Olympus LS-P2 Linear PCM Digital Recorder V414151BU000
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- 8GB built-in memory (250 hours)
- Direct to PC, cable free
- First digital recorder with Bluetooth capability
- Micro SD slot
- Direct USB Connector
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TRESMIC Three-microphone system for superior sound
The LS-P2 features a three microphone system that includes both directional and omnidirectional microphones to faithfully capture the depth and fullness of the sounds recorded. The stereo microphones are arranged at a 90° angle to produce a natural stereo experience, with an added central microphone to compensate for low-range sounds. This Tresmic combination provides a wide frequency response for the most demanding musicians and professionals.
LS-P2 is the first recorder equipped with Bluetooth for wireless connection. Using this feature allows you to enjoy wireless playback of recorded audio on headphones and speakers. Install the free OLYMPUS Audio Controller BT app on your smartphone and use it as a remote control for the recorder! *OLYMPUS Audio Controller BT App is for Android devices only.
Normalization function – maximizes volume for easier listening
The LS-P2 includes a Normalization function which raises the volume of recorded data to its highest limit without causing distortion. So even when the recording is low, it can be raised to a decent level. Normally, when raising the recording level to capture quiet sounds, the resulting audio may become distorted, or when making adjustments to avoid this distortion, the recording may still be too quiet. With the Normalization function, the volume is maximized while maintaining quality recording data during playback.
USB direct connection
The LS-P2 can connect directly to your PC via the built-in USB connector. This makes it possible to save data anytime, anywhere. Not only can you save and share data, but the LS-P2 can be charged via USB. All operations of recording, saving, sharing, and charging can be performed on this smart, easy-to-use recorder.
Various file editing functions
Audio files can be divided and trimmed on the recorder without the use of a PC. Split and divide by topic or size for easy file management.
Zoom microphone for recording from a distance
Using the latest technologies, zoom microphone unleashes the power of proximity in noisy environments or when recording from a distant position. The zoom microphone allows you to expand and contract the microphone range by adjusting the direction with the '+' and '-' buttons.
Transfer files to the music folder to play music. The LS-P2 includes an Equalizer function with presets for popular music genres. Users can select from ‘Rock’, ‘Pop’ or ‘Jazz’, for ideal playback characteristics. To create custom settings, the ‘User’ option lets you manually adjust frequencies and sound pressure levels.
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|Item Dimensions||4.3 x 1.6 x 0.6 in||4.2 x 1.6 x 0.6 in||4.4 x 0.71 x 1.5 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||5.46 x 2.07 x 0.93 in||4.4 x 0.71 x 1.5 in|
The ls-p2 packs the advanced technology of the flagship ls Series into a portable size. The ls-p2 is the first recorder to be equipped with Bluetooth, with capable speakers or Headphones, you can wirelessly play back recorded audio. The ls pocket makes high-resolution audio recording possible. Not only can you record Musical performances both instrumental and choral, the compact size offers convenience and portability.
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As a preface, Olympus makes some of the very best recorders. Where Olympus particularly excels is at voice recorders; their automatic gain setting works superbly well at capturing speech naturally in a very wide range of situations. The overall user interface is also well thought out and easy to master, and the form factor is very good. The included USB prong is very very handy. If you are looking for a voice recorder, this is the best.
Its main improvement, over the WS-700 and LS-7, is that now the "auto" gain setting works over all sound levels. Before, you had to select whether the mic was in High, Medium, or Low sensitivity, and then separately choose either auto level, or manual input level setting. If you got the Mic sensitivity wrong, you were in bad shape. In this recorder, the distinction between High, Medium, or Low sensitivity is gone: there is a single range. This makes the recording incredibly foolproof in any situation. You just set the recorder on Auto level, MP3 with 128 or 320 kbit/sec, and off you go. The results are, as mentioned, exceptional.
In a more technical sound comparison, this recorder is not quite the equal of the LS-7. The LS-7 has distinctly less noise; I measured the advantage to be about 6dB for very faint sounds. This is not an issue when recording voice, but you will definitely notice the difference for nature recording. I include plots of the noise spectrum of the recorder recording from internal microphones; the first plot is for the LS-7, the second for the LS-P2. You can see the difference, keeping in mind that the energy of a sound-wave is proportional to amplitude multiplied by frequency. At 3 KHz, the LS-7 noise is at -75dB, the LS-P2 at -69dB; this is a 6dB difference. At 1 KHz, the advantage of the LS-7 is 3dB.
On the other hand, the LS-P2 is significantly quieter and more sensitive than the WS-700.
I don't know how the LS-P2 compares to the LS-14 and to the much bigger LS-100.
The center microphone is fairly noisy; I switched it off after the first test, and never looked back (the above measurements are with both center microphones turned off).
All in all, a fantastic recorder for voice, and a good one for music. For faint, nature sounds, this is not as good as the older LS-7.
1) Resume playback where it left off.
2) Support long recordings (an hour or more) by allowing some form of "extra" fast forward and reverse to quickly navigate to any part of recording.
3) Show as removable storage drive on a PC to allow easy drag and drop file transfer of mp3 files into a folder/s on the player - i.e., no special software is required.
4) Support multiple user created folders.
5) Support Bluetooth - with previous mp3 players the earphone jack would bend after months of carrying it in my pocket and stop working. To avoid this problem I wanted my next mp3 player to support Bluetooth.
This Olympus device meets all of the above. I've had it a little over a month now and absolutely love it. I listen to downloaded podcasts every day with Bluetooth headphones and so far I've been very pleased. It appears to be a well built quality device and has a "quality" feel when held in my hand (it has a metal casing and has some weight to it). The only gripe I have is that it is powered by a AAA battery which seems to give about 5 hrs play time (with Bluetooth) - I wish it instead used a AA which would give it much longer playback time. Note that it supports both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries. Also (I think) it supports charging of the rechargeable AAA battery when it's plugged into a USB port (though I've not used this feature yet).
Note - if you're looking for a less expensive alternative for playing mp3 podcasts, you could check out the "AGPTek C05 8GB Portable Bluetooth MP3 Player with FM Radio" for about $31.99. I have one of these also, it's a nice unit, however as far as Bluetooth goes, it seems to only transmit to 1 ear rather than both ears, so it makes Bluetooth listening impractical IMO. Also, it does not fast forward as easily through long recordings quickly as the olympus, but it is an alternative IMO.
Update - Aug 27, 2017 - Still loving my unit -
A couple of other great *TIME SAVING* features I didn't discover until after using the unit for several weeks :
(1) the adjustable playback speed control (0.5X - 3.5X). I generally set it at 1.5X which enables me to listen to a one hour podcast in about 40 min (2/3 hr) - so this feature is a real time saver.
(2) it has an adjustable "skip" function allowing you to skip forward or backwards in a file. You preset this under the [Play Menu] with choices of: file skip, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min Skip. - This is very useful for navigating to a particular place in a long interview or podcast.
Also, for connecting to my PC and for charging the unit, this USB extension works well: "AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Extension Cable - A-Male to A-Female - 6.5 Feet (2 Meters)".