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Sony ICD-SX712 Digital Flash Voice Recorder

4.2 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
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  • Built-in 2 GB flash memory
  • 2-Position Stereo Microphone
  • Records in LPCM 44.1kHz 16 bit and MP3 (320 kbps-8 kbps)
  • S-Microphone System, Over 500 Hours of Maximum Recording Time
  • DRAGON COMPATIBLE- work with the Voice to Print Dragon NaturallySpeaking® software.
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Sony ICD-SX712 Digital Flash Voice Recorder has a built-in 2GB memory with an SD card slot, which affords an additional 16GB of storage capacity for lectures, notes, music, meetings or any other audio you may want to record. The maximum recording time afforded by the internal memory is 500+ hrs, but a 16GB microSD card can expand the ICD-SX712's maximum recording time upwards of 4000+ hrs.Making recording and playback more convenient, the ICD-SX712 is equipped with an LCD-backlit display, multiple language displays and record date, time and elapsed time displays as well. It has an LED operational indicator and can be set in various modes such as Continuous Play, Easy Search and Noise-Cut during record and playback. It also features Direct Record to Play, Erase, Move File, Protect, Play/Stop, Record/Pause Scene Select, Low-Cut and Track Mark functions as well.As an added luxury, the ICD-SX712 boasts the Sound Organizer PC software. It also features a USB port, 3.5 mm stereo mic input and 3.5 mm stereo headphone output. The ICD-SX712 has an integrated speaker for listening back to recordings out loud when privacy is not a concern. It comes with two AAA batteries that can last up to 25 hrs. The device is USB charge capable and the recorder can fit easily in your pocket or purse and is barely noticeable in your hand, weighing a scant 2.4 oz. DRAGON COMPATIBLE / CERTIFIED:
The recording quality of the unit has been optimized and validated by Nuance to work with the Voice to Print Dragon NaturallySpeaking® software.

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Brand Name Sony
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 7.1 x 6 x 2.1 inches
Item model number ICDSX712
Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Color Black
Number of Items 1
Manufacturer Part Number ICDSX712

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4.2 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #122,421 in Office Products (See top 100)
#487 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > Digital Voice Recorders
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces
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Date First Available March 1, 2011


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  • Built-in Microphone

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ѾѾѾѾѾ Very highly recommended with warm fuzzies!

I work in high tech and I am also a musician who plays guitars, harmonica, and world-beat/ethnic percussion. So I find portable digital recorders like this to be highly useful on a weekly basis for recording everything from personal dictation of thoughts and ideas, to in-person meetings, to telephone conferences, to jam sessions with my other musician friends, to recording impromptu music ideas and vocals.

Prior to purchasing this Sony ICD-SX712, I frequently used a Sony ICD-SX750 2 GB Flash Memory Digital Voice Recorder (Black). And before that, one of my main portable digital recorders was a Sony MZ-NF810CK Net MD MiniDisc Recorder with Car Kit with a Sony ECM-DS70P Electret Condenser Stereo Microphone for recording music ideas, jam sessions, and rehearsals. Sony's MZ-NF810CK Net MD MiniDisc recorder offered CD-quality digital recording with a full 20Hz-20,000Hz +/-3dB frequency range, along with an AM/FM/TV/Weather tuner. But for years, my one big complaint with Sony's Net MD MiniDisc recorder was that the device had no 'Line Out' or easy method to transfer my digital recordings off of its MiniDisc so that I could perform further editing on the computer.
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I bought this recorder primarily to record large group meetings in big rooms. I'm taking over as secretary for an organization that may have as many as 80-90 people present. My predecessor used a Sony IC-MX20 for this purpose and highly recommended it. In checking Sony's web site I found that was no longer in production. This looked like a good choice instead, and so far it's working very well.
I've used it so far to record several smaller meetings, but still in fairly large rooms. I was amazed at how well this picks up voices and the quality of the sound. Battery life so far is good, I'm still on the first set of AAA batteries after recording about 5 hours of material.
The included software was a snap to install, and very easy to work with. It's a huge benefit to be able to have the recording on your computer while typing meeting minutes. The software lets you move quickly to any part of the recording you need to hear in order, to make sure the typed information is accurate.
The instruction manual is the typical Sony mangeled syntax, but I did not find it difficult to find the information i needed to set up and and start recording.
So far I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. It has exceeded my expectations in terms of sound pick-up and quality.
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I am a journalist who has been using audio recorders since the 1980s and moved from tape to digital in the mid-1990s. For most purposes using a very pocketable recorded like the Olympus WS-320M, which I've used for years and love for its portability and ease of use, is good enough.

In recent years I've had the opportunity to interview historically significant subjects on a one-on-one basis, which led me increasingly to be concerned about the audio quality of the interviews for possible future broadcast use. I've tried a variety of high-quality, low-cost recorders in recent years, most recently the Zoom H1 and now this new Sony ICD-SX712.

I've used both in the field long enough now to say that the Sony is the hands down winner.

I record both manually using the current sampling rate standard of 44.1/16. The sound quality on both are nearly identical, which is to say very good and easily broadcast quality.

The Sony has these advantages over the Zoom H1:

- Considerably less handling noise.

- Better wind noise resistance, although a quality windscreen is a must for both, especially for outside use.

- Pausing the recording is possible with the Sony and not the Zoom. This is perhaps the biggest advantage of the Sony. If a phone call comes in and the person I'm interviewing has to stop our interview for a few seconds, I can simply pause the Sony. With the Zoom I had to stop the recording and then start a whole new file - a very big hassle.

- The Sony is slightly more pocketable, although heavier.

- Much better battery life with the Sony.

- Tougher build quality.
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Purchased this for training session recordings for business conference in large room, with 25+ attendees. Out of the box, was very straight forward but with plenty of customization options. The "meeting" setting worked much better than expected, capturing the instructor's voice with unbelievable quality while positioned an average of 20 feet away (instructor movement in front of class ranged from about 10 feet to over 25 feet away from recorder). The adjustable angle on the stereo mics helps with capturing both the instructor and attendee discussions, but can also be focused for single direction recording. After recording almost 3 hours of content, simply connected the USB cable to my notebook and transferred the digital voice to my computer where it can be further analyzed, reviewed, and critiqued. This is an outstanding device... will be using it much more for future training session evaluations.
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