The Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder — High Quality Sound On The Go
Company: Olympus
Website: Olympus America
Price: $199.99 USD

For most of us who are fans of iOS devices, the recording features in GarageBand for iOS or the built-in Voice Memos App suits our needs just fine. There are some people for whom the quality of recorded audio needs to be at a level that exceeds the capabilities of your favorite Apple gear. One possible solution lies with the Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM recorder. The quality of recorded audio is beyond CD-quality, all in a portable handheld form factor.

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About Mike Breed

Writing for MyMac.com since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment. A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

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Olympus Digital Recorders
Prices from $48 to $150 online

There is still a need in this new world order of multi-function consumer devices for  dedicated single-purpose equipment that does its job efficiently and affordably. Olympus’ new pocket digital recorders are world-class products at bargain prices. If you are married to your iPhone or iPod Touch for recording live speech and music, stop reading now. If you have a recurring or occasional need for a compact recorder, keep reading.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Edirol R-09 Portable 24-bit MP3/WAV Stereo Handheld Recorder
Company: Edirol / Roland Corporation
Price: $400 US (modest discounts are available online)
http://www.rolandus.com

The Edirol R-09 portable recorder from Roland Corporation is almost perfect, and well worth its $400 price tag. Features and audio quality are impressive, with a little room for improvement discussed below.

R-09 has few competitors in this product category. During the next few years, MyMac.com predicts it will set the standard against which other portable recorders are judged, until a unit comes along with improved interface, better port access, and a lower price. Until then, if you are serious about audio-on-the-go, take a look and listen to R-09.

Roland is a full-service pro audio business. When you visit R-09’s website you can obtain or learn about useful support documents, software downloads, and dedicated accessories. Watch the demo videos and take the interactive tour! Web content on the product’s general information, features, and specification is too extensive to reprint. Here are a few essential attributes: great audio quality, full control over WAV or MP3 format/file size, lightweight and inconspicuous, enormous SD card capacity, thrifty AA battery usage, and versatile in/out ports.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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