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Olympus VN-702PC

2GB digital voice recorder with expandable memory

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by Ralph Graves
Olympus

The Olympus VN-702PC digital voice recorder is great for quick and easy note-taking. Record classroom lectures, presentations, business meetings, or just a voice memo to yourself. The recorder has 2GB of built-in memory, enough for 832 hours of basic-quality recordings. But if you need more, just insert a microSD card into the player and keep recording.

Oplympus VN-702PC

Simple recording

The VN-702PC features a built-in kickstand that holds the recorder upright. The voice-activation mode lets you make convenient, hands-free recordings. Simply select what you want to record, such as lectures, music, or personal memos, and Scene Select automatically adjusts the recording levels for you. Choose either MP3 mode for maximum recording time, or WMA mode for improved sound quality.

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Playback options

Use the built-in speaker for playback, or plug in your headphones for more discreet listening. The recorder can deliver up to 72 hours of operation with two “AAA” batteries (included).

Highlights:

  • built-in mono microphone
  • 2GB embedded memory
  • records to MP3 or WMA mono audio files
  • built-in recording functions:
    • voice activation start and stop
    • bookmark sections of a track during recording or playback
  • expandable microSD card slot (memory card not included)
  • LCD display
  • integrated kickstand
  • built-in mono speaker
  • Scene Select automatically sets levels based on activity (notes, music, lecture, etc.)
  • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • minijack headphone output
  • stereo minijack input for an optional external microphone
  • up to 72 hours of operation with 2 "AAA" batteries (included)
  • 1-5/8"W x 4"H x 5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Portable digital voice recorder
  • 2 "AAA" alkaline batteries
  • 7.25" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B USB 2.0 on other end)
  • Soft storage case
  • Basic Manual
  • Warranty/Online registration card
  • VoiceBase promo sheet

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General Features
Recording Features
Edit and Playback Functions

General Features

Overview: The Olympus VN-702PC is a compact, easy-to-use, hand-held portable digital voice recorder. It has a built-in 2 GB flash memory for hours of recording time. It has a built-in, monaural microphone, a 28mm diameter mono speaker, and jacks for an external microphone and headphones. The VN-702PC operates on two "AAA" alkaline batteries (supplied).

LCD Display: The VN-702PC features a 1-1/8" square, monochrome LCD display which indicates recording and playback information. You can set the font size to large for easy-to-read data, or small for maximum information. The recorder will display the elapsed or remaining recording time in hours, minutes, and seconds. When not recording, the current time can be displayed. You can set the display contrast to one of 12 levels.

Date and Time: The recorder features a built-in clock. If you have set the time and date, information as to when a sound file was recorded is stored automatically with that file.

Built-in Microphone: The unit features a built-in monaural microphone on the top of the recorder. You can set the recording level to High or Low. In addition to the built-in microphone, the recorder also has a 3.5mm external microphone input.

Built-In 2 GB Flash Memory: The VN-702PC Digital Voice Recorder features a built-in 2 GB flash memory which can hold hours of audio or voice memos. The unit has 5 pre-programmed folders, with up to 200 files per folder.

Memory Card Slot: In addition to the 2 GB built-in memory, the VN-702PC has a memory card expansion slot for more recording capacity. The slot will accept microSD (and microSDHC) memory cards up to 32 GB.

USB Port: The VN-702PC has a Mini-B 2.0 USB port on one side for connecting the unit to your computer for file transfer. A short USB cable is supplied. The unit is Hi-speed USB 2.0-compatible, and can work with the following Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Mac OS X (v10.4.11-v10.7).

Stand: The recorder has an integrated fold-out stand on the back of the body. During recording, the stand helps reduce picking up surface noise from a table top. During playback, the stand also cuts down on vibration caused by the speaker when placed on flat surfaces. The stand also makes the display easier to read when used.

Power Requirements: The recorder is powered by two "AAA"-sized alkaline batteries (included). See the chart below for battery life information during recording. During playback, the batteries provide up to 21 hours using the built-in speaker, or up to 68 hours using earphones.

