Can You Recommend a Voice Recorder?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GanChan, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502

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    I will be going on a long boring car trip, and I'd like to be able to jot down writing ideas while I drive. Ideally it would be a digitial recording device that could be connected to my iBook later for file transfers. So, something like an mp3 recorder I guess.

    Anyone have any special recommendations? Cheaper is better, but my connectivity requirement will probably rule that out, since I probably need a USB 2.0 port....
     
  2. DStaal macrumors member

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    Olympus seems to be the leader in the market. I've liked mine, which appears to be no longer avalible. Here's their website: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_vr_digitalrecorders.asp

    Note that the recorders save to a semi-private file format instead of MP3. It produces a smaller file for the same quality on speaking voices. (But isn't as good for music/singing.) Their software can convert to MP3 though.
     
  3. dylan macrumors 6502

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    There are a few recorders that plug into an ipod. I have use the Griffin iTalk and it worked fine.
     
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  6. mooncaine macrumors regular

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    Cheap, reliable, small? I love my i-bead for all these reasons

    A few years ago, I bought myself an i-bead 200. It records voice [has a few settings for different bit rates and mic gain] direct to MP3. It's an MP3 player, FM Radio [records that, too], has a built-in USB plug [so, no cables], doesn't require any software, and works just like a USB thumb drive on my Macs and PCs. If it died today, I'd buy another immediately. It's hard to overrate the convenience of having a device that needs no cables or adapters, needs no software, records voice, and also is a music player and radio.

    The company has offered the occasional firmware upgrade, but I never bothered because mine works great; why mess with it when it works so well already?

    Here's the company's site:
    http://www.ibead.co.kr/coding/eng/

    Whether you get this one or not, consider the convenience of a no-cables, no-software recorder that makes a file you can instantly use on your computer or other players.
     

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