Sony Digital Flash Voice Recorder (ICD-PX312)
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|Compatible Devices||USB, WINDOWS, Personal Computer, MAC|
|Hardware Interface||MicroSD, USB, USB 2.0|
|Microphone Form Factor||Built-In|
|Number of Batteries||2 AAA batteries required.|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||0.84 x 1.5 x 4.5 inches|
|Memory Storage Capacity||2048 MB|
|Item Weight||74 Grams|
|Battery Life||72 Hours|
About this item
- Built-in 2 GB flash memory
- Records in MP3 (320 kbps-8 kbps)
- Approximately 72 Hours of battery life (recording)
- Memory Card Expansion Slot (microSD/M2)
- USB: USB 2.0 (Mini-B),System Requirements: Windows, Mac
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Record live music, lectures and notes with this digital voice recorder featuring a built-in 2GB flash memory, a memory card slot and an easy-to-read display. Press record and capture every sound. This compact and convenient ICD-PX312 digital voice recorder goes wherever you do to confidently capture and store audio with a built-in 2GB flash memory providing up to 530 hours of recording time, plus additional storage available through the microSD memory card slot (memory card sold separately). With Intelligent Noise Cut technology greatly reducing background sound, your recordings will be crisp and clear in quality. Other features include Voice Operated Recording technology, a built-in speaker and an easy-to-read display. So slip this digital voice recorder into your pocket and know you'll never miss a beat even during the longest of lectures or an epic all-night jam session.Compatible Memory Cards : MicroSD.Inputs and Outputs: Headphone Output(s) : 1 (Minijack, Stereo), Microphone Input : 1 (Minijack, Stereo) and USB Port(s) : 1 (Mini-B jack), High-Speed USB Compatible.What's in the box: USB connecting cable (1), IC Recorder (1), Application Software, Sound Organizer (CD-ROM) (1), LR03 (size AAA) Alkaline batteries (2) and Operating Instructions (1).
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2013
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Does not have [built-in] rechargeable batteries. No it does not - and that is a good thing. All rechargeable batteries have a limited life and, if built-in, once depleted, the gadget can no longer be used, short of returning it to the manufacturer for a battery upgrade. However, one can purchase eneloop batteries that hold 75% of their charge over a 3-year period and can be recharged 1500 times. Sanyo NEW 1500 eneloop 4 Pack AAA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries
"It is not exactly intuitive . . . you have to read the manual." I'm biting my tongue!
"Buttons . . . too complicated for some." Overcome by reading the manual. Nevertheless, there may be some who, for whatever reason, cannot grasp the operation of various pieces of machinery. For those, we lovingly provide assistance when and if desired.
"Small screen . . . looks easily get scratched." Nylons run, shoes scuff, and screens scratch: such is life.
It is not my intent to gratuitously demean or impugn reviewers or their reviews. Rather, I wish to point out, where applicable, the easy with which "objections" may be mollified or, otherwise, discarded because they do not detract from the intended function of the device.
I find the Sony ICD-PX312 Digital Flash Voice Recorder to be well made, having a flat "learning curve," and easy to use. First and foremost, I would note that at a listening distance of two feet, I can clearly and easily hear my recordings. Flip a slide switch to turn it on; press a very large record button to record; press stop button to stop; press a very large play/enter button to play. While stopped or playing, cycle through the recordings with forward/back buttons. To erase while stopped or playing, press the erase button, confirm your selection and enter. Contrary to another's opinion, I found it most helpful to load Sony's software (Sound Organizer) that is installed from the included CD (does not have to be downloaded) for the purpose of manipulating and storing files in a variety of convenient ways. Furthermore, the device runs on existing OS drivers, i.e., Sony DOES NOT install proprietary drivers with this device.
