8GB digital voice recorder with FM tuner and expandable memory
Item #: 279WS803
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Item #: 279WS803
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $149.99
Record classroom lectures, business meetings, personal reminders and more in a variety of setting with the versatile Olympus WS-803 digital voice recorder. Two built-in directional condenser mics, with a noise cancellation option, can capture clear sound under less-than-ideal conditions.
Done recording? The WS-803 has a built-in FM tuner for your listening pleasure. And you can also record radio broadcasts, to capture programs for enjoying later.
The recorder's retractable USB plug means you don't have to carry with a separate charging cable.
The recorder has 8GB of built-in memory, enough for 2,032 hours of basic-quality recordings. But if you need more, just insert a microSD card into the player and keep recording. And transfer is simple. The WS-803 has its own retractable USB connector, so you don't have to wrangle with separate cables. Just plug the recorder directly into your computer.
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, WMA mode for better sound quality, or PCM for highly detailed CD-quality audio. You also have the option of manually controlling your recording levels to ensure you get the sound quality you're after.
Use the built-in speaker for playback, or plug in your headphones for more discreet listening. Voice Playback mode skips the non-vocal parts of your recording, so you don't waste time. The Voice Balancer function compensates for distance – great for recordings of interviews or meetings. You can also adjust the pitch of recorded voices during playback for better clarity.
The recorder can deliver up to 27 hours of operation with the supplied “AAA” battery.
Overview: The Olympus WS-803 is a compact, easy-to-use, hand-held portable digital voice recorder. In addition to voice recording, you can transfer WAV, MP3, and WMA music files from a computer for playback. The recorder has a built-in 8 GB flash memory for hours of recording time. It has a built-in, stereo microphone, a 18mm diameter mono speaker, and jacks for an external microphone and headphones. The WS-803 operates on a single "AAA" Ni-MH rechargeable battery. It can also work with an alkaline battery. A pair of in-ear headphones is included.
LCD Display: The WS-803 features a 15/16" square, backlit, monochrome LCD display which indicates recording and playback 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, and the backlight duration to 5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, or 1 minute.
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.
FM Tuner: The WS-803 is equipped with an FM tuner. Up to 30 radio stations can be stored as preset, either manually or automatically. The tuner has scan tuning with adjustable sensitivity. Recordings can be made from the FM radio if desired.
Built-in Microphone: The unit features two built-in directional condenser microphones on the top of the recorder. You can set the recording level to High, Middle, or Low. In addition to the built-in microphones, the recorder also has a 3.5mm external microphone input.
Built-In 8 GB Flash Memory: The WS-803 Digital Voice Recorder features a built-in 8 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 8 GB built-in memory, the WS-803 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 WS-803 has a retractable Type A USB plug at the bottom to let you plug the unit directly into your computer for transferring files or charging (if you are using the rechargeable battery). 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).
Power Requirements: The recorder is powered by a single "AAA"-sized Nickel-Metal Hydride battery (included). See the chart below for battery life information during recording. During playback, the battery provides up to 20 hours using the built-in speaker, or up to 22 hours using earphones. You can switch the NiMH battery for an alkaline battery, which will provide up to 24 hours (speaker) to 30 hours (earphones).
Recording Format: The WS-803 records audio files in 16-bit, 44.1kHz LPCM, MP3, or WMA formats in eight recording modes. MP3 files can be recorded at bit rates of 128 kbps and 256 kbps, while WMA files can be recorded at rates of 8 to 128 kbps. 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 8 GB Memory
|Battery Life (NiMH/Alkaline)|
|40 Hz - 21 kHz||12 hrs 5 min||15 hrs/20 hrs|
|MP3 256 kbps||40 Hz - 20 kHz||66 hrs 30 min||18 hrs/22 hrs|
|MP3 128 kbps||40 Hz - 17 kHz||133 hours||---|
|WMA 128 kbps||40 Hz - 19 kHz||132 hours||17 hrs/21 hrs|
|WMA 64 kbps||40 Hz - 16 kHz||261 hours||---|
|WMA 32 kbps
|40 Hz - 13 kHz||522 hours||---|
|WMA 16 kbps
|40 Hz - 8 kHz||1028 hours||---|
|WMA 8 kbps
|40 Hz - 3 kHz||2043 hours||22 hrs/27 hrs|
Note: The maximum capacity for a single file is limited to approximately 4 GB for MP3 and WMA.
Low Cut Filter: The WS-803 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:
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.
VCVA Function: You can set the WS-803 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.
Music Files: The recorder can play WAV, MP3 (bit rates of 8-320 kbps) and WMA (5-320 kbps) music files transferred from a computer. Voice files and music files are separated into different folders. Music files are organized and saved in a branching tree. Up to 300 Music folders can be created, and up to 2000 songs (128 kbps, 4 minutes) can be stored.
Playback Formats: The WS-803 can playback LPCM, 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.
Equalizer: When playing back music files, you can choose from 4 EQ presets: Rock, Pop, Jazz, and User. The User setting lets you adjust 5 EQ bands (60Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz, and 12kHz) by + or - 6dB and save the settings.
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 Balancer: When playing back voice recordings, the Voice Balancer feature enhances the low-volume portions of the file, making them louder and easier to understand.
Voice Detect: The Voice Detect feature extracts voice portions from a recorded voice file. Use the Voice Playback to play just the voice portions of the file. During playback following extraction, the silent portions are automatically skipped.
Play Scene: During playback, you can choose from 2 Voice and 3 Music "scenes" to enhance playback. You can save the playback scene of your choice with each file.
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 WS-803 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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