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Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder

B&H # OLDS5000 Mfr # 141975
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Product Highlights
  • SD/SDHC - microSD Memory Cards
  • DS2 Format
  • 79 Hours Recording Time
  • Voice Activation
  • LCD
  • Mac/PC
  • DSS Software
  • Docking Cradle

The Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder is a professional dictation recording device. Benefit from improved work-flow thanks not only to the functions but the design of the recorder. The DSS Player Pro Software allows for recording directly to your PC and provides other time saving features like auto retrieval of typed documents and instant distribution of recordings through email. DSS Pro also enables better sound quality with QP or Quality Playback mode. The convenient slide switch and navigation buttons are quiet and easy to use, while a password or lock keeps your data safe and secure.

The DS-5000 also comes with a multi-function docking cradle that not only recharges the recorder's Ni-MH battery, but enables hands-free recording and allows for transfer of data to your PC. Compatible recording media includes SD, microSD, or dual memory cards.

Compatible Memory
  • Works with SD, microSD and dual memory cards
User-Friendly Design
  • Well-placed navigation buttons
  • Comfortable and easy to use slide switch
  • Generous LCD screen displays English, French & Spanish
  • Features 3 programmable buttons for your specific needs
Multi-Function Cradle
  • Enables hands-free recording
  • Recharges the Ni-MH battery pack
  • Allows for data transfers between the DS-5000 and your PC
Security
  • Device lock or password keeps audio files private
  • Supports encryption and decryption of dictation and document files sent over the Internet
Functions & Tools
  • Programmable firmware
  • Allows up to 32 index marks per file
  • DSS Pro QP mode for high quality sound
  • Manger tools enables quick set-up and customization
  • Verbal comment function for search and playback when using the DSS Player software
Recording
Type Digital
Mode Mono
Recording Format DS2 (Digital Speech Standard Pro)
Bit-Rate Not Specified By Manufacturer
Sample Rate Not Specified By Manufacturer
Recording Time HQ Mono: 38.75 Hours
SP Mono: 79.5 Hours 1
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per 1GB

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One-Click Recording No
Voice Activated Recording Yes
Microphone Type Internal Mono
Pickup Pattern Not Specified By Manufacturer
Frequency Response 200 Hz - 7 kHz 2
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In QP mode

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Playback
Speaker Yes
Features
Display Size/Type LCD Backlit
Equalizer Settings Not Specified By Manufacturer
Indicators Power, Low Battery, Recording
Power
Battery Type 2 x AAA
Battery Life (approx.) Recording: 32 Hours
Playback: 13 Hours 3
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When used with alkaline batteries

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Power Adapter Yes
General
Internal Memory None
Compatible Memory Cards SDHC
Micro SD 4
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Supports cards up to 8GB

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Connectors 1/8" mini Female In
1/8" mini Female Out
USB 5
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USB docking cradle

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USB Not Specified By Manufacturer
System Requirements Windows 2000, XP, Vista 
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2 x 4.5 x .7" (50.80 x 114.30 x 17.78 mm)
Weight 3.88 oz (110 g)
Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder
  • DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder
  • 512MB microSD Card
  • USB Cradle
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Case
  • DSS Player Pro Software
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OlympusDS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder
     
    4.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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        5.0

        Pricey, but works great!

        By Andrew

        from Guam

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder:

        Works great in our medical setting. Small file sizes make transfers to our transcription company go quickly and the folder structure allows for handling different recordings in different ways.

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        4.0

        Reliable but clunky workhorse

        By Paul the butcher

        from Australia

        About Me Surgeon

        Pros

        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Slow to wake upstart

        Best Uses

        • Dictation for doctors

        Comments about Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder:

        Have used this now for 3 years. It has been reliable, but starting to show its age. I work it hard indeed, dictate perhaps 20-40 letters per day, and carry it everwhere

        It is slow to start up and for me this is a real frustration. I often dictate on the run, and frequently the first few words are missing, as it takes several seconds for it to wake to create a new file if it is off or asleep.

        I would buy again, largely because I am fully invested in the Olympus system, transcription kit etc, despite the fact that they produce a weak and limited version of their software for Mac

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        5.0

        Product performs all of the functions

        By Scott the attorney

        from Toms River, New Jersey

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder:

            Very pleased with the product [...] Works with our existing computer system involving 2003 terminal server.

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            5.0

            optimal recorder for professional work

            By Siriusguy

            from Fresno CA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound
            • Long Battery Life
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder:

                Our office has used these for several years, superceding lesser Olympus recorders. These WORK, including the slide switch that is essential for any sort of high volume dictation. The only improvement might be that the reverse could go back a bit further more easily, but perhaps mine has not been adjusted correctly. The files we generate are uploaded, then handled remotely, rough-edited, then returned to use as MS Word files for our final edits.

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                5.0

                pleasure to use

                By Vee

                from Madison, WI

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • High Quality Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Law Office

                  Comments about Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder:

                  I use this recorder in my law office, along with Dragon Naturally Speaking. It gives me very good voice recognition results. It is not quite as accurate as my headset microphone but it is good enough, and obviously it is more convenient out of the office.

                  Easy to operate, fairly clear menu options. The screen has conspicuously low resolution and the entire device looks dated, but it does not effect performance.

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                  4.0

                  Very impressed right out of the box

                  By Spiffy

                  from Storrs, Ct.

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • High Quality Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Conversations
                    • Lectures

                    Comments about Olympus DS-5000 Digital Voice Recorder:

                    Will be using the recorder for classroom recordings, interview style with an Olympus me-52w noise canceling microphone as well.
                    1st impression is quality, and ease of use. Very crisp sound reproduction.
                    The software looks easy to use, and is password protected.

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