Sony ICD-UX533 Digital Voice Recorder - Silver
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- Thinner design
- Direct USB (Slide, Store and Charge)
- 4GB Internal Storage with Expandable microSD Slot
- MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV/Music Playback
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-Built-in 4GB flash memory
- Up to 1,073 hours of maximum recording time
- Stereo S-microphone
- Memory card expansion slot
- Automatic/Manual record level settings
- MP3 playback convenience with graphic EQ
- AAA battery included
- USB direct connect PC and Mac compatibility
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In addition to sensitivity, you can choose the recording quality or resolution, up to LPCM 44/16. The tradeoff is that a lower quality recording uses less space on the chip and a bit less battery, but on a 8 gb chip at full LPCM 44/16 you can record about 12 hours, which is about the limit of a good rechargeable battery. I recommend the highest quality recording if strictly for your notes, but the highest quality recording will easily exceed 25mb for even a short recording, which can limit your ability to send it as an email attachment. If you want to keep the file smaller to be able to send it by email, you can have the recorder record in various resolutions of MP3. You can also have Windows media Player take a .WAV file and dumb it down to MP3 or .WMA, and the software that comes with the recorder will allow you to convert the original .WAV file to an MP3 file. I used to have an Olympus digital recorder, which recorded in a proprietary format. Although you could work with files and send them, you needed the proprietary software to play them. These recordings are in .WAV or MP3 format, so you can immediately copy them or send them by email, and they will play on any computer. This is a big advantage compared to a proprietary file system like Olympus.
It has a speaker and earphone jack, so you can play back immediately. You can use a patch cord and play through your car's aux input to listen to recordings on the way home. Playback through a computer or sound system will be superior to what you hear through the recorder's own speaker. Since it is digital, you can simply jump to the next file. There is no need to move through a linear recording, as with a tape. You can use five folders for storing files, so this makes it easier to find what you want. For example, you can use a separate file folder for each subject. It comes with software that will let you split tracks, so you do not have to save an entire recording if you only want to keep a certain part. You can also combine tracks with the software.
It has its own USB plug, so it connects directly to a computer USB port to import files. If you have rechargeable batteries, you can also use the USB port for the charging, but you have to tell the recorder that you want to have it charge batteries (and of course don't charge non-rechargeable batteries.) I recommend rechargeable batteries if you will use it a lot. You can get after market rechargeable batteries with a bit more capacity than the rechargeable battery that comes with the recorder, and a good rechargeable battery will last 10-12 hours at the highest resolution. It works well for telephone recordings if you get a patch cord that connects to your phone line and set the input to audio in. If set for voice activation, it will stop after about five seconds of silence. Voice activation recordings will be one continuous track without the blocks of silence. I would not recommend voice activation for anything important, as you may miss the first half second before it starts recording, and it may stop recording when the subject is at a very low level, even though you would still get a recording if set to constantly record. You have the option to turn off the LCD backlight and the red recording light, which will save the battery and also make it less conspicuous. You can format the chip directly from the recorder, you can use a low cut filter for noise reduction, and you can play at a variable speed if desired. The recorder is solid state (no moving parts) so it is completely silent when in use. However, be sure to keep the volume at zero and slide the hold switch up when recording, as handling it could stop the recording and start the play function. I am not reviewing or recommending this for music recording, as good quality music recordings are a different beast, but this is great for voice, including use by students, professionals, and investigators. This is a high quality, versatile and compact recorder for the price for any voice recording use. You might find it cheaper in a different color if you look around Amazon, but be careful of the ones sent directly from Japan as they may have Japanese menus (check the pictures).
I would like to add that neither myself nor anyone that i am related to or friends with works for Sony, any of its distributors, resellers, stores that sell Sony products or anything like that, so i have nothing to gain from telling you my honest finding and preference. This is solely from the point of view that my nephew has special needs and we needed something that would help him as he started college. :-)