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OlympusLS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

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    (9)

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (27)
  • Compact (24)
  • Reliable (19)
  • Long battery life (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Conversation piece (16)
    • Lectures (10)
    • Concerts (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (12), Gearhead (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent Recorder

    I got the LS-10 for dictation and to record live music. I’m retired symphony musician (oboe) and like to critique my playing, frankly, to see if I’m...Read complete review

    I got the LS-10 for dictation and to record live music. I’m retired symphony musician (oboe) and like to critique my playing, frankly, to see if I’m still in shape. I’ve also used the LS-10 to digitize LP records, since it eliminates the need to hook up to a computer. For live recording, I stand about 8 feet away and set the unit to manual level at about 3 ½. Playback is weak on earphones or into an amplifier. However–and this is important for a first-time user–the playback of any cut that is burned to a CD is much louder than the very same cut played via the LS-10. In other words, you cannot and should not judge the recording by the playback volume of the unit but should judge by the level meter, which is very easy and straightforward to use. I’d say the mics are slightly “edgy,” but considering the price and size of the unit, they’re good enough. For digitizing, I hooked up a RCA-to-mini-pin stereo cable to the tape-out jacks on my amp, plugged the cable into the LS-10's line in, then set the LS-10 level to 5. If you wish, you can edit the WAV file to fade the record noise in and out, then burn to CD. For voice, set the LS-10 to auto-level, mp3, then talk. I have had trouble, but inconsistently, using a 4 GB SD card in my unit. Sometimes–but not always–I get a formatting error. I don’t really know it the problem is the card, but I have had better luck with a 2 GB card. For those of us who remember reel-to-reel tape at 71/2 ips and all the fussing around, the LS-10 is magic.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    inaudible

    Pleasing design, rugged for its size, good menu lay-out but with a fatal flaw: even with the mic switched to sensitive, four folks sitting around a table talking loudly yields a very weak...Read complete review

    Pleasing design, rugged for its size, good menu lay-out but with a fatal flaw: even with the mic switched to sensitive, four folks sitting around a table talking loudly yields a very weak signal, the playback of which even at max is only audible with the recorder held up to the ear. That flunks the most basic test: recording a conversation and hearing it played back.

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    5.0

    Now resurrected as the LS-10S

    By frog recorder

    from San Antonio, Texas

    About Me Learning

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Sound Recording

      Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

      I use this product for recording amphibian calls with a shotgun mic. It is simply an amazing recorder for the price and size. I have used it outdoors, in the rain, dropped it on the mud, etc. and it just keeps giving me great sound.

      The ONLY negative was that olympus stopped making it and its replacement (the LS-11) is hard to find.

      But now Olympus has recreated this spectacular recorder! The new model is the LS-10S and I'm sure it will be on B&H's website soon!
      The only way it would be better if was the new model had the same 8Gb of internal memory of the LS-11.

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      2.0

      inaudible

      By Sepp

      from Madison, NH

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Quality construction

      Cons

      • Sound barely audible

      Best Uses

      • Room decoration

      Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

      Pleasing design, rugged for its size, good menu lay-out but with a fatal flaw: even with the mic switched to sensitive, four folks sitting around a table talking loudly yields a very weak signal, the playback of which even at max is only audible with the recorder held up to the ear. That flunks the most basic test: recording a conversation and hearing it played back.

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      4.0

      Good value, solid product

      By msleehm

      from Cape Town, South Africa

      About Me Journalist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Ambient sound
        • interviews

        Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

        I'm a freelance journalist, and starting to work in radio production (from print background). I bought this recorder on the recommendation of a fellow radio journo friend, who loves hers. My previous (non broadcast quality) recorder was the olympus ds10 (i think that was the model) -- i loved that recorder for its durability, functionality, and easy menu, but it wasn't up to snuff for professional recording.

        I've only just started to use this recorder, but if you attach a high quality external mic, the sound quality is excellent. The internal mics are also very good, actually, especially for ambient sound. I like the size and layout of buttons, and the manual control of recording levels.

        Overall a great product for a reasonable price, and if anything like the other Olympus I had, very durable in the field.

