Olympus has a long history of making high quality digital voice recorders. But historically these devices have just been fancy dictation devices, letting you record large amounts of low quality audio. But the upcoming Olympus LS-10 is aimed squarely at podcasters, reporters, and other people in the market for high quality audio recorders like the Marantz PMD620, Sony PCM-D50, or Zoom H2.
Unlike its predecessors, the LS-10 can record 24-bit/96kHz WAV audio. Here are a few other goodies:
- 2GB internal memory
- SD/SDHC card slot for memory expansion
- Record in WAV, MP3, or WMA formats
- Built-in stereo mics
- 3.5 mm mic and line inputs for recording from an external source
- 3.5 mm headphone output and built-in speakers for playing back audio
- Runs on 2 AA batteries
- Dimensions: 131.5 mm x 48 mm x 22.4 mm
- Weight: 165 grams (including batteries)
- Includes Cubase LE4 software
With a $399 price tag, it looks like the LS-10 is targeted at the same folks who would be interested in a Marantz PMD620, Zoom H2, or M-Audio Microtrack II. But while Olympus has been making digital audio recorders for a while, this is the company’s first foray that I’m aware of into pro audio, so I’d recommend holding off until we see some real world reviews and hear some audio samples before placing your orders.
The LS-10 should be available sometime this month.