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Olympus WS-821 Voice Recorders with 2 GB Built-In-Memory
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- 2gb built in memory (max. recording time approx. 493 hours)
- MP3 / WMA recording formats
- MicroSD / SDHC up to 32gb
- USB Direct
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|Item Dimensions||1.6 x 4 x 0.6 in||0.71 x 4.4 x 1.5 in||0.71 x 4.4 x 1.5 in||5.1 x 1.7 x 5.9 in||1.6 x 4.3 x 0.6 in||1.5 x 4.3 x 0.7 in|
Compact And Lightweight Stereo Audio Recorder With Intelligent Functions
With high recording quality and superb stereo feeling, the WS series has established its presence as a smart tool for business. With the combination of the new Transcription Mode function you can transcribe your recordings far more efficiently, enabling you to save time. The recorder comes with a microSD slot and built-in USB, also featuring many more extensive business-oriented functions. With all the improvements, this series is becoming a must-have for business people.
Highest Quality Recording
Directional Stereo Microphones And A 90-Degree Angle Structure Captures Sound Just As If You Were There
By positioning the two low-noise directional stereo microphones in a 90 degree layout, the WS series can record with superb stereo quality, taking into account the recording location, whether it is a meeting room or large conference center.
A Dragon NaturallySpeaking “6 Dragon” Rating
The WS-821 was awarded six Dragons, the highest recognition rating when using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software from Nuance Communications, Inc. Dragon automatically turns your talk into text and can make virtually any computer task easier and faster. For more information, visit Nuance's website.
An Impressive Array Of Playback Functions
Transcription mode is one of the playback scene modes which helps users during transcription by eliminating dead air during playback.
Background noise which may have been captured during recording is powerfully reduced with the world's highest level of noise cancellation technology.
The WS-821 Box Contents Include:
- Instruction manual
- One AAA Alkaline battery
- ME12 Unidirectional mono microphone
- ME15 Omnidirectional mono tie-pin microphone
- ME30W Omnidirectional 2-channel microphone kit
- ME31 Compact gun microphone
- ME34 Compact zoom microphone
- ME33 Boundary microphone
- ME51SW Stereo microphone
- ME52W Unidirectional mono microphone
- TP8 Telephone pickup microphone
- A514 USB connector/AC adapter
- Four BR404 AAA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
- KA333 Connecting cord
- CS131 Case
Direct USB Connection Eliminates The Need For Cables
The USB connector integrated into the recorder can be easily deployed using the slide lever to plug the recorder directly into a PC. With no need for cables or special software, the transfer between PC and recorder is seamless. The recorder can even be used as a USB memory device.
493 Hours Of Recording Time
With 2 GB of internal memory and up to 493 hours of recording time, you are able to capture notes, lectures, and more - and still have room to store documents. The WS-821 offers an impressive 37 hours of battery life.
MicroSD Slot For Endless Memory
The recorder supports microSD cards up to 32GB for added space and memory, and it is located under the battery area to protect the card slot.
The Calendar Function Makes It Easy To Search For Files
Audio files saved on the recorder are automatically marked with the date. Because files are displayed by the calendar format, you can quickly find the file you are looking for by the date of recording.
Recording Scene Select For Flawless Recording
By simply selecting from the menu, you can set optimum recording settings according to the scenes. With five modes and three user configurations, anyone can easily make fail-proof, high-quality recordings, even in an environment requiring a quick response.
- Lecture: Suitable for recording a lecture in a large room where there are many people.
- Conference: For clear recording in a conference room with some people.
- Meeting: To record conversations in a small meeting room.
- Dictation: Optimum to capture your speech by talking directly into the recorder.
- DNS: Provides the best settings for voice recognition with Dragon NaturallySpeaking by Nuance Inc.
|Internal Memory||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB|
|External Memory||microSD (up to 32GB)||microSD (up to 32GB)||microSD (up to 32GB)|
|PC Connectivity||USB Direct||USB Direct||USB Direct|
|Battery Required||1-AAA alkaline or NI-MH rechargeable battery||1-AAA alkaline or NI-MH rechargeable battery||1-AAA alkaline or NI-MH rechargeable battery|
|Battery Charge (USB/AC)||✓||✓|
|Max. Recording Time||493 hours||1000 hours||1980 hours|
|Max. Battery Life (Recording)||37 hours||37 hours||37 hours|
|Low Cut Filter||✓||✓||✓|
|Recording Scene Select||✓||✓||✓|
|Playback Speed Control||2.0x - 0.5x||3.5x - 0.5x||3.5x - 0.5x|
|Size||4" x 1.6" x .6"||4" x 1.6" x .6"||4" x 1.6" x .6"|
|Weight (including battery)||1.9 oz.||1.9 oz.||1.9 oz.|
Top customer reviews
Con: Audio quality was not up to par for creating video voice overs. It has a built in microphone. I thought if I bought the optional microphone it would help. It didn't. You can still hear too much weird stuff in the background.
