If you are looking for a good digital recorder you maybe in luck. Olympus the market leader in portable digital recording and dictation devices, is introducing three new lines of digital recorders, the WS series, the VN-702PC and the DP-201.
The WS series consist of WS-803, the WS-802 and the WS-801. The WS-801 will be approximately $79.00. It will have 2 GB of internal memory for over 514 hours of recording time. There is a calendar search function included, so you can search for recordings by date. It runs on AAA alkaline batteries, The WS-802 will be approximately $99.00. It will also have the Calendar search feature. It will have 4 GB of internal memory for 1,016 hours of recording. It will run on AAA NI-MH rechargeable batteries. It will record in PCM format along with MP3 and WMA. It will comes with stereo headphones and a USB cable. The WS-803 will run approximately $149.00. It will have 8GB of internal memory for up to 2,043 hours of recording time. There are two recording levels auto and manual. In manual mode the sound level is set thru on-screen commands. There is the ability to listen and record radio through the built-in FM tuner. Like the WS-801 and WS-802 the WS-803 has the calendar search feature. It will run on AAA NI-MH batteries. Both the WS-802 and WS 803 will have voice playback, voice balancer, file move, voice changer and noise cancellation. Voice playback allows the user to skip the non-voice portions of a recording and only playback parts with recorded voices, making it easier to transcribe files. Noise cancellation helps to eliminate constant background noises. The voice balancer, will adjust voice levels to compensate for distance. Perfect for interviews where one voice maybe louder than the other, due to the distance from the microphone. The Voice Changer allows users to alter the pitch of a voice. File Move allows users to transfer files from internal memory to external SD cards. All three of the WS series have two internal low noise directional condenser microphones, 1.43 inch backlit LCD screen and Micro SD slot for an additional 32 GB of memory.
The DP-201 recorder has 2GB of memory with over 200 hours of standard recording and 98 hours of HQ recording. It has the simplicity of an analog recorder in a digital format. It will run on two AAA batteries for over 80 hours of recording time. The Play, Stop and Record buttons are color coded and easily accessible. The erase button is also clearly marked to prevent accidental erasing. There is a large front speaker and volume control. There is a Playback speed control with rewind and fast forward option. It has a four language display English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. It will run around $34.99.
The VN-702PC recorder will run $59.99. It has a monaural omni directional condenser microphone. It records in both MP3 and WMA format. It has 2GB of internal memory. There is a Micro SD slot for an additional 32 GB of memory. There is also a calendar search feature. There is a 1.61 baclit screen. Included with the recorder is a case a one AAA alkaline battery and USB cable. It has a built-in stand which makes it great for recording lectures.
The WS series, the DP-201 and the VN-702 PC recorder will be available in March 2012. I’ve been looking for a good digital recorder so I am interested in picking one up and trying it.