See below for a guide on the best digital voice recorders

Whether it be during school lectures, music recording or for office meetings it´s easy to explain the ever-growing popularity of voice recorders. Although the introduction of recording applications on smartphone devices is an attempt to replicate the features of the voice recorder, quality is indeed lost in the process. In a world where efficiency and functionality is paramount, the need for devices which deliver lasting results is key.  In this article we´ll take a look at the top 10 best digital voice recorders.

1) Olympus DS-2500 Digital Recorder

Olympus DS-2500 Digital Recorder

Professional voice recorder with DSS Pro recording

KEY FEATURES

  • SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32GB)
  • USB 2.0 connection cable
  • DSSPro data format
  • Full duplex, Auto recording (VCVA)
  • Audio management software included
  • 1.74″ display, metal casing

Starting of our list of top 10 digital voice recorders we have the Olympus DS-2500 Digital Recorder. This recorder is easily recharchable with a USB connection cable and the memory is expandable using the designated SD card slot. With 32GB of expandable memory and 303 hours of recording memory in SP mode the Olympus DS-2500 Digital recorder is made for optimum recording ability.

 

 

2)  Olympus LS-12

Olympus LS-12

User friendly digital recorder with high-sensitivity microphones, ideal for musicians

 KEY FEATURES

  • 2 high sensitivity, noise cancelling microphones with low cut filter
  • Tuner and LED metronome functions
  • Recording & Playback format PCM (WAV) / MP3
  • Pre-recording function
  • 2GB memory and SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • USB connection for data transfer
  • Built-in 28mm speaker

The Olympus LS-12 is a recorder which offers the LED and Tuner functions. Together with the Recording and Playback format PCM (WAV) optimum performance is guaranteed. With a USB connection data transfer between devices is easily faciliated, giving you the recording experience you need.

 

3)  Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder

Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder

Digital voice recorder with intelligent auto mode for detailed recording in all situations

 KEY FEATURES
  • 8GB internal memory and up to 32GB external
  • 2080hr recording time
  • Two built-in directional stereo microphones
  • Intelligent auto recording
  • Retractable USB stick
  • Calendar search

 

This device´s strong point would be it´s intelligent auto mode which adjusts the recording level automatically for a more even volume and accurate recording. Furthermore the Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder has two built-in directional stereo microphones to ensure that all speaker´s voice are recorded.  In addition to this, the noise cancelling function cancels out unwanted background noise.

 

4) Philips VoiceTracer DVT4010

Philips VoiceTracer DVT4010 (1)

8GB digital recorder with AutoAdjust+ function

KEY FEATURES

  • 8GB digital recorder
  • LCD colour screen
  • MP3 stereo recorder
  • AutoAdjust+ function: automatically regulates parameters
  • High quality stereo recording with 2 microphones
  • Capture up to 88 days of continuous recording due to the 8GB internal memory
  • Up to 32GB memory with SD card
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux

 

This device comes with 2 stereo microphones that produce clear recordings and maximise background noise reduction. Furthermore the Philips VoiceTracer DVT4010 records in in MP3, providing clear quality sound. It is also able to record with the professional PCM format, without compressing. In addition, the device comes with 8GB memory storage that allows for up to 88 days of continuous recording.

5)  Olympus LS-P2

Olympus LS-P2 Voice Recorder

Pocket-sized digital voice recorder with a three-microphone system and Bluetooth connectivity

KEY FEATURES

  • 3 microphones (2 directional, 1 omnidirectional)
  • Noise-reduction filter
  • USB connection
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Compact yet durable design
  • Supports linear PCM recording at rates of up to 24 bits
  • Supports frequencies as high as 96kHz

 

The Olympus LS-P2 Voice Recorder comes with the has TRESMIC system, which consists of two stereo directional microphones and one omnidirectional microphone which allows for the most accurate stereo sound capture possible. The stereo directional microphones are equipped with noise-reduction and incrementation filters which adjust the volume of the sound to maintain all noise at a certain, pre-determined level. On the other hand the omnidirectional one picks up the lower frequency bass sound.

 

6) Philips DPM6000 Pocket Memo Digital Voice Recorder

Philips DPM6000 Pocket Memo Digital Voice Recorder

User-friendly, push-button memo recorder that you can operate with one hand

KEY FEATURES

  • SD memory card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Push-button for single-handed operation for recording and playback
  • Two built-in omnidirectional microphones
  • DSS (Digital Speech Standard), MP3, PCM voice and PCM stereo recording
  • 2.4″ colour TFT display
  • Stainless steel casing
  • Micro USB 2.0 jack

 

The Philips DPM6000 Pocket Memo Digital Voice Recorder allows for instant DSS recording and is optimised perfectly for speech recognition.

