Digital Recorders 2014 Update

Digital recorders have multiple advantages over their predecessors, tape recorders.  Some of the features include:

  1. Offer better quality voice recording
  2. Storage dicks don’t wear out or break
  3. Files can be recorded individually, instead of in a string
  4. Files are searchable

There are three main suppliers of digital recorders, Philips, Sony and Olympus.  Here are some of their top models:

Philips Recorders

Pocket Memo 9600 SeriesPocket Memo 9600

The Philips Digital Pocket Memo 9600 series sets new standards in advanced functionality and style. Voice commands, on-board file encryption and password protection are but a few of the powerful features of the 9600 series. The ergonomic design lends itself to unparalleled user friendliness to create dictations, and the intuitive controls are easy to use.  They come with docking stations, 4-position slide switch for single-handed operation, a robust metal casing for extra durability, file encryption, password protection and one-touch key assignment.

Pocket Memo 9500Pocket Memo 9500

The Digital Pocket Memo 9500 is a professional dictation recorder that is perfect for professionals and non-professionals alike who wish to upgrade to digital dictation. The 9500 includes the popular four-position slide switch for familiar, single-handed operation. The large backlit LC display and ergonomic design with a full metal case ensure quality and usability. Crystal clear recordings are the perfect basis for efficient transcription.  It also comes with a 4-position slide switch, smart buttons, and a USB docking station. 


Olympus DS Series

DS-7000 & DS-3500Olympus DS Series 7000

  • Include Olympus Dictation Management System software
  • Easily integrated with existing software, applications and workflows
  • Transfer files via USB, cradle or remotely
  • Real-time 256-bit file encryption and device PIN locking
  • Precise slide switch (DS-7000) or intuitive push-button (DS-3500) controls

The DS-7000 and DS-3500 allow users to harness the power of their voice to streamline workflows and promote organizational efficiency. Professional-quality microphones make it easy to capture crystal-clear recordings, which are then encrypted.



DS 2500

The Olympus DS-2500 digital voice recorder packs many popular features of Olympus’ professional dictation systems into an accessible, easy-to-use recorder. It’s the ideal solution for any office that relies on accurate, small-scale dictation and transcription, as well as individuals who need professional-level recording capabilities at the push of a button.  For more information, go to: 

Sony ICD-BM1 Digital Voice RecorderSony ICD-BM1 Digital Voice Recorder

The Sony ICD-BMI has a professional quality sound and high-level functionality.  It comes with a removable 128 MB Memory Stick®, providing 41 minutes of recording at the highest quality level (higher capacity sticks are available from 8MBto 128MB for up to 10 hours of recording time).  It also has a slide control switch operation. Features include a voice e-mail function, user named folders (set using the computer), easy search and priority setting.  It comes with a USB cable for connectivity.

  • Slide Control Switch Operation
  • Full Function Dictation Machine
  • Includes 128 MB Removable Memory Stick Duo Media
  • Durable Seamless Aluminum Body
  • High Quality Sound using Sony’s LPEC CODEC



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