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OM Digital Solutions WS-300M 256 MB Voice Recorder and Music Player
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|Format||WMA, MP3 Audio|
|Number of Batteries||1 AAA batteries required.|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||3.73 x 1.5 x 0.43 inches|
|Memory Storage Capacity||256 MB|
|Item Weight||0.13 Pounds|
|Battery Life||12 Hours|
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- Compact, high-quality digital voice recorder with 256 MB internal flash memory
- Records up to 68 hours of WMA audio; built-in music player stores up to 66 WMA or MP3 files
- USB Direct design plugs directly into PC USB port; 4 recording modes (HQ, LP, SP, and HQ Stereo)
- 5 separate file folders with 199 files each; voice activation mode enables hands-free recording
- Runs for roughly 15 hours on 1 AAA battery; 1.5 x 3.73 x 0.43 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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Take it here, there and anywhere. The compact brushed silver WS-300M is equipped with 256MB of internal memory for up to 68 hours of recording time and stores up to 120 music tracks. Users can enjoy a great sense of freedom, not being bound by cables, docking station or special software, simply plug directly into any PC and you are ready to upload and download your files as you choose.
Slim, attractive, and highly functional, the Olympus WS-300M digital voice recorder packs 256 MB of internal flash memory into its lightweight housing, letting you record up to 68 hours of high-quality audio in WMA format. It's ideal for recording notes or long lectures, interviewing sources for an upcoming story, or capturing spur-of-the-moment song ideas before they disappear into the air. As an added bonus, the WS-300M can store up to 66 WMA or MP3 songs for high-quality stereo playback, letting you listen to your favorite tunes between (or during) classes or while waiting in line at the DMV. All this in a tiny body that measures 1.5 inches wide by 3.73 inches tall--roughly the size of a pack of gum.
The WS-300M features five separate file folders capable of holding 199 files each, so you can organize nearly 1,000 files by subject, theme, or other categories. Users also have the choice of four recording modes: HQ, which minimizes background noise and is great for recording people with low speaking voices; LP and SP modes that offer extended recording times; and the unique Stereo HQ mode, which makes two-channel recordings. And thanks to the voice activation option, users don't need to press a single button to start recording. The WS-300M will instead record as soon as the built-in microphone picks up sound.
Perhaps the most convenient feature, however, is the built-in USB connector. To attach the WS-300M to a PC, all you need to do is remove one end of the recorder's body, which reveals a male USB plug. This USB Direct design eliminates the need for a USB cable (the male plug connects directly to your computer), making the device even more portable. Once connected, you can download music files, images, or documents, in effect turning the recorder into a small hard drive, or you can transfer voice recordings to your computer for storage or multimedia use.
The unit also offers built-in WOW sound enhancement to produce rich, three-dimensional audio with a nice bass component. Additional audio improvements include a user-selectable equalizer that lets you tailor the sound to your taste or environment, along with Olympus's innovative noise-canceling technology, which makes the audio even clearer by removing unwanted hiss and background noise. You can even adjust the built-in stereo microphone's recording level to meet your needs.
Every bit as important are the playback functions, which include fast (50 percent) and slow (25 percent) playback, random play, and repeat play. And should you need to identify and quickly retrieve important sound bites, all you need to do is insert an index mark and refer to it later. Additional features include a locking function, which keeps important data from being erased; an easy-to-read, backlit, full-dot LCD; and a pair of stereo headphones.
What's in the Box
WS-300M digital voice recorder, stereo earphone, one AAA battery, USB cable, user's manual.
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So, I started taking out the battery I used after every recording session, which was inconvenient.
Now, I put in a fresh battery, record for a few minutes, then try to play the recording back, and immediately receive a low battery message.
Product is totally unusable. Will buy another digital recorder from another manufacturer
For recording, there are several choices of quality. At the lowest quality setting, it will hold 68 hours, so the memory capacity is quite sufficient. Also you can select whether to record at full sensitivity or to cut it back and talk close to the mic for noise reduction. At maximum sensitivity I have gotten excellent recordings of bird calls, even with birds more than 100 feet away. The recording are stored in WMA format. They can be reviewed on the unit itself or copied to a PC for editing and enhancement.
It does not come with a carrying case. I found a leather glasses case with padding inside, a velcro flap, and a sturdy pocket clip. This has proved to be an ideal case. If you wear glasses, you probably have one of these lying around. The WS-300M is so small that the case will hold the earphones, too, and a couple of extra batteries, probably even a small external microphone.
Olympus seems to have incorporated just about every possible feature into a very small case, an amazing feat of engineering. I really can't think of anything not to like about this device.
Easy to use, straight-forward controls, small enough to squirrel away in almost any briefcase, pocket or purse ... and yet loaded with recording and playback features including support for external microphones and ear plugs (which I bought and use).
The digital display and user interface are a little busy and require a little time in the owner's manual to master, but after an hour or so you're up and running with a serious set of capabilities.
Love the USB interface, which allows recordings and music files to be passed very easily between the recorder and a PC (or other USB-enabled device).
My only complaint thus far is with battery life. Granted, it only uses a single AAA battery, which makes for a small overall unit, but I recently recorded a 1.5 hour conversation that pretty much killed one battery. Plan accordingly.
Overall, I highly recommend this unit to anyone that needs to routinely have a recording capability near at hand, whether to record speeches or quickly capture thoughts, to-do's or other "memo to self" thoughts.
Frankly, I didn't buy the unit to listen to music (MP3's etc.) so I can't comment on those features, but I have every reason to believe it plays back music just as well.
Ease of setup for both? Fairly easy, but the edge goes to the Olympus. Sound quality, excellent for both. The Olympus is clearer, slightly better volume, and low to no background noise, a big plus. Transfer of files to the computer? Philips, and others, require a program and a USB transfer cable. The Olympus? Wow! I just love it. Disengage the recorder from its base, plug the recorder into the USB port, use My Computer to see recorder contents listed as a removable drive (brilliant) and cut and paste or copy and paste. Love it.
The only drawback I can see to the Olympus is the size and how comfortable my doctors are, depending on how large their hands are, dictating report after report when seeing patients, and using the smaller Olympus hand-held.
Amazing for the price. We shall see how it holds up to a lot of use.