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Terejimenez  Identity Verified
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Jun 13, 2007

Dear colleagues,

I need to change my Olympus VN960PC for a digital voice recorder having options such as: rewind, split files, combine files, combine folders, quick transfer to my PC, high quality sound, to use with Dragon if possible.
I would appreciate very much your opinions to buy the best affordable digital voice recorder to dictate translations of large files (+100K).

Tere


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Andrzej Mierzejewski  Identity Verified
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Affordable - what does it mean? Jun 13, 2007

Are you going to spend an equivalent of USD 10, or USD 100, or USD 1000, whatever the currency?

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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Some more specs? Jun 13, 2007

Terejimenez wrote:
I need to change my Olympus VN960PC for a digital voice recorder having options such as: rewind, split files, combine files, combine folders, quick transfer to my PC, high quality sound, to use with Dragon if possible.
I would appreciate very much your opinions to buy the best affordable digital voice recorder to dictate translations of large files (+100K).
Tere


Hi Tere,

1. Do you prefer an internal microphone, or external mic-in capability?
2. Also, when you say large files, do you mean 100kb?
That's not very large compared to what the top of the range can handle. My iRiver H120 has a 20GB hard drive, and 4GB as single file limit, AFAIK.
3. Is size very important for you? What dimensions are you looking for?

Out of the hat, I'd recommend Edirol R-09 if you really want top quality sound and small form factor, but please post your ideas to the questions above first...

/Jan

Some high-end recommendations:

Recorder alternatives for less than $1000 include:

recorders with digital optical input, plus analog mic and line input
-- iRiver H120/140/320 with Rockbox software (discontinued, ~$150-$200 used)
-- Creative Nomad Jukebox 3 or "JB3" (discontinued, ~$100-$150 used)
-- Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD recorder (~$300)

recorders with digital coax input, plus Mic and Line
-- M-Audio Microtrack 2496 (~$375)
-- Marantz PMD671 (~$850, less at martelelectronics.com)
-- Tascam HD-P2 (~$850)

recorders that have Mic and Line input only, no digital
-- Zoom H2 (MSRP $200, shipping in Summer)
-- Zoom H4 (MSRP $300)
-- Edirol R-09 (~$375)
-- Fostex FR-2LE (MSRP $600, shipping by end of April?)
-- Marantz PMD660 ($709 with Oade ACM preamp upgrade )
-- Korg MR-1 (MSRP $700, records one-bit or PCM)

With the exception of the Sony Hi-MD, all allow drag and drop file
transfers to a PC.


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Martin Wenzel
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Dragonfly at half price Jun 13, 2007

You may consider buying this software at ebay for half price of the current market price...

Or ask on the exchange board if somebody would swap it with you in case he/she does not need it...

Linguatec also offers dictatation software. I think their translation software is pretty good. But then, I am not sure how far they got with their language versions. They seem to have a Dutch version....


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Terejimenez  Identity Verified
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Affordable means Jun 13, 2007

Dear Andrzej

Thank you for your interest to help me. Affordable means from USD$150 to USD$200

Tere


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Terejimenez  Identity Verified
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Dear Jan, Jun 13, 2007

Thank you very much for your time and information.

Here are the answers:

1. I prefer an internal microphone
2. Large files means over 100.000 words
3. Size is not very important but would prefer a small recorder with a large screen. Size around 4 x 1 inches.


I am going to check the ones you mentioned.

Thanks again

Tere



[Edited at 2007-06-13 18:46]


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Terejimenez  Identity Verified
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Thank you very much Martin Jun 13, 2007

I will check in Linguatec and post a note in the exchange board.

Tere

Martin Wenzel wrote:

You may consider buying this software at ebay for half price of the current market price...

Or ask on the exchange board if somebody would swap it with you in case he/she does not need it...

Linguatec also offers dictatation software. I think their translation software is pretty good. But then, I am not sure how far they got with their language versions. They seem to have a Dutch version....


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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More details? Jun 19, 2007

Terejimenez wrote:
1. I prefer an internal microphone
2. Large files means over 100.000 words
3. Size is not very important but would prefer a small recorder with a large screen. Size around 4 x 1 inches.



Hi Tere,

Some counter-questions:

2. I don't work with words. Technically, you can cram infinite number of spoken "words" into a tiny file, if you just set the compression and sound quality low enough.

You'll have to specify the number of minutes you want to save, and specify the sound quality you expect to have. Is a 96 kbps MP3 enough (=radio quality)? Or would you prefer a full "CD quality" WAV? The file size difference is astronomical!

3. What do you want to display on your screen?
Most of the recorders I mention have a screen, but the UI range from useless to brilliant. Please be more specific.
Do you need digital meters for viewing your peak volume level while recording?
Maybe I'm totally off here, but are you looking for some kind of speech-to-text interpreter, that will display the words that you say?

From what you've told so far, I'd say that Zoom H2 is the one for you!
Take a look at this and check if it has what you need:
http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1916

"With a 4GB SD memory card, the H2 provides up to 2 hours recording at 96kHz, 6 hours at 44.1kHz, or up to a staggering 138 hours in MP3!"

/Jan

[Edited at 2007-06-19 11:37]

[Edited at 2007-06-20 10:22]


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Terejimenez  Identity Verified
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Thank you very much Jan Jun 23, 2007

Dear Jan,
Thank you very much for all your time and valuable inputs. I found out that the H2 - Handy Recorder (on the site you recommended me) is more than enough to meet my needs

Regards,

Tere

Jan Sundström wrote:

Terejimenez wrote:
1. I prefer an internal microphone
2. Large files means over 100.000 words
3. Size is not very important but would prefer a small recorder with a large screen. Size around 4 x 1 inches.



Hi Tere,

Some counter-questions:

2. I don't work with words. Technically, you can cram infinite number of spoken "words" into a tiny file, if you just set the compression and sound quality low enough.

You'll have to specify the number of minutes you want to save, and specify the sound quality you expect to have. Is a 96 kbps MP3 enough (=radio quality)? Or would you prefer a full "CD quality" WAV? The file size difference is astronomical!

3. What do you want to display on your screen?
Most of the recorders I mention have a screen, but the UI range from useless to brilliant. Please be more specific.
Do you need digital meters for viewing your peak volume level while recording?
Maybe I'm totally off here, but are you looking for some kind of speech-to-text interpreter, that will display the words that you say?

From what you've told so far, I'd say that Zoom H2 is the one for you!
Take a look at this and check if it has what you need:
http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1916

"With a 4GB SD memory card, the H2 provides up to 2 hours recording at 96kHz, 6 hours at 44.1kHz, or up to a staggering 138 hours in MP3!"

/Jan

[Edited at 2007-06-19 11:37]

[Edited at 2007-06-20 10:22]


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