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Olympus WS-500M Digital Voice Recorder (Silver) (Olympus Factory Refurbished)

Discontinued.
Condition: Factory Refurbished
Record meetings, store files, and listen to music with one device. Stay organized on the move with this high-class storage device and powerful music player. Transfer meetings or notes and even large documents to your PC with the easy-to-use USB input.

Factory Refurbished

Features:   

  • Supports music files in MP3 and WMA formats.
  • The WS-500M has 2GB of internal flash memory.
  • Enjoy an amazing 545 hours of recording time.
  • The unique 'USB Direct' design means you can connect it right to the USB port on your computer and download or transfer audio, music, photos and more.
  • Built-in stereo microphone.
  • Use the Voice Activation mode to record sound, via the built-in microphone, without ever lifting a finger.
  • Organize up to 200 files in each of five available folders for quick retrieval and storage convenience.
  • The LCD supports and displays three languages.
  • Up to 21 hours of continuous operation with only one AAA battery.
  • Records 545 hrs
  • USB Direct design
  • Built-in Stereo Mic

Specifications:

  • Recording Format:   WMA (Windows Media Audio) - MP3 recording available via free firmware download
  • Recording Media:  Built-in 2 GB flash memory
  • Recording Time:  Stereo XQ Mode: 34 hours, 50 minutes, Stereo HQ Mode: 69 hours, 40 minutes, Stereo SP Mode: 139 hours, 25 minutes, HQ Mode: 139 hours 25 minutes, SP Mode: 274 hours 10 minutes, LP Mode: 544 hours 55 minutes
  • Card Format:  N/A
  • Input Level:  -70 dBv
  • PC Interface:  USB direct, Hi speed
  • LCD:  1.23 inch
  • LED:  Yes
  • Folders Messages:  5 folders/200 messages per folder
  • Sampling Frequency:  Stereo XQ Mode: 44.1 kHz, Stereo HQ Mode: 44.1 kHz, Stereo SP Mode: 22.0 kHz, HQ Mode:44.1 kHz, SP Mode: 22.0kHz, LP Mode: 8.0kHz
  • Overall Frequency Response  Stereo XQ Mode: 50-19,000 Hz, Stereo HQ Mode: 50-15,000 Hz, Stereo SP Mode: 50-9,000 Hz, HQ Mode:50-13,000 Hz, SP Mode: 100-7,000 Hz, LP Mode:100-3,000 Hz
  • LP Mode:  Yes
  • Voice Activation:  Yes
  • Demographic Data Input:  N/A
  • Practical Maximum Output:  70 mW
  • Write Protection:  Yes
  • Speaker:  Built-in 16 mm round dynamic speaker
  • Microphone Jack:  Yes
  • Earphone Jack:  Yes
  • Power Supply:  One AAA NiMH or alkaline battery (Olympus' BR401 Ni-MH battery is chargeable in the unit via USB)
  • External Power Supply:  N/A
  • Battery Life:  21 hours (Alkaline, LP mode recording)
  • Size:  3.7 in L x 1.5 in W x 0.4 in D (94.8 x 38.0 x 11.0 mm), excluding protrusions
  • Weight:  1.6 oz. (46g), including battery
  • OS Supported:  Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.2.8 - 10.5
  • CPU:  N/A
  • RAM:  N/A
  • Sound Board:  N/A
  • Video Card and Display:  N/A
  • Removable Drive:  N/A
  • USB Port:  One free port
  • Audio Output:  N/A

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Olympus WS-500M Digital Voice Recorder (Silver) (Olympus Factory Refurbished)

