Olympus LS-P5 Linear PCM Recorder

BH #OLLSP5R • MFR #V409180BG000
Olympus LS-P5 Linear PCM Recorder
Key Features
  • 3-Mic System with Adjustable Directivity
  • 3.5mm Mic/Line Input, 3.5mm Earphone Out
  • Very High SPL of 125 dB
  • Records up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz WAV Files
Designed to offer faithful and versatile audio recording and playback functions in a highly compact form factor, the Olympus LS-P5 Linear PCM Recorder is a three-mic, Bluetooth-enabled handheld recorder with sophisticated onboard controls, advanced automatic functions, and the ability to capture long recording sessions with high-quality audio in a wide range of applications. At only 2.8 oz and capable of running for days on just two AAA batteries (depending on settings), the LS-P5 is powerful enough to tackle many demanding or niche scenarios while remaining easy to transport, hold, and mount.
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Olympus LS-P5 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2TRESMIC II Microphone System
  • 3Compact Linear PCM Recorder
  • 4Advanced Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 5Audio Recording Features
  • 6Playback and Editing Functions

Designed to offer faithful and versatile audio recording and playback functions in a highly compact form factor, the Olympus LS-P5 Linear PCM Recorder is a three-mic, Bluetooth-enabled handheld recorder with sophisticated onboard controls, advanced automatic functions, and the ability to capture long recording sessions with high-quality audio in a wide range of applications. At only 2.8 oz and capable of running for days on just two AAA batteries (depending on settings), the LS-P5 is powerful enough to tackle many demanding or niche scenarios while remaining easy to transport, hold, and mount.

The LS-P5 supports lossless recording in WAV or FLAC formats up to 96 kHz / 24-bit resolutions, and MP3 up to 320 kb/s. Wireless Bluetooth functionality allows for a wide range of enhanced features including remote control, monitoring, configuration, and editing, all from your Android or iOS smartphone, as well as streaming to Bluetooth-enabled headphones and speakers. Intelligent auto-adjustments, including seven preset scenes, let you capture optimal audio with minimal input, while powerful editing and playback functions let you prepare and adjust your recordings without even touching a computer.

TRESMIC II Microphone System
The LS-P5 is equipped with three (rather than the more common two) large, high-performance directional microphones. With 21 levels of directivity available, these three mics provide an enormous range of flexibility, as well as high-quality sound across a wide range of frequencies from low to high.

  • Three quality microphones with 21 levels of directivity for versatile stereo or mono audio recording
  • 125 dB SPL for distortion-free recording of extremely loud sound sources
  • Zoom function for capturing far away sounds 
  • Low self-noise enables quiet recordings
  • Adjustable microphone sensitivity including intelligent auto-adjust mode
  • 3.5mm line/mic input for connecting external microphones or line-level sources, such as mixers or mobile devices 
Compact Linear PCM Recorder
Despite its large microphones, the LS-P5 sports a compact design weighing only 2.8 oz (including batteries). Ideal for business applications, this versatile high-performance linear PCM audio recorder can even be attached to a tripod or camera via its convenient tripod mount socket.

  • Up to 96 kHz / 24-bit, linear PCM recording—three times the data on a CD
  • WAV/PCM, MP3, and lossless FLAC file formats 
  • Built-in limiter feature and manual level control
  • Peak display on LCD screen for monitoring and fine tuning your levels
  • Lightweight and runs on only two AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable)
  • 16GB of internal memory for recording, microSDXC slot for up to 2TB of storage
Advanced Bluetooth Connectivity
Optimized for a modern workflow, the LS-P5 comes equipped with sophisticated and versatile wireless Bluetooth functionality. Monitor, control, configure, and record entirely remotely, using Android or iOS smartphones and the convenient Bluetooth DVR.Remote app. You can even connect to BT enabled earphones and speakers.

  • Fully remote controllable via smartphone app, including remote playback to wireless speaker
  • Visually monitor recording status including levels, elapsed time, remaining memory, and battery level
  • Remotely configure all recording settings, including mic directionality
  • Index important parts or sections you want to review during playback
  • Edit folder and file names
  • Wirelessly stream audio to Bluetooth headphones and speakers
  • Supports Bluetooth 5.0 BLE with A2DP and AVRCP codec support
  • Functional range of up to 32'
Audio Recording Features
Various recording functions are provided, including a function that makes it easy to make optimal settings simply by selecting the scene. Along with convenient recording settings, noise cancellation, and intelligent automatic adjustments, the LS-P5 is optimized to handle a wide range of recording scenarios.

