Olympus DM-Hi series: Voice recorders that speak for themselves

Olympus is aiming high with its latest family of voice recorders, the DM-Hi Series. Along with the usual facilities you’d expect from this kind of device, they offer voice guidance, voice activation, MP3, audio diary, text to speech, audio books and support Daisy (a multimedia presentation of printed matter for those who are unable to read it for whatever reason).


The new DM-Hi Series professional recorders offer CD-quality multi-format playback and recording with a host of features. Olympus is pitching the slightly more expensive 8 GB DM-5 as a recorder for everyone, including the blind, visually impaired and dyslexic, with its Voice Guidance, which can be set to automatically read out information such as mode, format, file name and file number – and even the contents of .txt text documents. You can also search for files or create calendar entries simply by speaking to the recorder.

Olympus is also aiming the recorders at anyone who wants to get the best, crystal clear sound, wherever they are, thanks to its linear PCM, MP3 and WMA compatibility – whether that’s business professionals, journalists recording interviews, photographers taking notes or students recording lectures.

The DM-Hi Series is no one-trick pony – as well as its recording facilities, it offers media player capabilities, up to 8GB flash memory, a microSD slot, a large backlit colour display and rechargeable battery, so you can enjoy a wide variety of media for work and leisure, including audio recordings, music, audio books and podcasts.

The DM-3 can store (but not display) images, while the Visual Index feature on the 8GB DM-5 lets users assign images to specific files so they can browse by photo rather than file name The DM-5 also has voice-guided menus.

The file management software supplied is also compatible with both PCs and Macs.

Expect to pay £229.99 for the DM-3 and £249.99 for the DM-5.

Find out more at www.olympus.co.uk