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Olympus VN-7100 and VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorders


Olympus announced two new digital voice recorders, the 1GB VN-7100 and 2GB VN-7200. Both recorders affordably offer hundreds of hours of recording time, key features to help capture ideal recordings and functional design elements that make them versatile tools for everything from the classroom to the boardroom. Olympus VN series recorders are the perfect reason to finally get rid of messy and unreliable tapes.

Advanced Olympus Technology
Both VN series recorders feature an optional Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) function that sets the audio device to record automatically only when sound is detected at a pre-set level, and stop when sound drops below the threshold level. The function eliminates “dead air” during recordings, thereby conserving memory and shortening file times. Leave the recorder on for hours; only what you need will be captured.

The new Olympus VN series offers a Noise Cancel Playback function. This function eliminates unwanted background noise such as passing cars or muffled whispers and coughs while in playback mode.

The Olympus VN-7100 includes one gigabyte of internal memory and can record for up to 600 consecutive hours, while the Olympus VN-7200 offers a robust two gigabytes and over 1,100 hours of recording time. Both record in WMA file format.

Organization is the Key to Success
Complementing this boost in memory is an easy-to-use interface that enables users to accurately arrange digital files with unparalleled organization for meetings, class notes, dates and reminders. Each Olympus VN series recorder is equipped with four folders that hold up to 200 files each (800 total files).

With hundreds of hours of recordings, searching for what you need in each file can get tricky. Olympus solves that through its Index Marks system, enabling users tag important points in each recording. Index Marks can be inserted while recording or during playback. They are used to skip forward and backward in recordings to pre-selected reference points to eliminate guesswork on where a particular sound bite resides. The Olympus VN-7100 and VN-7200 can both hold up to 16 index marks per file. Tag the exact location of a speech you have recorded and go back to it with ease at your convenience. The days of searching through a recording for what you need are over.

Users of the new Olympus VN series will also benefit from fast and slow playback settings that make note taking and transcription as easy and efficient as possible.

Sleek Look in a Simple, Easy-to-Use Interface
A compact body and striking design are hallmarks of Olympus audio recorders, and the new Olympus VN series lives up to that reputation. The VN-7100 dazzles with a lightweight white body and grey faceplate, while the VN-7200 sports a black body and black faceplate.

The 1.4-inch backlit LCD screen is easy to read and clearly displays file information, recording time and events. A user-friendly thumb pad provides simplistic control to play or stop a recording, adjust volume level, fast-forward and rewind. Erase and File List buttons are positioned above and below the thumb pad for easy access. The speaker is located at the bottom of the faceplate for clear playback listening.

Turning the Olympus VN series recorders on and off is easily accomplished with a convenient power switch located on the left side of the device. Located at the top are outlets for an external earphone and mic inputs. The internal mic is located in the middle of the outputs, perfectly positioned to capture sound at anything it is pointed toward.

At 4.1 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches and weighing 2.3 ounces, the Olympus VN-7100 and VN-7200 conveniently fit in any pocket or small compartment. They make ideal travel companions.

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The Olympus VN-7100 is packaged with two AAA alkaline batteries, an instruction manual and Olympus warranty card. The VN-7200 is packaged with all of the above contents, plus a convenient carrying case.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Both the Olympus VN-7100 and VN-7200 will be available in mid-June 2011:

  • Olympus VN-7100 estimated street price: $29.99
  • Olympus VN-7200 estimated street price: $39.99
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