[bct] Re: Question about digital voice recorders

  • From: "Riz" <rizstf@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 15:11:01 -0000

  Mary you were talking about the Bit rate of both the Ds2 and the WS 320 and 
saying that the DS2 is higher, but is it a sugnificant difference in recording 
quallity?  I guess what I am asking is that is the WS320 pore as a recorder?
  Thanks, from Riz.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mary Emerson 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2005 1:07 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: Question about digital voice recorders

  Kelly, The WS320M has a lower sampling rate than the DS2; the rundown on the 
320M is: 64 bit as opposed to 128 bit sampling rate, WMA files for both 
machines, and the 320M has much more memory. The DS2 only has 64 meg of memory, 
but the 320 has a gigabyte, which is 1,024 meg, so it holds a lot more. It also 
plays MP3 files. You don't need to install software for either machine, 
although the DS2's software will let you adjust the menu settings from the PC, 
which you can't really do with the 320. To get the menu adjustment function, 
though, you have to get the additional license which is ten dollars on-line; 
they e-mail you the license information. The software that comes with the DS2 
out of the box won't let you set menu settings.

  The plus side of the 320 is that I use it as an MP3 player for my podcasts. 
Also, you can take the machine apart--it comes apart into two parts, one with 
the battery, and the other with the main part of the machine that exposes a USB 
plug; the USB can supposedly go directly into the PC, but the machine comes 
with an extension cord that's a few inches long and makes it much easier to 
plug in. I suppose that you could probably just use any USB cable with the same 
type of jack on the end of it if you needed a longer cord. I keep the machine 
taken apart because it won't drain batteries that way. There is no way to 
totally turn off the DS2 or the 320; batteries drain even when you've got the 
hold switch set.

  The big selling point for me is the ability to play MP3 files. I just love 
that because I can carry it around and hear podcasts. It has an external 
speaker too which is good enough if you don't want to deal with headphones. For 
the very small speaker size, it's fine.

  By the way, there is now a case for the WS300, 310 and 320 machines. I 
ordered one from olympusamerica.com a couple days ago; $20.73 including the 
shipping and tax. The case doesn't come with the machine.

  I still tend to use my DS2 for a lot of recording though. No way will I give 
that up!



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