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Olympus WS-801 Voice Recorder (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Olympus

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  • Variable Control Voice Actuator
  • Direct Link To Your Mac/Pc
  • Mp3/Wma Stereo Recording
  • 514 Hours Of Recording Time - 2Gb Memory And Micro SD Removable Media
  • Noise Cancellation

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Olympus WS-801 Voice Recorder (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) + Olympus 145055 ME-52 Noise Cancellation Microphone
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  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 4.1 x 1.5 cm ; 50 g
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: WS-801
  • ASIN: B006ZW4HWY
  • Date first available at March 11 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,178 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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The olympus ws-801 voice recorder features two internal directional condenser microphones engineered to capture sound at a wide range of decibel levels. With the newly-developed high-sensitivity, low-noise directional microphones, olympus has achieved the best ever quality in sound recording for this series. Direct usb connection, calendar search functions and plenty of memory with 2gb internal and micro sd compatible make this the ultimate recording device.

Product Description

The Olympus WS-801 Voice Recorder features two internal directional condenser microphones engineered to capture sound at a wide range of decibel levels. With the newly-developed high-sensitivity,low-noise directional microphones, Olympus has achieved the best ever quality in sound recording for this series. Direct USB connection, calendar search functions and plenty of memory with 2GB internal and micro SD compatible make this the ultimate recording device.<br>

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cathie on May 25 2013
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Perfect , simple recorder, easy to use, works great, very sensitive and picks up very sound, usb feature is very handy to put file on computer
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I use this recorder to record my voice for my choir. I must record my singing and send it to my tester by email. She then listens to it for accuracy.
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604 of 608 people found the following review helpful
Good sound quality. Easy to use. Reliable brand. Rugged, no damage from multiple drops. Dec 12 2012
By TechSmart - Published on
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I highly recommend the Olympus WS-801 Voice Recorder because :

(1)Very simple, easy to use compared to Sony etc. Press button labeled "REC" to record, button labeled "ERASE" to erase file, button labeled "STOP" to stop recording or playing. No "accidental" erasure.
Red light is lit up and is solid when recording.

(2) Good sound quality when recording cell or land line phone using the Olympus TP-8 Telephone Pick-up Microphone for $14 on Amazon. Background noise is minimal.
Olympus microphones for other special applications, all sold on Amazon, include :
......$16 ME-52W Noise Canceling Microphone with 3.3 feet cord
......$48 ME-51S Stereo Microphone
......$14 ME-12 Noise Canceling Microphone, good for transcription etc
Search by the model number, like ME-52W.

(3) Comparable products like Sony ICDPX312 ($59.99) etc cost more.

(4) Price charged by seller Amazon is lower than 6 sellers I have checked.

(5)Record on the internal built-in 2 GB card. Or record on a microSD card (up to 32 GB, not supplied) inserted into the port of the recorder.

(6) 3 ways to connect to computer :
...(a)insert slide-out USB connector into USB port of a computer
...(b)insert micro SD card into reader port of a computer.
...(c)insert micro SD card into a card reader which is then inserted into USB port of computer.

(7)An user's manual in a pdf format, provides much more details than the printed booklet, is on the CD under directory PDF.

(8)Screen has a 3-bar battery charge indicator. Press + or - to increase or decrease sound volume in increment as shown by bar graph on screen.

(9)Very durable. I have dropped it about 4 feet high at least 30 times with no noticeable damages to outside or sound quality.

(10)Small and light weight. Both WS-801 and TP-8 microphone easily fit inside shirt pocket horizontally or vertically.

Notes :
Uses one removable AAA battery.
One alkaline AAA gives 20 to 27 hours recording depending on sound quality, or
19 to 24 hours playback.
Time for Ni-MH AAA is about 4 hours less.

A 2 GB card gives
508 hours in 8 kbps WMA format, or
32.5 hours of recording in 128 kbps WMA format, or
16.5 hours in 256 kbps MP3 mode, or
500 songs of 4 minutes each at 128 kbps
A 32 GB card has 16 times the capacity of a 2 GB card. 4 GB card has 2 times.

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158 of 161 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Recorder and good music player Sept. 10 2012
By Mark Cornillie - Published on
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I love this recorder. I bought it for my son for school, after having good success with an earlier Olympus recorder. I was tempted to keep it for myself. It performs extremely well and has great features. I installed a 16 gig memory card so he has plenty of capacity to record classes and I also was able to add an extensive compliment of classical music (his study music). While not as convenient for playing music as a dedicated music device, it is still easy and quick enough.