Recording Features

Recording Format: The VN-702PC records audio files in MP3 or WMA formats in six recording modes at bit rates of 48 kbps to 192 kbps for MP3, or 5 to 32 kbps for WMA. You can record in stereo or mono, depending upon the recording mode. When recording with the built-in microphone, a stereo recording will have the same audio recorded to both channels. Lower bit rates provide longer recording times while higher bit rates offer better quality recordings. The selectable recording modes are as follows:

Recording Mode Frequency Response Maximum Recording Time
Built-in 2 GB Memory
Max. Battery Life
MP3 192 kbps 70 Hz to 19 kHz 22 hours 53 hours
MP3 128 kbps 70 Hz to 17 kHz 33 hrs 30 min ---
MP3 48 kbps 70 Hz to 10 kHz 89 hrs 30 min ---
WMA 32 kbps 70 Hz to 13 kHz 131 hours ---
WMA 16 kbps 70 Hz to 7 kHz 258 hours ---
WMA 5 kbps 70 Hz to 3 kHz 823 hours 72 hours
Note: The maximum capacity for a single file is limited to approximately 4 GB for MP3 and WMA.

Low Cut Filter: The VN-702PC has a Low Cut Filter to minimize low frequency sounds. This helps make voice recording clearer, especially in windy conditions.

Recording Scenes: A recording setting can be set to one of four templates to suit the recording scene or situation, or you can register a specific setting and save it for later use. The available Recording Scenes include:

  • Memo: Suitable for dictation
  • Meeting: Suitable for recording meeting
  • Conference: Suitable for seminars with a small number of people
  • DNS: Suitable for voice recognition software (see more below)
  • User Setting: Recording with a user-saved setting.

DNS Scene: The DNS recording scene lets you record spoken audio that you will later transcribe. DNS makes the audio suitable to use with optional Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, which uses speech-to-text technology to transcribe spoken words into a text document. When set to DNS, the total recording time is 32-1/2 hours using the built-in 2 GB memory.

VCVA Function: You can set the VN-702PC to automatically start recording when is picks up sound and shut off when the sound stops. The Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) lets you adjust the volume level threshold for starting and stopping recording. The VCVA level can be set to any of 15 different values.

Edit and Playback Functions

Playback Formats: The VN-702PC can playback MP3 and WMA format files with bit rates of 8-320 kbps for MP3 and 5-320 kbps for WMA.

Playback Speed: You can adjust the playback speed as you desire; slowing it down to review spots you couldn't understand, or speeding it up to listen to meeting content at a faster speed. You can choose from Normal Playback (x1.0 Play), Slow Playback (x0.5 to x0.9), or Fast Playback (x1.1 to x2.0). Some features, such as setting index marks, are not available during Slow or Fast Playback.

Skip Space: The Skip Space function lets you skip forward or backward during playback. This is handy for quickly skipping to another playback position or repeatedly playing back short phrases. You can choose Forward Skip (file, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, or 10 min) or Reverse Skip (file, 1 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, or 10 min).

Index and Temp Marks: Setting an index mark or a temp mark lets you quickly find a location you want to listen to while fast forwarding or fast rewinding. Index marks cannot be placed on files created on machines other than this recorder, but temp marks can be placed instead to temporarily remember desired locations. Up to 99 index and temp marks can be placed on a single file.

Segment Repeat: The Segment Repeat function, also known as A-B Repeat, enables you to repeat playback of part of a particular file. You can place marks at the beginning and the ending of a recorded passage for repeated playback. This constant repetition feature can be used for language learning.

Voice Filter: In addition, the recording has a Voice Filter to cut low and high frequency tones during normal, fast, or slow playback, and enable clear audio playback.

Erase: You can erase your recorded messages one by one, or all messages in a folder at one time.

Divide: In the stop mode, you can divide a file into two parts, with the new file number being added to the newer part of the divided file. Only MP3 files recorded on this unit may be divided.

Protect Files: To prevent a file from being accidentally erased or edited, you can protect an important file. When a file is protected, it is regarded as a read-only file. Protection can be released, if desired.

Calendar Search: You can easily search for recordings by date. A calendar is displayed, indicating the dates when recordings were made.

Hold Function: The VN-702PC has a Hold function that will lock the buttons to prevent accidental operations. The Hold function is activated by sliding the power switch to the left.

 
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1 question already asked

This recorder is not compatible with my Window 8 & 8.1 computer, I need help as I don't want to invest in another one - I need to transfer and type the texts ? Please help. Ms P. [ C,  Dec 11, 2013 ]
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  • Are you able to connect it to your pc with a cable and saving the recorded files to your hard drive? You did not give any information about what uou tried to do. [ MICHAEL   Dec 11, 2013 ]

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