  • Seven optimized scenes including: Lecture, Conference, Meeting, Dictation, Noise Situation, DNS, and Music
  • Bright sound function for elevates mid to mid-high range for clearing up human voice recordings during conferences, lectures, or meetings
  • SMART mode for automatic level adjustment by recording a rehearsal and monitoring the situation
  • Pre-recording function starts recording two seconds before you hit the button, avoiding control lag 
  • Intelligent Auto Mode lowers recording level for loud sounds and raises it for quiet ones
  • 2-Mic Noise Cancellation auto-suppresses ambient noise by sampling level differences 
  • Slate tone reference signal generator for easier video sound recording and syncing
  • Test tone generator helps set ideal recording levels for compact video cameras
  • Combine audio recordings using overdub function
Playback and Editing Functions
The LS-P5 has a wide range of playback functions including voice balancer and noise cancellation for easier listening and editing functions that can be performed without a computer.

  • The voice balancer function automatically makes smaller voices louder when voices are at different levels due to distance to the recorder
  • Voice filter reduces prominent noise produced by amplifying small sounds, enhancing vocal clarity
  • Normalized playback for easier listening without distortion
  • Noise cancellation reduces unwanted ambient noise such as air-conditioner noise or fan sounds 
  • Voice playback function intelligently skips over parts of recording without voices present, useful for transcription
  • Divide files directly on recorder for managing very long recordings 
  • Trimming for adjusting start and end of recording or removing unwanted space
  • Calendar search for finding recordings quickly 
  • Custom recording folder names for efficient organization of files
  • Fade-in / fade-out function for smooth transitions between tracks
UPC: 050332193260

Olympus LS-P5 Specs

Key Specs
Recording Format
FLAC, LPCM, MP3
Recording Time
PCM Stereo: 1 Hours (96 kHz/24-Bit LPCM)
PCM Mono: 6.67 Hours (44.1 kHz/16-Bit LPCM)
MP3 Stereo: 29.67 Hours (320 kb/s MP3)
MP3 Mono: 149 Hours (64 kb/s MP3)
Playback Formats
MP3
PCM (WAV)
Speaker
Yes
Battery Type
2x Alkaline AAA
2x Rechargeable NiMH AAA
Internal Memory
16 GB
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: microSD/microSDHC
Wireless
No
USB
Micro-USB 2.0
Recording
Mode
Stereo / Mono
Recording Format
FLAC, LPCM, MP3
Bit-Depth
24
Bit-Rate
64 kbps - 320 kbps
Sample Rate
44.1 kHz - 96 kHz
Recording Time
PCM Stereo: 1 Hours (96 kHz/24-Bit LPCM)
PCM Mono: 6.67 Hours (44.1 kHz/16-Bit LPCM)
MP3 Stereo: 29.67 Hours (320 kb/s MP3)
MP3 Mono: 149 Hours (64 kb/s MP3)
One-Click Recording
Yes
Voice Activated Recording
Yes
Microphone Type
Internal Stereo (3 Elements)
Microphone Sensitivity
High
Medium
Low
Auto SENS Setting
Manual SENS Setting
Limiter
Pickup Pattern
Cardioid (Unidirectional)
Frequency Response
20 Hz to 44 kHz @ 96 kHz Sample Rate / 24 Bit LPCM
20 Hz to 42 kHz @ 88.2 kHz Sample Rate / 24 Bit LPCM
20 Hz to 23 kHz @ 48 kHz Sample Rate / 24 Bit LPCM
20 Hz to 23 kHz @ 48 kHz Sample Rate / 16 Bit LPCM
20 Hz to 21 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 24 Bit LPCM
20 Hz to 21 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 16 Bit LPCM
20 Hz to 21 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 320 kbps MP3
20 Hz to 17 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 128 kbps MP3
20 Hz to 15 kHz @ 44.1 kHz Sample Rate / 64 kbps MP3
Playback
Playback Formats
MP3
PCM (WAV)
Bit-Rate
MP3: 64 - 320 Kbps
Speaker
Yes
Speaker Size
0.7" / 18 mm
Power Output
230 mW
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
> 57 dB
Features
Display Size/Type
1.43" LCD Backlit with 108 x 84 Resolution
Equalizer Settings
Bass, Treble
Indicators
Recording
Erase Protect
Yes
Message Folder
300 (Maximum)
Voice E-Mail Function
No
On Screen Clock
Yes
Safety Lock
Yes
Search
Calendar Search
Cue
Track Mark
Power
Battery Type
2x Alkaline AAA
2x Rechargeable NiMH AAA
Battery Life (approx.)
Recording: 29 Hours @ 96 kHz 24 Bit LPCM
Recording: 56 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 16 Bit LPCM
Recording: 62 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 320 Kbps MP3
Recording: 64 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 64 Kbps MP3
Playback: 24 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 320 Kbps MP3
Power Adapter
No
General
Internal Memory
16 GB
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: microSD/microSDHC
Audio Inputs/Outputs
1/8" / 3.5 mm Microphone, Line In
1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Out
Wireless
No
USB
Micro-USB 2.0
OS Compatibility
Windows Vista or Later
macOS 10.8 or Later
8 or Later
12 or Later
Dimensions
4.4 x 1.56 x 0.63" / 11.2 x 3.96 x 1.61 cm
Weight
2.8 oz / 78 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.61 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.7 x 5.1 x 1.7"

