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Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder

B&H # OLWS821 MFR # V406171SU000
Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Supports MP3/WMA Recording & Playback
  • Internal 2GB Memory
  • microSD Memory Card Expansion up to 32GB
  • Direct Link USB Connectivity for PC/Mac
  • Voice Activated Recording
  • Noise Cancellation Technology
  • Calendar Search Function
  • Scene Select Function
  • Supports up to 99 Index Marks per File
  • AAA Battery Lasts for up to 37 Hours
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You Pay: $60.95

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The Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder can record and playback audio files using the WMA and MP3 formats. The internal 2GB memory supports up to 493 hours of recording and a single AAA battery can power the recorder for up to 37 hours. It also has a microSD card slot, so you can add an additional 32GB of external memory. The WS-821 is equipped with a built-in USB 2.0 connector as well, which supports direct connectivity with your PC or Mac - no USB cable is required. The recorder has a built-in mic with noise cancellation technology, but it also has a microphone jack for connecting an external mic. It supports voice activation for hands-free recording and stopping as well. Other features include a calendar search function, a scene select function, and support for up to 99 index marks per file.

Record for Hours
With 2GB of internal memory that supports up to 493 hours of recording time when using the WMA format, you'll be able to capture notes, lectures, and more - while still having room to store documents. The device also features a microSD slot with the potential to hold up to 32GB of additional memory. The WS-821 is powered by a AAA battery that supports up to 37 hours of battery life.
Direct USB Link to Your PC or Mac
With the recorder's convenient "USB Direct" design, a flip-out USB 2.0 connector makes it is easy to transfer your files to your MAC/PC seamlessly and without the need for a USB cable.
Multi-Format Recording & Playback
Record using MP3 or WMA file formats and playback audio in either MP3 or WMA as well.
USB Storage Device
The recorder can connect directly to a computer thanks to its built-in USB connector, so you can quickly and easily transfer data. It's also equipped with a microSD card slot, which means you can transfer data to your computer by inserting the microSD card into your computer's card reader.
Variable Control Voice Actuator
Convenient Voice Activation is an extra benefit that saves time and energy by allowing you to automatically start and stop the recorder using your voice.
Noise Cancellation
Background noise which may have been captured during recording is powerfully reduced with the recorder's noise cancellation technology.
Calendar Search Function
Audio files saved on the recorder are automatically marked with the date. Because files are displayed by the calendar format, you can quickly find the file you are looking for by the date of recording.
Scene Select Function
Wherever you are, whether it's a conference room, large hall, or at home dictating, the recorder's microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.
Index Marks & Folder Storage
With the WS-821, you can set up to 99 index marks per file. Plus, you can store up to 200 files in each of the five folders.
Recording
Type Digital
Mode Stereo
Recording Format MP3
WMA
Bit-Rate 8 Kbps - 192 Kbps
Sample Rate 8 kHz - 44.1 kHz
Recording Time MP3 Stereo:21.5 Hours Recording in MP3 Format
MP3 Stereo:32 Hours Recording in MP3 Format
LP Mono: 493 Hours Recording in WMA Format
Voice Activated Recording Yes
Microphone Type Internal Stereo
Frequency Response 40 kHz - 19 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 192 kbps MP3
40 Hz - 17 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 128 kbps MP3
40 Hz - 3 kHz @ 8 kHz Sample Rate / 8 kbps WMA
Playback
Playback Formats MP3
WMA
Speaker Yes
Speaker Size 0.71" / 18 mm
Power Output 150 mW
Features
Display Size/Type LCD
Indicators Power, Low Battery, Recording, Voice Volume, Peak
Erase Protect Yes
Message Folder 5 (Maximum)
Search Calendar Search
Track Mark
Power
Battery Type 1 x AAA
1 x Rechargeable NiMH AAA
Battery Life (approx.) Recording: 37 Hours @ 8 kHz 8 kbps WMA
Power Adapter No
General
Internal Memory Flash Memory - 2GB
Compatible Memory Cards Micro SD
Connectors 1/8" mini Microphone In
1/8" mini Headphone Out
USB USB 2.0 (A)
System Requirements Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 
Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.8
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.6 x 4 x .6" (40.64 x 101.60 x 15.24 mm)
Weight 1.9 oz (54 g)
Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder
  • AAA Alkaline Battery
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Olympus2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder
     
    5.0

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily viewed (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Long lasting (3)

    Cons

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      • Professional (3)
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      5.0

      Very nice, compact voice recorder

      By Man of Mehan

      from Sunnyvale, CA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Built-in Usb
      • Compact Design
      • Expandable memory
      • High Quality Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Buttons Exposed

      Best Uses

        Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

        Excellent little voice recorder. Quality build, and really nice having the built-in USB adapter. Controls are intuitive and straightforward. Nice battery life. Very good sound with both the built-in mics and external mic. My only complaint, as in all these recorders, is the record and stop buttons are kind of unprotected and if you have the recorder in a pocket, could be turned off inadvertently. A very minor issue--this is a great recorder for the money.

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        5.0

        excellent

        By MB

        from PA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

        Has done what is expected!

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        5.0

        Quality packed in a small devise

        By KalGD

        from Teaneck, NJ

        About Me Technically Challenged

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • High Quality Sound
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Conversations
          • Lectures

          Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

          I used it for voice recording, not music, and it deliveres very good quality. The microphones catch almost everything you could hear yourself, with little distortion. And all is in a very compact and convenient devise. You should be carefull for the sounds generated by touching it, or by the surface it is on though.

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          5.0

          easy to use, high quality, convenient

          By MasAlto

          from Hanover, NH USA

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Viewed
          • Lightweight
          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional

            Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

            The microphones pick up really well. This recorder is all I need to capture a meeting in a medium-sized conference room. I'm very pleased to have such a powerful tool at such a reasonable price. You just need to handle it carefully because the device is not ruggedized and may not survive a fall of several feet onto a hard surface.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Best Digital Recorder I have ever used!

            By A Man and a Cat

            from Petaluma, CA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Viewed
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Productivity
              • Professional

              Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

              I have been recording meetings for years and I did some tests with this little unit and was shocked by the quality of the recordings! WOW! They are wonderful. I can almost see what the people look like who were doing the talking. I tried from the front, where I expect to have a good recording and from the back of the room, where over 100 people were in front of me, whispering and talking low, and I can hear it all! Even the speakers were audible and very clear. I could not be happier with any product other than this one. I am recommending this for everyone I know who record events!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              DAg

              By dag

              from nyc

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Viewed
              • Lightweight
              • Long Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Productivity

                Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

                ita very good recorder

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great basic recorder!

                By zdadster

                from Santa Clarita, CA

                About Me Budget Shopper

                Verified Buyer

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                      Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

                      This is used to record simple meetings, classes, etc. in small rooms.Once set up & properly placed the sound quality is very good.Very easy to download or transfer files to Mac or PC.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      A+

                      By Andrew

                      from Australia

                      Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

                      A great unit that has the best record quality. The built in USB makes it so easy to download. A great unit and easy to use.

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                      5.0

                      2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder by Oly

                      By Guadalupe County

                      from Seguin, TX

                      About Me Budget Shopper

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Viewed
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional

                        Comments about Olympus 2GB WS-821 Digital Voice Recorder:

                        I like that the USB is built in and no additional wires are necessary.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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