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Sony ICD-UX523 Digital Flash Voice Recorder (Black)

B&H # SOICDUX523B Mfr # ICD-UX523BLK
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Product Highlights
  • Stereo Voice and Music Recorder
  • Up to 1,073 Hours Recording Capacity
  • Music Player, 4 GB Flash Memory
  • Micro SD Card Slot
  • Built in Stereo Mic
  • Mic and Earphone Jack
  • 6 Recording Modes
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • USB Charge, Direct Connect Downloading
  • Sound and Voice Activation

The Sony ICD-UX523 Digital Flash Voice Recorder is a stereo voice and music recorder as well as a high quality player and storage device. In fact, it's hard to believe that a 2.0 oz piece of audio gear measuring a little over 4.0" packs such an amazing amount of technology. Convenience, easy access to data and clean, accurate recording ability drive the design of the ICD-UX523.

The ICD-UX523 boasts a highly visible, large backlit LCD display. The 4GB flash drive has enough capacity for up to 1,073 hours of voice recording and if that's not enough there's a Micro SD card slot for further expansion. The ICD-UX523 has a built-in stereo microphone and an input for an external mic as well. You can listen to your recordings via the built-in speaker and of course, there's a headphone jack as well. Best of all, this is a USB direct player/recorder. Just plug it into your computer's USB port for simple downloading.

The ICD-UX523 has six recording modes ranging from uncompressed stereo to compressed mono that handily store data in one of 5 organizational folders which can be personalized with your own names. The Easy Search function rewinds or fast forwards in short increments to make location of a segment simple and you can place up to 98 track marks on a recorded file to facilitate jumping to an exact passage.

Sound quality is prioritized using several technologies aimed at yielding a clean signal. Intelligent Noise Cut reduces ambient noise and a Hi / Lo mic switch sets the recorder for lectures or dictation. The Low Cut Filter reduces distracting wind noise during recording while Noise Cut reduces external noise during playback. The ICD-UX523 is Mac and PC compatible and runs on a single AAA battery.

