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Voice Recorder

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Low to Zero Vision

Olympus has added three new digital voice recorders to its DS-Series line, all of which are optimized for usage in podcasting. The DS-30, DS-40, and DS-50 come with software that aids in downloading podcasts, then automatically updates the content each time the recorder is synched with the PC. They are also specially designed to work with, a popular online provider of audio books and other spoken entertainment and information. 

Each recorder boasts the highest sound quality in the firm's line: using a new XSHQ Remarkable Stereo Sound Quality mode, the devices can record and play back audio at 44.1 kHz. A Voice Guidance function can be activated to audibly guide users through selecting settings and set-up options: an added benefit for the visually-impaired. The instructional manual is also available as an audio file. The recorders, which connect to the PC for downloading MP3 and WMA files via USB, include a removable stereo microphone; and built-in memory that ranges from 256 MB to 1 GB. 

The speaker is located on the back, while recording and playback buttons are situated on the side of each unit. The front is dedicated to an arrow pad and buttons for menu navigation, and the high-contrast LCD screen, which displays file information, recording time, and settings. Each recorder also includes a sliding power on/off switch. Using an optional remote controller, podcasters can remove the microphone and clip it onto their shirt or tie for more comfortable use. 

Additional features include timer recording; variable speed playback (up to 50 per cent slower and faster than real time); and up to 32 hours of continuous operation via two AAA batteries (AC power also available). 

All three models are finished in metallic: the DS-30 in silver with an amber backlight LCD screen; the DS-40 in dark silver with a white backlight LCD; and the DS-50 in blue, also with a white backlight LCD. All three ship with the stereo microphone and earphones, USB cable, DSS Player Version 7 Software CD-ROM, and two AAA-alkaline batteries; while the DS-50 adds a remote control and carrying case. ESPs are 179.99 (DS-30); 239.99 (DS-40); and 299.99 (DS-50).

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Optelec Inc.

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