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Josh Stewart
post Jun 7 2005, 02:47 PM
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking® Mobile Solutions Center
Digital Recorder Overview


Get the latest info on what really works for Mobile Users. Note: Digital Recorders are an add-on product for Dragon NaturallySpeaking Solutions; you do not need a digital recorder to use speech recognition software. Most users use a microphone headset and dictate directly into their PC. Digital recorders are used primarily by mobile users who are unable to tie themselves down to a PC. The audio files are downloaded to the pc from the digital recorder via a USB cable, converted to the proper file format and automatically transcribed by Dragon NaturallySpeaking Solutions.

SONY ICD-CX50

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
*****
Features: *****
Ease of Use: *****
Durability: *****

PROS: The Sony ICD-CX50 offers EXCELLENT record quality in ST mode. With 256MB of embedded flash memory, running out of memory will not be an issue. The built-in 1.2 megapixel camera is also a great addition. This recorder has a 1.2 inch color LCD, 4x digital zoom and rechargeable batteries. The Sony Digital Voice Editor software is integrated with Dragon NaturallySpeaking v8, which makes converting voice to text a breeze.
CONS:The Sony ICD-CX50 records in ST, SP, LP, and STLP Mode, while testing we found that ST mode produced the best results with Dragon NaturallySpeaking (98%).

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SONY ICD-SX25

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
*****
Features: ****
Ease of Use: ****
Durability: *****

PROS: There are 4 recording modes. The Sony ICD-SX25 has a built-in stereo/ directional microphone. It has USB PC interface, a digital voice-up feature, which when used during playback, provides a more audible and well balanced playback. The recorder also offers Digital Pitch Control, which allows you to play the file faster or slower then recorded with a natural tone sound. The recorder is MP3/WAV compatible and has a slim style design. The Sony Digital Voice Editor software is integrated with Dragon NaturallySpeaking v8, which makes converting voice to text a breeze.
CONS: The Sony ICD-SX25 comes with built in memory, not removable, therefore; you cannot change out cards. Those with big hands may find the buttons to be a little small.
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SONY ICD-BM1

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
*****
Features: *****
Ease of Use: *****
Durability: *****

PROS: The Sony ICD-BM1 offers EXCELLENT record quality in ST Mode and since the Sony Digital Voice Editor is integrated with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, most end-users will find the application very easy to use. The Sony Editor Software automatically converts the file and launches Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a very slick feature. The BM1 has a slider switch to move between Record, Stop, and Play making it a popular recorder for those accustomed to using analog recorders. The Sony ICD-BM1 comes with a removable Memory Stick so you can change out cards as needed.
CONS: The Sony-BM1 Records in ST, SP, and LP Mode, in our test ST Mode produced great results (98% Accuracy) however when recording in SP Mode the accuracy dipped to 94%. The Sony BM1 comes with one 16MB card which only provides 40 minutes of record time in Stereo Mode, you will probably need to purchase additional memory.

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SONY ICD-MX20

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Recording Quality/Accuracy:
*****
Features: ****
Ease of Use: *****
Durability: *****

PROS: This recorder has Hybrid storage which gives you the option of using the built-in 32MB1 Flash Memory, or using the small, compact Memory Stick Duo and Pro cards. The Memory Stick Duo and Pro card available capacity range from 32MB to 512MB. The MX20 offers 4 record modes, ST/STLP/SP/LP. The STLP mode offers longer recording time while maintaining 2-channel recording. This recorder also has triple microphone configuration. This feature allows directional recording or stereo recording. (No need for an external microphone). The MX20 offers the Digital Voice up, for well-balanced, more audible audio playback. Over 300 personalized folders, voice operated recording, USB 2.0 PC Connectivity, and Digital Pitch Control are also features of this recorder. The LCD is a great size and the menu is extremely easy to navigate through.
CONS: I was unable to find anything about this recorder which could be considered a CON.
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OLYMPUS DS-4000

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
*****
Features: *****
Ease of Use:****
Durability: *****

PROS: The Olympus DS4000 is ideal for mobile dictation. The recorder has slide switch operation making it very easy to control. The unit is packaged with a 32MB XD picture card which holds approximately 11 hours of dictation, the XD picture card is also compatible with an Olympus Digital camera. The DS4000 has a dual function cradle which allows easy pc interface and recharges the included Ni-MH battery pack when docked. The recorder also has 2 programmable buttons which provide customized functions to suit your dictation needs. The recorder firmware can also be programmed for additional functionality and flexibility.
CONS: The DS4000 has many features, therefore; it may take a little effort to master those features.
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OLYMPUS DS-3300

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
****
Features: *****
Ease of Use: ****
Durability: *****

PROS: The DS-3300 is successor to the DS3000. The DS-3300 offers many new features including: A programmable button which allows you to customize the functions you utilize most. You can set up to 10 Author IDs and Work Types, this makes sharing the unit with other people simple. The docking station serves two purposes: Quick uploads and downloads to/from the PC and for charging the Ni-MH battery pack (not included). The DS3300 also has voice activation recording, a large backlit LCD, adjustable priority settings and adjustable microphone sensitivity. This recorder has removable media (A 32MB xD picture card is included), USB PC interface; and is compatible with Dragon NaturallySpeaking v8.
CONS: The DS3300 has many features that may take time to master.
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OLYMPUS DS-2200

