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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Olympus LS-7 and LS-10 Digital Recorders for the Visually Impaired


The Olympus LS-7 Linear PCM recorder is an excellent audio solution with a number of useful features.  The three 96 kHz – 24 bit microphones offer crystal clear audio, and add more base and fidelity to your recordings.

Two stereo microphones positioned 45 degrees opposite of each other to capture sounds from sides, front and back of the recorder.  And a center microphone to add more base to the recordings.  Voice guidance for those users who are blind and visually impaired.  This recorder can accept Micro SD-Cards up to 32 gigabytes of storage and it has 4 gigabytes of internal memory.  

The buttons on the Olympus LS-7 are well defined and placed with wide enough spaces to be easily discerned.  The Micro SD-Card access door has a solid feel when opened so that the user can insert or remove the media without the cover springing back or breaking off.  You can also mount the recorder on a tripod; this will allow the user to make hands free recordings such as: playing the piano or practicing with a band.

The menus are easy to navigate.  Olympus continues to improve its user interface for visually impaired customers.  Whether you are a musician, journalist, or anyone else who needs high quality audio, the Olympus LS-7 Linear PCM is on the cutting edge of digital audio recording.  Olympus has gone to great lengths to develop an enjoyable experience for its visually impaired customers.


The Olympus LS-10 PCM Recorder is a high quality conference recorder that is great for a number of uses from meetings to live music.  The controls on the LS-10 are spaced apart and easy to find, which will be of particular benefit to visually impaired users.  

Olympus really went above and beyond when it comes to the microphone functionality on the LS-10.  It has a microphone sensitivity switch that gives the user a new level of control in their recordings.  You can also record directly into the recorder by using the line in jack.  The LS-10 recorder has 2 gigabytes of internal memory and the user can also use SD cards to extend its memory capability. This unit is equipped with a large visual display which is very useful for low vision users.

The LS-10 can record for what seems like forever!  It comes with 2 gigabytes of internal memory, but can be expanded to 8GB.  The rugged aluminum body of the LS-10 is great for people that will be using this machine on a daily bases.  Also the large display will make it easier for users with visual impairment.  The Olympus team really did their homework when making this unit!

Both units can be purchased from a variety of online stores. You might want to search Google to find some of the best prices.

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