Digital voice recorders have become a must-have accessory for reporters, note takers, and researchers who survey or collect qualitative data often. These gadgets are light, portable, and fitted with many innovative features that record quality sound effortlessly, while filtering background noise. Apart from recording lectures in class or speeches during seminars, digital voice recorders are excellent spying devices. By simply switching on your recorder anonymously, you can explore your detective side by recording your family member’s and friends’ conversations, and prank them with your recordings at a later date when they least expect. All you have to do is buy a model that is comfortable on your hand, concealable, and most importantly, has a longer recording time. The top 10 digital voice recorders that fit this criterion are:
10. ICD-BX112 Digital Flash Voice Recorder by Sony
Tenth on our review of the to 10 best digital recorders in 2014, the ICD-BX112 by Sony is a high quality device that records crisp clear sounds within a few feet of the source. It is compact, light, and suitable for recording discussions, interviews, and even lectures because of its array of innovative features. For instance, this digital voice recorder has a powerful battery that runs for around 72 hours while recording. It also has a headphone and microphone port, a 2 GB flash memory with 534 hour-long audio recording capacity and playback , and ergonomic button controls that you can use to record, play recordings, and delete old files.
9. ICDUX523BLK Digital Flash Voice Recorder by Sony
If you are a reporter or spend many hours recording lectures daily, the 3-in-1 ICDUX523BLK digital stereo recorder by Sony is a good digital voice recorder for you. Apart from its MP3 and Linear PCM recording capability and MP3/WMA/AAC music playback abilities, this voice recorder has a 4 GB internal storage memory that accommodates around 1108 hours of recorded audio. It also has an expandable microSD memory card slot, a music player, and an integrated Intelligent Noise Cut technology that improves sound quality, while lowering background noise. Finally, the ICDUX523BLK has a durable battery and an integrated USB 2.0 port that you can use to back up recorded audio files to your computer or share them with your colleagues.
8. DR-05EB Portable Digital Recorder by Tascam
The DR-05EB by Tascam is by far one of the most versatile digital recorders in the market. Apart from its light and compact design, people in diverse fields (scientists, news reporters, students, among others.) love this one-of-a-kind digital voice recorder because of its sensitive omnidirectional condenser microphone. This microphone can record crisp clear Mp3 audio between 32 and 320 kbps and WAV linear PCM audio between 125db SPL and 96 KHz/24-bit from all directions. You do not have to be close to the source to record quality audio for your projects. Other features that have earned it the number eight spot on our top 10 best digital voice recorder in 2014 review are its expansive storage capacity ( 2 GB memory and an 2 GB microSDHC card expandable to 32 GB), responsive automatic and manual settings, external power system, USB 2.0 support, and its relative ease of use.
7. DP-10 Digital Voice Recorder by Olympus
At around 2-inches wide and 3.5 inches tall, the DP-10 by Olympus is among the smallest and portable digital voice recorders in the market. If you are looking for a feature-rich recorder that never disappoints, buying the Olympus DP-10 is a wise decision. Apart from its cost, this basic recorder has 1 GB memory, 72-hour record time, and color-coded push buttons that ease usage.
6. ICD-AX412 Stereo Digital Voice Recorder by Sony
Sony is a leading manufacturer of digital voice recorders. Even though it has many innovative models in its arsenal, the ICD-AX412 has grown to become one of the most loved models worldwide because of its ease of use, expandable storage, and recording quality. Whether you are using it to record an indoor lecture or speeches, its intelligent noise cut technology will filter background noise and record crisp clear sound that you can listen to via the devices built-in speakers or earphones. Its powerful battery lasts for around 72 hours when recording, while its built-in 2GB storage offers around 500 hours of audio recording time.
5. WS-802 Voice Recorder by Olympus
Key features that have earned the WS-802 voice recorder by Olympus the number five spot on our review are: 1) Storage – Storage is a major concern of many people when buying a voice recorder. While the WS-802 does not offer the largest storage, its built-in 4 GB internal storage and microSD card slot (expandable to 32 GB) are sufficient for all kinds of projects. 2) Clarity – The WS-802 has three key features that help to improve sound clarity: First, its cutting-edge sound filtering technology eliminates background noise when recording. Its powerful omnidirectional microphone and an innovative voice balancer function are also effective, while its calendar search function and USB direct connector make managing and sharing recorded audio files a breeze.
4. GHPortable Digital Voice Recorder by HY HUNTECH lnc
As its name suggests, HY HUNTECH Inc’s GHPortable digital recorder is a small and concealable device that is suitable for both personal and undercover missions. You can easily use it to record notes and press conferences without anybody knowing. To help you record and manage data, HY HUNTECH has added ergonomic push buttons and a clear LCD screen on this recorder. Finally, GHPortable has a 4 GB internal memory, auto power on and off functions, and a USB 2.0 port for transferring and sharing data.
3. ICD-PX312 Digital Flash Voice Recorder by Sony
With Sony’s ICD-PX312 digital recorder, recording speeches and live music events is easy. This device is light and packed with an array of innovative features (voice operated recording technology, 2 GB flash memory, noise cut technology, and LCD display) that makes it effective and very easy to use. This device records 8-320 kbps Mp3 files, has a USB 2.0 port, and 72 hours battery life.
2. VN-702PC Voice Recorder by Olympus
If you are looking for a digital recorder with large internal storage (built-in 2 GB and expandable microSD slot), USB connectivity, WMA and USB recording capabilities, and over 800 hours of high-quality recording, the VN=702PC voice recorder by Olympus is an excellent brand. It is also cost-effective, easy to use, and has and the only model on our top 10 list with a built-in stand. Whether you are covering a press conference or collecting research data, you will not regret using this voice recorder.
1. DP-201 Digital Voice Recorder by Olympus
As per our review, the DP-201 by Olympus is the best digital voice recorder in 2017. It is compact, has 80 hours recording battery life, and 202 hours recording time. Its large LCD display eases data management, while its calendar search function and large speaker eases data access and review. With the DP-201 in hand, you will be able to collect high quality sound data effortlessly.
When you are looking for a digital voice recorder for personal or professional use, choosing the best design is beneficial in many ways. Apart from collecting high quality voice data, quality voice recorders are low maintenance, durable, and offer sufficient storage space to users. While hundreds of digital voice recorders are available in the market, buying the cheapest or the first one you come across is a bad decision. Research about the available brands and check if they have what you are looking for. Finally, find a good store and buy your favourite brand. To help ease this process, this article reviewed the top 10 voice recorders in 2017.