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Olympus4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue)
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (13)
  • Compact (12)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Long battery life (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Lectures (9)
  • Conversation piece (7)
  • Professional (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gearhead (4), Midrange shopper (4), Tech savvy (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (4)

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5.0

Everything you want in a recorder

By Jack

from Lakewood,NJ

About Me Gearhead, Technically Challenged

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Conversations
    • Lectures

    Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

    The clarity of the sound is great. Has awesome playback features. It was worth every penny!!!!!

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    5.0

    just right

    By Ben

    from Elkhart, IN

    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lightweight

    Best Uses

    • Conversations
    • Lectures
    • Recording Own Speeches

    Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

    Use for personal dictation and to record my oral presentations/speeches.

    It has all the right features and very good audio quality. The built-in 4 gigs will meet most to all of my needs without adding a micro sd card though it can if needed. I like to look of the unit as well.

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    4.0

    Wedding Videography Audio / Reception Speeches and Blessings

    By AVP

    from Alpha Centauri

    About Me Pro Audio

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • High Quality Sound
    • Long Battery Life
    • Wav 16bit 441khz

    Cons

    • Body Makes Handling Noise
    • Lacks A Little Bass Voice
    • No Manual Rec

    Best Uses

      Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

      The ultimate solution for videography (reception) on places your large bulky Pro recorders can't go or to be installed.
      I'm a pro Audio eng. and Cinematographer. Unlike 99% of the people who will just utilize this recorder for lectures, I Will be using this solely to record critical audio pushing this WS822 to its very limit. For the rest of my audio capture, I use a wide arsenal such as Tascam DR-40,DR-22WL, Roland R-26, Sony and Zoom H5 recorders and they all can't be utilized on a particular task because of their large size, thickness and length (even the Zoom H2n won't do in this case).

      Extremely unusual way to capture audio, as you probably never thought of this before, (I also don't want to deal with any XLR splitter boxes) I'm going to use this recorder to be ATTACHED directly onto the DJ's existing handheld microphone that he will provide for the speakers, so I can capture PRISTINE audio from the speeches and not depend anymore on the DJ's cheap mic for this critical moment. As you know, most of times, DJ's go cheap on their wireless systems! From now on... No more bad audio from speeches. DJ mics are usually 8-9" long, so attaching this 4" recorder to it will work as the bestman, bridesmaids will hold the mic from the bottom (I'll make sure that they do!)(see pics provided here)

      Being tired of very bad DJ's wireless mics. (Every single event) They all hiss so badly, drop signal, sometimes even muffled, occasional feedback etc. I need clean professional sounding audio for my reception speech video.

      As a solution to this problem, before I found the Olympus WS822, I was looking for a tiny recorder all over the internet for a little less money that produces acceptable audio for critical use. I tried as many as 3 tiny units in a row from cheaper brands auctions online as there are NO professional recorders of this size designed for this.

      I researched several options also spending hours and hours online, plus watching YouTube reviews... when I received the recorders I bought to try out, immediately after testing they all sounded inferior and distort easily, even though it says it records WAV 16bit but the mics were really bad... Another disappointing thing is, watching reviews on YouTube don't help either because of these people posting low bandwidth 320p / 64Kbps videos instead of 1080p with good audio recorded directly to the camera which defeats the purpose of hearing their demo on how good the WS822 is and how its mics sound like. I still had to order this unit and hope for the best. After unpacking in a rush with anxiety, It turned out It was GREAT!

      The WS-822 DOES record CLEAN, absolutely NO hiss. It's near pure silence! Tested on Final Cut, Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere NLE. All you hear is the recording. (BTW, The rest of the features are useless to me and probably to you if you know pro audio)
      What made me buy this recorder:
      1- records WAV, 16 bit, 44.1khz
      2- clean audio (however needs slightly "low end" on voice in post)
      3- compact size and very thin. If you want to attach the recorder on a Mic, make sure you purchase its neoprene case found right here on "accessories"
      4- the audio will NOT clip (distort)! I tried!Nice! But MUST BE SET at "low setting". Perfect because The recorder will be at someone's hands (speeches) at the wedding reception giving me peace of mind it won't clip no matter what they do!
      5- BATTERY life: It comes with a rechargeable Olympus battery. After testing it leaving it recording for 4 hours at fullest resolution, the battery meter didn't even move, still remaining at "III"
      6- Even though it has a Micro SD card input, who would need more than 6 hours of recording from its built-in 4GB (3.2GB to be precise)set to the highest audio quality? And probably 40 hours on MP3 128Kbps? That's crazy...So... No, you don't need Micro SD.

      Cons:
      1- no manual recording (WS823 only) however, the automatic REC level stuff (when set to LOW) works prefect without ANY wild swings on AGC.

      2- the body is SENSITIVE! Do NOT allow rubbing or handling noise under any circumstances. (That's when the PRO recorders (not this one) come in.
      3- all the "extra features" such as those silly "consumer" recording PRESETS, they will ruin the quality, add undesireable artifacts and WILL LIMIT the recordings to MP3, 128Kbps MAX!!
      3- NO MP3 at 320Kbps! 256 max. Why?? If it records WAV?.. Anyway, USE WAV UNCOMPRESSED AUDIO and forget the rest!!!