3-in-1 Stereo Recorder
Voice recorder, music player, and USB flash memory. Capture and playback voice or music notes, plus store and transfer files via the direct connect USB.
Intelligent Noise Cut Mode
A unique and innovative technology from Sony, Intelligent Noise Cut mode significantly reduces ambient noise during recording for clearer playback.
Music Recording and Playback
The UX523 provides flexibility in audio recording and playback. Music can be recorded in MP3 or linear PCM. For playback, the UX523 supports MP3/WMA/AAC files.
USB Direct Connect
Transfer files quickly without searching for a USB connection cable. With Direct Connect, simply connect the recorder to a PC or Mac USB input.
Scene Select
An easy to use system that allows the user to select pre-determined recording modes. The device automatically adjusts the unit to the optimal recording settings: notes, lectures, music etc.
A-B Repeat
Mark the beginning and ending of a particular recorded passage and the recording will be played over and over again - great for language learning.
Alarm
Set a future date and time and the recording will automatically be played.
Backlit Display
Convenient when using the unit in a low light environment.
Calendar View
Easily search for recordings by day with the calendar view.
DPC
Digital Pitch Control enables the recording to be played at a faster or slower rate without changing the pitch.
Dragon Compatible / Certified
The recording quality of the unit has been optimized and validated by Nuance to work with the Voice to Print Dragon NaturallySpeaking software (sold separately).
Earphone Jack
A listening device can be plugged into the recorder.
Mic Jack
Allows for connecting to either an external microphone or audio device.
Stereo Microphone
Record in stereo with the built-in stereo microphone.
Easy Search
Rewinds or fast forwards in short increments making it easier to locate a segment in a long recording for review.
Folder
The UX523 comes preset from the factory with 5 folders for convenient storage of your voice recordings and audio files.
Personalized Folder Names with a PC
Allows the folder names to be personalized such as Notes, History Class, Schedule etc.
Hold Lock
Disable all button functions with the Hold-Power switch and avoid unintended recordings and unit operation.
Hi / Lo Microphone Sensitivity
Set the recorder for dictation and notes or for conferences and lectures.
Micro SD Card Slot
Provides the capability to provide additional recording time using a removable flash memory media that can be removed and stored or used to transfer recordings to a computer.
USB and Mac Compatible
Works with Windows as well as Macintosh computers.
Low Cut Filter
This feature, when activated, helps reduce the effect of wind noise in your recordings.
Noise Cut
Ability to electronically reduce external noise during playback.
Multi Language Menus
Enables the menu language to be displayed in English, French or Spanish.
6 Recording Modes
Select from six recording modes: LPCM- (44.1 kHz/16 bit) uncompressed stereo recording for best quality recording capacity, ideal for music recitals. MP3 192 kbps-(44.1 kHz/128 kbps) monaural recording for standard quality, 46 hour recording capacity. MP3 128 kbps-(44.1 kHz/128 kbps) monaural recording for long-play, 69 hour recording capacity. MP3 160 kbps (mono)-(44.1 kHz/160 kbps) high-quality monaural recording mode, 55 hour capacity. MP3 48 kbps (mono)-(44.1 kHz/48 kbps) monaural recording for standard quality, 184 hour recording capacity. MP3 8kbps (mono)-(11.025 kHz/8 kbps) monaural recording for low quality, 1,108 hour recording capacity (with optional 32GB Micro SD Card).
Sync Record
When recording directly from an external device, the Sync Record function can be used to automatically pause the recorder during silence and resume recording when sound is detected.
VOR
Voice Operated Recording starts and stops the recording when sound of a sufficient level is picked up by the microphone. This feature saves valuable recording time by not recording periods when there is little or no sound.
USB Charge
Ability to charge a rechargeable battery in the recorder via USB connection.
Software
Operating System Compatibility : Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Starter, Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows Vista Business Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows Vista Home Basic Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 or higher, Mac OS X (v10.3.9-v10.6), pre-installed.
Recording
Type Digital
Mode Stereo
Recording Format MP3
WMA
PCM (WAV)
Bit-Rate 8 Kbps - 192 Kbps
32 Kbps - 192 Kbps
16 -bit
Sample Rate 11 kHz - 44 kHz
One-Click Recording Yes
Voice Activated Recording Yes
Microphone Type Internal Stereo
Pickup Pattern Omni-Directional
Frequency Response 50 kHz - 20000 kHz
Playback
Speaker Yes
Features
Power
Battery Type 1 x AAA
Power Adapter No
General
Internal Memory Flash Memory - 4GB
Connectors USB 2.0 Male In
1/8" mini Female Out
1/8" mini Female In
USB USB 2.0 (A)
System Requirements XP (SP2), XP (SP3), OS X 
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.44 x 4.02 x .54" (36.6 x 102 x 13.77 mm)
Weight 2.05 oz (58 g)
Sony ICD-UX523 Digital Flash Voice Recorder (Black)
  • Application Software, Sound Organizer (CD-ROM)
  • USB Extension Cable
  • AAA Rechargeable Battery
  • Operating Instructions
  • Stereo headphones
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    SonyICD-UX523 Digital Flash Voice Recorder (Black)
     
    4.0

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    4.0

    Excellent Solution for interview videos

    By Craig @ Entendre

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Gearhead, Videographer, Video producer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Automatic Sound Adjust

    Best Uses

    • Event Videos
    • interviews
    • Videography
    • Weddings

    Comments about Sony ICD-UX523 Digital Flash Voice Recorder (Black):

    Great, lightweight recording unit! Whilst I know that this recorder was designed as a glorified Dictaphone, I find this small, lightweight recorder, when paired with a good lapel, is a better solution for most video work than your traditional wireless mic kit.

    Only two comments; no automatic sound adjust (don't use it much but it would be a nice option) & only up to 44000 (not 48000).

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