The Olympus WS-321M is an entry level stereo digital voice recorder/music player that can record up to 277 hours of WMA audio and comes with 1GB internal flash memory. A USB 2.0 connection is built into the unit so you don't need a cable just detach the side plate and plug it in. This kind of makes it double as a USB storage device since any type of file can be stored on it. System features include a 5 folder memory with up to 200 files per folder, the ability to set up to 16 index points in a piece of audio for quick referencing and also the feature of write protecting files so they don't get accidentally erased. MP3 playback is supported and 250 MP3 files may be loaded onto the unit from a computer, but recording is only done in WMA format with the available sample rates of 8 - 44.1kHz(18 - 277 hours). A voice activated record mode is also featured which makes for hands-free use by recording only when audio is detected, as well there is a large backlit LCD screen.
These recorders typically come with a an optional accessory kit which can be included with the purchase for a few more dollars which contains an external microphone with extension cable and tie clip, carrying case and extra batteries. Included with every WS-321M however is a pair of stereo earphones and 1 AAA battery.
- Recording format: WMA (Windows Media Audio)
- Recording rates: 8 - 44.1kHz (18 - 277 hours recording time)
- Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) records only when sound is sensed
- USB 2.0 'Memory Stick' design with extension cable included
- Import and play 250 MP3 songs
- 5 folders with up to 200 files in each
- Write protect and place up to 16 index points in a file
- Stereo microphone
- External microphone jack
- Stereo earphones included
- 1 AAA Alkaline battery included
- Backlit LCD screen
- Mac and PC compatible