Olympus WS-852 Digital Voice Recorder (Silver)

BH #OLWS852SL • MFR #V415121SU000
Olympus WS-852 Digital Voice Recorder (Silver)
Key Features
  • 4GB of Internal Memory
  • True Stereo Microphone
  • Auto Mode Adjust Microphone Sensitivity
  • Simple Mode
The silver WS-852 from Olympus is a digital voice recorder with two directional microphones positioned in a 90° layout for capturing audio. Recognized for its clear audio quality and superb operability, the WS-852 features the intelligent Auto Mode, which automatically adjusts the recording level to match the volume of the sound source.
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Olympus WS-852 Overview

The silver WS-852 from Olympus is a digital voice recorder with two directional microphones positioned in a 90° layout for capturing audio. Recognized for its clear audio quality and superb operability, the WS-852 features the intelligent Auto Mode, which automatically adjusts the recording level to match the volume of the sound source.

The digital voice recorder is powered by two AAA dry-cell batteries (model LR03). A built-in stand is included to prevent surface vibrations, and a direct USB computer connection allows you to conveniently save your data . The recorder displays only the necessary information in Simple mode and supports beginners by limiting the functions in the menu to those which are frequently used. When recordings contain multiple speakers, the Voice Balancer makes softer voices louder and ensures that louder voices stay below a given threshold. This provides playback where everyone can be heard clearly.

In conclusion, users can rely on the WS-852 recorder for over 1000 hours of recording time, over 100 hours of battery life, file-searching capabilities, and a noise-cancellation feature that provides clear playback quality. There are 4GB of internal memory, and there's also a microSD slot for memory cards up to 32GB.

UPC: 050332189737

Olympus WS-852 Specs

Recording
TypeDigital
ModeStereo / Mono
Recording FormatMP3
Bit-Rate128 kbps - 8 kbps
Sample Rate44.1 kHz - 11.025 kHz
Recording TimeMP3 Stereo: 65 Hour (MP3)
LP Stereo: 130 Hour (MP3)
LP Mono: 1040 Hour (MP3)
One-Click RecordingYes
Voice Activated RecordingYes
Microphone TypeInternal Stereo
Microphone SensitivityHigh/Low
Frequency Response70 Hz - 17 kHz
Playback
Playback FormatsMP3
SpeakerYes
Speaker Size0.79" / 20 mm
Power Output250 mW
Features
Erase ProtectNo
Voice E-Mail FunctionNo
On Screen ClockNo
Safety LockNo
SearchCalendar Search
Power
Battery Type2 x Alkaline AAA
Battery Life (approx.)Recording: 110 Hour
Playback: 90 Hour
Power AdapterNo
General
Internal MemoryAvailable: Flash Memory - 4 GB
Compatible Memory CardsmicroSD
Connectors1/8" mini Male Microphone In
1/8" mini Male Headphone Out
USBUSB 2.0 (Mini-B)
Operating System SupportWindows, macOS/OS X
Dimensions (WxHxD)1.54 x 4.39 x .71" / 39 x 111.5 x 18 mm
Weight2.72 oz / 77 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.39 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.2 x 5.25 x 1.75"

Olympus WS-852 Reviews

Seems like a big upgrade for not much money

By Zachary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-19

Upgraded to this from a mono-microphone Sony recorder. Overall the sound is fantastic, the menu is easy enough to navigate, and the power switch (common issues with Sony brand recorders, do your research) seems as though it should be more durable in the long run. Easy to record to microSD then move to my computer for storage. My primary use for this is recording college course lectures and it seems to fit that need nicely.

Difficult

By Victoria
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2018-06-28

It does record and play back but getting it to upload to my pc is impossible. Not user friendly. Regret the purchase.

Great

By Alonso
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-14

Great voice recorder, very easy to use.

Almost perfect

By Fernando
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-03-26

Easy to operate and with great microphones and stereo recording (great for meetings and concerts). Light and simple. If it could record in any loseless format the WS-852 would be perfect.

Good product for my need

By Roger
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-09

I have simple needs - recording lectures. I either do it in person, or through a BOSE speaker for digital meetings at home. It does a good job for either application. It mounts to my USB port on the keyboard and shows up as a storage device. Files can be either played with VLC, or downloaded for storage elsewhere. This is a good, inexpensive solution to fill my need.

Very Good Recorder

By Wheeler
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-25

This recorder is very easy to use. The recording is sharp and easy to understand. The design makes it easy to transfer the recording to a computer. I would buy it again if I needed one.

Compact and easy to use

By Caroline
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-03

i like this digital recorder because it is compact and easy to use, light weight. Love it

good

By Bokhodir
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-19

good

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can you move music or other recordings onto it and listen on the recorder or you can only listen to what was recorded on it?
Asked by: Aryeh
This voice recorder is designed to record and play files that are formatted for this recorder. It is not an mP3 player, to play files created on a computer or other device. You may want to consider an mP3 player, such as the SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player (Black), BH #SACJAM8GBBK, which is a player only, but designed to play files created on a computer.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2021-03-16

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Is it Drqgon voice recognition compatible, and if so what versions of Dragon?
Asked by: Harry P.
According to the software manufacturer Nuance, the Olympus WS-852 is compatible with Dragon Naturally Speaking. Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium B&H # NUK609AG0013 is the most affordable version B&H sells.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Can one pause this when recording as well as on ...

Can one pause this when recording as well as on playback?
Asked by: Louis
No The pause function is available only during the RECORD mode. STOP is employed during the PLAYBACK mode.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-05-03

Does this product have a backlight?

Does this product have a backlight?
Asked by: Nicole
It does not.
Answered by: Anna
Date published: 2020-08-08

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What are the specs?
Asked by: Anonymous
The full specifications can be found here:<a href= http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/ws-852.html target= _blank >http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/ws-852.html</a>Our site will be updated in the future to reflect this as well.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2018-08-26

It seems like there are only 5 folders on this ...

It seems like there are only 5 folders on this device. Is there a way to add more folders? At least on the micro SD card?
Asked by: Joel
I am unable to help you on this. I use the recorder only to record minutes of meeting at my job and then type them up. Afterward I erase recordings. I wish I could ppl, but can't.
Answered by: Malcolm
Date published: 2020-12-20

earphone?

earphone?
Asked by: steven
The earphone jack can be used for headphones as well. Make sure the headphones are high impedance otherwisethe battery will drain in no time.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-05-20

I have a telephone recording setup that uses a ...

I have a telephone recording setup that uses a 3.5mm plug going into a cassette recorder. This Olympus recorder lists a 1/8" mini microphone input jack. Will my 3.5mm plug fit into that 1/8" jack?
Asked by: David
Yes
Answered by: Roger
Date published: 2021-04-26
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