Olympus DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder (2GB)

Olympus DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder (2GB)

Olympus DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder (2GB) - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBODM420 MFR # 140146B

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  • 2GB Built-In Flash Memory
  • microSD/microSDHC Expansion Slot
  • MP3 & WMA Formats
  • WAV Playback
  • Built-In Stereo Mic
  • 533 Hours Recording Time
  • Voice Activation
  • Backlit LCD
  • 51 Hours Battery Life
  • Mac & PC Compatible
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Olympus 140146B overview

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The Olympus DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder (2GB) comes supplied with a number of features that make it a solid value. First in that list of features would be the built-in 2GB flash memory. The DM-420 also comes equipped with an expansion slot for microSD/SDHC cards. The recorder can capture up to 533 hours of audio (with 2GB memory) and boasts 51 hours of battery life, along with USB charging.

Aside from long battery life and recording time, the DM-420 features a high quality built-in zoom stereo microphone and a 3.5mm jack for adding an optional external microphone. When you're ready to edit your audio the recorder comes with Olympus Sonority editing software. This easy-to-use software helps with sound editing, file and Podcast management, and is compatible with both PC and Mac. And speaking of Podcasts, you can download them automatically using the included USB. Last, but certainly not least, like most digital voice recorders on the market today, the DM-420 features voice activation.

Main Features

2GB built-in memory and microSD/microSDHC expansion slot
Up to 533 hours of recording time (w/2GB memory)
Records and plays back in MP3 and WMA and plays back in WAV
PC downloads, including podcasts, can be done via the included USB
Super high quality stereo recording with the built-in zoom microphone
Built-in VCVA (Variable Control Voice Actuator) is a handy hands-free function
Voice guidance ensures seamless, user-friendly operation of all functions in the menu
Up to 51 hours of battery life with recharging possible via USB ports on your computer
Files are PC down-loadable for editing, storage and all post-recording management
Easy-to-use Olympus Sonority editing software for sound editing, file management and Podcast management, compatible with PCs and MACs

Recording Times

MP3 Recording Times
13.75 hours (44.1 kHz, 320 kbps)
17.25 hours (44.1 kHz, 256 kbps)
23 hours (44.1 kHz, 192 kbps)
34.75 hours (44.1 kHz, 128 kbps)
WMA Recording Times
STXQ: 34 hours (44.1 kHz, 128 kbps)
STHQ: 68 hours (44.1 kHz, 64 kbps)
STSP: 136 hours (22 kHz, 32 kbps)
HQ: 136 hours (44.1 kHz, 32 kbps)
SP: 268 hours (22 kHz, 16 kbps)
LP: 533 hours (8 kHz, 8 kbps)
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Olympus 140146B specs

Type Digital
Mode Stereo
Recording Format MP3, PCM (WAV)
Bit-Rate 8 kbps - 320 kbps
Sample Rate 8 kHz - 44.1 kHz
Recording Time HQ Stereo: 68 Hours
SP Stereo: 136 Hours
HQ Mono: 136 Hours
SP Mono: 268 Hours
LP Mono: 533 Hours

STXQ: 34 hours / MP3: 34.75 - 13.75 hrs

One-Click Recording No
Voice Activated Recording Yes
Microphone Type Internal Stereo
Speaker Yes
Display Size/Type LCD Backlit
Indicators Power, Recording
Battery Type 2 x AAA
Battery Life (approx.) Playback: 51 Hours
Power Adapter Yes
Internal Memory Flash Memory - 2 GB
Compatible Memory Cards microSDHC
Connectors 1/8" mini Female In
1/8" mini Female Out
USB USB 2.0 (Mini-B)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.53 x 4.33 x .63" / 38.86 x 109.98 x 16.00 mm
Weight 2.96 oz / 84 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 5.6 x 2.8"

Olympus 140146B reviews

DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder (2GB) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would definitely buy another one. easy to learn how to use it the first time with built in voice prompts. which can be turned off after you learn how to use. I also like the 5 different folders, as if you took 5 different classes you could just keep adding next day recording to that folder. I also ordered the remote, so I can turn on and operate from distance, very cool.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from B&H = Good service and quality I bought DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder (2GB) by Olympus to recordings of lessons! The quality of the sound recording is amazing! Very good, really! Sellers of B&H are quite able to display product adequate to my needs. This was my first purchase in B&H and I'm very satisfied! Cons: recharge batteries only by USB port.
Date published: 2010-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fine All-Purpose Voice Recorder I bought it primarily to record music rehearsals, so I can check on my own performance accuracy. It does what it should do. Easy to use, easy to file the voice data and retrieve it. Sound quality is accurate. Battery life excellent. Well designed, both sturdy and featherweight. I've had no problems with it.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What I Needed! I needed a digital recorder to record telephone conversations (using a commercially available splitter in the handset line of the telephone). After carefully comparing available products and pricing, I bought the DM-420 from B&H via internet. ... The instructions are easy to follow (a big plus, because I am recovering from a brain injury -- I returned another similar device, to a different dealer, because its operating instructions were gibberish). (1) The device works perfectly for its intended purpose. It does not pick up interference from computers or other nearby devices. It is a snap to transfer the mp3 files to the computer (Win XP Pro) via USB cable. Playback via computer speakers was crystal clear. (2) I also used the DM-420 yesterday to record a concert performance ... playback over the built-in speaker was clear in the high and mid-ranges but lacking bass; however, playback via the computer speakers is excellent, including the the bass voices. (3) I also recorded voice conversations yesterday using the built-in microphone; playback through the built-in speaker is clear and even very faint background conversations are intelligible. Very happy with this product!
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DM-420 Recorder delivers on its promise! I use the DM420 for recording business meetings, conferences, telephone calls, etc. Pro: - Lighting fast, intuitive, flexible and easy settings. - Has enough options to balance quality vs recoding size and it works - it really does record normal conversations at 20+ feet, crystal clear - It works on my Linux system as well Noise canceling works really well, i recorded myself inside a busy mall and you hear me clearly and almost no noise in the background.
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from useful i use only the basic recording, all the rest is a little bit complicated to manage and i actually do not need it. as far as now, the recording quality is fine and that is what really matters to me it is small and light (good reasons to buy it)
Date published: 2010-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product I was looking for something to record VHF transmissions from an airband receiver and this baby does the job perfectly. Only slight complaint was the supplied batteries were flat. Recording time is impressive and quality is first rate.
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little recorder I use this recorder for school notes (so I can listen while driving or commuting), to record school lectures and to listen to library audio books which I download from Overdrive. I was able to record and playback without looking at the manual, and go to the online manual for anything else. Not as difficult to use as I had thought from reading other people's review. I don't consider myself a computer geek, but I can find my way around a basic electronic menu without too much hardship.
Date published: 2010-10-28
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