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
****
Features: ****
Ease of Use:***
Durability: ****

PROS: Professional-level 2 channel stereo recording. Slim, elegant full-metal body with brushed silver finish. 4 hours SHQ (Stereo High Quality) recording with included stereo microphone ME51S on 128 MB card. High compression, high quality formats (DSS/WMA). 4 recording settings: SHQ/HQ in WMA and SP/LP in DSS. Noise cancelling feature for clear voice quality. 5 folders for file management. Easy PC connectivity with USB docking station. The DS-200 also uses x-D removable media.
CONS: The HQ (High Quality) audio files are recoded in .wma format. The Olympus DSS Player Pro Software does not offer a utility to convert the .wma file to .wav so you will need to purchase additional decoder/encoder software to convert the files to .wav for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Obviously this is somewhat of an inconvenience and many end users may find the process too complicated.
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OLYMPUS DS-2

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
****
Features: ****
Ease of Use:****
Durability: ****

PROS: The Olympus DS-2 features HQ (High Quality) recording, the record quality in HQ Mode is EXCELLENT. The unit comes with a USB Docking Station which simplifies the transfer process. The Olympus DS-2 is Mac compatible, offers Voice Activated Recording and offers a Noise Cancel Function, which is used during playback to reduce background noise for better sound.
CONS: The HQ (High Quality) audio files are recoded in .wma format. The Olympus DSS Player Pro Software does not offer a utility to convert the .wma file to .wav so you will need to purchase additional decoder/encoder software to convert the files to .wav for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Obviously this is somewhat of an inconvenience and many end users may find the process too complicated. The Olympus DS-2 recorder comes with built in memory not removable media so you can not change out cards.
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OLYMPUS DM-20

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
****
Features: ****
Ease of Use:***
Durability: ****

PROS: The Olympus DM-20 features HQ (High Quality) recording, the record quality in HQ Mode is EXCELLENT. The recorder comes with a Remote Control Microphone that can be clipped to your shirt so you can dictate hands free. It also doubles as an MP3 player so when you're not dictating you can listen to music.
CONS: The HQ (High Quality) audio files are recoded in .wma format. The Olympus DSS Player Pro Software (download software) does not offer a utility to convert the .wma file to .wav so you will need to purchase additional decoder/encoder software to convert the files to .wav for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Obviously this is somewhat of an inconvenience and many end users may find the process too complicated. The Olympus DM-20 recorder comes with built in memory not removable media so you can not change out cards. One other drawback, the Olympus DM series recorders have poor "Pause" recording and resume recording features.
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OLYMPUS DM-10

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Record Quality/Accuracy:
****
Features: ***
Ease of Use:***
Durability: ****

PROS: The Olympus DM-10 is essentially the DM-20 with less built-in memory. It offers 64 MB of memory as compared to 128 MB on the DM20 and it does not come with a remote control microphone. The Olympus DM-10 features HQ (High Quality) recording, the record quality in HQ Mode is EXCELLENT. It also doubles as an MP3 play so when your're not dictating you can listen to music.
CONS: The HQ (High Quality) audio files are recoded in .wma format, The Olympus DSS Player Pro Software (download software) does not offer a utility to convert the .wma file to .wav so you will need to purchase additional decoder/encoder software to convert the files to .wav for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Obviously this is somewhat of an inconvenience and many end users may find the process too complicated. The Olympus DM-10 recorder comes with built in memory not removable media so you can not change out cards. One other drawback, the Olympus DM series recorders have poor "Pause" recording and resume recording features.
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OLYMPUS DS-660

Record Quality/Accuracy:
***
Features: ***
Ease of Use:****
Durability: ***

PROS: The Olympus DS-660 is great for individuals who need a basic device to record lectures, meetings, etc and require a method to download and transfer recording to a PC.
CONS: The Olympus DS-660 does not work well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the record quality is average. The DS-660 recorder comes with 32MB built in memory, not removable media, so you can not change out cards or add additional memory.
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PHILIPS DPM-9350

Record Quality/Accuracy:
****
Features: ***
Ease of Use:****
Durability: ****

PROS: The Philips Pocket Memo 9350 record quality is excellent. We tested the device with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional and received 97.6% accuracy on our first round of dictations. The device and download software are easy to use plus it has a slider switch to move between Record, Stop, Play, and FF/RR making it a perfect fit for those accustomed to using analog recorders.
CONS: The digital recorder has fewer features than some of the other recorders we offer, however it very user friendly. Even though it is easy to use, the manual that comes with the digital recorder and download software is not very helpful, thus you will need to contact your reseller to answer questions not covered in the book
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PHILIPS DPM-9450

Recording Quality/Accuracy:
****
Features: ****
Ease of Use: ***
Durability: ****

PROS:Philips Digital Pocket Memo 9450 has a voice command feature which offers the ability to assign patient/client IDs or work types to a dictation by simply speaking them. The recorder as well as the software are easy to use. The slide switch makes navigating between Record, Stop, Play & Fast Forward as breeze.
CONS: The manual and downloadable instruction guide are not very user-friendly. (contact your reseller to answer questions not covered in the manual). To utilize the voice command feature, you must train the recorder to your voice, which can take up to 30 minutes.


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