DO-IT ALL WITH THE BEST QUALITY – RECORD, LISTEN, AND STORE.
The WS-803 features two internal directional condenser microphones, achieving the best ever quality in sound recording for this series. Great new features include Voice Playback, Voice Balancer, and Voice Changer. As with all our WS recorders, the WS-803 boasts direct connect USB connection, calendar search function, and plenty of memory with 8GB internal and microSD compatible. The FM radio function gives you music on the go!
2,043 HOURS OF RECORDING TIME – 8GB MEMORY AND MICRO SD REMOVABLE MEDIA
With 8GB of internal memory and 2,043 hours of recording time, you’ll be able to capture notes, lectures, and more – and still have room to store documents. The device also features a microSD slot with the potential to hold up to 32GB of additional memory.
NEW VOICE BALANCER FUNCTION
Voice Balancer adjusts voice levels to compensate for distance. This is perfect for interviews or meetings where one person’s voice might drown our others based on there the recorder is located.
NEW VOICE PLAYBACK FUNCTION
Voice Playback allows you to skip the non-voice portions of a recording and only playback the parts with recorded voices, making for more seamless recordings and easier to transcribe files.
VOICE CHANGER FUNCTION
Allows users to change the pitch of a voice
DIRECT LINK TO YOUR MAC/PC.
With the "USB Direct" design, it is easy to transfer your files over to your Mac or PC. Just plug the recorder right into your computer for fast downloads – no cables needed.
USB STORAGE DEVICE WITH BATTERY CHARGE FUNCTION
The recorder can connect directly to a PC with the built-in USB connector. You can transfer data and also charge the battery. It is equipped with a microSD slot so connection with PC’s are even more convenient.
PCM, MP3 & WMA RECORDING
Record and playback in the format of your choice. With three compatible formats, the WS-803 offers more versatility and enables expanded recording capacity.
Users will be able to listen to and record radio through a built-in FM tuner.
Dampen or minimize unwanted background sounds – so you record a clean, high-quality audio file.
CALENDAR SEARCH FUNCTION
The Calendar Search Function allows you to easily search for files by date and play them back with ease
MANUAL RECORDING LEVEL ADJUSTMENT
You can adjust the recording level at will based on the volume of the recording subject to maximize the use of dynamic range.
New built-in algorithms realize more powerful directional performance. Works well when recording from a distant position or in noisy environments.
SCENE SELECT FUNCTION
Wherever you are, whether it’s a conference room, large hall, or at home dictating, the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.
99 INDEX MARKS AND FILE MOVE
Set up to 99 index marks per file with peace of mind
Recording Format PCM, MP3 and WMA Recording Media Built-in 8GB flash memory Recording Time PCM
44.1k/16bit: 12hr 5min
128 kbps: 132hr
64 kbps: 261hr
32 kbps: 522hr
16 kbps: 1028hr
8 kbps: 2043hr
192 kbps: 66hr 30min
128 kbps: 133hr
PC Interface USB port Folders Messages 5 / 200 per folder Overall Frequency Response PCM
44.1k/16bit: 40 - 21,000Hz
128 kbps: 40 - 19,000Hz
64 kbps: 40 - 16,000Hz
32 kbps: 40 - 16,000Hz
16 kbps: 40 - 8,000Hz
8 kbps: 40 - 3,000Hz
192 kbps: 40 - 19,000Hz
128 kbps: 40 - 17,000Hz
Speaker 18mm round dynamic speaker Power Supply One AAA alkaline or One AAA Ni-MH battery Battery Life Approximately 27 hours (LP) Size 100.2mm (W) × 40mm (H) × 14.8mm (D)
Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
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Customer Reviews of the WS-803
July 26, 2012
WS-803 -- A Good Recorder For Dificult Situations
The Olympus WS-803 digital voice recorder is apparently designed to provide "soup to nuts" in a digital recording device which must function in difficult circumstances. But I'll be clear from the top: the Olympus WS-803 is NOT simplicity in electronic form; it's NOT, for most people, something you take out of its box and use before reading the user manual. The WS-803 also is NOT for those who are blind or visually impaired. If you want simplicity, then look at the VN-702PC. If you're blind or visually impaired, perhaps the DM-620 is more your cup of tea. Note, however, that the user manual for the WS-803 is relatively easy to understand and, as one who is severely visually impaired, I can say there are ways to cope with its small screen and text font while not necessarily being convenient or practical. Overall, the WS-803 is a useful and well-engineered device. Depending on user need or preference and whether the WS-803 would meet your specific recording needs, there's little reason to regret buying it.
ADVANTAGES FROM USING THE WS-803
Chief among the advantages in usage is that the WS-803 has a decent arsenal of onboard tools for solving problems in a variety of recording scenarios. While not perfect, the WS-803 has a good menuing and setup process for an inexpensive digital voice recorder. Sound quality, once you listen to files from the WS-803 on a PC with a good audio system, is amazing for the price you normally will pay. The supplied earbuds are more likely than others to stay in your ears. Microphone design and placement enables excellent stereo reproduction of natural sound. Tethering of covers for the battery compartment and SD slot will prevent you from losing these covers.
The WS-803, by default, enhances problems with wind ruffle. During dictation, one must be careful to avoid the popping P, T and K annoyance.
Be careful with batteries! Make certain settings reflect the actual type of battery being used. Otherwise, you might find yourself in a situation where you inadvertently attempt to charge a nonrechargeable battery or never charge a rechargeable battery in need of a charge. Do NOT use the "manual" record level option without monitoring sound via earbuds. What you hear through the earbuds while recording is a far better indicator of true quality and adequate recording level than what you see from the VU (volume unit) meter on the LCD display.
NITS FOR PICKING
I wish that Olympus had manufactured the WS-803 with the high-impact and nearly scratch-proof rubberized or rubber-like body used for more than a decade in many portable devices that can easily be dropped. Unfortunately, there's no belt loop or strap for the WS-803's pouch. Unlike some portable devices equipped with an FM radio, the WS-803's firmware does not allow for convenient access to a given frequency preset. I suggest Olympus look at how SanDisk's Fuze MP3 player is designed in regard to express access to FM radio presets. Contrast on the LCD display, when set correctly, is GREAT but ONLY if the backlight is not in use. When the backlight is on, there's simply not enough contrast to accommodate some people with vision problems. Olympus should have retained in the WS series the ability to HEAR portions of a file as the user fast forwards or rewinds through a file. This provides a better indication of where you are in the file than other practical scenarios. The WS-803 should have been designed for both line level and microphone level input into the microphone jack with selections for either among the other microphone settings in the WS-803's setup.
Summary And Conclusions
The WS-803 is a good voice recorder which I'd recommend to any well-sighted audiophile and dedicated problem-solver in context to recording subjects or events that otherwise would be difficult or impossible to record. I'd also recommend this recorder to those not averse to reading a user manual before using the device addressed in the user manual.
Simplicity is not this recorder's strong suit while capabilities make it shine. It is a reasonable step forward while there may be a thing or two that should not have been left behind. What it lacks now could be incorporated into a future model. Overall, I give this recorder high marks on performance as a stereo voice recorder with PCM capabilities. I'm somewhat less impressed by the FM radio's reception quality and access to presets.
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