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5 out of 5 stars   Best voice recorder
By bhaulley (Palm Springs, CA) April 21, 2013
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Pros: Reliable, Plays Music, Long Battery Life, High Quality Sound, Compact Design
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Other Comments: Extremely happy with product.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Excellent produce Excellent seller
By kscr1 (Sulphur Springs, TX) September 14, 2012
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Pros: Long Battery Life, Reliable, High Quality Sound, Compact Design
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Other Comments: Excellent product Excellent seller. The WS-500M is invaluable as an tool for an investigative writer. The direct USB connection to computer only makes a great product even better.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   I am glad that I purchased this device.
By SLP (Gresham, OR) August 10, 2012
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Pros: Reliable, Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life
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Other Comments: I do a lot of tape recording and thought that it was time for me to use a digital device. This is great and the ease with which to download and the amount that it will hold is way beyond my expectations. Boy, am I happy with this device!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Big things come in small packages.
By Legionairre (Rossville, GA) May 24, 2012
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Pros: Great Sensitivity, Long Battery Life, Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Reliable
Cons:
Other Comments: I purchased this product to replace a different brand that I found was less than adequate for recording meetings. The first use was to record a complete 3 day training conference with over 100 participants. It recorded the lectures clearly, with little background noise, and switching folders was a snap. I had no problems transferring to a PC, converting to MP3 and burning to Disk. Now I can share the conference with those who could not attend. I have used other voice recorders, but, in my opinion, this is the best of the best.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Dictation Recorder
By Dr Perez (San Juan, PR) April 17, 2012
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Pros: Reliable, High Quality Sound, Compact Design
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Other Comments: Perfect for reporting medical cases.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   good stuff
By Ol (chicago, il) March 17, 2011
Review submitted for Olympus WS-500M Digital Voice Recorder (Silver) (Olympus Factory Refurbished) (OMWS500RB)
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Pros: Long Battery Life, Reliable, Compact Design
Cons: Picks Up Background Noise
Other Comments: Good stuff for a great price
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Great Product and Value
By Steve M (Boise, ID) February 04, 2011
Review submitted for Olympus WS-500M Digital Voice Recorder (Silver) (Olympus Factory Refurbished) (OMWS500RB)
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Pros: USB interface for MacPC, Selectable Sample Rate, High Quality Sound, Data Storage and Transfer, Compact Design, Reliable, Long Battery Life, 90-Day Warranty, USB Interface Batt Chgr, Optional directional mic
Cons: Lanyard Ws Not Supplied, Ear Buds Awkward, LCD Can't Show Data Files
Other Comments: This is a great little unit that records lectures in high quality, provided you set the recording quality to high. You can set to record in mono or stereo with ease. The optional directional mic works well to limit background noise while maintaining sensitivity so nothing is missed. While the WS-500 allows the user to create sub-folders, transfer data files, and even rename recorded files from their home computer, the LCD on the '500 will not display such files and folders. There is no way to customize folder and file names from the WS-500. With that in mind, it works best to download recorded files to your computer and set up folders and files as desired, there. It's a small thing, but the supplied earbuds are only passible. While the sound quality is good, I will be looking for something that fits in my ears without falling out all the time.[...] Bottom line: this is a great unit that serves my purposes very well. Definitely two thumbs up!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   perfect for my needs
By BeeFrank (Nashville, Tennessee) December 26, 2010
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Pros: Reliable, Long Battery Life, High Quality Sound, Compact Design
Cons:
Other Comments: songwriting is easy to remember and capture when a new melody or lyric comes to my mind. Great to plug right into my computer to save the files so I have them when I want to come back to the song.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   A lot of product for the money!
By henmd (Kansas City, MO) December 14, 2010
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Pros: Reliable, Long Battery Life, High Quality Sound, Compact Design
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Other Comments: This is the best digital voice recorder for the money that I've found.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Happy with Recorder
By Elkwood (Oregon Coast) December 13, 2010
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Pros: High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Reliable, Compact Design
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Other Comments: [...] great product!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Fine purchase
By BEB (Washington, DC) October 18, 2010
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Pros: Compact Design, Long Battery Life
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Other Comments: Great value.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   amazing
By cheeringsquad (lansing, MI) October 16, 2010
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Pros: Long Battery Life, High Quality Sound, Compact Design, Reliable
Cons:
Other Comments: I wish it came with a manual that explains what every part does and what it means. I had to go on line to understand what some of the parts do & mean, but overall, very good video recorder, I love that my palm pixi has the same USB port so I can charge it faster through the wall
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Excellent Item
By Jim the man (Oklahoma City) October 13, 2010
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Pros: Reliable, High Quality Sound, Compact Design, Long Battery Life
Cons:
Other Comments: This item was purchased for use in a classroom enviroment and is far superior to the item that I had purchased previously for this use. It's very simple to use and compact while still having excellent sound quality and it even came with a rechargeable battery. The previous recorder that I had went through batteries in a matter of days. Although this item was refurbished, it appeared to be like new. Excellent item for the price!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   great little recorder for school,thanks
By markus (bedford,NH) October 13, 2010
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Pros: High Quality Sound, Compact Design, Reliable, Long Battery Life
