Best Voice Recorder for Lectures

Best voice recorders for lectures

When I was in college, I recorded a lot of the lectures and found the recordings to be incredibly, incredibly useful. Why? They were a useful learning tool; I used recorded lectures to strategically revisit sections I wanted to reinforce, and when preparing for assessments. I was always amazed, when I listened back to the lectures, how much stuff I didn’t write down! Continue reading…

Sony ICD-PX470 vs Sony ICD-UX570 Comparison

Sony ICD-PX470 vs Sony ICD-UX570 Comparison

Which voice recorder, between the Sony ICD-PX470 and the Sony ICD-UX570 is right one for you? Let’s talk about it. Today, we’re going to compare the Sony PX470 and the Sony UX570 voice recorders and look at the 3 main reasons you should choose one over the other. The Sony ICD-PX470 and the Sony ICD-UX570 are very similar. Both have 3.5mm mic inputs, headphone jacks, support high capacity microSD cards, record in mp3 and WAV format, come with 2 microphones and have similar microphone sensitivity controls. Both also have slide out USB connectors and speakers, though the px470 has a slightly large speaker.   Sony ICD-PX470 Sony ICD-UX570 Product Dimensions w/h/d 1.51 x 4.5 x 0.0.76 inches 1.45 × 4.05  × 0.49 inches Recording Formats LPCM (WAV), MP3 LPCM (WAV), MP3 Storage 4GB, microSDHC expansion 4GB, microSDHC, microSDXC expansion Microphones Stereo microphones Stereo microphones Ports 3.5mm microphone input, 3.5mm headphone output, USB 2.0 for PC… Continue reading…

Sony ICD-ux570 Accessories

Sony ICD-ux570 Accessories

USB PC/Charging Cable It’s possible to charge/connect your Sony ux570 recorder to your PC/Mac without a cable, but the built in USB is the weakest part on this recorder. If breaks off, you are left with a very light paperweight. Now, the cable you should get depends on your PC/Mac. If you own an older computer (PC/Mac) that comes with the full size USB port, get this Female to Male USB-A cable (Amazon link). If you own a newer computer (PC or Mac) with a USB Type C port, get this Female to Male USB A to USB-C cable (Amazon link).   If you are on a Mac computer that has a lightening port, get this Female to Male USB A to lightening cable (Amazon link). Carrying Case A carrying case is a great accessory that protects your Sony ux570 from scratches, falls, bumps etc. The ux570 is relatively small, so most hard cases are… Continue reading…

Best Voice Recorder for Interviews

Best voice recorders for inteviews

There’s a myriad of ways to record your research interviews. You could use your phone, laptop, or even a camcorder. However, I strongly recommend using a digital voice recorder. Handheld digital voice recorders are compact, affordable and enable you to easily manage the audio recordings, which makes the process of getting your dissertation interview transcripts easy and cost effective.

Summary: Best Recorder for Interviews
Sony ICD-ux570: lightweight and low profile; powers up instantly; amazing sound Continue reading…

Best Audio Recorder for Focus Groups

Focus group recording devices

Recording focus group discussion is not easy. Focus groups are notoriously hard to control and manage. But crucially, you’ll have to record sound from different sources and directions. That’s not easy. Luckily for you, there’s recording equipment that make recording focus group discussion easier. And that’s my intention, to share with you the best focus group recording devices.
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Sony ICD-UX560 vs Sony ICD-UX570

Sony ICD-ux570 compared to Sony ICD-ux560

If you are looking to make a buying decision between the ux560 and the ux570, here’s my advice. Head over to Amazon (I’ve found Amazon offers the lowest prices) and compare the price of the ux560 and ux570. Whichever is cheaper, buy it. There’s very little that differentiates the ux560 from the ux570. Continue reading…

Sony ICD-UX570 Review

Sony ICD ux570

The ux570 is a wonderful voice recorder. It’s compact, easily portable and can easily fit in your pocket or bag. Records good audio using the 44.1kHz/16bit audio format and the right setting and allows you to monitor your recording. The LCF and NCF filters are powerful and help reduce noise when recording in a noisy location. And the ux570 provides plugin power through it’s 3.5mm TRS mic input.
The USB connector is poorly designed and can lead to a lot of mishaps, I recommend you buy a male to female USB-A cable and use it connect the ux570 to your computer. Without any reservations, I recommend the Sony ICD-ux570 for recording interviews, lectures, focus group discussions and meetings.
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Sony ICD-PX240 Review

Sony ICD-PX240 Review

So, I was looking for a recorder for dictation purposes; this year I do plan to dictate a lot of posts. I bought a few voice recorders that are built for dictation. And I have to say, so far, the Sony ICD-px240 has been my favorite dictation recorder.
Now, this recorder is not built to record interviews, meetings, focus group discussions etc. I’d not recommend it for those instances, and I’ll get to the reasons why in this post, but I’d definitely recommend this recorder if you’re looking to record your dictations. Continue reading…

The 64GB SDHC Memory Card

The 64GB SDHC Memory Card

Yes, a 64GB SDHC Memory Card. SD standards limit the size of a SDHC card to 32GB. And you’ll never find a manufacturer that’ll make 64GB SDHC card. YES, all those 64GB Samsung SDHC cards are fake! But, in this post, I’ll show you I magically turned my Samsung EVO Select 64GB SDXC memory card into a Samsung EVO Select 64GB SDHC memory card. Why?

A couple of reasons really. If you’ve read my review of the Zoom Hn1 recorder, Continue reading…