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Audiofanzine FR 04/12/2008

Olympus LS-10 : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by Almasty/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- How long have you been using it?

About one week.

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

Pros:

- Good manufacturing quality (although made in China ); Sturdy metal housing (unlike EDIROL's R09)

- Good overall usability, real controls for recording and playback volume, easy-to-see buttons (unlike EDIROL's R09)

- Good-quality mics (unlike EDIROL's R09) with windscreen!

- 2 GB internal memory + SD and SDHC card

- Battery operation (LR6 or AA) for up to 16 hours. I haven't actually checked if it lasts that long, but it's true that you can use it for hours...

- Low frequency filter (unlike EDIROL's R09)

- LED indicator that flashes faster and faster when you reach the maximum recording capacity

- PIP PSU + remote control

- 12 recording formats: MP3, WAV (up to 96KHz/24bit) and WMA

- Good-sounding headphone amp (unlike EDIROL's R09)

- Editing menus (tracks copy/cut/paste but no direct rename function... however you can do everything you want on your computer) with reset option and memory protect function for the internal memory and a SD card to avoid data loss

- Screw thread for camera stand + wristband (unlike EDIROL's R09)

- Software included: Steinberg Cubase 4 LE Music and video tutorial!

Cons:

- Internal memory/SD card selection is too complicated

- Complex menu structure due to the folder architecture, but freely editable "Fn" function (I use it to select between the memory card and the internal memory)

- Mic "zoom" function doesn't work properly (it's like using a limiter),

- no optical or coaxial output (unlike EDIROL's R09)

- No pre-rec function with buffer memory (unlike SONY's PCM-D50)

- No voice-controlled auto start (unlike MARANTZ' PMD 620)

- Data transfer is not made in alphabetical but chronological order. Perhaps that can be changed...

- Low-quality of the small integrated speaker (just enough to listen to a voice but not for music or sound ambients).

As a summary: it's a nice tool and it will replace my R09 (whose 1/8" jack is faulty), except for the connection to my hi-fi system via optical cable because only the R09 has this option (unlike the R09 HR).

- Did you try any other models before buying it?

Roland EDIROL R09 plus MiniDisc (Sharp MD MT 866 and MD-DR 470H) and DAT (Sony TCDD-7

and TCDD-8).

- How would you rate its value for money?

Very good A bit too expensive but very interesting considering its quality.

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

Certainly.