Sony ain’t the only company updating its digital audio recorder lineup. Olympus is introducing the new LS-11, which looks like a slightly updated version of the Olympus LS-10. The new model looks an awful lot like its predecessor, but it does have a few nice perks like 8GB of built-in storage space instead of 2GB, stereo speakers, and up to 23 hours of battery life.
Here’s a bit more of what the Olympus LS-11 has to offer:
- Can record in qualities up to 24-bit/96kHz in stereo or mono
- WAV, MP3, and WMA recording formats
- Built in stereo mics
- 8GB of flash storage plus an SDHC card slot that can take up to 32GB of additional storage
- Stereo woo mW speakers
- 3.5mm stereo mic jack
- 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
- Runs on 2 AA batteries
- Dimensions: 131.5mm x 48mm x 22.4mm
- Weight: 165mm w/alkaline batteries
The Olympus LS-11 also adds track marking and file editing functions. The recorder will run about $399, which is the same as the list price for the LS-10. But you can often find the Olympus LS-10 going for as little as $241.
I had the LS-10 for a few weeks and decided to buy the LS-11. The LS-11 is much more sensitive for recorded noise from handling by touching the device and from handheld recording. I am dissapointed about that. Without the optionary silicon shell I would choose for the LS-10
I, too, am surprised at the extreme, and I really mean extreme, sensitivity to handling noise. I have the Edirol R09, Zoom H2 and Yamaha Pocketrak CX.
Also, the backround hiss is the worst of the above bunch.
And oddly, you cannot set the clock to display 24-hours. It only displays AM/PM.
I have the previous model, the LS-10, and let me tell you the "background hiss" is not worse than the poorly made Zoom and Edirol units.
But yes, these units are sensitive to handling noise. That's why they have a tripod screw, so you can mount them free from physical contact. Get the remote control. Or use external mics.
You may want to read this extensive article on portable digital recorders.
I have the LS11 and have been very happy with it. I guess I had enough brains to use a silicon case from day one and thus avoided any of the handling noise. The his people are talking about, I can only assume they had defective items, as I don't have a his problem on mine and I much of what I recorded makes it on to commercial audio CDs – and I record a lot of quite ambient sounds in nature and in public places. Overall, I had a Tascam DR-100 and the Olympus LS11 is 10 X a better device with better quality recording. In short I would recommend the LS11 to anyone who wants a high quality, recording, great battery life, and portability.