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Olympus WS 520M Handheld Recorder  

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      A hand-held recorder with 8GB internal memory, USB direct, stereo mic, and editing software.

      The Olympus WS 520M Handheld Recorder is loaded with an impressive array of useful features. You can record and play back in MP3, WMA and PCM formats with sound quality that's as good as it is easy to use — no additional software required. The unique "USB Direct" design means you can connect it right to the USB port on your computer and download or transfer audio, music, photos and more. Just plug the recorder right into your computer for fast file transfer and to charge the battery – no cables needed.

      Capture all the sounds you want with the built-in stereo microphone. Extend recording time and save memory by setting the device to only record when the microphones sense sound. Edit your files with Olympus Sonority sound editing software (included), which is compatible with PCs and MACs. Organize up to 200 files in each of 5 available folders for quick retrieval and storage convenience.

      The bright LCD supports and displays 3 languages (EN/FR/ES). There's up to 21 hours of recording capability with the WS-520's long-life battery. Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.

      • Record and play back in MP3, WMA and PCM formats
      • 8GB of internal memory (2,170 hrs record time)
      • Unique "USB Direct" design
      • Built-in stereo microphone
      • Includes Olympus Sonority sound editing software (compatible with PCs and MACs)
      • Organize up to 200 files in each of five available folders
      • Bright LCD supports and displays three languages (EN/FR/ES)
      • Up to 21 hours of recording capability with WS-520's long-life battery
      • Voice Activation saves time and energy

      Record meetings, listen to music, edit and store files.


      WS 520M Handheld Recorder Specifications:

      • LCD: 1.23" Speaker: Built-in 16mm round dynamic speaker
      • Microphone Jack: Yes
      • Earphone Jack: Yes
      • Power Supply: One AAA battery (Ni-MH is chargeable via USB)
      • Size: 3.7" L x 1.5" W x 0.4" D (94.8 x 38.0 x 11.0 mm), excluding protrusions
      • Weight: 1.7 oz. (47g), including battery
      • OS Supported:
      • Windows 2000 Professional
      • Windows XP
      • Windows Vista
      • Windows 7
      • Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.6
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      OlympusWS 520M Handheld Recorder

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      Room for improvement

      By pluckin_nut

      from Omaha

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      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion


      • Poor Quality Construction
      • Unnecessary Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Olympus WS 520M Handheld Recorder:

      One of the reasons I bought this model was for the rechargeable battery. But after many different attempts and searching, I concluded the rechargeable battery was defective. The usb port slides out. It seems flimsy and is floppy when it is plugged into the computer. Is fairly easy to use once you get the hang of it and the sound is good.

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      Great for recording band practices & gigs

      Comments about Olympus WS 520M Handheld Recorder:

      I record my band practices & performances with this and it does a great job. I record in "Dictation Mode". The built-in speaker won't sound good when you playback music, but with headphones, it sounds excellent. The recordings I've made with the Olympus 520 sound better than ones I made with a friends Zoom H2. It's a very good value & small enough to carry in your pocket.

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      Not Bad on a Budget

      By Livinitup

      from Chicago

      Comments about Olympus WS 520M Handheld Recorder:

      Purchased this recorder and tested it at practice... I was suprised by the decent sound quality. I must admit, my expectations were not high as this cost less than half the amount of most of the other available models. Wondering if I should invest in the stereo mic attachment to help with getting higher frequency range or improving the quality further... any advice?

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