Battery life
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Transfer audio files quickly and easily to a computer with the convenient PC link. Voice activation extends recording time by recording only when the microphone senses sound. Record up to 444 hours of uninterrupted audio in LP mode. Select from three recording modes to meet your specific needs: HQ for high quality; SP and LP for extended recording. Index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval. Large LCD for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status and battery life. Slow and Fast Playback modes let you listen to audio 25 percent slower or 50 percent faster than real time. Contains five folders that each hold up to 200 files.
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I then plugged the USB cable into the recorder and the computer (Windows XP Home, USB 1.1). After automatically installing standard drivers, Explorer showed the device as just another drive - like a flash drive. Using Explorer, I copied the test WMA file onto my hard drive, then opened Windows Media Player and played it back - perfect, with excellent volume and clarity. To finish, I just right-clicked the recorder drive in Explorer and clicked on "Eject", unplugged the recorder from the USB port, and that was that.
All this using only the factory-default settings. I'll play with those later.
The only problems:
1. The batteries were plastic-encased. Until you realize this and remove the plastic, they won't work well.
2. I agree with others that labelling what is essentially the on-off button as "Hold" is idiotic.
3. I also agree the USB cable is really short - too short. This isn't a problem for me but may be for you.
4. The recorder controls are difficult to read and in a low-lit room, you'd better have them memorized.
5. As others have noted, the format is WMA, which is fine if you have Windows Media Player. If you need WAV format, I "beethink" you can find a good free converter program for Windows.
Added note - WMA files are small and fast - I can attest to that. If you need to convert to WAV, you may find the conversion time very slow, and the new file very big. Consider downloading a WMA-compatible player. The last I checked (Sep '09) Windows Media Player V11 is free (25MB download), and if still so, download and install it. I think the first time you go through a WMA->WAV conversion, the long Windows Media Player download will look a lot more attractive.
All the above aside, this little thing works perfectly for what I intended it to do. For my use, great product.
- Lots of memory: 1 GB of built-in memory gives about 70 hours of HQ recording and up to 400 hours of lower-quality recording.
- Playback sound quality (at least in HQ mode) is pretty good for a voice recorder.
- When connected to a PC, it shows up and functions pretty much like a flash memory card (you can even use it as one).
- Looks and feels rather kind of cheaply made- i.e., it has a light-weight, "cheap plastic" look about it. The Sony voice recorders looks sleeker and feel better in your hand.
- There are no adjustable options for naming files; e.g., you cannot automatically name files with the date/time of the recording. All sound files are automatically named by sequential numbers, and when you transfer them to your computer you would have to manually re-name them with the file date if you want that. (The files do have standard modification dates, though, since you can set the date and time on the recorder.)
- There is no sound file management software either included or available on the Olympus Web site. All files are in .wma format, so if you want to make them into .mp3's or anything else, you'll need converter software from an external source. The same is true if you want to do batch-renaming or any type of sound or file editing.
- Mono only: no stereo recording/playback.
Bottom line: Works pretty well if you want to do straightforward recording of occasional lectures, meetings, dictation notes, etc. However, if you're doing complicated tasks, like a series of interviews with different people, it might get difficult to keep track of the files and manage them. Also, if you want to do any editing of the files or anything beyond simply playing them back on your computer, you'll need to either pay for a separate sound editing program or be comfortable finding and using a freeware one.