Olympus VN-801PC Digital Voice Recorder
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- Box Contents - VN-7000, Earphone, Soft Case, 2 x AAA Batteries, Manual, Warranty Card
- Record up to 1,200 hours of uninterrupted audio in LP mode
- Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy
- Long battery life - 39 hours of continuous recording gives you the on-the-go confidence you need (Alkaline, LP mode recording)
- Index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval
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First, the good points:
1. I find the microphone came with the recorder is very senstive and can pick up volume quite nicely from a distance, this is good for me as I bought this for recording my conference minutes.
2. It appears to be well made, I drop it once (already!) from 6 ft, and it did not appear to damage it.
Now, the not so good point:
The play back volume and speaker is not very good, in a quite room you certainly can hear it, but if you are in an outdoor environment or driving, forget it, the playback is not very good. you can crank up the volume but distortion will set in, I was thinking first, this may be the recording volume issue, but after I upload to my PC with better play back device, I know this is not the case, it is the recorder itself.
After several month use, I can tell you another not so good point about the recorder, it will eat battery (2x AAA) quickly, with a new set of battery, no recording but just playback, it will last 3 weeks in daily use for 40 minute a day, I consider this is not very efficient.
The sound of recordings is exceptionally clear. This unit replaced a Sony and the battery life of this unit is FAR FAR superior. This unit powers down after a few minutes of no use. It can also power down manually. That saves battery life. The Sony has no way to shut it off other than removing a battery. I use this to record hour long lectures and the batteries in the Sony would last four lectures over four days before really needing to be recharged. The initial alkaline batteries in the Olympus have recorded well over a dozen lectures and the batteries are still strong.
To record in MP3, which I do since I am sending the recordings to others (and some want to play on devices that don't play WMA files and those recipients are not technologically astute), means large file sizes for a one hour lecture. The file size at the worst recording level is about 16 MB for almost one hour. That is too large for some email recipients. Drop Box is an easy workaround.
Actually, I went to turn it on while I was typing up this review and it's dead. So there you go. About 1.5 years from 2 AAA batteries.
It has a port for microphones, a port for earphones, and a usb port for downloading the audio files.
I've been using it to record myself instructing new hires with a throat mic and it has worked quite well.
My only complaints are:
The USB port is not covered and gets dirt and lint in it quite easily.
The "on" switch is a toggle, and it can get activated by accident if you aren't careful. I haven't had too much problem with this though.
only thing that would improve this would be if it was rechargeable.
I haven't had another digital voice recorder to compare this to, but I am a tech person and very particular about good functional product design.
This does everything it's supposed to do and has no extra bells and whistles to muddy up the experience. the on screen interface is very utilitarian and easy to figure out. It's super easy to transfer the digital files to laptop via usb.
I have used this for recording several interviews and was more than happy with the results. I used the optional mic, placed the recorder on a tabletop about 3 feet from the interview subjects.
I plan to use it to record sound for video - basically use it as an external mic (with built in data storage) for audio coverage while filming a subject walking and talking.
I've also found another use - I use it record my vinyl records to digital files. The sound quality is great. Great little recorder. It's much more convenient than connecting the laptop to the stereo - I can grab the recorder, plug it into the out from the tuner, and record stereo mp3 at 192.
One of the other reviewers complained about the battery usage. I haven't had that problem - I like using AAA's - they're cheap, I buy them in bulk, and I haven't gone through many while using this device. It might be different if you used it daily.
Overall I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Operationally nothing wrong here. I think the control system could be a bit better.Published 11 months ago by NorKo86
Works great, but no one else likes what they hear-- causes them to think2x and speak once-LOLPublished 19 months ago by In the wild
I shoot video in a lot of places that are not set up well for a professional gig. I had a wireless mic, but found out that some locations gave me horrible interference. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Helen W.
Absolutely love this thing!
It's conveniently small and durable. Has plenty of recording time, and transferring the files to my laptop was easy. Read more
I've had this recorder for almost 2 years and I've had a really good experience with it ... until the last month or so. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Rhonda E Alexander, MS, MA, CFT, SFN
Good piece of equipment. The buttons and controls are well laid out, and the screen and screen layout is great. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by YEAH WAY
This is a decent voice recorder that's used mainly to capture discussions during monthly job meetings to produce minutes. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Tina