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        4.0

        LS -10 Very good recorder

        By Frank the cyclist

        from Astoria, NY

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • High Quality Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Conversations
          • Lectures

          Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

          I just tested out my new recorder and my initial results are very good. To test it, I recorded music from my laptop speakers and I was very impressed with how it sounded. I also hooked up the recorder to my external computer speakers and it sounded really good. I like that I can use the recorder on either battery power of plugged in.

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          5.0

          excellent pro freelance equipment

          By MaxB

          from Montclair, NJ

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • High Quality Sound
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Conversations
            • Lectures

            Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

            Easy to use, very sturdy, excellent sound quality. As a freelance radio producer with a limited budget I can also recommend the Olympus for its price. I have been working in this field for 15 years, and this is the best recorder so far. Some of my colleagues do not like its light weight, but I don´t consider this a downside.

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            4.0

            Just what I was looking for

            By Jeremy

            from Brazil

            About Me Competent recordist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup recorder
              • Recording natural sounds

              Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

              For many years I have recorded bird song throughout Brazil, using professional recorders with a parabolic reflector. In the last few years I have been increasingly reluctant to carry all this equipment into the field and when a friend told me the built-in mics of the LS-10 recorded almost as well as his Sennheiser I decided to give it a try. My first impressions are very positive: the LS-10 appears robust, is easy to use and transfer of recordings to the computer is dead simple. I haven't tested the recording quality extensively but it appears to be surprisingly good. It's a pity that the LS-10 doesn't support phantom power (only plug-in) but one could hardly expect that from so small a device. As a backup recorder and for making use of sudden recording opportunities the LS-10 is just what I was looking for.

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              5.0

              High Quality

              By Bernie

              from Torrance

              About Me Independent Film Maker

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Conversations
                • Field Recording

                Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                Looks and sounds amazing right out of the box. The dual mics produce amazing stereo sound and are very sensitive. I combined it with a Rode VideoMic but still feel that the onboard mics sound clearer. The menu is easy to get the hang of without the instructions. Rear playback speakers are OK. Just use the ear jack with a set of nice headphones to monitor your sound. A must have for high quality low budget field recording!

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                4.0

                Great, simple, yet professional grade

                By V

                from LA, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Conversations

                  Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                  I am using this product for all types of documentary capture.

                  I love its size, audio quality, and ease of use.

                  I wish I could have a larger sized internal memory (the LS-11 does, but it is much more expensive, and silver...), so with a 8GB card, you are there, with less to pay.

                  LS-11 does have some other nice features, but this one does the gig.

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                  5.0

                  Works like a charm!

                  By Joe

                  from Laurens, SC

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • High Quality Sound
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                    The recorder is used in church to record music. I have found it to be superb, easy to operate, and faithful in reproduction.

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Stevie Boy

                    from Sydney, Australia

                    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy, Works in media

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • High Quality Sound
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Conversations
                      • Lectures
                      • Reporting

                      Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                      Very handy size, although a little too big for every day pocket carrying. Sound is great. Interacts perfectly with the computer. Nice solid build. I don't really have any complaints about this device.

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                      5.0

                      Grrrrrreat

                      By Leslie F

                      from Denville, NJ

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • High Quality Sound
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Conversations
                        • Lectures

                        Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                        I use this recorder for recording educational conferences. I am amazed at the small size and quality obtained. I having nothing but compliments for everything about this unit. It can hold about 60 hours on an 8 gig memory card in highest quality MP3. It is quite solidly built and not much bigger than a cell phone.

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                        5.0

                        Wonderful device

                        By Syzygy

                        from Legal, AB

                        About Me Gearhead

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Conversations
                          • Lectures

                          Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                          This is the first modern field recorder I've used, so I don't have much to compare it against, but I've been very happy with it so far. Sound quality is excellent and the unit is light and portable. It isn't saddled with a bunch of useless features but rather provides everything I need with a clean and obvious interface.

