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

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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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

No 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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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                                  (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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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