January 18, 2012
I use the LS-7 mostly to record my wife singing and playing the guitar. I also use it to record church choir practice. In all situations the sound quality is excellent. When I play back the recordings the sound is the same as it was when I was recording live. No need for external michrophones; the built in michrophones have better frequency response than most external mikes.
December 07, 2011
Got this as a gift from my son. best gift I have gotten in a long time
October 02, 2011
Nelson Brothers Band-My Cousins
The only recorder I ever owned was one with little tapes - and it was larger than this one. I record my cousin's band and this is a GREAT recorder. I have now downloaded three performances - each one better than the last - depending on where I put the recorder. Mostly I just record with it in my hand - The sound quality is super and it is easy to use. I love the fact that you can just plug it directly into your computer - with no cords. I bought mine as a 'rebuilt' from the internet - and would certainly buy another if I had to do so. Maybe the next one will be a rechargeable one although the one AAA battery lasts a long time. I am pleasantly surprised and recommend this little recorder.
September 25, 2011
I do not typically write reviews on electronics, but this product has so far exceeded my expectations that I felt compelled to share my experience. I am a university student. My lectures are typically held in halls that can, and do hold up to 500 students. I have tried to record lectures with other devices. All would only work if i managed to get a seat near the front of the hall. This recorder is so sensitive, that it picks up no matter where I sit. I can't tell you how much this has helped me. The only nut for me is the price. It is on the high side, especially for a broke university student.
September 16, 2011
I'm using my LS-7 as an MP3/WMA player and loving it. It produces great sound quality and is frugal on batteries. I love the fact I can use disposable alkaline batteries and replace as needed for on-the-go portability without dragging around a charger. The tonal quality is wonderful and with an external portable amplifier (battery powered) it can drive nearly any type of headphones and be readily available even when far away from AC power.
September 03, 2011
Five days ago (August 30, 2011) I bought an Olympus LS-7, and I have to get this off my chest before I explode - the thing rocks! Here's is what I have found.
I have been comparing it to the earlier Olympus LS-10 which I also own, and before that a recorder from a different manufacturer. The other manufacturer's recorder sounded good, but the menu was the most confounding, confusing menu I have ever seen. And that is why I bought the LS-10. It was way easier to use.
The LS-7 sounds better than either of the other two, and the LS-7's menu is every bit as easy to use as that of the LS-10. But the LS-7's sound and functions go much beyond the older LS-10. The LS-7 has a better frequency response on the low end because of its middle microphone. And you can turn off that mic when you don't want the low response. The LS-7 also has an additional frequency in the low cut filter - off, 100 Hz and 300 Hz. What a difference this makes for keeping out air conditioner and furnace fan noise when recording a seminar. I ran side by side comparisons in a large room where I teach workshops, and the 300 Hz low-cut filter did the trick.
The specs on microphone sensitivity are better on the LS-7 than on the LS-10 and the sound level difference it quite noticeable. The LS-7 comes in at a -70 dbv compared to the -59 dbv of the LS-10. The "high" mic sensitivity setting on the older LS-10 seems to be about the same as the "Mid" setting on the LS-7. And with the LS-7's mic sensitivity set on "High," I can talk in a fairly soft voice from 2 feet away and it "pins" the meter.
The battery life is astounding! I've been using the LS-7 every day, and it still has battery life on the original charge I gave it right after I opened the box. My LS-10 would have long since run down the batteries.
Olympus, thank you. You've done it again. This is a great product for musicians, public speakers, students and anyone who ever wants to record a concert, a seminar, a class, or a workshop.
July 14, 2011
Found this product easy to use and had no problem playing the audio files on my powerbook g4 10.4.11 w/Audacity (free editing program). Breeze to use and change any settings. Can't wait to use it in the field.
June 26, 2011
On the good side the sound quality was good and it was pretty easy to use. But when I tried to play its files on my macbook neither quick time or itunes would play it. On this web site it explains that I have to buy additional third party software. I don't think so. I feel lied to because it says this recorder is compatible with macs on the box.
April 08, 2011
I'm so glad I bought this product. One of my group members couldn't make all the rehearsals so now I tape them and she never misses a beat. I would highly reccomend this product for all who are in choirs,orchestras and even in business. Tape your meetings and never have to remember what is said....You already have it.
November 24, 2010
Excellent product, I tape my music rehearsals,and this item picks up all of the sounds. The various features and recording time is great.