Review: Olympus DS-2 Stereo Voice Recorder
Subject:   Voice recorder for hearing impaired teen student
Date:   2006-11-30 23:19:33
From:   DavidBattino
Response to: Voice recorder for hearing impaired teen student

Good questions. I haven't tested the Sonys but have had good results with the Olympus recorders. (I bought a WS-200S after writing this review and carry it daily.)

Maybe you can arrange to have your daughter sit close to the teacher, which would improve the recordings. I get noticeably better results using external mics, but that would be a hassle in daily use.

That said, an iPod with an external mic might offer the ultimate in kid-coolness. The latest iPods finally offer high-resolution recording. And the newest Olympus WS-series voice recorders play MP3s, so that's another option, although they have plastic cases and tiny buttons.

I find that stereo recordings are more intelligible than mono ones, but you'll of course need headphones or stereo speakers to get the benefit. The fingernail-size speaker on the voice recorder is low-fi.

Rechargeable batteries do work.

Check the Dragon site for voice recorder compatibility.

I have a summary of voice recorder questions and answers at