The Sony ICD-UX523 Digital Flash Voice Recorder is a stereo voice and music recorder as well as a high quality player and storage device. In fact, it's hard to believe that a 2.0 oz piece of audio gear measuring a little over 4.0" packs such an amazing amount of technology. Convenience, easy access to data and clean, accurate recording ability drive the design of the ICD-UX523.
The ICD-UX523 boasts a highly visible, large backlit LCD display. The 4GB flash drive has enough capacity for up to 1,073 hours of voice recording and if that's not enough there's a Micro SD card slot for further expansion. The ICD-UX523 has a built-in stereo microphone and an input for an external mic as well. You can listen to your recordings via the built-in speaker and of course, there's a headphone jack as well. Best of all, this is a USB direct player/recorder. Just plug it into your computer's USB port for simple downloading.
The ICD-UX523 has six recording modes ranging from uncompressed stereo to compressed mono that handily store data in one of 5 organizational folders which can be personalized with your own names. The Easy Search function rewinds or fast forwards in short increments to make location of a segment simple and you can place up to 98 track marks on a recorded file to facilitate jumping to an exact passage.
Sound quality is prioritized using several technologies aimed at yielding a clean signal. Intelligent Noise Cut reduces ambient noise and a Hi / Lo mic switch sets the recorder for lectures or dictation. The Low Cut Filter reduces distracting wind noise during recording while Noise Cut reduces external noise during playback. The ICD-UX523 is Mac and PC compatible and runs on a single AAA battery.