[bct] Re: Olympus WS320M Walking Podcast - Electrical Hum - Ideal Recorder?

  • From: "Darren Duff" <dduff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 13:02:00 -0500

Well it's not the 64 k. cause I use the ws200s and it doesn't do that.


Darren Duff

Assistive Technology Instructor

Blind & Low Vision Services of North Georgia

3830 South Cobb Drive, Suite 125, Smyrna, GA 30080


Phone 770-432-7280       800-726-7406     Fax: 770-432-5457




Visit our Web site at



-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mika Pyyhkala
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 10:39 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Olympus WS320M Walking Podcast - Electrical Hum - Ideal


I listened with interest to the podcast with the WS320M.  I notice that
on periods of silence, you can clearly hear something that sounds like
an electrical hum or hiss.  I don't believe you get this on the Iriver
IFP899, but I would have to double check to be absolutely sure.

I don't know if the hum/his comes from recording at 64K, or due to some
other artifac of the recorder/mic combo.

It is an ok recording, but I don't know if I would say it is the "best"
recorder, etc.

I don't think we really have identified a "best" recorder.  Once you get
used to it, the Iriver is ok, but the controls are not very accessible.
Once in a while with the Iriver you may find it does not record when you
think it will, etc.  This is especially true if you are having to stop
and start the recording, etc.  Also I have not found a way to know when
the Iriver battery is dying, so I usually find out again by it not
having recorded.

I found that the Plextalk with Preamp and mic was too big/too many
wires.  I do a lot of sound seing recordings, and I need something that
is very quick to get it out and on and put away and off.

The Milestone looked promising, but it has received lackluster reviews
from both Blind Access Journal and Don Barrett.

I wonder if perhaps the Edirol is "the best."  Again 90% sort of sound
seing type activities.  I briefly took a look at the Edirol.  It has
some very nice built in stereo mics.  The one bad thing I remember is
there is no neck strap or the like so that might be a problem doing lots
of sound seing and running around with it.  I believe that Jonathan
Mosen uses the Edirol.

I would be curious about the other recorder Larry uses, I believe some
type of EmAudio?


Other related posts: