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Solid, high-performance product
 
The Olympus DS-2 has become my memory, and my safety net at work. I can't imagine working without it.So why would I only give it 4 stars? It's not perfect. Let me give a few reasons and caveats:First, the bad...It's 64MB. I knew the recording time going in, and I'm not complaining -- it's just a touch expensive given the memory size in my opinion. Wish it were 128 for this price.There is no on-off; just a "hold" that essentially turns it off, ...

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by drumcat can be read at Amazon.Com
 
drumcat
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/06/2005
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100% (47 of 47) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Recorder Good, Manual Bad
 
I just got my DS-2 the other day and I have been putting it through its paces before I take it out to the real world. Here is what I have learned:Recording is fairly simple. There are some features & options associated with recording, and it's a little annoying at first figuring out how to manipulate those features. But once you get past that initial learning stage, it's pretty easy. And the recording quality is good, no complaints there, even at the lower quality levels.
Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by J. Williams can be read at Amazon.Com
 
J. Williams
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 06/02/2006
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100% (42 of 42) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Recorder great; software primitive
 
The DS-2 is very handy for my project (oral histories); the recorder itself works smoothly (five stars). The instruction book does need upgrading; for example it does not tell you how to turn the machine off (do it with the hold switch). It gives only marginal information about the various modes of recording and no suggestions about when one might want to use each of the modes.Although I now have the DS-2 operating OK with my Mac system, I regard software (DSS) and its manual as be...

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by Jens Zorn can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Jens Zorn
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/30/2007
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100% (23 of 23) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great recorder for the price
 
I have had this recorder for about 2 months now. I use it to record my lecture hall class and it has worked very well for me. I record it at the highest quality so the file size is about 30 MB for an hour lecture. It can only record about 2 hours at the highest quality but that works for me since I download it as soon as I get home and erase for the next class. It records a WMV file but I can convert it to MP3 and play it on my IPod as I walk around campus. The recorder does a very good job ...

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by L. Sanchez can be read at Amazon.Com
 
L. Sanchez
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/10/2006
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100% (22 of 22) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
The Little Digital Voice Recorder That Could
 
While I haven't had a chance to use all quality settings, the best setting picks up an amazing amount of quality conversation regardless of background buses, chainsaws, or espresso grinders. The DS-2 also doubles as a portable USB drive, although that requires the extension cord to plug it into the computer--not as swift or sleek as the little pen drives. If you use it as a portable drive, such as transporting a Word file, it converts to that format, and you can't then record any aud...

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by Jesse L. Bellinger "Bubby" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Jesse L. Bellinger "Bubby"
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/23/2005
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100% (17 of 17) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great recorder Not so great software.
 
I searched long and hard to find the best digital voice recorder possible. My goals were simple: record conference calls and the ever more important meetings but without anyone seeing or noticing the recorder - I'm hard of hearing and use this to go back to fill in my notes.First the microphone quality is astounding. Not only does it pick up the conversation of everyone in a large conference room FROM MY BRIEFCASE but the included software has a noise cancellation feature that works...

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by U2pop "u2pop" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
U2pop "u2pop"
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/12/2007
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100% (16 of 16) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Best recorder for the money on the market
 
I bought this for recording my college lectures and have had great success. I've tried others, even the similar Olympus recorders out there, and this was my favorite because of it's sound quality, good recording time, and ease of use. This is very very easy to use. And a simple USB dock connection makes it easy to swap files to and from the computer, both Windows and PC. Just drag and drop! Great unit.

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by Daddywags can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Daddywags
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/30/2005
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100% (16 of 16) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
A VERY SATISFIED CUSTOMER!
 
I am very happy I purchased this product! I bought this digital recorder for work to help me take notes for meetings I have to attend. The sound quality is excellent; it is compact and lightweight (slips easily into your shirt pocket or small bag); download to the PC is quick and easy; and most important (to me at least) the price is unbeatable! This product came with a cover, a docking station, earphones, and batteries. Amazon was quick in shipping the item ... right on time for the next meet...

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by JSBach can be read at Amazon.Com
 
JSBach
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/02/2006
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100% (14 of 14) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Better than expected - excellent recorder
 
I read lots of reviews and finally bought a DS-2 for mobile sound recording. Man am I impressed. The sound quality is amazing for such a small and inexpensive product. No need for me to repeat all the features everyone else has mentioned. I will mention the following:1) I sometimes use the DS-2 to record voices or interviews in mono. I simply used a decent mono-microphone plugged into the microphone jack, along with a wind filter (foam). I can't discern any audio quality difference b...

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by B. Hooven "whooven" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
B. Hooven "whooven"
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/04/2006
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100% (13 of 13) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great features and quality, needs more memory
 
I agree with the reviews detailing the many valuable features and especially the sound sensitivity and quality of this recorder. Small in size and easy to handle.One issue I see is that it really needs more memory. I want to use this deice to record meetings that may go for a work day. TO be perfect, it would need a lot more memory. YOu only have an hour of recording time in the highest quality format. If you work with WIndows based computers, you do not want to select the lower qual...

Olympus DS-2 Digital Voice Recorder review by Cheap-n-Easy can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Cheap-n-Easy
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/25/2006
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100% (13 of 13) Users Found This Review Helpful
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