Storage Devices

  Home arrow Storage Devices arrow Olympus VN-480 Voice Recorder Review
Watch our Tech Videos 
Dev Hardware Forums 
Computer Cases  
Computer Processors  
Computer Systems  
Digital Cameras  
Flat Panels  
Gaming  
Hardware Guides  
Hardware News  
Input Devices  
Memory  
Mobile Devices  
Motherboards  
Networking Hardware  
Opinions  
PC Cooling  
PC Speakers  
Peripherals  
Power Supply Units  
Software  
Sound Cards  
Storage Devices  
Tech Interviews  
User Experiences  
Video Cards  
Weekly Newsletter
 
Developer Updates  
Free Website Content 
 RSS  Articles
 RSS  Forums
 RSS  All Feeds
Write For Us 
Contact Us 
Site Map 
Privacy Policy 
Support 
 USERNAME
 
 PASSWORD
 
 
  >>> SIGN UP!  
  Lost Password? 
STORAGE DEVICES

Olympus VN-480 Voice Recorder Review
By: Cyd
  • Search For More Articles!
  • Disclaimer
  • Author Terms
  • Rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars / 50
    2004-12-10

    Table of Contents:
  • Olympus VN-480 Voice Recorder Review
  • Look and Feel
  • The Speaker
  • Hearing it in Action
  • Main Screen and Conclusion

  • Rate this Article: Poor Best 
      ADD THIS ARTICLE TO:
      Del.ici.ous Digg
      Blink Simpy
      Google Spurl
      Y! MyWeb Furl
    Email Me Similar Content When Posted
    Add Developer Shed Article Feed To Your Site
    Email Article To Friend
    Print Version Of Article
    PDF Version Of Article
     
     

    SEARCH DEV HARDWARE

    Olympus VN-480 Voice Recorder Review


    (Page 1 of 5 )

    Using a digital voice recorder to record yourself saying something goofy and then playing it back with the chipmunk effect or the scary demon effect is fun, of course, but if you're capturing incrimanating evidence or getting notes in a lecture or business meeting, you want quality recording. We're going to see if the Olympus VN-480 can provide that quality.

    Personal voice recorders have come a long way in the past fifteen years. They've gone from the foot long tape recorders with the big red record button, to the smaller handheld microcassette recorders of the nineties, to today's digital voice recorders that use various forms of flash memory to store you recordings. Today we'll be taking a look at the VN-480 from Olympus, which is of the digital persuasion. Take a look at some specs from the manufacturer's website regarding this model (take note of the things I've highlighted):

    Olympus VN-480

    Recording FormatADPCM
    Recording MediaBuilt-in 64MB Flash Memory
    Recording Time

    2 hours, 57 minutes in HQ mode.
    4 hours, 27 minutes in SP mode.
    8 hours, 13 minutes in LP mode.

    Card FormatN/A
    Input LevelN/A
    PC InterfaceN/A
    LCDYes
    LEDYes
    Folders Messages4 / 100 per folder
    Sampling FrequencyHQ: 16.0kHz / SP: 10.6kHz / LP: 5.75kHz
    Overall Frequency ResponseHQ: 300-720Hz / SP: 300-4700Hz / LP: 300-2600Hz
    LP ModeYes
    Voice ActivationYes
    Demographic Data InputNo
    Practical Maximum Output120 mW
    Write ProtectionNo
    Speaker28mm diameter dynamic internal speaker
    Microphone JackYes
    Earphone JackYes
    Power SupplyTwo AAA batteries
    Batteries2 AAA (included)
    External Power SupplyN/A
    Battery LifeApprox. 25 hours (using alkaline dry cell battery)
    Size39"? x 1.54"W x 0.85"D
    Weight2.4 oz (68g) including battery
    OS SupportedN/A

    CPU

    N/A
    RAMN/A
    Sound BoardN/A
    Video Card and DisplayN/A
    Removable DriveN/A
    USB PortN/A
    Audio OutputN/A

    I'll talk a bit more about the other things later but the biggest atrocity I see above is the lack of a PC interface. I see PC connectivity as an extremely important factor with any digital recorder. Not only does it keep you from filling the limited amount of built in flash memory, but it also allows you to easily transfer those recordings to a safer place where you can actually use them in conjunction with the rest of your work (or play).

    However, in Olympus' defense they also offer the VN-240PC, which is identical in pretty much all aspects to the VN-480 including price, but it offers PC connectivity via an included USB cable. The only real difference between the two is that the 240PC has only half the built in memory of the 480. With that in mind I suppose it's more a matter of preference, since people without a PC would probably be more interested in large amounts of memory, but those people are somewhat of a minority nowadays anyway. Let's move on to the pictures and performance, shall we?

    More Storage Devices Articles
    More By Cyd

    blog comments powered by Disqus

    STORAGE DEVICES ARTICLES

    - The Rise of Purpose-Built Backup Appliances
    - Why Are Customers Deploying Purpose-Built Ba...
    - TrueCrypt: Free, On-the-Fly Disk Encryption
    - Bootable Rescue Flash Drives
    - Operating Systems on Bootable Flash Drives
    - Shopping For External Storage
    - How to Flash Your BIOS with Flash Drives
    - Flash Drive Booting Fundamentals
    - Freecom Media Player 450 WLAN
    - Mobile Computing Technologies: an Overview
    - Throwing a Glance at Solid State Drives
    - Soyo SlimEX Platinum Review
    - Setting Up Your USB Storage Device as a Port...
    - Network Storage for the Home with the D-Link...
    - Netgear SC101 Network Attached Storage for t...

    Developer Shed Affiliates

     




    © 2003-2014 by Developer Shed. All rights reserved. DS Cluster - Follow our Sitemap
    KEITHLEE2zdeconfigurator/configs/INFUSIONSOFT_OVERLAY.phpzdeconfigurator/configs/ OFFLOADING INFUSIONSOFTLOADING INFUSIONSOFT 1debug:overlay status: OFF
    overlay not displayed overlay cookie defined: TI_CAMPAIGN_1012_D OVERLAY COOKIE set:
    status off