[bct] Re: Has anyone seen olympus ws-320m

  • From: "Larry Skutchan" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 06:26:42 -0400

Wouldn't you know it, I just got my ws200-s yesterday and wow, what a cool 
design with the parts that come apart like the article mentions.  I'll be 
reviewing this one soon and will be ordering one of these new ones, too.  
Sounds like a great device.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Donna Slater 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 6:15 AM
  Subject: [bct] Has anyone seen olympus ws-320m


  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 
Playback,
  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 
States,
  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 for
  great convenience and reliability from a voice recorder. Each voice recorder 
features
  a compact and stylish design and delivers high quality stereo recording over 
extremely
  long recording times that range from 68 to 277 hours.
  Additionally, the music playing function allows users to download WMA and MP3 
music
  file formats with WOW/SRS effects for high fidelity. Moreover, like the 
earlier WS
  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 
effectively.
  "Olympus voice recorders continue to provide excellent recording and playback 
sound
  quality to users that demand a superior device," said Andy Flagg, senior 
national
  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 
entertainment
  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 
bother
  with learning a complicated device, the new WS-Series voice recorders are 
easy-to-use,
  have reliable functionality and enhance productivity. The WS-Series models 
deliver
  a higher sampling rate in the Long Play (LP) mode for maximum recording 
length of
  audio. Designed with four recording modes, users can retrieve superior sound 
through
  the HQ mode; use the LP and SP modes for extended recording; or ST HQ for 
stereo
  recording.
  Designed to Play Hard
  The music function of the WS-Series records in high quality Windows Media 
Audio (WMA)
  and MP3 music file playing with WOW/SRS effects for great quality music. WOW 
is a
  remarkable audio playback enhancement technology that dramatically enriches 
the audio
  providing rich bass and 3D stereo sound for a dynamic listening experience. 
Based
  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 
three-dimensional
  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 
experience
  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 in
  LP mode or 132 songs (approx. four minutes with 128kbps per a song); and the 
WS-320M
  records up to 277 hours of audio in LP mode or 266 songs (approx. four 
minutes with
  128kbps per song).
  Designed for Excitement
  Users of the WS-300M (256MB of flash memory), WS-310M (512MB) and WS-320M 
(1GB) will
  benefit from the different playback settings. After capture, the slow 
playback option
  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% 
faster
  than real time. Traditionally, users will keep rewinding to hear what was 
said, but
  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 
option
  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 
design
  that incorporates the USB output into the recorders' bodies. The voice 
recorder actually
  separates from the battery unit and plugs into the USB port on most PCs for a 
direct
  connection to a computer. And, because the WS-Series is a portable mass 
storage class
  device, it is also ideal for anyone downloading large files including 
documents and
  images in addition to audio files, with no software required.
  Whether tucked away in a drawer, shirt pocket or while in hand, the 
ultra-compact
  design of the WS-Series voice recorders (3.73" x 1.50" x 0.43") and 
lightweight (1.62
  ounces, including alkaline battery) make them ideal for travel. The WS-300M 
features
  a shiny silver exterior while the WS-310M model features champagne gold and 
the WS-320M
  looks sharp sporting a sleek piano black. All models come standard with 
easy-to-read
  backlit full-dot LCD screens that reveal file information, recording time and 
events.
  The speaker for audio playback is located on the front of the recorders, 
adding to
  their professional look.
  Intelligent Design
  Each model is outfitted with an ergonomic dial thumb pad allowing the user to 
adjust
  the volume level, fast-forward and rewind with the touch of one button. The 
Erase
  and Folder/Index buttons are positioned individually below the thumb dial for 
easy
  access during use. Record, Stop, and Play button are located on the side of 
the recorder.
  The WS-Series also features voice activation to record sound as soon as it's 
picked
  up by the built-in microphone for hands-free recording. This feature also 
extends
  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 users
  to organize digital voice recordings and music. All three models have five 
separate
  file folders that allow up to 199 files per folder for unmatched 
organization. For
  added convenience, users can lock a file to keep important data from being 
accidentally
  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 
continuous
  operation made possible by a single AAA battery for low power consumption.
  Availability
  The WS-Series will be available in October 2005. It comes with Stereo 
Earphone, One
  AAA battery, USB Cable (if needed for connection to PC's difficult-to-reach 
USB port),
  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 are
  available from Mullen Public Relations. Contact Ryan Murphy, 978-468-8978 or 
Ryan.Murphy@xxxxxxxxxxx
  For more information contact Chris Sluka, senior public relations manager, 
Olympus
  Imaging America Inc, Consumer Products Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., P.O 
Box 9058
  Melville, NY 11747-9058, ph: (631) 844-5000 (800) 622-6372, Fax: (631) 
844-5262.
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