Product Type: Olympus Dictaphone
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Olympus DM 550
Member Name: thedarkfighter
Olympus DM 550
Advantages: Great build quality, good audio, great internal memory
Disadvantages: Can't really think of any!
The first i heard of these dictaphones was when I was given a demonstration of one so I could make a decision for my Disabled Students Allowance claim for university. The first thing that struck me was the compact size. It will easily fit pretty much anywhere and not hinder the people around you. In terms of ease of use, you won't get much better. It is easy to navigate the menus, initiate recordings and play back what you recorded. As a person studying film and television production I know a reasonable amount about sound and sound quality and can honestly say the audio files are great! No quality issues at all and you get a huge recording time on top of that! The internal microphone is surprisingly good considering its built into such a small unit but I would still advise a small external microphone, probably a small Audio Technika boundary mic just so you can get better audio. This is one of the better dictaphones I have used and certainly the most compact and useful one.
Summary: A great and compact dictaphone that pretty much can't be beaten for functionality!
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