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Key Features

Olympus DM-2 Olympus DM-4 Olympus DS-2500 Olympus LS-12 Olympus LS-14 Olympus LS-100 Olympus DS-3500 Olympus DS-5000 Olympus DS-7000 Olympus DS-5000iD
Recording Format(s)1 PCM, MP3, WMA PCM, MP3, WMA DS2 PCM, MP3 PCM, MP3 PCM, MP3 DS2, DSS, PCM, MP3 DS2, DSS DS2, DSS DS2, DSS
Recording Media - Built-in Flash Memory/ Removeable xD-Picture Card or SD Card2 4GB Flash / microSD Slot 8GB Flash / microSD Slot 2GB SD Card 2GB Flash / SD/SDHC/SDXC Slot 4GB Flash / SD/SDHC/SDXC Slot 4GB Flash / SD/SDHC/SDXC Slot 2GB microSD, SD/SDHC 512 MB built-in, SD/SDHC 2GB microSD, SD/SDHC 512 MB built-in, SD/SDHC
Recording Times (approx.) Modes, (hrs. : min.) 275:00
541:00
1076:00
550:00
1082:00
2152:00
148:00
303:00
13:00
26:00
52:00 (MP3)
29:00
58:30
117:00 (MP3)
22:30
28:30
57:00 (MP3)
149:00
306:00
38:45
79:30
149:00
306:00
38:45
79:30
USB PC Interface x x x x x x x x x x
Convenient USB Docking Station3               x x x
LCD 2.2-inch color 2.2-inch color 1.74-inch 1.83-inch 1.83-inch 2.0-inch color 2.0-inch color x 2.0-inch color x

Key Features

Olympus DM-2 Olympus DM-4 Olympus DS-2500 Olympus LS-12 Olympus LS-14 Olympus LS-100 Olympus DS-3500 Olympus DS-5000 Olympus DS-7000 Olympus DS-5000iD
LED x x x x x x x x x x
Folders / Messages Per Folder4 5 / 999 plus music and podcast folders 5 / 999 plus music and podcast folders 5 / 200 3 / 999 + Music 3 / 999 + Music 5 / 999 + Music 7 / 200 7 / 200 7 / 200 7 / 200
Sampling Frequency QP/HQ/SP/LP Modes 44.1kHz
22kHz
8kHz
44.1kHz
22kHz
8kHz
16 kHz
NA
12 kHz
NA
44.1kHz to 96kHz 44.1kHz to 96kHz 44.1kHz to 96kHz 16 kHz
NA
12 kHz
NA
16 kHz
NA
12 kHz
NA
16 kHz
NA
12 kHz
NA
16 kHz
NA
12 kHz
NA
Voice Activation5 x x x x x x x x x x
Store and Playback WMA audio 6 x x                
Store and Playback MP3 audio 6 x x   x x x        
Demographic Data Input 7     x       x x x x
Programmable Buttons 8     3       3 3 3 3

Key Features

Olympus DM-2 Olympus DM-4 Olympus DS-2500 Olympus LS-12 Olympus LS-14 Olympus LS-100 Olympus DS-3500 Olympus DS-5000 Olympus DS-7000 Olympus DS-5000iD
Slide Switch Control 9               x x x
Easy Editing 10     x x x x DS2, DSS x x x
File Encryption and Device Password Protection 11             x x x x
Biometric Fingerprint Reader 12                   x
Optional Barcode Scanner 13               x   x
XLR/Phantom Power Supply 14           x        
Multi-Track Recording And Editing 15           x        
Tuner, Metronome And Lissajous Measurement 16       Tuner, Metronome Tuner, Metronome x        
Switchable Low Cut Filter 17       x x x        

Key Features

Olympus DM-2 Olympus DM-4 Olympus DS-2500 Olympus LS-12 Olympus LS-14 Olympus LS-100 Olympus DS-3500 Olympus DS-5000 Olympus DS-7000 Olympus DS-5000iD
Write Protection     x       x x x x
Dynamic Internal Speaker(s) 23mm 23mm 23mm 28mm 28mm 23mm 23mm 23mm 23mm 23mm
External Microphone Jack x x x x x x x x x x
Earphone Jack x x x x x x x x x x
Batteries LI-50B Li-Ion Rechargeable LI-50B Li-Ion Rechargeable 2 AAA or 2 AAA Ni-MH 2 AAA or 2 AAA Ni-MH 2 AAA or 2 AAA Ni-MH LI-50B Li-Ion Rechargeable LI-42B Li-Ion Rechargeable 2 AAA or 2 AAA Ni-MH or 1 Ni-MH LI-42B Li-Ion Rechargeable 2 AAA or 2 AAA Ni-MH or 1 Ni-MH
External Power Supply (Optional AC Adapter) x x   x x x x x x x
Battery Life (Approx. Using Alkaline Dry Cell Battery) 20 hours with LI-50B 20 hours with LI-50B 50 hours (SP Rec) 50 hours 46 hours 12.5 hours with LI-50B 21 hours with LI-42B (SP Rec) Recording: 32 hours
Playback: 13 hours
21 hours with LI-42B (SP Rec) Recording: 32 hours
Playback: 13 hours
Size H x W x D (excluding protrusions) 4.5" x 1.8" x 0.6" 4.5" x 1.8" x 0.6" 4.5" x 2.0" x 0.7" 5.5" x 2.1" x 0.9" 5.5" x 2.1" x 0.9" 3.3" x 2.8" x 1.3" 4.5" x 2.0" x 0.7" 4.5" x 2.0" x 0.7" 4.5" x 2.0" x 0.7" 4.5" x 2.0" x 0.7"
Weight (including batteries) 3.5 oz. 3.5 oz. 3.7 oz. 5.8 oz. 5.8 oz. 9.8 oz. 3.8 oz. 3.9 oz. 3.8 oz. 3.9 oz.
OS Supported (see individual product pages for specifics) MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac
MS Windows
Mac


1 - Recording Formats
High-quality DSS (Digital Speech Standard) recording format provides superior clarity and compatibility with voice recognition software. WMA stereo recording stores highly compressed WMA (Windows Media Audio) format voice messages in integrated flash memory.

