Olympus - WS-Series Digital Voice Recorder - Black

Play back important notes and lectures with this Olympus digital voice recorder. The noise-cancellation feature minimizes background noise to increase playback quality, and you can choose from seven recording scenes to find settings that match your recording environment. This black Olympus digital voice recorder uses Voice Balancer technology to increase the volume of soft sounds and minimize loud noises.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Olympus WS-Series Digital Voice Recorder
  • case
  • rechargeable batteries (2pcs)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (266 out of 292)

Features


Variable Control Voice Actuator

For hands-free recording. One-touch recording function for silent and quick activation.

Built-in 8GB flash memory

To store a lot of lectures or notes. Additional microSD slot for extending memory capacity, supports up to 32Gb.

Records up to 2,080 hours in LP mode

For long continuous operation.

Seven recording modes

You can choose optimum recording settings according to specific scenes.

Index marks

Let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy retrieval.

Voice balancer

Improves audio playback quality.

File searching with the calendar function

Saved audio files are automatically organized by date and displayed in the calendar.

250mW speaker output

Provides round dynamic speaker for clear audio.

Built-in LCD-display

Displays the operating mode as well as additional information.

USB direct connection

Save data easily and conveniently with the built-in USB connector.

Built-in stand on the back of the body

Carefully designed to reduce surface noise.

Compact and lightweight

Offers easy portability in a briefcase or backpack.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 292 reviews

92%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use but volume way too low

    Posted
    Eagle
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The buttons are clear and very user-friendly. The volume, even when turned all the way up, is way too low for anyone to comfortably hear, even when using a headset or external speakers. I have tried different scene settings as well (meetings, conference rooms etc....), to enhance the volume, but it did not help.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent recorder

    Posted
    Laura
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Nice features on this stereo recorder. USB charging while you transfer files to the computer, expandable memory, and full-sized plug for transfer of files are good to have. Sound quality is good. MP3 is a convenient format.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One great voice recorder

    Posted
    sbrush3
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Before purchasing the Olympus WS-853, I first purchased a comparable Sony model. The Sony has some finer points, but promptly got returned for lack of durability and failure to provide simplified instructions. Now I'll first start by saying that voice recorders in general are rarely easy to operate no matter the brand. However, they do offer certain advantages to using an app on your mobile phone, making them necessary for some individuals (students, business persons, etc.). This Olympus model is very good, and in my opinion, better than the Sony for two simple reasons. The quality of the recording is far more clear, and the instructions are lengthy but straightforward. Battery life is also exceptional. There is one feature that Sony did cover, but Olympus doesn't. That is the ability to begin a recording, and then add on to that same recording at a later time. Though I am not happy about this, I still appreciate a better audio quality more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent recorder

    Posted
    Manny
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This item is very helpful and useful to me as Secretary of the SF Host Lions Club. Every meeting, I just open it, all the deliberations are recorded without missing a single minute of action. Its fun to use and I recommend this unit to all secretaries of any society or club.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall pleased

    Posted
    kdg1
    • Verified Purchaser

    I love the product and what it can do, and did very well. However, trying to read the provided instructions and work with the device was horrible. I finally pulled up the directions on the internet and was able to follow directions and go back and forth between the directions and device very easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Recorder

    Posted
    KEPShopper
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Haven't had much time to speak to the sound quality of the recordings from this device but know enough to say they are at the very least as good as the last Olympus we had and especially in high quality they are very good. It's recording capacity, especially on lower quality, is a real plus! What we liked best about the recorder is how easy it is to set up. This one, unlike our old one, does not have it's own software for downloading the recordings, which we found quickly went out of date and was hard to run on different Windows systems. Instead this new one works very much like a flash drive and you can simply plug it in and use the audio player of your choice to listen to and organize your recordings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and quality

    Posted
    PrisC
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this to record lectures. I have the setting to 'conference room' and it works great. Granted you still have good speakers or headphones but you can hear everything really well. The professor is at front and sometimes I have to sit about two rows back. I even recorded one lecture at the back of the classroom. I could hear every word. The batteries (alkaline) lasted about four months with two 3.5 hour long lectures each week. I transferred the lectures to my laptop and played them back that way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent recording, don't hold it to close

    Posted
    DanOSterling
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I use this for dictation. It picks up my voice nicely and saves it to an MP3 file which can be used with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The overall accuracy is very good. My only complaint is that if you hold the recorder to close to your mouth, it will pick up the wind noise from plosive phonics. The trick is to hold the recorder about 2 to 3 inches away and speak in a relatively normal voice. I've also tested this recorder in conversation, and it picks up both sides rather nicely. There's an excellent noise reduction mode during playback which eliminated the road noise recorded while I was driving. I haven't tried this for music, but it does have stereo microphones so I expect it will do a decent job. This is an excellent machine for anyone doing dictation or looking to share audio files recorded on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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