      To obtain the best quality please don't do different!
      From Menu settings:
      -Set the REC mode to PCM (WAV)
      -Set the REC level to LOW ONLY!!! ask the person to speak 2" from mouth!!
      - low cut to OFF

      Anything else, extra settings and ALL other features, LEAVE'EM OFF!!! You'll regret if you don't as these features are designed for consumers who usually don't have any idea how to achieve perfect recordings manually. This recorder is a MUST BUY for this application. Audio is clean, quiet and crisp!

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      5.0

      "I would buy this product again and again"

      By Larry

      from coral springs fl

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dictation
        • interviews

        Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

        I am a accident investigator. I use to take recorded statements that are then put on my computer thru the usb output. My secretary then transcribes. She raves about how good the sound quality is. It makes her job easier thus making my job easier!
        4gb storage will never run out since I delete once I have moved to the computer.
        I also have a olympus ds2400 that cost 3xs as much and this one is just as good.
        The only difference I see is the ds2400 saves in dss format that is a much smaller file. Not important since space is not a consideration to be concerned about.

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        5.0

        Works Perfect

        By VideoByChristopher

        from NYC

        Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

        I use this with a lavalier mic to record prenuptials during wedding ceremonies.
        Works perfecto

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        5.0

        Very compact and high-quality recording

        By Bill, owner of Iconostar Productions LLC

        from Eau Claire, Wisonsin

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • High Quality Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Conversations
          • Lectures

          Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

          I use this mainly as a groom mic to record wedding vows. It's very compact and fits easily in an inside breast coat pocket. It also has phantom power, so it works well with an Azden EX-503L Omni-directional Lavalier Microphone, which does not require a battery (which is convenient and portable). The MP3 files it records sync well with video, and the recording quality it excellent.

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          5.0

          Great Recorder

          By Dad

          from Monsey, NY

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer
          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • High Quality Sound
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Lectures

            Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

            I bought this for my son for recording classes in school, and he loves it. He says it's an excellent recorder. I bought, in addition, the Olympus CS-125 Soft Case, and he said it has definitely saved the day for him a few times, when it fell.

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            5.0

            great

            By recorder

            from quebec

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

            if you want to copy to the micro sd card this isn't the best

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            5.0

            nice little recorder.

            By d12

            from Los Angeles, Ca

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

                does its job and records in .wav format

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                5.0

                It is very nice

                By Philippe Manning

                from Sorel-Tracy, Qc, Canada

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Conversations
                  • Lectures

                  Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

                  This is a very good product, the USB module is really good and the Micro SD card and 4G, that's really what I wanted.

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                  5.0

                  Exactly what I was looking for

                  By Nancy

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • High Quality Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Lectures

                    Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

                    The product is exactly as described. The recording feature is great and so is the sound quality.

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                    5.0

                    Digital Voice Recorder

                    By GRF

                    from Central Florida

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Conversations

                      Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

                      Great product - ordered it for all our offices.

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                      4.0

                      very good item

                      By motty

                      from spring valley

                      About Me Gearhead

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • High Quality Sound

                      Cons

                      • Poor Quality Sound

                      Best Uses

                      • Lectures

                      Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

                      my child is enjoying it very much

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                      4.0

                      Does the job

                      By Wolring

                      from Morris County, NJ

                      About Me Gearhead

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Picks Up Background Noise

                      Best Uses

                      • Conversations
                      • Lectures

                      Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

                      A handy piece of equipment, which has been an upgrade from Olympus' earlier prototypes. Decent enough quality for basic recordings and some instances of professional use. I like that it has 4GB internal memory and can support memory cards for gazillions of hours more recording than you will ever need. The battery life is OK too.

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                      4.0

                      Great Value

                      By djval

                      from Valley Glen, CA

                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Viewed
                      • Easy to use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

                          We use this recorder for our students w/ disabilites to record class lectures. Good sound quality and easy to use. Especially easy to download files to a computer to write to CD for students. So far, no issues or complaints.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Product

                          By CeeCee

                          from Cental Jersey

                          About Me Technically Challenged

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • High Quality Sound
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Conversations
                            • Lectures

                            Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

                            easy to use and great sound

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                            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent But A Bit Complicated

                            By Chris

                            from Saratoga, California

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • High Quality Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

                                The recording quality is excellent. There are more features than I need making it a little complicated to learn and to use.

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                                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                exclente

                                By miguel

                                from merida, mexico

                                About Me Budget Shopper

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional
                                  • Weddings

                                  Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

                                  lo usare para bodas y al parecer funciona bien, aun no lo ocupa en una boda real

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Product!

                                  By Moish

                                  from Monsey, NY

                                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Viewed
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long Lasting

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Gunmetal):

                                      I bought one myself and three friends asked where I got it so they can buy it for themselves. It records beutifully.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Unobtrusive

                                      By Bangali

                                      from New York

                                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Professional

                                        Comments about 4GB WS-822 Digital Voice Recorder (Blue):

                                        The blue finish version blends in better, strangely enough. The USB sticks out, but is convenient when you get home.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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