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Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-853, Black
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- High quality MP3 recording;Includes Olympus Carrying Case for WS Series Voice Recorders
- USB Direct connect with battery charge function
- 8gb internal memory
- Micro SD card slot
- Playback speed control 0.5X - 2.0X
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Superb stereo quality with the True Stereo Mic
The True Stereo Mic with two directional microphones positioned at a 90 degree layout, enables highest quality recording with an authentic stereo experience. By differentiating the position and the distance of the speakers in meetings and conferences the recording is highly precise, letting you feel as if you are actually in the recording scene.
Intelligent Auto Mode automatically adjusts microphone sensitivity
With previous models, it was necessary to adjust the microphone sensitivity according to the recording environment, such as the number of people or the size of the meeting space. The new Intelligent Auto Mode function makes it easier for users by automatically adjusting the microphone sensitivity according to the volume of the speaker. To set this function, simply select 'Auto' for the recording level from the menu.
Simple Mode, perfect for beginners
The recorder supports two different types of users. The Simple Mode supports beginners by having the recorder display only the necessary information in large font. It also limits the functions in the menu to those which are frequently used. For advanced users, the Normal Mode with full functionality is recommended.
USB direct connection without requiring a cable
The WS-853 can connect directly to a computer via the built-in USB connector. This makes it possible to easily save data anytime, anywhere without the need to bring along a USB cable. Furthermore, WS-853 is equipped with a protective cover to keep dust out of the connectors.
The built-in stand prevents surface vibration
The built in stand placed on the back of the body is carefully designed to reduce the noise from the surface when the recorder is placed on a table. It works much like a kickstand and allows users to read the menu without having to look down at the recorder.
Voice Balancer improves audio playback quality
When recordings contain multiple speakers, the Voice Balancer makes smaller voices louder and ensures that louder voices stay below a given level, providing playback where everyone can be heard clearly. This comes in handy when recording sound sources from multiple positions, such as at a meeting. The prominent noise produced when amplifying small sounds is reduced. By eliminating the lower and higher frequency, the voice is even more enhanced.
Noise cancellation for clear playback quality
The noise-cancellation function powerfully reduces unwanted ambient noise such as air-conditioner noise or projector fan noise enabling clear playback quality. The function is very effective when playing back meeting recordings.
|Memory||Internal - 8GB, External - micro SD (MAX 32GB)||Internal - 4GB, External - micro SD (MAX 32GB)|
|PC Connectivity||USB Direct||USB Direct|
|Battery Required / Battery Charge||AAA alkaline battery x2, or AAA Ni-MH rechargeable battery x2 (2 x AAA Rechargeable batteries included) / Yes with direct USB||AAA alkaline battery x2, or AAA Ni-MH rechargeable battery x2 (2 x AAA alkaline batteries included) / No|
|Recording Time / Battery Life (Recording)||2080 hours / 110 hours||1040 hours / 110 hours|
|Simple Mode / Voice activated recording||Yes / Yes VCVA Voice Sync||Yes / Yes VCVA Voice SyncYes / Yes VCVA Voice Sync|
|Low Cut Filter / Noise Cancellation||Yes / Yes||Yes / No|
|Voice Balancer / Voice Filter||Yes / No||No / Yes|
|Calendar Search / File Divide / Index Mark||Yes / Yes / Yes (Max 99)||Yes / Yes / Yes (Max 99)|
|Size, Weight (including battery)||4.4" x 1.5" x .71", 2.72 oz.||4.4" x 1.5" x .71", 2.72 oz.|
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|Item Dimensions||0.71 x 4.4 x 1.5 in||5.1 x 1.7 x 5.9 in||0.71 x 4.4 x 1.5 in||0.76 x 1.46 x 4.46 in||0.9 x 3.7 x 0.45 in||1.5 x 4.3 x 0.7 in|
Stereo recorder that is packed with premium features. Premium quality recording packed with features to enhance efficiency. Perfect for use in all environments. Use it for business meetings, classroom lectures, or just about anything.
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I switched to digital a few years ago and this is the second Olympus digital voice recorder I've owned (the other is an older VN-702PC) and they both operate beautifully but there are two specific things I really like (a lot) about this one. For one, the USB connector is built in so I don't have to search the jungle of cords in my office when I want to download recordings. There is just a little sliding button on the back to reveal the USB adapter and when you're done, it retracts.
The other thing I really like about this particular unit is the simplified display mode. My primary complaint about the 702 was that there was so much technical gibberish on the screen I never knew what half of it meant. Frustrating. Now if you choose the simple display mode, basically all that you see of importance is the word "record," a large counter (I can actually read it without my glasses--a miracle) and a levels meter. There are a few other things in the periphery (folder indicator and battery indicator, etc.), but they are off to the top and bottom and don't block the primary info. This simple mode is much easier to use and I'm sure it was created to respond to user complaints from older models.
Another improvement is a much simpler and easier to see power switch on the side. The old one was almost invisible and very hard to see and use. Also, this model comes with rechargeable batteries, which is nice (and you can charge them via the USB port, so you charge them right in the unit).
The audio quality of all Olympus recorders is excellent and this one is no exception. Also, the 8gb internal memory of this is huge--I can't imagine every filling it up and if you do, you can simply delete folders you no longer need.
My only complaint about this recorder (like the old one) is that the manual while clear is also physically small. This makes reading the demo screens tough for my antique eyes. I solved this by scanning a few pages and enlarging them and then printing them out. But it would be nicer if the manual were just physically larger and the illustrations were bigger.
Overall, a great recorder with substantial improvements over earlier Olympus digital recorders.
Now in the "Frequently Bought Together," as I write this a soft carrying case is listed. DO NOT BUY A SOFT CARRYING CASE! The DVR comes with the EXACT SAME CASE!
Also, if you want to use an external microphone, it MUST have its own power source. I got the BOYA BY-M1 3.5mm Electret Condenser Microphone, and I am amazed by its clarity. I find the playback much clearer, and having a lavalier clip-on mike is much more convenient rather than having to hold the DVR. BOYA BY-M1 3.5mm Electret Condenser Microphone Come with 1/4" adapter for Smartphones, DSLR, Camcorders, Audio recorders, PC etc
It's very well designed. It offers a male USB connector you can plug into your computer; using it you can recharge the recorder's batteries as well as transfer files directly to applications (like Dragon) on your system. Speech recognition is automatic (and very accurate); just drage a dictation file to Dragon and the rest is automatic.
Finally, this has an owner's manual you'll never lose. It's stored as a PDF file in the recorder's memory.
All in all, an extremely thoughtful, and very sturdy design.