Olympus LS-P5 Reviews

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Do you have to press the record button twice, or ...

Do you have to press the record button twice, or can you configure it to start recording right away?
Asked by: Etienne
You don't need to press the record button twice. This option is set in the Rec settings, Rec Standby. It can be turned on or off.
Answered by: Etienne
Date published: 2022-10-25

Is tripod mounting slot (thread) made of plastic ...

Is tripod mounting slot (thread) made of plastic or metal/aluminum?
Asked by: Nazar
The Olympus LS-P5 Linear PCM Recorder BH #OLLSP5R features a 1/4-20 aluminum/metal female tripod threading.
Answered by: Mark S
Date published: 2023-05-18

Does the LS-P5 have a usb-c connector for ...

Does the LS-P5 have a usb-c connector for charging and transferring data ?
Asked by: Jerry
The Olympus LS-P5 AUDIO RECORDER - BLACK BH #OLLSP5R features a micro-USB port and included cable for data transfer, charging the included lithium-ion AAA batteries, or to connect to a USB host to use as a USB microphone.
Answered by: Mark S
Date published: 2022-09-21

Is the windscreen shown in the video included in ...

Is the windscreen shown in the video included in the box?
Asked by: David
The Olympus LS-P5 Linear PCM Recorder BH #OLLSP5R includes a USB cable (A-micro B) and two Ni-MH batteries. The Windshield (WJ-2) is an optional accessory.
Answered by: Mark S
Date published: 2022-09-22

Does it work with plug-in power for external ...

Does it work with plug-in power for external mics?
Asked by: Marcelo
The Olympus LS-P5 Linear PCM Recorder BH #OLLSP5R supplies plug-in power.
Answered by: Mark S
Date published: 2022-09-28

Which case fits LS-P5 well?

Which case fits LS-P5 well?
Asked by: Mark
The Olympus LS-P5 AUDIO RECORDER - BLACK BH #OLLSP5R will fit into the following cases: Ruggard HFV-230 Protective Camera Case B&H # RUHFV230 Zing Designs SPE Small Camera/Electronics Belt Bag (Black) B&H # ZICBSB Lowepro Hardside CS 20 Camera Pouch B&H # LOHSC20BK
Answered by: Mark S
Date published: 2022-09-23

My old Olympus LS-3 does not allow to use the ...

My old Olympus LS-3 does not allow to use the microphone zoom function when set to PCM recording mode, only in MP3 recording mode. Does the LS-P5 have the same limitation or can it zoom the microphone in PCM and high resolution, 24bit recording? Thanks!
Asked by: Tobias
The Olympus LS-P5 AUDIO RECORDER - BLACK BH #OLLSP5R will offer Zoom microphone settings are available when PCM is chosen.
Answered by: Mark S
Date published: 2022-09-13

What is the self-noise in dBu, please?

What is the self-noise in dBu, please?
Asked by: Marcelo
The Olympus LS-P5 Linear PCM Recorder BH #OLLSP5R has a Very High SPL of 125 dB.
Answered by: John J
Date published: 2023-08-14
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