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Old 10-18-2003, 03:26 AM
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Re: From Belkin's website:

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" You can easily review your audio notes using the built-in speaker, your earbud headphones, or your computer. You can also copy recordings to your desktop or notebook computer for storage, editing, or sending to others via e-mail. Your Voice Recorder also works as a travel alarm clock."

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Old 10-18-2003, 05:45 PM
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Just FYI:

FAQ: Can I listen to MP3s through the Voice Recorder speaker?
Technically, yes; however, the speaker is intended to be used near the ear, and does not produce loud sound.

http://web.belkin.com/support/kb/kb.asp?a=2842

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Old 10-19-2003, 02:26 PM
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For paying $300-$500 for an iPod, then they update the firmware. Now they are asking $50 to use the feature. Give me a break . . it should work with all mics. .



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Old 10-19-2003, 07:18 PM
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so... no? Did anyone try a different powrered mic? (or line out...)



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Old 10-20-2003, 10:16 AM
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i tried out the sony ecm-t6 powered mic... unforetunately it doesnt work, which is lame i think. i don't really want to shell out another ?40 as someone said to use this feature when we've already paid so much for an ipod. im gussin other mics will be comin out so im gona wait and hope a bit



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Old 10-23-2003, 11:46 PM
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I really hope someone else comes out with another mic for the iPod. I want something with higher quality and hopefully a line in. If anyone ever discovers another new mic accessory for the iPod please let us know by posting here! Thanks!



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Old 10-24-2003, 12:24 AM
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As soon as anyone competent and brave enough gets one of these - PLEASE take it apart, as I'm dying to know how it works and how I can make my own version with a proper mic and perhaps line-in.



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Old 10-24-2003, 01:36 AM
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I was just thinking about making a voice recorder/microphone for the iPod and thought this: Isn't it possible that it isn't the mic itself, but the actual frequency range the iPod records, which determines the quality of the sound recorded? For example, the human voice ranges from frequencies of 100-10,000 Hz. If the iPod can only record such frequencies, then a better mic/line in won't do a huge amount of improvement. Yes, it will pick up the signal better, (i.e. a shotgun mic) but as far as recording music or a band etc. (quality and frequency range) it may not do much. Tell me if I'm wrong here...



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Old 10-24-2003, 07:02 AM
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if the belkin recorder, made quite a loud sound when playing mp3's, i would definately buy one; itd save buying the new itrip where you can only play your tracks through a radio, when someone gets one, will they be able to say how loud it is?

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Old 10-24-2003, 09:09 PM
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I got my Voice Recorder today!!! Looks nice (I don't know who would call this "large", as I have read from some other postings. You must not have see it yet, it's really small (about 1.5"x.6"x.9")
I decided to put it through its paces right away and tested it in a few different environments:
1. Talking into the mic in a regular speaking voice, with the iPod in the dock worked very well, and produced very clean audio. Just the regular ambient noise one would expect from any other voice dictaphone (I also own an Olympus dictaphone). The little built-in speaker is fine when for reviewing your recording when you're in a relatively quiet environment. Listening with headphones sounds way better and is definitely the way to go if you want to truly focus on the recorded sound. The speaker volume is not very loud, so forget about using this as a boombox.
2. I set up the iPod in the living room and walked into the kitchen (which amounts to a distance of about 30 feet). I proceeded to speak as if I was talking to a group, but not really with a raised voice. As I expected, this still produced usable recordings, with a bit less power, but it appears as if the mic adjusted its levels to the quieter environment. My voice is still clearly audible and discernable, but without some fudging with the resulting .wav file, I wouldn't burn a CD from the recording.
I don't have a lecture hall to take the iPod to, but I'll try it on Monday in a meeting.
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Old 10-24-2003, 09:22 PM
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i too would only buy the recorder if it worked well in class-room situations. I use my ipod every day driving to school in the car and all around campus and now hopefully in class, (if i ever decide to spend the $50 for it)



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Old 10-25-2003, 02:07 PM
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If your classmates keep quiet during class, I don't see why it wouldn't work. If there is constant noise generated from around the classroom, it will probably force the mic electronics to keep adjusting the gain levels and mess up the recording. Maybe you could sit up front?
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If your classmates keep quiet during class, I don't see why it wouldn't work. If there is constant noise generated from around the classroom, it will probably force the mic electronics to keep adjusting the gain levels and mess up the recording. Maybe you could sit up front?
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Old 10-26-2003, 07:29 PM
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Wired, any chance you could MP3/AAC encode a recording and attatch it to a post so we can all hear what it's like?



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