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    USB Dictaphone! Under £50. Which One?

    Hello there,

    A teacher asked me today if we had any portable audio recording devices for the children to do interviews etc, i.e dictaphones. So i'm charged with the task of finding a good affordable solution. Now personally, i've got a Zoom H2 Recorder, but thats a bit high spec for a primary school really.

    I suggested some cheap USB microphones, which could then be used on our laptops, however I think they'd like something more standalone. I know there's plenty of cheap nasty USB stick style ones, but I think we might as well go for something that will last a bit longer.

    Now i've no personal experience with Olympus products, but there's the Olympus 5500 which seems around £25-30, then the Olympus 5500PC which is more like £40+, but sports a USB connection for direct file transfer to a computer (what we'd want!). There seems to be a lot of confusion over which model allows USB connection, but i'm pretty sure ONLY the PC one does, hence the higher price. There seems to be a whole host of digital dictaphones within the £30 region, however most don't seem to offer a direct USB connection, which is really essential to avoid children having to take SD cards in and out .. (I can imagine the horror now!!)

    So if anyone has any suggestions that'd be great,

    Also, we're looking for about 15 units if anyone would like to PM me up a quote.

    Thanks.

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    These are what you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    I'd second that - I bought an Easi-Speak (the bright yellow primary school version) one a year or two ago at BETT for £20 and it's taken being knocked around the school a fair bit with no problems. I'd go for a few sets of five with USB charger. Note that TTS do now sell a microphone stand to fit the fatter-than-standard Easi-Speak body (a standard microphone stand won't work), but you can buy cheap clip-style stands off eBay that work just as well.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, they look they could stand up to the job!

    Just gave the company a ring to see if I could wangle an evaluation unit but no luck hehe! Think i'll get one ordered to try out and then maybe get a set if it seems worth it.

    Cheers!

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    Also bear in mind that these can also be obtained using Tesco Schools Vouchers.



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