Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder (Black)

Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder (Black)

Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder (Black)

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Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • True Stereo Microphone
  • Auto Mode Adjust Microphone Sensitivity
  • Simple Mode
  • Built-In USB Connection
  • Voice Filter
  • Long Battery Life
  • 8GB of Internal Memory
  • Up to 32GB microSDHC Card Supported
  • Multiple Scene Select Options
  • Easy File Search
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Olympus WS-853 overview

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The black WS-853 from Olympus is a digital voice recorder with two directional microphones positioned at a 90° layout for capturing audio. Recognized for its clear audio quality and superb operability, the WS-853 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) or two Olympus nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries. Some other features include a built-in stand to prevent surface vibrations and a direct USB computer connection to conveniently save your data and charge the batteries. 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-853 recorder for over 1,000 hours of recording time, over 100 hours of battery life, file searching capabilities, and a noise-cancellation feature that provides clear playback quality. There is 8GB of internal memory, and there's also a microSDHC slot for memory cards up to 32GB.

UPC: 050332189775
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Olympus WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder (Black)
  • 2 x AAA Alkaline Batteries
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Olympus WS-853 specs

    Type Digital
    Mode Stereo / Mono
    Recording Format MP3
    Bit-Rate 128 kbps - 8 kbps
    Sample Rate 44.1 kHz - 11.025 kHz
    Recording Time MP3 Stereo:130 Hour Recording in MP3 Format
    LP Stereo: 260 Hour Recording in MP3 Format
    LP Mono: 2080 Hour Recording in MP3 Format
    One-Click Recording Yes
    Voice Activated Recording Yes
    Microphone Type Internal Stereo
    Microphone Sensitivity High/Low
    Frequency Response 70 Hz - 17 kHz
    Playback Formats MP3
    Speaker Yes
    Speaker Size 0.79" / 20 mm
    Power Output 250 mW
    Search Calendar Search
    Battery Type 2 x AAA
    Battery Life (approx.) Recording: 110 Hour
    Playback: 90 Hour
    Power Adapter No
    Internal Memory Available: Flash Memory - 8 GB
    Compatible Memory Cards microSD
    Connectors 1/8" mini Male Microphone In
    1/8" mini Male Headphone Out
    USB USB 2.0 (Mini-B)
    Operating System Support Windows, macOS/OS X
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.54 x 4.39 x .71" / 39 x 111.5 x 18 mm
    Weight 2.72 oz (77 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 5.2 x 1.8"

    Olympus WS-853 reviews

    WS-853 Digital Voice Recorder (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Typical excellent Olympus quality I have owned the more expensive and advanced DM-520 for years. I bought this WS-853 to carry with me on security jobs. It has many options. You might benefit from spending time learning the features and buttons, rather than trying the intuitive method. BTW, I disagree with reviewers who downgrade items because of the placement of jacks or buttons, when product descriptions are available before purchases are made. I've been buying photographic and electronic equipment for 50 years. Almost always I have modified the equipment, even multi-thousand dollar cameras, to suit some need of mine. I never held that against the manufacturers. In this case, I cannot think of any reason to downgrade the WS-853. It works, and well.
    Date published: 2017-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Lectures The auto mode works great to get the right mic sensitivity. Even though it doesn't have a lecture setting or zoom mic, it'll still suffice in a lecture environment. The classic VCVA or voice activation feature is great because you choose the level of sound when it activates recording. I mainly use it for high school lectures to take note of things that I might have missed in-class. Playback of recording is great with the noise cancellation on low(to have some sort of noise cancellation but not eat the battery too fast), and voice balance is great at capturing students talking behind the mic to be loud as well. The best thing that makes this the great equilibrium between all recorders in their line is the 100 hours of battery life. This recorder is the least gimmicky, and adequate for all the things you need.
    Date published: 2016-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good recorder! I was looking for a reasonably-priced recorder, which I needed for a series of interviews. After checking many brands, comparing features and specifications, I decided to go with this one. I can only say I am very happy with this device. First of all, the quality of recordings is really good. I mostly use it in quiet, closed spaces, but many times I had to use it in a crowded and noisy places (like coffee places). After the first time it happened I was worried I won't be able to hear anything (voices and music at a cafe were so loud I had problems with hearing the person with my own ears) but the recording was really good and clear. Another time I was sitting with a person right next to a busy intersection, with people and cars passing, buses stopping etc. The recording was not very great, but I could clearly hear our conversation. The only time I had problems was when someone else was talking really loud right next to me. In such cases the recording included those conversations as well, but not as loud as my conversation. I also could hear everything clearly, but I had to be focused. This is not a complaint, I am amazed by the fact how good my recording are despite very loud and noisy surroundings. Even in the worst cases the only challenge was that I had to focus on listening, but my conversation could still be clearly heard. Apart from interviews I also used it to record lectures, speeches, panel discussions etc., all the recordings are good. This recorder had a memory that is more than sufficient, and should someone need even more there is a slot for memory cards. Batteries last long and the device comes with rechargeable ones. Navigating through settings, as well as using buttons, is very easy and intuitive. Connects to a computer with a retractable USB, which hides completely within the device and behind a small cover, which is really good because the USB does not collect dust. Protective cover works really well. If you're looking for a semi-professional device, which is reliable for everyday use and will work well in common situations of everyday life this is a perfect choice.
    Date published: 2017-02-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes I would buy it again Works very well. Small and easy to slip into your carry bag. It is a bit hard to read the menus, and some settings are complex. There are two screen settings, simple and detailed. The simple screen has bigger letters. I would have given it 5 stars except for the legibility. Good for the price.
    Date published: 2017-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than previous Olympus Recorders I have owned and used several Olympus voice recorders over the years. This one is a big improvement. Plug it in a USB port and the files are immediately displayed. Previously I had to go through several steps to see them. As soon as it is connected to a USB port it is ready to be recharged. Again, older models required more steps. It is easier to use, and the quality of the voice recordings is excellent. I recommend the WS-853.
    Date published: 2018-06-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from not a bad investment I like the quality of the recorder but I'm not a big fan of the headphone jack being on the side. it makes it inconvienient to listen and put in shirt pocket
    Date published: 2017-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the buy Definitely worth the buy. Item was great and it delivered in a very safe and delicated packaging. Two thumbs up and thank you seller!!!
    Date published: 2016-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought 6 of these... and 10 of previous model... Best keep secret for recording.... best if you use an external microphone... clip right on the speaker. Captures everything.
    Date published: 2017-03-21
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