Cons:
Other Comments: useful for college
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Perfect!!! Ignore the refurb its new
By jesuscan2 (hsv, al 35810) September 21, 2010
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Pros: Long Battery Life, Compact Design, Reliable, High Quality Sound
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Other Comments: This is pretty nifthy device i use it to record my sermons at the church house. Making Cds to bless Gods people. Quality is better than i thought. The dictation mode is perfect for this type of setting. Great device
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Nice piece of equipment
By Jim (Sedona, AZ) September 06, 2010
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Pros: Works like new, Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Reliable
Cons:
Other Comments: I already used the recorder to interview my uncle about his WWII experience. Being digital with a USB port, I've downloaded the recording and am editing it. Glad I purchased this unit.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great Product!
By Carl (Hastings on Hudson, NY) August 31, 2010
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Pros: Compact Design, Long Battery Life, Reliable, High Quality Sound
Cons:
Other Comments: The large storage capacity is a plus. I love the USB connection. The sound quality is great for what we use it for and it picks up very clearly
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Excellent - like new, works great
By Nick (NY) August 19, 2010
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Pros: Long Battery Life, Reliable, High Quality Sound
Cons:
Other Comments: Works great for meetings and conversations. The dual mics do a good job of picking up sound from around a table. Unit arrived in mint condition. Files transfer to PC easily where they are edited. Not as good as the 250 buck units, but an outstanding value for ~50.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Olympus WS-500M Great Digital Recorder
By Aixperfman (Boyd, TX) August 17, 2010
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Pros: Reliable, Long Battery Life, Compact Design, High Quality Sound
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Other Comments: I use the recorder with the Olympus ME-15 lapel microphone to record church sermons (minister wears the microphone). It does a beautiful job on low sensitivity and picks up almost no background noise. The MP3 recording capability creates larger files than the default WMA, but I don't have to convert them after the fact for distribution. I highly recommend this recorder family for anyone doing similar recording.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Fear Not the Refurbished
By Nemo (Phoenix) July 27, 2010
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Pros: High Quality Sound, Compact Design
Cons:
Other Comments: Easy to use - great sound quality and noise cancellation feature for recording conference sessions. Also great for timing and rehearsing presentation material. Really like the USB feature for charging the battery and syncing with laptop.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   I would buy this product again
By bear (Jackson, Tn, 38305) July 08, 2010
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Pros: High Quality Sound, Reliable, Compact Design, Long Battery Life
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Other Comments: small, lightweight, versatile, and easy to use.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   WS 500 REVIEW BY SNAKERADIOSINC[@]
By SNAKE (ARIZONA) June 17, 2010
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Pros: Reliable, Long Battery Life, High Quality Sound, Compact Design
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Other Comments: IT DOES WHAT IT SAYS AND FOR A GREAT PRICE AND THE COMPUTER CONNECTION COULD NOT BE EASIER. THE FILES DEFAULT TO FOLDER A. IT IS A GREAT DIGITAL RECORDER PLUG IT IN THE COMPUTER AND PULL THE FILES OFF TO A DRIVE FOLDER. VERY FAST LEARNING CURVE.TO TURN ON AND OFF JUST FLIP THE HOLD BUTTON UP OR DOWN. [...]
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Exellent product, great price
By Mar (costa mesa california) June 13, 2010
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Pros: High Quality Sound
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Other Comments: just great
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Refurb Works for me
By Fishwish (Fenton, MI) June 03, 2010
Review submitted for Olympus WS-500M Digital Voice Recorder (Silver) (Olympus Factory Refurbished) (OMWS500RB)
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Pros: Reliable, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Compact Design
Cons: Must convert WMA to MP3
Other Comments: Works great for recording meetings and conversations. Very clear when played back on laptop with earphones. Eager to try recorded CD of files in CD player. Worked perfect out of the box. The refurb price and product performance makes this a no brainer purchase IMHO
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Everything wanted in a digital recorder!
By Northwest Pastor (Everett, WA) May 13, 2010
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Pros: Compact Design, Long Battery Life, High Quality Sound, Reliable
Cons:
Other Comments: I looked over all the digital recorders that would work well with my Mac, record my sermons on the weekend, and provide a way to record my ideas. This has been right the choice! It is the size of an iPod Nano. The price was much better than what I could find at [...]. It is very easy to use (I have yet to look at the instruction manual). I love the built in usb connector because it is one less cord that I have to have.One thing to note... it records .wma files so I downloaded a free program (all2mp3) which quickly converts my recordings to mp3 format for editing.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Super Tool in todays war against crime
By business consulting solutions (Peoria AZ) May 09, 2010
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Pros: High Quality Sound, No add on needed, Reliable, Long Battery Life, Compact Design
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Other Comments: We use the product to record telephone conversations and then review it for content, telephone numbers, web address or other things we should have written down. We also use it to share conversations with legal authorities so as they can get a clearer picture as to what is happening.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   it's a great voice recorder
By Jon (Portland, OR) May 07, 2010
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Pros: Long Battery Life, Reliable, Compact Design, High Quality Sound
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Other Comments: this is my second Olympus Voice Recorder. it's much more stylish than the earlier models, but has the same simple user-interface. main improvement is the transfer of voice files. just plug it into a USB port, it becomes a USB drive and then just copy the files.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Digital Recorder
By SD (Laurel, MD) April 30, 2010
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Pros: High Quality Sound, Compact Design
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Other Comments: Very useful
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