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Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback

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Poor Variable Control Voice Actuator Function
 
I bought this product for the sole purpose of recording seminars. Poor Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) function ruins this otherwise excellent digital recorder.VCVA records only when the device senses sound. Hence it helps trim out downtime and is an important time-saving function when listening to recorded material.What I've found is that the VCVA is not sensitive enough to work properly unless the lecturer speaks directly to the recorder within about 3 feet. So e...

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by Spud can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Spud
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/17/2008
User Location: CA
Review From: User Review
 
100% (37 of 37) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Excellent tool for the aspiring songwriter in you
 
I find this little gizmo indispensable when I want to record something in a flash. There are so many features but the fat instruction book covers them all and makes it easy to use. It's great that you can just detach the bottom and stick it into a computer, but on my laptop the recorder juts out beyond the base of the laptop so in effect I have to hold the laptop up so as not to put all the weight on the unit. Luckily they enclose a short USB to USB cable that fixes that problem.I...

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by Amanda can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Amanda
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/27/2008
User Location:
Review From: User Review
 
100% (11 of 11) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Simply amazing! Outstanding!
 
Wow, this item cost me a lot, but it is certainly MORE than worth it.It is a very small (so small that I don't know what would happen if you drop it... hehe) and sleek voice recorder. There are several models of this WS series, and this was the most suitable for me because it has a lot of memory and it is actually quite cheap (funny thing, the previous model to this one -WS-300 I think- is more expensive, so you'd be paying more for less memory).Concerning memory, this l...

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by Daniel Josephy H. "Music fan \ can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Daniel Josephy H. "Music fan \
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/12/2008
User Location: San José, Costa Rica
Review From: User Review
 
97% (35 of 36) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
accurately records musical instruments
 
As an elementary music teacher, I often have a need to make recordings. After researching my options, on a limited budget, I chose this digital voice recorder to record my grand piano playing vocal parts. At first I was very disappointed, until told to listen through the ear buds, not the speakers on the tiny device! What sounded awful at first, ended up being the best piano recording I have ever heard from a portable device, which used to be a cassette recorder! The cd's turned out great....

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by S. Shoop can be read at Amazon.Com
 
S. Shoop
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/25/2008
User Location: West Virginia
Review From: User Review
 
96% (64 of 66) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Ease of use, just what I needed
 
I needed a small, discreet voice recorder. I was replacing my older micro-cassette tape recorder which is much more cumbersome. With the WS-311 I can keep it in a shirt pocket and it is un-noticed. I can use it while driving, in meetings, and for general use.One of the uses for this is to record meetings in a "CYA" sort of mode. I do real estate, and sometimes transactions and closings can go badly. They then devolve to a "he said/she said" kind of thing. With this, at least I ...

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by S. N. Gaines can be read at Amazon.Com
 
S. N. Gaines
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/22/2008
User Location: Long Island, NY
Review From: User Review
 
96% (51 of 53) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Nice Navigation for Podcasts
 
This unit has a "music" mode, that allows for playing MP3 files. I use the unit to play podcast (netcast) voice audio. The purpose of this review is to let readers know about how the "fast forward" and "rewind" functions work on this unit. I have not experimented with playback of voice files, but I presume it's the same.The large plus-shaped control you see on the front of the product allows you to initiate fast forward / skip forward and rewind / skip back. Pressing the right side...

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by Dale R. Seng can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Dale R. Seng
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/26/2008
User Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Review From: User Review
 
94% (36 of 38) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Quality recording, good design
 
We bought this recorder for our son's music class, which requires very good recording quality. This recorder is definitly living up (and exceeding) our expectations. It is easy to record, play, move files to computer and into our iTunes library. We love it. Only minor gripe is that the product did not come with a strap and a carrying case. It costs a fortune to buy those separately.

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by Lakshmi Munugoor "Music Lover" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Lakshmi Munugoor "Music Lover"
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/29/2007
User Location: NH, USA
Review From: User Review
 
90% (18 of 20) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Very good, plenty of space
 
Tons of space. I use for lecture recording. Even the lower quality settings sound ok, with which you can hold literally hundreds of hours.The only negative is that in higher quality/reduced storage mode, you would expect the recording to be very clear, but it really isn't that much better than the lower quality/high storage settings, which have that "watery, metallic" sound (if that makes any sense).I wouldn't use it for "jotting down" a guitar lick because it won't sound good, but i...

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by _____ "_____" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
_____ "_____"
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/19/2008
User Location: USA
Review From: User Review
 
87% (14 of 16) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Nice try, but lousy service
 
I purchased this unit in March to record college lectures. Every third time I set it down, the recording mode shuts off temperamentally. When I tried to talk to Olympus today about my problem, I was told I'd have to send the unit into them for 4-6 weeks with no other option. Without purchasing a new unit, I would not be able to record the lectures--why I bought it in the first place. They were very uncooperative and were not willing to work with me to find any alternative with an attitude of...

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by Scott can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Scott
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/23/2008
User Location: Bend, Oregon USA
Review From: User Review
 
81% (35 of 43) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
amazing
 
I have found the ws 311 m to be far better than I had expected- sound quality is excellent, the built in mic is effective for voice, and the controls for noise etc simply briliant to the ear. To say I am satisfied is too much an understatement! I know it is no i pod, but it also does far more of what I wanted-a voice recorder, and still gives me so much versatility with music that I am stunned. I am older perhaps, but I found this technology to be awesome...would I buy it again? I am lookin...

Olympus WS-311M Digital Voice Recorder & Mass Storage Device with Music Playback review by J. Sharpe "duh techno" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
J. Sharpe "duh techno"
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/08/2008
User Location: huckabee usa
Review From: User Review
 
75% (9 of 12) Users Found This Review Helpful
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