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                          5.0

                          Absolutely perfect

                          By Chris

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Ambient outdoor

                            Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                            This is the best sound recorder I've used. After struggling with the controls on a "Zoom" I was more than pleased with how intuitive this LS-10 is to use. It feels nice in the hand, is light and easy to pack anywhere. Sound quality is fantastic.

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                            5.0

                            Great sound quality

                            By Macopoly

                            from Kelowna, BC Canada

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Conversations
                              • Lectures

                              Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                              I use this product to record a line in from the audio mixer at our church. The sound quality that is recorded has been great for us. Another thing we really like about his unit is that it will record the presentations in mp3 format ready to be uploaded to the web for sharing.

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                              4.0

                              Nice versatile recorder

                              By Tuktuk

                              from New Haven, CT

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Conversations

                                Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                                We use this device mainly to record our 2 years old daughter's voice. She is just learning how to speak and is saying very interesting things and making funny mistakes. We also record memories/stories told by the grandparents, etc. We are very satisfied with the LS-10 recorder. The only critique is about the speakers. Instead of inaudible stereo speakers, a single, more powerful one would probably be a better design choice.

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                                4.0

                                more than a gadget;

                                By aau27x

                                from Sydney, Australia

                                About Me Gearhead

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • High Quality Sound
                                • Long Battery Life

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Concerts
                                  • Conversations
                                  • Lectures

                                  Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                                  The twin built-in speakers are definitely the weakest link (way inferior to the single one on other Olympus products); otherwise, it might have been 5 stars. A simple track-marking feature would also be welcome. BUT a fantastic unit in terms of recording quality - which is what it's intended for - and very simple to use. Early days yet, but looks like it'll be a close companion!

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                                  5.0

                                  great

                                  By herkie

                                  from chicago

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Concerts
                                    • Conversations
                                    • Lectures

                                    Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                                    perfect small recorder with a big sound

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Recorder

                                    By Sammy D

                                    from Royal Oak, Michigan

                                    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • High Quality Sound
                                    • Long Battery Life

                                    Cons

                                    • NONE

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Conversations
                                    • Digitizing old recordings
                                    • Live music

                                    Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                                    I got the LS-10 for dictation and to record live music. I’m retired symphony musician (oboe) and like to critique my playing, frankly, to see if I’m still in shape. I’ve also used the LS-10 to digitize LP records, since it eliminates the need to hook up to a computer. For live recording, I stand about 8 feet away and set the unit to manual level at about 3 ½. Playback is weak on earphones or into an amplifier. However–and this is important for a first-time user–the playback of any cut that is burned to a CD is much louder than the very same cut played via the LS-10. In other words, you cannot and should not judge the recording by the playback volume of the unit but should judge by the level meter, which is very easy and straightforward to use. I’d say the mics are slightly “edgy,” but considering the price and size of the unit, they’re good enough. For digitizing, I hooked up a RCA-to-mini-pin stereo cable to the tape-out jacks on my amp, plugged the cable into the LS-10's line in, then set the LS-10 level to 5. If you wish, you can edit the WAV file to fade the record noise in and out, then burn to CD. For voice, set the LS-10 to auto-level, mp3, then talk. I have had trouble, but inconsistently, using a 4 GB SD card in my unit. Sometimes–but not always–I get a formatting error. I don’t really know it the problem is the card, but I have had better luck with a 2 GB card. For those of us who remember reel-to-reel tape at 71/2 ips and all the fussing around, the LS-10 is magic.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good sound quality in ultra-portable

                                    By unclejace

                                    from Ellsworth, ME

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • High Quality Sound

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                                        Playback really only makes sense with earbuds/headphones or on a PC. Built-in speakers are not adequate for full sound results.

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                                        4.0

                                        Neat product - well though out design -

                                        By Shawn

                                        from Cape Town, South Africa

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot:

                                            After listening to samples on the internet of this products recording vs other brands at similar prices.... I really liked the way the recordings sounded, especially how the highs were reproduced, this coupled with a very practical design, great battery life and small footprint made it my choice. PLayback speakers are small and not so loud, but loud enough to review recordings and listen in a quiet environment. This is an essential feature for me.
                                            I would have liked to see track markers, and can only hope for firmware upgrade on this.

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