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      18.04.2001 19:25
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      The Sony Mic'n Micro, M-100MC micro-cassette recorder is about 13cm long and 7cm at its widest point. Brushed silver finish, with a small two-legged stand for easier positioning on tables. It has three settings, lecture - for wide open spaces and echo-ey places, meetings - perfect for group discussion or round table talks and dictation - for making your own notes. It takes small micro-cassettes which can be economically used by adjusting the tape speed setting on the back from 1.2cm to 2.4cm - thus 'elongating' the amount of recording time you have available. Saves having to bring loads of tapes around! The micro-phone is very powerful. I have set up the recorder on a low coffee table between five people and it has picked up pretty much everything said...including those comments muttered under the breath!There is a wind screen (looks like a little muffler for the micro-phone) which I haven't yet tried out, but it adds a couple of cm's to the length (and to be honest looks a little silly!). There is a cue marker button for when you are either listening to your tape or during the recording process if you are holding the recorder. This enables you to 'mark' a particular section of tape for interest. It leaves a little beep over the voice to attract you to that section. Problem is you can't undo this. So be careful when you use this facility otherwise you end up with beeps all over the place! There is a fast playback facility - especially useful and a voice activated recording button. Good if you want to conserve tape. It takes two AA batteries which do last quite a long time, and the battery indicator give you three options of battery strength. Full, indicated by two dots, battery low - by one dot and battery dead! - A battery with a slash through it. There is an option to use headphones and I have used this for transcription purposes straight into the computer with voice activated s
      ofteware - you listen in one ear and speak to the PC. It does work quite well. Downside - Price wasn't an issue for me as it was a gift, but it is about £50 GB I think - as it's $70 US. The rewind and fast-forward buttons are plastic on a slide system. I used the rewind button once too often and it broke off. It's repaired but weak. This is a shame because the play, stop and record buttons are chunky silver 'press-down' ones and aren't easily broken. But there again, I was doing a lot of rewinding! It fits into your hand well and is quite light and overall I think it looks impressive and does the job very well. I interviewed some top journalists recently and without exception, they all commented on what a nifty bit of kit it was! If you want to see a piccie of it - go to http://www.sonystyle.com/sonystyle/4784/5334/5565/8121/629.default.html


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