Top positive review
122 people found this helpful
Perfect for Group Sessions
on August 13, 2009
I got this recorder to record tutoring sessions which I do with local high school students. After installing the batteries and setting the date and time, I did a quick test recording. I set the recorder on a table in Record mode. My position at the board was about 12' away, with an angle to the mike of about 45d. The distance to the student area was 5-7', with the mike angle from 45d to a full 90d. Tests from all of these areas provided a clear Playback.
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.