With DSS format you are able to highly compress aufio files without losing out on audio quality. Futhermore you have the ability to store more information in the file header to help to organise your library for transcription purposes.

Included, the SpeechExec workflow software enables you to manage all your documents between the author and transcriptionist, and to check for progress and to monitor your work status.

The DPM6000 comes with a priority setting which allows you to rank your recordings by most urgent. While you wait your recorder will charge in its docking stationas your transfer the files to your computer via USB. With an optional foot pedal, you can also use this docking station for hands-free recording and transcription without the need of a computer.

 

7)  Philips VoiceTracer DVT2000

Philips DVT2000 Digital Voice Recorder with earphones

Digital stereo recorder optimized for conversations

 KEY FEATURES

  • Optimized for conversations
  • MP3 stereo recorder with clear playback
  • Connection to PC ready to use
  • Radio FM recorder to record your favourite radio programs
  • Voice activation recorder
  • 3.5mm jack
  • High speed 2.0 USB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • SD card: up to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 111 x 38 x19 mm
  • Weight: 49g

 

The Philips DVT2000 Digital Voice Recorder is perfectly designed to record conversations or interviews. With the stereo MP3 recording format, you will always have excellent audio quality that you can share easily with other people.

You will also be able to save files in different formats: WAV, MP3, PCM. With its ultra-sensitive microphone, you will be able to obtain clear recordings without background noise. Equipped with a PC connection, you will only have to connect your Philips DVT2000 Digital Voice Recorder with a USB cable to play your recordings on your computer or laptop.

In addition, the backlit LCD screen allows for a better identification of the files. The 4GB internal memory can be increased up to 32GB by adding a SD card. The Philips DVT2000 Digital Voice Recorder is also equipped with a long-life battery to support long recording sessions of up to 38 hours.

8) Philips VoiceTracer DVT6010

Philips VoiceTracer DVT6010 Digital Voice Recorder

8GB Digital recorder with 3 mics, AutoZoom+ and pre-recording functions

KEY FEATURES

  • 8GB digital recorder
  • LCD colour screen
  • Integrated movement sensor
  • Auto-Adjust function: automatically regulates parameters
  • Pre-recording function
  • AutoZoom+ function
  • Capture up to 88 days of continuous recording due to the 8GB internal memory
  • Up to 32GB memory with SD card

 

With the Philips DVT6010 Digital Voice Recorder, you no longer have to think about recording your notes on paper.

The Philips DVT6010 Digital Voice Recorder has 2 stereo microphones that produce clear recordings and reduce background noise. It is also equipped with a voice activation function, allowing for hands-free recording. When you activate this function, the recording starts automatically when a person begins speaking. When a person stops speaking, the recording stops. The files will be in MP3 format, providing clear sound quality. It can also record with the professional PCM format, without compressing.

 

9) Olympus DR-2300 RecMic USB Microphone Premium Kit

Olympus DR-2300 RecMic USB Microphone Premium Kit

Supports barcode scanner

KEY FEATURES

  • Comes with ODMS for Clients – Dictation Module software
  • Multi-functional slide switch and trackball navigation
  • Directional microphone and supports barcode scanner
  • Perfect for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software
  • 5 programmable buttons and programmable LEDs
  • Optimised System Development Kit

The Olympus DR-2300 USB microphone Premium Kit is part of the RecMic range and this particular model can also be used with an optional barcode scanner (SC1).

This range is designed for professionals, especially in medical and legal industries among others. It offers seamless integration with third party software (see datasheet for compatibility).

The RecMic recorders are easy and comfortable to use thanks to their ergonomic design and intuitive layout.

multi-functional switch for one-thumb operation and a steel trackball make navigation incredibly easy and the symmetrical design ensures it is ideal for left and right-handed users.

 

10) Olympus DR-2200 RecMic USB Microphone Premium Kit

Olympus DR-2200 RecMic USB Microphone Premium Kit

Engineered for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Software

KEY FEATURES

  • Comes with ODMS for Clients – Dictation Module software
  • Multi-functional slide switch and trackball navigation
  • Directional microphone
  • Perfect for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software
  • 5 programmable buttons and programmable LEDs
  • Optimised System Development Kit

 

The Olympus DR-2200 Directrec USB microphone is part of a new line of direct audio recording devices (RecMic) that are easy and comfortable to use thanks to their ergonomic design and intuitive layout.

multi-functional switch for one-thumb operation and a steel trackball make navigation incredibly easy and the symmetrical design ensures it is ideal for left and right-handed users.

The low-noise directional microphone cuts out any unwanted background noise and provides optimum results in speech recognition and transcription. This DR-2200 is specially engineered to work with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software to deliver highly accurate results. The included ODMS for Clients – dictation module software is used to coordinate this.

 

 

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