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Philips 4GB Voice Tracer 5000 Digital Recorder

B&H # PHDVTR5000 Mfr # DVT5000/00

Availability Details


This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available.

Product Highlights
  • Multiple Bit Rate PCM & MP3 Recording
  • Built-In 3Mic AutoZoom Recording System
  • Internal 4GB Memory & MicroSD Card Slot
  • FM Stereo Tuner with 20 Station Presets
  • Large 1.5" Dot Matrix Backlit LCD Screen
  • Premium In-Ear Headphones Included
  • Calendar Search & Pre-Recording Function
  • Metal Mic Grille & Fold-Out Stand
  • Includes 2 AAA Rechargeable Batteries
  • Smart Keys for Convenient Operation

The Philips 4GB Voice Tracer 5000 Digital Recorder supports both stereo MP3 and stereo PCM (WAV) recording formats, which enables you to utilize a variety of bit-rates ranging from 8 kbps to 1411 kbps. The Voice Tracer has a built-in 4GB NAND Flash memory, a USB 2.0 port for high-speed data transfer, voice volume indicator, microSD card slot and ClearVoice sound enhancement. It also features a 3Mic System with three high-sensitivity, low-noise HQ Stereo microphones. Plus, there is a 1/8" (3.5mm) microphone input and a 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone output.

The compact Voice Tracer is also equipped with an FM stereo tuner that features 20 station presets. It supports AutoAdjust audio recording for automatic sound parameter setting. And, the ClearVoice sound enhancement enhances the quieter voices that are more difficult to hear. You can also initiate recordings by voice-activation. Plus, there's a calendar search function, an integrated fold-out stand and pre-recording function as well.

The recorder also has instant one-touch recording, which allows you to start a recording - even when the whole device is shut down - by simply holding down the record button for a moment, and then when the unit turns on it will instantly start recording. The Voice Tracer has an easy-to-read 1.5" backlit LCD screen as well, which improves menu navigation speed. There's also a keypad lock that protects your files when you're away from the recorder. The Voice Tracer even comes with Premium in-ear headphones and two AAA rechargeable NiMH batteries, which support up to 48 hours of recording in the LP mode.

Main Features

3Mic AutoZoom Recording for Capturing Distant Voices
The innovative 3Mic AutoZoom recording system features three high-sensitivity, low-noise HQ Stereo mics. This system optimizes the Voice Tracer for long distance recording and it also adapts the mic zoom level to the distance automatically, which secures the best recording results up to 50' (15 m). By analyzing the incoming signal, the relevant zoom settings are made automatically and surrounding noises are suppressed
4GB Memory Built-In for Up to 44 Days of Recording
With the 4GB of built-in NAND flash memory, your Voice Tracer is able to capture up to 44 days of continuous recording
Calendar Search Helps Find Recordings
With the calendar search feature, finding a recording is easy and convenient. Every recording receives a time stamp, and can be looked up by simply entering the date of recording
Integrated Fold-Out Stand for Easy Device Positioning
With the integrated fold-out stand on the backside of the Voice Tracer you can conveniently position your voice recorder towards the sound source
Metal Microphone Grille for Crystal Clear Recordings
A well-engineered microphone grille is able to make a good microphone stand out even more. The grille built into the Voice Tracer helps ensure crystal clear recordings
MicroSD Memory Card Slot for Virtually Unlimited Recording
The Voice Tracer supports virtually unlimited recording capacity thanks to a microSD memory card slot supporting up to 32GB of additional memory
Up to 48 Hours Battery Runtime for Extra Long Recordings
The Voice Tracer's included AAA rechargeable NiMH batteries last for up to 48 hours for extra long recording sessions
Premium In-Ear Headphones Included for Outstanding Playback
The included Premium headphones are the perfect companion for your Voice Tracer. The in-ear design deliver a superior bass response, crisp highs and a great balance
Pre-Recording for Never Missing a Single Word
The pre-recording function allows you to record sound sources from approximately three seconds prior to pressing the record button
Rechargeable Batteries Included for Economic Recording
The Voice Tracer comes with AAA rechargeable NiMH batteries for hours of continuous recording. Additionally, you can help protect the environment by simply recharging the batteries of your device using the USB port instead of always buying batteries
Smart Keys for Convenient Operation
The two ergonomically placed smart keys allow for convenient, quick and direct access to the most important features of your Voice Tracer
Stereo MP3 Recording for Crystal Clear Playback
The Voice Tracer captures all recordings in stereo and the popular MP3 format, the common audio format for consumer audio storage, as well as a de facto standard encoding for the transfer and playback of recordings
Large Display for Clear Recording Status Information
The 112 x 112 high-resolution dot matrix display supports English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish and Simplified Chinese, and it also provides clear recording status information

