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notechyet
17-08-2009, 09:19 PM
Hello members
My partner is asking me to source a usb stick voice recorder for her school.
Could someone help me on that?
Thanks a lot!

Speedy Gonzales
17-08-2009, 09:29 PM
Looks this has 1 (http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a8913fd013b25a02743c0a87f3b06c6/Product/View/A5384) or this (http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a8913fd013b25a02743c0a87f3b06c6/Product/View/A5385) Or this (http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a8913fd013b25a02743c0a87f3b06c6/Product/View/A3975) Or this (http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a8913fd013b25a02743c0a87f3b06c6/Product/View/A5879)

Blam
17-08-2009, 09:35 PM
The ones in Speedy's post are fine, but the quality is not so good and they do not last long either.

Suggest you get this at least:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/Other-electronics/Voice-recorders/auction-235605266.htm

Blam

notechyet
17-08-2009, 09:45 PM
blam and speedy:thanks
thanks that's heaps.
I'll read up what the specs of all those are.
I guess for being used at a school this little thing should be somewhat robust.
NT

somebody
17-08-2009, 09:51 PM
Get a proper voice recorder - not an MP3 player. They are more expensive, but the sound quality is much, much better.

notechyet
17-08-2009, 10:14 PM
somebody
Do you mean the one blam6 suggested?

somebody
17-08-2009, 10:36 PM
somebody
Do you mean the one blam6 suggested?

Yup. I've used an Olympus VN-2100PC myself, and it was noticeably better than my cheap DSE MP3 player. The microphones on proper voice recorders are much better, and some are also smart enough to do auto volume levelling, noise reduction, and so on.

Check out: http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/catalog/CTG0000132

A lot of schools have special accounts with DSE that gives them discounts on most items - it may be worth suggesting that your partner has it bought through official school channels, to take advantage of the discount.

Misty
18-08-2009, 07:37 AM
I remember flirting with the idea of getting one to connect with my ipod.
Don't know what they are like ...but this review gives a good overview.

http://www.macworld.com/article/38546/2004/08/ipodvoicerecorders.html

They say it won't work with the mini as it must have a dock. Also the review first covers the Belkin type and then the cheaper Griffin one
Misty :2cents:

Strommer
18-08-2009, 07:55 AM
The ones in Speedy's post are fine, but the quality is not so good and they do not last long either.

Suggest you get this at least:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/Other-electronics/Voice-recorders/auction-235605266.htm

Blam

Speedy's links are Dick Smith, and I see that DSE has an Olympus VN-5500 which is the same price ($99) as Blam's Trademe OLYMPUS VN-3200PC. AFAIK both have 7 day right of return guarantee. The VN-5500 has better specs.

I have a voice recorder in my cellphone and mp3 player but I would not want to use these on a regular basis, especially with my mp3 at low voice levels. There have been occasions when my cellphone has been invaluable to record conversations (e.g. medical specialists explaining my father-in-law's situation) and lectures, and the resulting audio file was excellent. But if I was a uni student, I would want a "proper voice recorder".

Strommer
18-08-2009, 08:09 AM
I guess for being used at a school this little thing should be somewhat robust.


Will children be using the recorder, or only adults? If it is school kids, I would not go for "proper voice recorders" such as the Olympus ones I referred to in my previous post. Kids will drop or otherwise trash them. USB stick recorders would be more robust but my guess is that - unless the teacher is super vigilant they will be stolen within the first month, so I suppose this would be a reason to buy a low priced stick recorder, perhaps Samsung (NOT Philips). And buy from a shop that has the best warranty / guarantee - I think Dick Smith's is good in this regard.

Proper voice recorders definitely do better at recording different voice environments, but if the recorder is only going to be used at close range (as in being hand held like a microphone), mp3 stick recorders will be fine although would be more likely to be stolen by kids.

Strommer
18-08-2009, 08:22 AM
Hello members
My partner is asking me to source a usb stick voice recorder for her school.
Could someone help me on that?
Thanks a lot!

This just occurred to me: Does your partner realize that usb stick recorders cannot be played back with a built-in speaker? They can only be used with earphones unless you get a docking station or transfer the audio file to a computer.

notechyet
18-08-2009, 09:50 AM
Steve and everyone who replied to this:
There are plenty choices and good advice!
:thanks:thanks:thanks:thanks......thanks a million
NT