digital recorder : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary

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digital recorder

aka digital tape recorder aka digital sound recorder aka digital voice recorder aka digital flash recorder (Sony’s term) and digital voice tracer Philip’s term. A battery-powered hand-held unit that lets you record sound, usually voice. It uses solid state flash RAM (Random Access Memory) to store the sound digitally. There is no moving magnetic tape as in an analog recorder. They typically store hundreds of hours of sound. You can hop to a particular snippet, fast forward, fast rewind, record, play and erase. The sound quality is typically pretty bad if you use the built-in microphone and speaker. With an external mike and speakers the device becomes to bulky to carry around in your pocket. I wake up in the night a dozen times or so with ideas for my website. With such a recorder, I can jot them down and go back to sleep without even turning on the light. I have a Panasonic RR-Us430 which I would not recommend. The sound quality is so bad I have to record twice to have much chance to decode what I said later. The s sound disappears entirely, even with earphones. If you hit the wrong button, it goes into some obscure mode that takes about 30 minutes of fiddling about before I can get it working again. Avoid buying extra features you do not need. You will just trip over them. It does not have drivers to let it connect to W7-64. This is a general problem. The unit will stop working as soon as you install a new Microsoft new operating system. Vendors don’t update drivers for older models. High quality models will sometimes work with Dragon Naturally Speaking to automatically transcribe your verbally scribblings into a word processor. Before you buy one for that purpose, make sure it is on the approved Dragon list.

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Here are a set of digital recorders, all top rated for use with Dragon Naturally Speaking. They are in order by increasing cost. Amazon does not permit me to display the prices.

electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Philips DVT3500/00 Digital Voice Tracer with Telephone Pick-Up Microphone Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B0095S0S9Q
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking. 50—20,000Hz. 2 GB. Connects to computer to upload collected recordings with provided USB cable. Specs. manual.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Philips DVT3000/00 Digital Voice Tracer and Recorderto electronic home
asin B00966OWKI
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking. 50—20,000Hz, 2 GB. Connects to computer to upload collected recordings with provided USB cable. Specs. manual.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Philips DVT5500/00 Digital Voice Tracer with 3 Built-In Microphones and Remote Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B0093IZSPW
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking. 4 GB. You can control the recorder remotely. Claims CD-like quality for music. Connects to computer to upload collected recordings with provided USB cable. Specs. manual.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Sony ICDTX50 Digital Flash Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B007BD0H1G
dim 4.08 × 10.23 × 0.64 cm
1.61 × 4.03 × 0¼ in
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking for voice to text. The key feature of this recorder is its tiny size. You can slip it into a shirt pocket. It is remarkarkably good for recoding speakers at meetings, even if your seat is at the back. It comes with 4 GB of memory. Stereo noise canceling microphone. It is intended to record voice, not music. It uses a micro-B USB connector. The package includes an adapter cable to the usual USB-A connector on your computer. It includes ear buds. Records in wma, mp3 or m4a formats. Manual. You can also buy it direct from Sony. For some reason, it costs almost double in Canada.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Sony ICD-SX712 Digital Flash Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B004M8ST2W
dim 3.24 × 13.78 × 1.60 cm
1.28 × 5.43 × 0.63 in
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking for voice to text. It also comes at higher cost with Dragon Naturally Speaking bundled. 2 GB memory. By adding a memory chip you can take it up to 16 GB. Records 500 hours. That can be expanded to 4000 hours. Two AAA Batteries last up to (I hate that weasel phrase) 25 hours. The built-in mike is both stereo and directional. The twin stereo microphones are shown in the directional position. They can be pointed outwards for stereo. Optional noise canceling on the microphones. You can record in MP3 or LPCM fidelity. Battery life depends heavily on recording fidelity. The more expensive 713X model has twice as much memory. The provided USB cable lets you upload selected recordings and recharge the unit. The unit is fairly large, about the size of a TV remote. Specs. manual.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Philips DVT5000/00 Digital Voice Tracer with 3 Built-In Microphones Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B0097FZRYI
dim 4.10 × 11.70 × 2 cm
1.61 × 4.61 × 0.79 in
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking. 50—20,000 Hz. 4 GB. Good for recording music. MP3. USB-2. The built-in 3-mike AutoZoom suppresses surrounding noises. 15 metre zoom. The pre-recording function allows you to record sound sources from approximately three seconds prior to pressing the record button. I am always trying to capture quotes from the CBC radio. That gives me three seconds to react without losing the start of the quote. Sony does not have this feature. 60 grams (2.12 oz). Connects to computer to upload collected recordings with provided USB cable. Specs. manual. SonicElectronix has them for a good price in the USA. They take Paypal.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Philips DVT1500/00 Digital Voice Tracer with 2 Built-In Microphones and Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B0093IZOV0
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking. 2 GB. Includes Dragon Naturally Speaking. Stereo MP3 recording. Voice-activation function for hands-free recording. Connects to computer to upload collected recordings with provided USB cable. Specs. manual.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Sony ICD-UX512BLK Digital Flash Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B004M8SU2Q
dim 3.81 × 10.48 × 1½ cm
1½ × 4.12 × 0.59 in
2 GB flash RAM. Recommended for musicians. Very good sound quality with the earphones, a little tinny with the built-in speakers. Easy to use. You hit Rec to record. Pause to pause. Stop to stop. But oddly you hit Enter to play. You might find it more cheaply on eBay. This is what I use myself. It is tiny. If I lay it across my palm and close my hand it is hidden. It comes with a CD of Windows and Mac software that lets you merge and export sound from various purposes. It is not smart enough to sync with the computer clock until you configure date/time to auto. It has rechargeable batteries that recharge just by leaving it plugged into the USB port. It comes with a 126 page manual all in English with full step-by-step instructions for anything you might want to do. It can record in PCM or MP3 in various resolutions. It is quite sturdy. The only truly idiotic thing about it is the menu button doubles as a noise cut button. Which function you get seems to be random. You cannot use the microphone as a live mike to your computer. If you use the slider to turn DPC mode on, you can control the speed of playback with the arrow buttons. You can slow it down so you sound as if you were drunk. It quite alarmed me when I accidentally used it and thought I was actually speaking as if I had sustained brain damage. You have to re-adjust the volume each time you plug in the ear buds or switch back to the the speaker. It should internally maintain separate settings. The background lighting turns off almost immediately to save battery power. It is a bit of a nuisance having to keep turning it back on. There should be a button to manually keep in on or turn it off. Another annoyance is there is no obvious way to skip to the next message without deleting the current one. I accidentally found a mode to make it behave, then it jumped out. I could not get it to behave again. The closest I can find is a playback mode that plays the current message over and over continuously. Another problem, it plays messages back in reverse chronological order. I have not figured out how to get them to play in chronological order. This is annoying because if you record an addenmum to a message, it plays the addendum first. You should be able to press an arrow key to move to the next message without deleting the current one.
  • The earbug cords are like ivy vines. They like to wrap themselves around anything they can. Sony should make the wire in them a little stiffer.
  • The case is black, effectively camouflaged.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Philips complete Digital Conference & Meeting Recording and Transcription Systemto electronic home
asin B00QKWGXM6
Includes a foot pedal, an omni-directional microphone for recording meetings, plus the DVT-8000 MP3 recorder.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Philips DVT1000/00 Digital Voice Tracer with 2 Built-In Microphones Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B00966PFHW
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking. 70—15,000Hz 2 GB. Stereo MP3. Connects to computer to upload collected recordings with provided USB cable. Specs. manual.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Sony ICD-MX20DR9 Digital Voice Recorderto electronic home
asin B000N29LAK
Rated 6 dragons by Dragon Naturally Speaking, 32 MB flash memory. Stereo mikes. Includes Dragon NaturallySpeaking Recorder Edition Software. The provided USB cable lets you upload selected recordings. Specs. manual.
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