Olympus has successfully taken the dictaphone and turned it into a computer peripheral. This small, light device has 16MB of built-in storage. That may not sound like much, but Olympus’s advanced DSP (digital signal processor) technology allows very high compression rates, so the DS-330 can store up to 2.5 hours of recordings, or twice as much in long-play mode.
As well as basic record and playback functions, the long list of advanced features includes a variable control voice actuator, which sets the device automatically to record when the ambient sound reaches a specified level. If your recording was made in a noisy environment, you can play it back using the noise cancellation function.
Recordings can be played back through either the built-in speaker or the headphone jack. The DS-330 really comes into its own when you hook it up to your PC with the supplied USB cable.
The software can be used to control the playback of recordings on the device, making it easier to scan recordings. Its main function is to let you download recordings to your hard disk, enabling you to organise and archive all your footage.
The only drawback to the DS-330 is its hard-to-follow interface.
Price: $675 Distributor: Nationwide Dictating Phone: (02) 9700 9788 URL: www.olympusvoice.com.au