Features I particularly appreciate is its ability to automatically edit out pauses, such as in a professor's lecture; its built in USB connection; its inclusion of a rechargeable battery, that can be swapped out with a AAA battery in an emergency; and its ability to locate recordings via a calendar feature (select a certain date from an on screen calendar and it will provide all the recordings from that day).

I tried to think about something I didn't like about it but couldn't come up with any.
106 of 110 people found the following review helpful
Works good for lectures May 15 2012
By D. Smith - Published on
I use the recorder during a Anatomy and Physiology class. Works well for my needs. Crystal clear recording, play back quality is much better through a separate device as opposed to the tiny speaker on device. Not knocking it for what it is, just saying to truly capture how good the microphones are you'll know when you listen through head phones, of after you download the recordings and listen on a PC. I will say however professor is only about 10' to 20' away from me when I record. I did not purchase from Amazon and paid +20 bucks at a brick and mortar. Amazon has a great price.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Great overall package! Feb. 11 2013
By Gearhead Mania - Published on
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Olympus WS-801 Digital Voice Recorder

I couldn't decide on whether I wanted the WS-802 or WS-803 in lieu of the WS-801. After research, I found that I didn't need or want the FM Radio on the WS-803, and although nice the PCM recording option with a 21 kHz high frequency response wasn't necessary for my intended application so the WS-802 wasn't needed. I wasn't going to work on musical instruments, but I did want to record engine and exhaust sounds for my GoPro videos. Since people usually play these videos on YouTube which further compresses videos, I felt the 192 kbps MP3 format with a 40 Hz-19kHz frequency response on the WS-801 was adequate.

The WS-801 interface is fairly straight forward. I loved the menu system. The backlight is definitely useful when recording in low-light or night conditions, while the amber LED is a great indicator that it is functioning. I had to refer to the instruction sheet a few times for explanations on certain features, but I was able to figure it out within a few minutes.

The built-in 2GB of memory is more than adequate for most recording duties. The direct USB plug is rather neat but I am unsure of its long-term durability. Speaking of durability, I have a Sony ICD-PX720 that I used maybe 12 times in 2009. It no longer works properly and locks up frequently. The Sony menu system was rubbish because it used shortened phrases that made no sense. It kept saying my NiMH batteries were almost depleted.

The direct USB port makes it difficult to connect the WS-801 when you have limited space, such as a laptop or USB hub. You will want to consider a short USB extension cable.

The Olympus is more graphical and more intuitive. It also provides a lot more information on-screen, such as audio levels for EACH microphone! I was pleasantly surprised to see a pair of microphones on the WS-801 which worked splendidly although I did find myself reducing the recording level due to the sensitivity of the mics.

The WS-801 is compatible with NiMH rechargeable batteries by setting it appropriately when first powered on. It takes a single AAA cell, which makes the WS-801 unit very lightweight.

I really appreciate the direct USB interface without having to use proprietary software to access the sound files. The recordings are stored as MP3 or WMA files which can be directly copied and moved for further post-production editing as needed.

Overall: 5/5 stars, intuitive menu, NiMH compatible, backlit LCD, great quality, lightweight, stereo microphones, outstanding audio frequency response
68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-801 Sept. 6 2012
By Footman - Published on
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This Olympus digital voice recorder records in stereo via two built-in microphones or you can use an external stereo mike with the standard 1/8" small plug. The overall quality of sound capture with the built-in microphones is execellant. As advertised, the overall quality of either voice or music captured by microphones is much better in this model. While the older models were good this WS-801 is execellant for a small hand held recorder. The storage capacity is great with up to 32 GBytes on the Micro SD plug in card.
I am using an 8GB card. The recorder has 2 GB on board. There are 3 types of stereo download types for music from internet sites &/or CD's. I use the MP3
setting and at 192 k for better quality capture on music. I have owned 3 of these small Olympus recorder's & all have been really outstanding quality & performance for the size of these small size and light weight recorders.
One thing Olympus has on these recorders that some other famous brands do not is equalizers that allow you to adjust the finish sound product.
A quality product that you should enjoy.
The Footman

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