Philips 8GB Voice Tracer 898 Digital Meeting Recorder

Philips 8GB Voice Tracer 898 Digital Meeting Recorder

Philips 8GB Voice Tracer 898 Digital Meeting Recorder

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Philips 8GB Voice Tracer 898 Digital Meeting Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Multiple Bit Rate PCM & MP3 Recording
  • Meeting Microphones for Conferences
  • Non-Directional 360° Sound Pickup
  • Internal 8GB Memory & USB 2.0 Interface
  • Built-In High-Sensitivity Low-Noise Mic
  • Voice-Activated & One-Touch Recording
  • Large 1.5" Backlit LCD Display
  • ClearVoice Playback Enhancer
  • FM Tuner with FM Recording in MP3 Format
  • Plug & Play In Windows, Mac OS X & Linux
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  • 1Description
The Philips 8GB Voice Tracer 898 Digital Meeting Recorder can record in mono and stereo MP3 digital formats, as well as stereo PCM. This range enables you to utilize a variety of bit-rates ranging from 8 kbps to 1411 kbps. The Voice Tracer has a built-in 8GB NAND Flash memory, a USB 2.0 port for high-speed data transfer, voice volume indicator, keypad lock and ClearVoice sound enhancement feature. The 898 features dual Meeting Microphones with boundary layer technology for non-directional 360° sound pickup. Plus, the mics feature built-in wire storage for perfect cable length adjustment and a tidy conference table. It also affords the flexibility of multiple bit-rate MP3 and PCM recording. With greater control and more options to choose from, users can find the exact recording format, mode, size and quality desirable for each particular recording session.

Designed for making voice recordings on-the-go, the lightweight and ergonomic Voice Tracer features an integrated high-sensitivity, low-noise microphone and a powerful, dynamic front speaker that facilitates immediate, crystal-clear playback of a recent voice recording. To enhance the quieter voices that are more difficult to hear, Philips provides ClearVoice sound enhancement. As an added convenience, there's a headphone output for privacy and a microphone input for recording via external mic. Aimed at increasing your flexibility, this model includes the Meeting Mics for making higher-quality, stereo recordings in the field.

Since flexibility is as important as portability, the Voice Tracer is equipped with several time-saving and convenient features. You can initiate recordings by voice-activation. During voice-activated recording, the device will automatically begin recording as soon as it detects a voice. When the voice stops, the recording stops. If the voice begins again, the recording will begin again until the feature is switched off. The recorder has instant one-touch recording as well. This allows you to start a recording, even when the whole device is shut down, by simply holding down the record button for a moment and then when the unit turns on - it will instantly start recording.

The 898 is also outfitted with an FM tuner and FM recoding feature, as well as an easy-to-read backlit 1.5" LCD display, which improves menu navigation speed in both regular and poor lighting conditions. Located just above the LCD display is the voice volume indicator for ensuring clear volume feedback and when you're away from the Voice Tracer, there's a keypad lock to protect your files. Even with the dynamic speaker output, high-quality recording options and the array of useful features, the Voice Tracer 898 still only requires two rechargeable AAA batteries to run for up to 50 hours in the SLP recording mode.

High-Quality Stereo Recording
Stereo recordings can be made in the popular MP3 format or the high-quality PCM format. The PCM format offers outstanding audio CD-like recording quality and makes listening to your audio files a pleasure, while MP3 offers the most common and widely-used audio format
360° Sound Pickup
The revolutionary boundary layer microphone is, as opposed to other prevalent devices, non-directional. The design allows sound pick-up from a 360° radius, so that no important details are lost
Adjustable Microphone
The signal-to-noise ratio of the high-sensitivity microphone is far better than those of standard microphones. Philips has increased the recording sensitivity without compromising sound quality
Portable & Easy Solution with All-in-One Carry Case
Light, powerful and easy-to-use solution for recording your meetings. Plus, it comes with an all-in-one carry case that not only neatly stores your recorder, but also keeps meeting microphones well organize and protected
USB Powered Recording
To record over longer periods, the Voice Tracer can be powered through USB. Simply connect your Voice Tracer to a USB port and record lectures or conversations without draining the battery
Built-In Wire Storage
The innovative meeting microphones offer built-in wire storage and length adaptability for a clean and tidy conference table
Easy File Organization
The Voice Tracer digital recorder supports up to 99 recordings in each of four available folders to help organize your files in a fast and simple manner
FM Radio Recording
Enjoy your favorite FM radio programs whenever you like, as often as you like. Simply activate the record function when you hear your favorite radio programs and the Voice Tracer records the radio signal in MP3 format
Large Backlit Display
The large 1.5" graphical LCD display lets you view all important file information - even in poor lighting conditions - thanks to the white backlight
Enjoy MP3 & WMA Music Playback
Store your music collection and downloaded songs onto your Voice Tracer. It supports playback of WMA and MP3 file formats
Rapidly Transfer Recordings
Thanks to the fast data transfer enabled by the high-speed USB 2.0 port, transferring recordings to your computer is up to 40 times faster compared with the original USB standard
ClearVoice
Recording with good audio quality at lectures or presentations can be a challenge when you're far away or the speaker is speaking quietly. Luckily, the ClearVoice feature adjusts quiet passages dynamically, thus improving the intelligibility of quieter voices
Plug & Play
The recorder features plug-and-play connectivity for Windows, Mac OS and Linux
In the Box
Philips 8GB Voice Tracer 898 Digital Meeting Recorder
  • Stereo Clip-On Microphone
  • Stereo Headphones
  • USB Cable
  • Neck Strap
  • Splitter Cable
  • Click-On Zoom Microphone
  • 2 x 360° Meeting Microphones
  • 2 x Rechargeable AAA Batteries
  • Carry Case
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Recording
    Type Digital
    Mode Stereo / Mono
    Recording Format PCM (WAV)
    MP3
    Bit-Rate 8 Kbps - 1411 Kbps
    Sample Rate 16kHz - 44.1 kHz
    Recording Time PCM Stereo: 12 Hours
    SHQ Stereo: 3.5 Days
    HQ Stereo: 11 Days
    SP Mono: 15 Days
    LP Mono: 22 Days
    SLP Mono: 90 Days
    One-Click Recording Yes
    Voice Activated Recording Yes
    Microphone Type Internal Stereo
    External Stereo

    Selectable zoom function

    Pickup Pattern Omni-Directional
    Frequency Response 50 Hz - 12 kHz
    Playback
    Speaker Yes
    Features
    Display Size/Type 1.5" LCD Backlit
    Equalizer Settings Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock
    Indicators Power, Low Battery, Recording
    Power
    Battery Type 2 x AAA

    Alkaline or NiMH. NiMH rechargeable via USB

    Battery Life (approx.) Recording: 50 Hours

    SLP mode

    General
    Internal Memory Flash Memory - 8 GB
    Compatible Memory Cards None
    Connectors 1/8" mini Female In
    1/8" mini Female Out

    Mic and line inputs

    USB USB 2.0 (Mini-B)
    System Requirements Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 
    Mac OS X 
    Linux  
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.5 x 4.2 x .7" (38.10 x 106.68 x 17.78 mm)
    5.1 x .7 x 5.1" (129.54 x 17.78 x 129.54 mm)

    Recorder and meeting mics

    Weight 2.05 oz (58 g)

    without external mics

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.8 x 9.5 x 2.3"

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