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Topic: are dictation recorder good enough

I'm going to try my hand as recording audio to go with the slide show. I'm just learning. Can I get by with one of the dictation recorders that I can pick up on ebay for $30 to $60? I'll be using it for brief interviews, and would also like to pick up some ambient sounds in the back ground.

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Re: are dictation recorder good enough

I think the lesser Olympus and Sony recorders are good enough for interviewing and some general ambient sound gathering, but they aren't good enough for recording music.

You might be able to get an Olympus WS-100 or WS-110 used for $60 ... that would be the best bet in your price range.  Those two include a high quality mode (HQ - 44100), which records at the same sampling rate as the pro recorders.

-joe