The recorder has an internal 2 GB flash memory but is able to receive M2 Micro memory cards: I added 8 GB Sandisk 8GB M2 Memory Stick Micro (SDMSM2-008G-K, Bulk Package) . For stereo recording (live music) I use an optional plugin mike that I used with s Sony professional tape recorder; there are no markings on the mike so I cannot pass along the specific model but it looks a little like this one Sony ECM-DS30P Electret Condenser Digital Microphone
Finally, the recorder has a host of programmable options that I will not go into here simply because many of them address personal preferences (auto shutoff time, recording quality, folder setup, etc., etc.). If one is interested in this recorder they would be well served to DL the manual from Sony USA and view its operation and all of its options.
In a word, I find this an excellent, easy to use recorder with ample options. The sound quality is excellent but that varies with the quality selected by the user (as with all recorders, the quality drops off as recording capacity is increased). For voice recordings, I found that even at its highest capacity/lowest quality settings, the recordings were readily heard and understood. Given the quality of the recordings and ample options, I think this is an excellent buy at Amazon's price. Are there better recorders? As in the case of any audio/visual product, one must decided for oneself based on one's demands and tastes. Ideally, the most intelligible choice is made by listening to or viewing the product and deciding for oneself. Afterall, one person's food is, indeed, another's poison.
Many reviewers have complained that the menu system & the instruction manual are confusing & complicated. I agree to a large extent. Some of the buttons are confusingly labeled ("Play/Stop-Enter", when an unlabeled button is actually Stop, is particularly obnoxious in my eyes), & finding & reading instructions in the manual takes an awful lot of time. And it takes lots & lots of button-pushing to do anything at all. Nonetheless, I have to say that some of the interface issues are just an attempt on Sony's part to adding many features with a large handful of buttons. And simple recording proved to be pretty straightforward, & the default settings produced more than adequate results. (Downloading recordings to my PC also was simple, at least for anyone who's ever used a flash drive or equivalent. I haven't installed their software & can't imagine that I'll want to.)
Still, I'm not looking forward to a couple of hours with the manual in order to figure out how to do a few things I need to. And I think it's going to take this. If I were going to be using all the features constantly, I'd mind it less. But I expect to have to keep refreshing my memory. I'd say that if you're thinking of buying this device, locate the Operating Instructions on Sony's site & have a look. That may also be the best way to see what features you get, frankly.
(While I'm on their doc: the specifications page says recording from radio isn't included, but the operating instructions say how to do it. I haven't even tried listening to radio, much less recording from it, so I can't say which is correct. But one needs to be changed.)
It's VERY annoying to have to set the time every time the batteries are removed. And the instructions don't make clear that AM/PM isn't set separately (you have to set the hours through all the AM hours to get to PM). And if you make a mistake you can't go back to a previous field; I suspect that other settings may have that same problem. And do any other settings changes I may make get lost, either when I power off or if the batteries are removed? I don't know yet, but fear the worst.
The playback volume (from the built-in speaker) is WAY too low for listening (but this is a Very Good Thing if one tries reviewing something around other people to make sure the recording is OK, which I did). Haven't tried earphones or experimenting with volume settings yet.
I'm going to want to get a micro-SD card (more money <sigh>). But all in all I'm very well pleased with my purchase. For all that I've listed a lot of gripes, I was able to spend half an hour (half of that on setting the !@#$% time!!) with the instructions, stick the thing in my pocket, go to a rehearsal, & come home with a bunch of recordings that are just about what I need. I'm going to have to figure out how to cut off garbage at the beginning & end of the tracks, but it looks like this can be done. From what most everyone reviewing it has said, it's great for recording meetings, lectures, memos to oneself, etc. too (& I'll probably do these eventually). It did a more than adequate job of recording a dance gig/practice session of 3 fiddles, a flute, & a hammered dulcimer (everything but the harp way at the other end), in spite of noise of people dancing. In fact, given the device placement & the little itty bitty built-in mic, I'm awed at how good it sounds. As these things go, the price is very good; expensive for my resources, but likely to be very well worth it.