New Olympus VN-713PC, VN-712PC and VN-711PC recorders

Voice recorders are an important tool for any serious journalist, student or stalker. That’s why there is some excitement (and some creepy heavy breathing) around Olympus’ revamped entry-level voice recorder range. The new VN-713PC, VN-712PC and VN-711PC recorders boast better features, higher quality recording and a built-in stand.


Available from mid-February, the recorders come with either 2GB or 4GB (VN-713PC) internal storage. That’s enough space for 34 or 67 days of audio – or enough to never need to delete a file. If you do run out of space, the VN-712PC and VN-713PC come with a microSD card slot to add even more capacity.

The battery life is also excessive, offering 72 hours of LP recording. We find that pretty incredible – hit “record” and it’ll still be going in three days. No wonder stalkers are getting excited.

The sound-quality has also been tweaked, starting with the inclusion of an integrated low noise microphone that delivers a higher S/N (signal-to-noise) ratio than the old editions. While all models can save files in WMA (ugh), the two top-ends (VN-712PC and VN-713PC) can also save in the much more useful MP3 format.

A “Scene Select” function comes as standard, allowing you to match your recorder’s settings to your environment for the best possible recording. Other software benefits include a low-cut filter to further enhance recording quality.

The VN-713PC also features voice-activated recording, as well as noise cancellation to help cut out unwanted background sounds.

On the play-back side, there’s a voice filter for the VN-712PC and VN-713PC that improves the sound quality of human voice. You can also control playback speed to suit your listening preferences.

These two models also feature the new Calendar Search function, which lets users locate files from the recording date using a dedicated file search button. On all devices, up to 99 index marks can be set to flag important places in individual recordings.

Oh, and did we mention they all have built-in stands?

Find your voice with two new voice recorders from Olympus

Olympus has just released two compact, easy-to-use VN voice recorders, which are perfect for taking notes and ‘writing’ shopping lists as well as practising for speeches, presentations and lectures. The VN-7700 is £39.99, while the VN-7600 comes in at a very reasonable £34.99.


Both can be operated hands-free, thanks to their voice-activated recording facility, so you can quickly add to a shopping list or send yourself a quick reminder even while you’re driving or typing or holding the baby, or whatever.

You can choose from three recording qualities (Q/SP and LP), and Noise Cancelling technology should ensure you get clear dialogue even when there’s lots of background noise. You can choose to balance sound quality against recording time depending on your needs.

The VN-7700 has 2 GB of storage, which allows you to record more than 1100 hours of recordings on LP mode. The VN-7600 can record 55 hours on LP, to store on its 1Gb of memory. Both have an excellent 80 hours of battery life.

Other features include a timer recording functionality, alarm, variable speed playback and repeat and continuous playback modes (VN-7700 only). It is also possible to save up to 200 recorded files for playback in each of the four folders, while a 16-point index function allows you to mark important sections of a recording so it is easy to find and play them back. The VN-7700 also allows recorded files to be divided or repeatedly played back in segments, which is great for long recordings.

The recorders will be available from July from Amazon, Comet and Dixons. More tails at

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.

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