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Nice recorder. Works great on my MAC.
 
FYI, I don't know why people are saying this recorder is not Mac compatible, I've had no problems. I'm not using it for podcasting or anything, but I can attach the cable to my machine, it pops up in finder, and I can copy the .wma files to wherever. Quicktime has no trouble playing them, but more than that, you can still install the DSS software that comes with the recorder. Yes, there is a DSS-Installer.app file in the ENGLISH subdirectory of the installation CD that will install the applic...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by Stanz can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Stanz
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/28/2008
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100% (33 of 33) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Versatile and Dependable
 
Let me say at the outset that I have been very pleased with the Olympus DS30. This is the third recorder of this style that I have owned. The first was a micro-cassette unit and latter an Olympus Digital VN-1000. Although both are still in working condition the DS30 is far superior in quality of sound and of course the speed of transfer of recorded sound to my PC for storage and additional applications.While my previous recorders had to be audio cabled to my PC and then transferred o...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by Charles Lyons, Ph.D. "Charles" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Charles Lyons, Ph.D. "Charles"
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/25/2007
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100% (24 of 24) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great recorder--Works well w/ Mac
 
I bought this a few weeks ago and used it at a conference. The sensitivity was so good that I actually had to use a built-in filter to decrease the background noises (glasses tinkling, etc).Most importantly, it works with Mac OS X (10.4 and 10.5). I have a MacBook Pro--Simply use the included USB cord, connect, and it appears like an external drive. Open the folder, drag over the .wma files to the desktop, and double click. It opened in Quicktime for me, I save as a "self-contained m...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by Desert Son can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Desert Son
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/14/2008
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100% (22 of 22) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Wow! Super-intuitive design and superior sound. Very happy.
 
I stumbled on the Olympus DS 30 when looking for a replacement for the DS 2 which was kind of a disappointment and ultimately I chucked it.No one had reviewed this model yet (it must be very new) so I was leery to purchase it. But I did and I'm very happy. I can't speak to the raw technical details of digital recorders, but for the laymen's purposes, this is a superior recorder for dictation and much more.For example, I recorded a flamenco concert last night with the DS...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by Pen name "Pen name" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Pen name "Pen name"
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/14/2007
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100% (21 of 21) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Powerful little recorder
 
I had been seraching for a compact quality recording device for recording rehearsals and live performances, that I could easily download onto a computer and burn onto cd for listening. Everything else I looked at cost between $200.00 to $400.00. So I thought I would take a chance on a good voice data recorder. I already have an Olympus I use for taking notes in my car. This would've been satisfactory but has no means by which to transfer files and burn. The first time I used this DS-30 I was blo...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by Charlie Helmandollar can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Charlie Helmandollar
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/20/2007
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100% (18 of 18) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great for lectures
 
I have never owned a voice recorder so have nothing to compare it to, but I like this gadget. I bought it for college lectures and have one professor that I was concerned the recorder would not pick up, but it picked her up beautifully without any external mics. However, I do sit two rows from her. The recordings sound better through earphones and the computer than the speaker on the device, which is not a problem for me. The software was easy to install and it was very simple to download the re...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by Andrew Petrie can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Andrew Petrie
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/23/2007
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100% (14 of 14) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Very Pleased!
 
This is my 3rd digital voice recorder, and I recommend it highly. Great quality, great value. It costs way less than my previous device, the Sony MS515, but is better in significant ways.There are five levels of recording quality, topping out with the STXQ (Stereo Extra Quality), which records WMA files of 128 kbps, 44 kHz, stereo. To save space, I use the middle setting, HQ (36 kbps, 44 kHz, mono), which is more than adequate for my needs (and gives me 17 hours recording time for it...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by John Murray "mervius" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
John Murray "mervius"
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/17/2007
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100% (14 of 14) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great Sound Quality - No Rewind Button
 
I was a novice to the digital voice recorder industry when I bought my DS30. I thought it would be a good replacement for my Dictaphone, however, nothing in the product description warned me that common features found on tape recorders, like fast forward, rewind and the ability to record over a section are considered "advanced" and "advanced professional" features. For those entering the digital voice recording arena beware, if the product description does not say the voice recorder has "advan...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by John D. Titus "jtitus" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
John D. Titus "jtitus"
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2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/18/2008
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100% (13 of 13) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Exceeded my expectations
 
As a PhD student I wanted something to take notes regardless of location or environment (significant thoughts often arise while I'm driving). This recorder makes it easy to register thoughts whenever they arise, and recording them is much faster than writing.The five folders present an excellent method for categorizing notes from different sources, and the included software allows the folders to be named. I have three young children, so one of the folders is utilized for recording some of ...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by Raif M. Turner can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Raif M. Turner
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/27/2008
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100% (12 of 12) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
The perfect digital recorder
 
The DS-30 is perfect in every way. I am a focus group moderator and use it to record my sessoins--it captures even softer voices in the room great; the software it comes with is surprisingly quite good in terms of being easy to use and allowing you to slow down or speed up the playback without affecting the pitch of the voices. Battery life is incredible; I have used this hours and hours and have replaced the batteries maybe once in the last 6 months. The model below this is not nearly as goo...

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder review by B. Darvin "bradyd452" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
B. Darvin "bradyd452"
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/08/2008
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100% (11 of 11) Users Found This Review Helpful
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