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Great little digital recorder

By Kevin Verified Purchaser from Tustin, CA on 06/19/2009


Pros:

Easy Controls, Long Battery Life, Lightweight, Good Sound

Describe Yourself:

Practical, Gearhead

Best Uses:

Recording Conferences, Music Lessons

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was about to head off to a 4 day conference and needed something to replace an old analog recorder. Wanted something small, light, long battery life, high quality recordings, enough storage for at least one full day at a conference, and easy to connect to my computer. Met all of these requirements easily. The 44.1 kHz XQ recording mode has great sound quality. My only minor quibbles are I don't think the battery life gets to the stated 15h 30min recording time (in the highest quality mode), though was over 10 hours I believe, which is still fantastic for only a single AAA battery. And I have never seen any portable product that meets its stated battery life. And the file format is WMA, which I knew before I purchased is not natively supported on Macs, either iTunes or QuickTime (is supported by WinXP version of iTunes). Need to download and install the free Flip4Mac plugin, which enables QuickTime to play WMA and WMV files, then no problem. There are also free apps for batch conversion of WMA to MP3 or AIFF, Switch is one I used successfully. The bonus on this recorder for me is I can also use for easy recordings of my guitar lessons and practicing. The old analog recorders were mono and limited frequency response, these new digital recorders are amazing, with stereo and 44.1kHz sampling support, and frequency response to 19kHz.


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I wish I'd found this sooner

By Deputy Barnett Verified Purchaser from Florida Keys on 06/07/2009


Pros:

Powerful, Easy Controls, Lightweight, Good Sound

Cons:

Flimsy Casing

Describe Yourself:

Practical

Best Uses:

Daily Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm a Deputy Sheriff and I use my WS400S everyday. From recording traffic stops, interviews and interrogations, questioning suspects or just taking verbal statements-my WS400S makes it easy. Its small, doesnt get in the way and easily fits in my shirt pocket. It has more than enough storage and downloading data from the USB port couldnt be easier. Unfortunately, I work in South Florida and I always have to be cognizant of the weather and elements when using/carrying my recorder.


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