Compact microcassette recorder with built-in stereo microphone and dynamic speaker
Dual recording speeds extends 90-minute microcassette to 3 hours of recording
Hands-free voice activation records upon hearing sound; built-in tape counter
Fast playback modes runs 25 percent faster than regular mode; external microphone jack
Runs for 17 hours on 2 AA batteries; measures 2.3 x 4.8 x 1 inches (W x H x D); 90-day warranty
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I've had an Olympus Pearlcorder S713 for several years now. It has many features hard to find on new recorders. It has red LED to signal recording, a 3-digit tape counter, jacks for external headphone and microphone, auto stops at end of tape. Also has dual recording speeds and voice activated recording. I don't notice any tape noise while using internal microphone. The only caveat is that it's a microcassette. But still, the sound quality is even good for recording a little singing (in my opinion).
I've owned half-a-dozen microcassette recorders over the years and the S713 is the best one I've used so far.
Playback quality is excellent (for voice recording). Very clear. No noticeable tape hiss from the electronic components (which is a real problem with tape recorders in general). The recorder has a big speaker with plenty of volume. In fact, it's so loud that I usually keep it turned down most of the way. This makes the S713 great for playing back memos and the like in noisy environments.
Microphone sensitivity is limited, but not too bad. I haven't tried it in conference settings and I wouldn't depend on the recorder for interviews without some kind of external mike. As for recording music or lectures in big halls, forget about it. The built-in microphone works fine for voice dictation, however--either holding the recorder up to your mouth or using an external headset mike. Note: you will have to use an adaptor to plug a standard microphone into the...
I just went to radio shack to pick up the 3/32 adapter to fit the headphone jacks i use with my s713. A little bulky but didn't want to buy a separate jack for the cassette recorder itself. Love this cassette recorder.
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