The Digital Speech Standard DSS Pro format (.DS2) was specially developed for professional speech recording. DSS-Pro features QP mode for improved sound quality. This mode records at a sampling rate of 16kHz with a compression rate of 28.0kbps and up to 32 index marks per file, enabling transcriptionists to locate relevant parts of the dictation. Editing options including insert, append, overwrite and partially erase provide control and flexibility. Once the recorder is connected to a computer via a built-in USB port, the included DSS Player Pro Standard software allows users to easily access, save, index, share and enhance their recordings. The DS2 file format provides excellent playback through a computer, standard 3.5mm headphone jack or the integrated speaker.

Olympus LS Series Linear PCM Recorders are the ideal tools for high-quality audio capture on the go. Boasting a high-sensitivity, noise reduction stereo microphone, sampling rates of up to 24bit/96kHz and PCM recording, these portable devices deliver astounding sound quality. Users are given additional flexibility thanks to three different file formats: in addition to WMA and MP3, the Linear PCM WAV format is also available to satisfy the demands of even the most discerning audiophiles.

2 - Recording Media
For additional ease-of-use, the SD card can be removed and its contents downloaded to a PC using a number of download devices.

The LS-10 includes 2GB of internal memory as well as an SD card slot. For significant increases in storage capacity, this model is even compatible with the SDHC format which can supply up to 32GB of additional storage space.

3 - Convenient USB Docking Station
Just place the Digital Voice Recorder in the included cradle for easy uploading and downloading of your audio files.
4 - File Folders
Help you to keep your messages organized.
5 - Voice Activation
Convenience -- set your Digital Voice Recorder to start recording when you start speaking.
6 - Store and Playback MP3 or WMA audio
You can upload over one hour of MP3 or WMA (Windows Media Audio) music files and listen to them in high-quality, clear three-dimensional sound via the built-in sound system.
7 - Demographic Data Input
Store up to 10 different Author ID's in the recorder. Perfect for sharing recorders between users!
8 - Programmable Buttons
Programmable buttons that speed up reaction time increase the recorder's flexibility and reliability. Instead of having more buttons than necessary, the recorder allows users to program the functions they use the most onto these buttons. The functions include: Index Mark, Record Mode, Microphone Sensitivity, Voice Activation, Display, and more.
9 - True Slide Switch Control
Perhaps the most innovative aspect of the DS-5000 is its "true slide switch" located below the microphone. It's contoured to the thumb for smooth control of record, stop, play and review functions all with the same switch.
10 - Easy Editing
Select models allow for easy editing of existing recordings by appending, overwriting, inserting, and erasing or partial-erase of recording.
11 - File Encryption and Device Password Protection
Protecting the confidentiality and security of recordings is essential in the workplace. For this reason, the DS-5000 and DS-5000iD offer file encryption and device password protection.
12 - Biometric Fingerprint Reader
In addition to its file encryption and device password protection security features, the DS-5000iD also features a biometric fingerprint reader device lock to secure the device from unauthorized access, thereby protecting confidential recordings.
13 - Barcode Scanner for Enhanced Workflow
The optional SC1 Barcode Scanner Module for the DS-5000, which plugs into the audio device's SD card slot, further enhances workflow for users who require a barcode scanner.
14 - XLR/Phantom Power Supply
The Olympus LS-100 features two quarter-inch XLR / standard phone combo jacks, which support phantom power at 48/24 volts to power a variety of high-quality external microphones. These inputs can hook into any line-output device, including guitars, soundboards and keyboards. Both the microphones and XLR inputs feature independent recording levels. This allows the user to reach the right balance or blend on the fly. A balanced line provides a noise-free signal.
15 - Multi-Track Recording And Editing
Multi-tracking and editing is a staple of professional recording, and is a technique where multiple separately-recorded sounds are mixed together to create a single stream of sound. The LS-100 is the first Olympus recorder with multi-tracking capabilities. Whether you want to record in just one take, or you prefer the versatility multi-track recording offers, the LS-100 provides the power and flexibility to meet all demands. Up to eight tracks are at users' disposal. On the LS-100, up to 999 tracks can be recorded in the fixed 44.1 kHz/16 bit format for CD writing, and up to eight tracks can be edited simultaneously. Each can be separately volume adjusted and panned, then mixed down to create the complete composition.
16 - Tuner, Metronome And Lissajous Measurement
Other essential tools easily accessible on the LS-100 include a tuner, metronome and Lissajous measurement. The metronome feature allows users to keep perfect time, and the tuner function ensures accurate tuning for each musical instrument selected. Users can also invoke the Lissajous function, which detects and displays the phase difference between the left and right external microphones from the sound source on the 2.0-inch backlight LCD - ideal for broadcasting studios. When burning a CD, the Olympus LS-100 can be connected directly to a CD drive for fast and easy mastering.
17 - Switchable Low Cut Filter
When trying to record ambient sounds such as a babbling brook or bird call, background noise can prove incredibly frustrating. Thankfully, select recorders feature a switchable low-cut filter that enables users to eliminate low-frequency sound from 100Hz and 300Hz. Unwanted background noises, like the rumble of a distant car or the strains of an air conditioning unit, can be greatly minimized.
 
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