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The DS-50 is a digital voice recorder from Olympus' DS series.

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high quality recording can be used in a professional context

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small enough to use it as a portable MP3 player for music if you want

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3 different mic gain levels help with creating different kinds of regordings

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doesn't drain the battery very quickly, lasts a long time

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durable enough to be carried with you everywhere

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

no control over the file names, and they change when transferred from the device to the PC

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tends to pick up background noise very well, difficult to cut it out

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The DS-50 is a digital voice recorder from Olympus' DS series.  The recorder features a high-sensitivity stereo microphone which can be detached for portability and also has a monoaural microphone for monoaural recordings.  It is designed with a monochrome backlit LCD display for controlling the functons and is compact and lightweight, at only 2.8 oz.  The device is an upgrade to the DS-40 since it includes 1GB of internal flash memory that provides up to 275 hours of recording time.  The DS-50 includes noise cancellation technology and a voice-activated Variable Control Voice Actuator feature which automatically records once it hears sound to save memory and battery life.  It also offers file editing and management and can function as a flash drive.  The recorder comes with DSS player software and has a suggested retail price of $300.

  • Voice Activated Variable Control Voice Actuator
  • Monochrome Backlit LCD Display
  • Detachable Stereo Microphone
  • Noise Cancellation Technology
  • 1GB Internal Flash Memory
  • Voice Guidance
  • Up to275 Hours Recording Time
  • Comes with DSS Player Software
  • USB 2.0 Technology 
  • Recording Format: WMA
  • Playback Format: MP3, WMA
  • Battery Life: 32 Hours per 2 x AA Batteries
  • Weight: 2.8 oz.
  • Dimensions: 4.4” x 1.5” x 0.6”
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