Other Features

File overwrite and append mode
Record monitor function
Silent recording mode
Pre-recording mode
ClearVoice sound enhancement
Signal-to-noise ratio: >60 dB
300 mW speaker output power
28mm speaker diameter
FM stereo tuner with auto digital tuning and 20 station presets
Frequency range: 87.5 - 108 MHz
Firmware upgradeable
Keypad lock
Variable playback speed
Voice-activated recording
Auto adjust recording
Instant one-touch recording
Optimized for notes
Optimized for conversations
Optimized for lectures
Lead-free soldered product
Backlit 1.5" (38mm) dot matrix LCD with 112 x 112 resolution
Mass storage class compliant
Batteries rechargeable via USB
ID3 tag support
MP3 playback bit rates: 8-320 kbps
WMA playback bit rates: 48-320 kbps (44 kHz) and 64-192 (48 kHz)
Type Digital
Mode Stereo
Recording Format MP3
Bit-Rate 1411 Kbps
192 Kbps
96 Kbps
64 Kbps
8 Kbps
Sample Rate 44.1 kHz
22 kHz
16 kHz
Recording Time PCM Stereo: 6 Hours
SHQ Stereo: 47 Hours
HQ Stereo: 95 Hours
SP Stereo: 142 Hours
LP Stereo: 1140 Hours
One-Click Recording Yes
Voice Activated Recording Yes
Microphone Type Internal Stereo
Pickup Pattern Not Specified By Manufacturer
Frequency Response 50 Hz - 20 kHz
Speaker Yes
Display Size/Type 1.5" LCD Backlit
Equalizer Settings Jazz, Pop, Rock
Indicators Voice Volume
Battery Type 2 x NiMH Rechargeable
Battery Life (approx.) Recording: 48 Hours
Power Adapter No
Internal Memory Flash Memory - 4GB
Compatible Memory Cards Micro SD
Connectors 1/8" mini Female Out
1/8" mini Female In
USB 2.0 Female Out
USB USB 2.0 (A)
System Requirements Linux  
Windows Vista, 7 (32/64-bit)
Windows XP (SP2), XP (SP3) (32-bit)
Mac OS X 
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.6 x 4.6 x .8" (4.06 x 11.68 x 2.03 cm)
Weight 2.12 oz (60 g)
Philips 4GB Voice Tracer 5000 Digital Recorder
  • USB Cable
  • 2 x Philips AAA Ni-MH LFH9154 Rechargeable Batteries
  • Premium In-Ear Stereo Headphones
  • Carry Case
  • 1-Year Warranty

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    Philips4GB Voice Tracer 5000 Digital Recorder

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    Best voice recorder I've heard in years

    By Dave the trailrider

    from Williams Ind.

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    • High Quality Sound
    • Long Battery Life


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      • Lectures

      Comments about Philips 4GB Voice Tracer 5000 Digital Recorder:

      I did not realize that it had an external input jack which eliminates all back ground noise especially if you are recording from another source, such as CD or cassette. I have used Olympus recorders with the stereo mic but this is much better.

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