|Item Weight||1.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.8 x 0.9 x 2.4 inches|
|Item model number||V4571310W000|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Manufacturer Part Number||V4571310W000|
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- Economical, sensitive microphone for recording phone conversation
- Works great with landlines and cell phones
- Records directly to voice recorder, Recording Device
- Includes all necessary adapters
- Transcription Software Not Included
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I've actually owned 4 or 5 of these through the years, and I always buy this brand because I know it works so well. It's not that they tear up (though I have had one where the earpiece tore up, but that was several ago). I usually lose them.
Of course you should always check laws in your state, but where I live, you can record phone conversations as long as one of the parties (me) knows the recording is happening. Some states might not be like that. But I do (usually) tell people I'm recording them.
In addition to telephone interviews, I've used this when I'm making a call to a help desk to get help for computer problems, etc. That way, I have a recording of exactly what they tell me to do, without having to jot incomprehensible notes while I'm talking to them.
But for the Olympus device, it is ideal for the purpose I bought it for... specifically, to record telephone conversations without any electronic interference, or indications of recording to the person on the other side.
Note, in several states, you are not legally permitted to record a conversation unless both parties to the conversation are aware it is being recorded. Check, first. If this is an issue, a simple "I'm going to take some notes and keep a record of this call" statement made prior to the meat of the discussion is adequate... if they object, they'd need to hang up at that point. No need to go into any further detail with them.
In other states, it's only necessary for one party to the conversation to be aware that the conversation is being recorded. In that case, there's no need to do the above, though it's polite to do so in any case.
(Note... in NO STATE is is legally permissible to record a conversation where neither party is aware the conversation is being recorded, unless there is a court order and/or warrant authorizing that.)
Also note, if there are multiple parties on a call (say, with "three-way calling" or multiple extensions used at one or both ends) the same rules apply... either only one party needs to know, or every party needs to know, depending on location.
OKAY... enough legal talk. On the to the device itself.
It's a very simple device. It's a microphone which you wear in your ear like an earbud headphone. It will pick up your voice, and also (assuming that the phone is held up to that same ear) will pick up the other end of the conversation. The quality of the recording from the other end of the call depends greatly on the quality of the telephone, as a result.
If you want the best possible audio recordings of both sides of the conversation, this is not what you want. You'll want a device which is actually installed into the phone line. However, such devices are (a) somewhat inconvenient, (b) somewhat expensive, and (c) not nearly as "stealthy" as this device (that is, they can be detected by the other end of the call).
I use this to record conversation with people relating to rental properties, business arrangements, medical discussions... anything where either (1) you might not remember everything, (2) you can't stop the conversation and ask, repeatedly, for the other party to repeat things, and perhaps most importantly, (3) when someone says "trust me, I don't need to put it into writing, my word is my bond."
I have mine out right now to use to record a call from my medical specialist's office (expecting a call-back within minutes). This is purely for my own reference... since I often can't quite recall a particular medical term which is used by the healtcare professionals I talk with, and I hate having to "figure it out later."
I've used it to record "verbal job offers" in the past, where they promise that what they say on the call will get put into writing later (several times, the written version wasn't what was verbally offered, I've found... whether that was malicious and deceitful or simply a matter of honest mistakes is debatable, but having the recording makes it moot!)
I also used it to record a conversation with an insurance agent (representing the woman who ran into my wife's car)... which saved a lot of time later when the agent tried to change the story.
Ronald Reagan used to say "trust but verify." That's a good way to look at the world. I'd simply add "trust but also keep good records."
This inexpensive little device makes that a lot easier.
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This microphone allows clearer recordings through telephones to be made. This is when a microphone connected to a digital voice recorder that gives power to the mic such as Olympus own brands for example. This TP-8 is a otherwise identical to the previous TP-7 Microphone. This microphone allows good quality telephony recordings to be made with it. This microphone sits in your ear and when you turn the device on, you can talk to the other caller and both your voice and the other caller voice can be clearly heard. It works both with landlines and mobiles no problems.
This microphone has a 3.5 mm jack on a meter long cable designed to be inserted into the 'MIC' port on your recorder and the microphone end in your ear. I would like to add if you can, please choose between 'voice' and 'music', and go for 'voice'. This means you can alter the quality of your voice telephone recordings .Also consider the 'Menu' selection of your digital recorder and choose its 'Rec Mode.' This means you experiment and select one that has enough recording quality for your needs. I recommend you try them out in turn and select one that's right for you, but (i.m.h.o) 'HQ' (Hi Quality) is great for this type of recording. And Microphone sense 'Mic Sense' to 'Dic' (dictaphone) can help too.
Just a thought, if you have not used your digital recorder for a while, and its battery has run down and it seems dead even after fitting a new battery, try connecting the recorder to a USB port on your computer and it may come back to life again. This repair worked for me!
This microphone works well, gives user variable quality to recordings; the bigger the files, the better the recording quality. The price of this is great and is cheaper than the TP-7 it replaces.
So, it's very good, BUT you have to have an Olympus recorder for it to work properly.
What else can I say? If you have an Iphone or Windows phone and you want to record both sides of the call, you will have to use one of these gadgets. If you have an Android and then you can simply use one of several free apps to do the same thing much more easily.
You can also use this gadget with a landline - and wiht a separate recorder whcih you can buy very cheaply on Amazon.
You should always record your calls when dealing with any company. You don't need to give warnings if your recording is for your own use. Record your calls. You will never regret it - ever.
And would have got 5 stars if the cable wasn't so flimsy up by the mic.
I'm not heavy handed and treat it very carefully but for the price it needs to be better reinforced at that point.