The new Olympus DS-3500 Digital Voice Recorder has certainly taken a few steps forward in relation to its predecessor the DS-3400.
The DS-3500 makes use of a 2” colour TFT LCD screen which gives the user an extremely crisp image; struggling to see the screen is no longer a concern. From a security point of view the DS-3500 makes use of 256 bit real time data encryption with a 4 pin device lock feature to ensure all data is securely stored. The new Li-Ion battery pack replaces the old Ni-MH pack and gives the device better battery life (up to 21 hours from a single charge) as well as extending the overall life cycle of the battery.
One of the biggest improvements in the DS-3500 has been the addition of the new ODMS (Olympus Dictation Management Software) software platform. Improvements over the old DSS Player Pro software allow seamless workflow integration with Dragon Naturally Speaking, enhanced encryption standard (256 bit) for added security and the ability to integrate into numerous Thin Client environments including Citrix.
Something that is totally NEW to the Olympus range of professional digital voice recorders and at present is only available on the DS-3500 is the ability to record in MP3 and high quality stereo PCM (.wav) *stereo recording with additional stereo microphone. This is an extremely exciting feature in that it allows the user to purchase one machine but use it in two totally different environments, something that was always an issue to achieve in the past. From a legal sector point of view this can be extremely useful, the device can be used as a primary “dictation” device and when the situation calls for it can also be used to record those important boardroom meetings.
One of the best ways to make use of the stereo recording capability of the DS-3500 is to use it in conjunction with the new Olympus ME-33 Boundary Microphone. This extremely versatile, omni-directional microphone can be daisy chained via the individual 2.5m cables to ensure any size of meeting is adequately catered for. Depending on the configuration the mic’s will either record in Stereo (2 channel) or mono (1 channel).
For further info on the Olympus DS-3500 Digital Voice Recorder or the new Olympus ME-33 Boundary Microphone please contact Maynards Office Technology on 0860 00 1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org / www.maynards.co.za
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