[bct] Has anyone seen olympus ws-320m

  • From: "Donna Slater" <donna.slater@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 11:15:48 +0100

Hi All

Well, in a further effort to solve my recording dilemmas I have just seen some 
info on the Olympus ws320-m.  It is a new voice recorder released this month by 
Olympus, but it has 1gb of on board memory providing 35 hours of high quality 
recording.  The really annoying thing is that it's not available in the UK yet, 
and I can't find a manual to download anywhere.  The pricing doesn't look too 
bad though, and it's one I would think about if it is accessible.  Does anyone 
know any more about this?  The press release blurb is pasted below.

New WS-Series Offers Enriched Audio Recording at Exceptional Lengths, Music 
and Plugs Directly into PC via USB to Store Essential Files
Melville, New York, September 12, 2005
 - Olympus, the leading manufacturer of digital voice recorders in the United 
today adds three new models to its reliable and easy-to-use WS-Series that offer
top-quality audio, ease of use and extensive recording times for anyone looking 
great convenience and reliability from a voice recorder. Each voice recorder 
a compact and stylish design and delivers high quality stereo recording over 
long recording times that range from 68 to 277 hours.
Additionally, the music playing function allows users to download WMA and MP3 
file formats with WOW/SRS effects for high fidelity. Moreover, like the earlier 
recorders, each of the three new WS-Series is also a portable mass storage class
device, ideal for uploading large files from one PC to another fast and 
"Olympus voice recorders continue to provide excellent recording and playback 
quality to users that demand a superior device," said Andy Flagg, senior 
sales manager for Olympus Imaging America Inc. "The WS-300M, WS-310M and WS-320M
are our second generation of voice recorders that are plug-and-play mass storage
class devices, and they now offer WMA and MP3 music file playing to bring 
to you both in the office or on the road."
Designed To Work Hard
Ideal for physicians, attorneys, journalists and students who don't want to 
with learning a complicated device, the new WS-Series voice recorders are 
have reliable functionality and enhance productivity. The WS-Series models 
a higher sampling rate in the Long Play (LP) mode for maximum recording length 
audio. Designed with four recording modes, users can retrieve superior sound 
the HQ mode; use the LP and SP modes for extended recording; or ST HQ for stereo
Designed to Play Hard
The music function of the WS-Series records in high quality Windows Media Audio 
and MP3 music file playing with WOW/SRS effects for great quality music. WOW is 
remarkable audio playback enhancement technology that dramatically enriches the 
providing rich bass and 3D stereo sound for a dynamic listening experience. 
on the elements of SRS 3D technology, WOW retrieves the spatial information that
is lost during the recording and playback process and restores the original 
sound field. As a result, the reproduced sound is much closer to what the artist
originally intended and delivers the same immersive and powerful 3D audio 
over headphones. This means that users can upload their favorite songs or albums
to one device for their listening pleasure.
The WS-300M records up to 68 hours of audio in LP mode or 66 songs (approx. four
minutes with 128kbps per a song); the WS-310M records up to 138 hours of audio 
LP mode or 132 songs (approx. four minutes with 128kbps per a song); and the 
records up to 277 hours of audio in LP mode or 266 songs (approx. four minutes 
128kbps per song).
Designed for Excitement
Users of the WS-300M (256MB of flash memory), WS-310M (512MB) and WS-320M (1GB) 
benefit from the different playback settings. After capture, the slow playback 
allows recordings to be listened to efficiently with playback that is 25% slower
than real time. The fast playback option allows recordings to be played 50% 
than real time. Traditionally, users will keep rewinding to hear what was said, 
with slow playback they will be less likely to do so, and they can skip ahead to
the sections that are important with fast playback. Also, a repeat playback 
enables repeated playback of just the selected part of the file being played.
Delivering Style
Each WS-Series voice recorder incorporates PC Link via "USB Direct," a unique 
that incorporates the USB output into the recorders' bodies. The voice recorder 
separates from the battery unit and plugs into the USB port on most PCs for a 
connection to a computer. And, because the WS-Series is a portable mass storage 
device, it is also ideal for anyone downloading large files including documents 
images in addition to audio files, with no software required.
Whether tucked away in a drawer, shirt pocket or while in hand, the 
design of the WS-Series voice recorders (3.73" x 1.50" x 0.43") and lightweight 
ounces, including alkaline battery) make them ideal for travel. The WS-300M 
a shiny silver exterior while the WS-310M model features champagne gold and the 
looks sharp sporting a sleek piano black. All models come standard with 
backlit full-dot LCD screens that reveal file information, recording time and 
The speaker for audio playback is located on the front of the recorders, adding 
their professional look.
Intelligent Design
Each model is outfitted with an ergonomic dial thumb pad allowing the user to 
the volume level, fast-forward and rewind with the touch of one button. The 
and Folder/Index buttons are positioned individually below the thumb dial for 
access during use. Record, Stop, and Play button are located on the side of the 
The WS-Series also features voice activation to record sound as soon as it's 
up by the built-in microphone for hands-free recording. This feature also 
recording time by recording only when the microphone senses sound.
Designed for You
The new WS-Series voice recorders deliver an easy-to-use interface that allows 
to organize digital voice recordings and music. All three models have five 
file folders that allow up to 199 files per folder for unmatched organization. 
added convenience, users can lock a file to keep important data from being 
erased, or single or entire files can be erased if necessary.
The WS-300M, WS-310M and WS-320M voice recorders have up to 15 hours of 
operation made possible by a single AAA battery for low power consumption.
The WS-Series will be available in October 2005. It comes with Stereo Earphone, 
AAA battery, USB Cable (if needed for connection to PC's difficult-to-reach USB 
and Instruction Manual.
U.S. Pricing
WS-300M Digital Voice Recorder Estimated Street Price: $149.99 (U.S.)
WS-310M Digital Voice Recorder Estimated Street Price: $179.99 (U.S.)
WS-320M Digital Voice Recorder Estimated Street Price: $229.99 (U.S.)
Review units and high-resolution images of the WS-Series Digital Voice Recorder 
available from Mullen Public Relations. Contact Ryan Murphy, 978-468-8978 or 
For more information contact Chris Sluka, senior public relations manager, 
Imaging America Inc, Consumer Products Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., P.O Box 
Melville, NY 11747-9058, ph: (631) 844-5000 (800) 622-6372, Fax: (631) 844-5262.
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