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

  • From: Merrill Louise <merrill.louise@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 09:28:15 -0400

The new WS series seems expensive to me, but if they work as well for
a blind person as my vn480pc, they might be worth it. Merrill

On 10/5/05, Donna Slater <donna.slater@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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.
> A

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