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Great package
 
I use minicassette recorders on interviews a lot, and this one is a great recorder for the price. It's small enough to fit in a shirt pocket (and nicely slim as well), and the ergonomics are good: easy to play back, fast-forward, etc. It has all the basic controls you need. I can't speak for the sound relative to others, but for voice, it's more than good enough. It picks up voices quite distinctly even in a relatively noisy environment. I also like the battery indicator, so I always know when I...

Olympus J500 BP review by R. Hof can be read at Amazon.Com
 
R. Hof
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/08/2002
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97% (47 of 48) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Olympus Microcassette Recorder
 
I purchased this product and found that it was of relatively poor construction quality. After reasonable normal use the cassette door hinge broke. I elected not to send it back for repair as my need for this equipment passed, but I was surprised that such a key element of the recorder would be so fragile.

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Anonymous
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2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/28/2002
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97% (41 of 42) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Only Okay
 
I was given this as an unexpected & thoughtful gift, but after working with it a bit, I don't think I'd chose the Olympus again. One basic design flaw is that it doesn't stand up very well on it's think rounded base. You can balance it, but it will topple over at the slightest disturbance. I compared it with my friend's Panasonic RN505 which is substantially heavier, but has a bigger, better speaker & is more stable. When I played my tape on her machine it seemed as if the microphone...

Olympus J500 BP review by A. Marks can be read at Amazon.Com
 
A. Marks
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3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/26/2002
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95% (45 of 47) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
marginal playback quality.
 
i purchased the j500 in order to record focus groups, but found that i needed to purchase an additional audio-cassette recorder in order to ensure that i'm able to capture everything that is said. i have a difficult time making out what people are saying when the recorder is placed in the middle of a fairly large boardroom table. there is quite a bit of feedback which makes understanding words fairly difficult. this may be eliminated by purchasing an external microphone...which will be my nex...

Olympus J500 BP review by - can be read at Amazon.Com
 
-
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3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/19/2001
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90% (38 of 42) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Buyer Beware
 
I am not sure if it is my usage of this recorder, the tapes I put in it or the batteries. My recorder doesn't work anymore. The features on it are good, and it is certainly an attractive recorder. While it did work, I had absolutely no complaints. Unfortunately it isn't working now (and I have complaints).If I had to purchase another mini-recorder, I would go with a bigger name brand, just to be safe. It may cost extra money (as in a few measly bucks) but it is better to pay five more than ...

Olympus J500 BP review by E. Reed can be read at Amazon.Com
 
E. Reed
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2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/10/2001
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85% (41 of 48) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great Recorder, Great Price
 
A friend of mine just ordered this recorder and it sounds great. I am ordering it right now. It is probably the smallest one you can get next to the L400...

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Anonymous
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/17/2000
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35% (25 of 71) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
To Die For...
 
Olympus makes GREAT digital cameras, but their recorders are to die for, especially when you interview someone and get back to the newsroom only to discover that while the tape was moving, the condenser mic had decided to go South on you and the only sound you hear is the motor and a weak, faraway voice. Cleaning and demagnatizing the heads didn't work for me, either, so buy a recorder with a blinking red light that indicates what you're recording is what you're getting.For interviews, spend the...

Olympus J500 BP review by Confederate can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Confederate
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2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/25/2004
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Good Microcassette, But Has Drawbacks.
 
This recorder is another good Pearlcorder by Olympus, but it drops some of the features I found really useful that were in the old L200. I use mine for note taking and general short (less than an hour) recording chores. On the old L200, you had an Index Marker to, but on that recorder the indexer stopped the tape motion when ever it hit an index mark. On the J500, it only gives you a loud sound and you must release the rewind/fast forward button to hear the recording. Also the fast forward speed...

Olympus J500 BP review by C. Weaver can be read at Amazon.Com
 
C. Weaver
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/03/2009
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Barely audible playback and poor quality
 
This is definitely not a practical device.Regardless of what you read from other reviewers about quality and clarity, trust me, I've been using hand held devices for twenty-five years and this is the worst one I've had by far. I immediately threw it in the trash.

Olympus J500 BP review by alexander can be read at Amazon.Com
 
alexander
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1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/10/2012
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100% (2 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Olymps J500 Micro Cassette Recorder
 
We searched for this specific item since we'd had others in the past and it is worth tracking down. Better battery life and sound quality than others.

Olympus J500 BP review by Why Not can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Why Not
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/23/2010
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100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
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