I called Olympus technical support not connect thethis morning regarding the charging options. According to them, if you can not use your pc to charge the device directly to it using the device's built in usb connector to the pc usb port, you may use the power adaptor used in charging your smart phone. Charge it for at least 6 hours for the first time charging then 2-3 hours for the subsequent ones. However, if you encountered a problem because of it the manufacturer warranty will be forfeited. She recommended to use the AC adapter A514; 5VDC. It has an indicator when the battery is full. You can buy it through Amazon or thru Olympus.com. Pricing wise, Amazon is $25 something with free shipping, With Olympus.com it's $29.99+ shipping.
So there you go, if you're concern about charging the device, like me, this is our option to use.
1. Records to MP3 or .WAV - making the sound files compatible with every phone and computer type (Linux, Mac, Windows). Usually the sub-$50 voice recorders record to bizarre file types that make using the files more troublesome (proprietary software only).
2. Amazing Noise Cancellation. In the past I would remove the noise with a software program like Audacity (free) or Adobe Soundbooth. But this new Olympus Noise Removal feature is built into the recorder and does an excellent job. This saves me a few steps and lots of time.
3. Expandable memory for up to 32 GB of extra space. This means that I will never run out of space.
4. Built-in USB connector. Eliminates the need for a separate USB cable. Excellent
5. Doubles as a USB stick. With a 32 GB MicroSD card, this recorder becomes a huge portable flash drive.
6. Automatic naming with date and time for easier organization. The recorder also allows for grouping into folders and renaming files.
None that I can think of. Sure you may want touch screen or different colors. But realistically, these are not essential and just add to the cost and likelihood of problems (accidentally touching the screen and turning off the recorder, etc).
AN EASY 5 STARS
* * * IS THIS CD QUALITY? * * *
No, the quality is not CD quality but for the purposes of a voice recorder this is not a bad thing. Please read the full response.
CD quality refers to the amount of data per second of audio. A CD has 1411 kbps (kilobits per second). MP3 files can be encoded at many different amounts, from 16 kbps up to 320 kbps. Because a CD audio file (.wav) will contain more data per second, the audio will have more information each second. This has the potential to make the audio clearer (more information to create the sounds with), however it is really the quality of the recording device (microphone & processor) that determines the sound clarity and accuracy. More data ALLOWS for more quality, but if the recorder is poor quality then the music will sound poor regardless of the bitrate (mp3 vs CD).
The claim is that 320 kbps .mp3 is nearly identical to the ears as 1411 kbps CD .wav. However high-end audio equipment will be able show the differenc in sound quality. Computer speakers and consumer headphone likely would not show any difference in sound quality.
For voice recording (transcription, classrooms, meetings, etc) usually 96 kbps is used because this is the minimal amount of data to keep the audio at 44100Hz (the same frequency as CDs). Some recorders will use 64k bps but that is too low, in my opinion, for decent audio quality. The purpose of keeping the bitrate low is to create more recording space per MB or GB of hard drive space. Lower bitrate = longer recording times. Good quality microphones can record a perfectly clear voice and not need to use a high bitrate file.
If you are recording music, then no voice recorder will be adequate. You really should use a professional audio recording system run directly from the instruments / sound board. If this is not possible (recording live shows, etc) then a step down is using a ZOOM or TASCAM recorder. They are designed for live music recording, use 2 mics that are higher quality than these voice recorders, create stereo sound (2 or more mics), and record at higher bitrates and true CD quality (.wav).
The microphones uses for voices and music will be different. There are a handful of different style of microphone (shotgun, ambient, laviler, etc) that are all designed for different recording purposes. Olympus and other audio companies have chosen the correct mics to use on their products for the intended purposes. So choose the recorder for the application and pay more for better hardware (mic and processor).
Remember, just because a recorder records to .wav file format does not mean that the audio quality is any better than .mp3 or .wma. The microphone and the processor are the most important factors in audio quality.