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I have had this now for 2 years, I bought it on an impulse, was very expensive for what I needed it for, but it is a quality device and the build quality is outstanding. Sound quality... Very very good, it has a few different quality levels to choose to record in, if you choose the lower end 128kb, then you will have more recording room on the device but the quality will drop, in my experience even at this quality the results are very acceptable, or if you want to have the best sound recording then max the quality out at 24bit/96kHz but you will reduce the available space for recordings, which is a max of 2GB but you can add external memory. I tend to use the best setting if I will be playing back the record using headphones, where you will benefit from the higher quality setting used. Mic... The mic picks up the slightest noise, with the 2 mic setup it produces very reasonable stereo sound imaging. Controlling the device... This is it's down fall or probably more correct to say my down fall, you have to be a bit of a PC wizz, to get to grips with all this device has to offer, getting your files off the device and on to the PC is not as simple as it could be, yes it gives the user loads of options but in the process leaves us technophobes reaching for the manual. Conclusion... If you want a device that can produce great sound, has fantastic build quality and you don't mind having the manual as bedside reading for the next couple of weeks, then this device is for you. If you just want to record the odd gig or college lecture, then this is probably a bit extreme for you.
Olympus list this as a voice recorder, but in reality it is an excellent little field recorder. It can record in stereo from the built in microphones at the top of the recorder, or accept an external microphone via the unbalanced 3.5mm stereo jack connector. Plug-in-power microphones can be powered too. This is a lovely little recorder, the metal case gives it a expensive feel in the hand, and it is well suited to using one-handed. It can record in uncompressed WAV as well as various MP3 modes. The good quality low noise microphone amplifiers make it a good choice for the field recordist and wildlife sound recordist as well as anybody wanting to record interviews with better clarity than usual. Outdoors wind tends to affect the microphones - foam wind shields are provided but as usual this only works in a light breeze. Using an external microphone with suitable wind protection can sort this. Indoor recordings are fine, though the usual principles apply - get the recorder within a couple of feet of the speaker, and closer to the sound source than the nearest walls for best clarity. The LS10 has 1GB of internal memory and can accept SD cards. It has a mini-USB socket to transfer the recordings to a computer.