Dictation Equipment

Buyers Guide

These days, dictation equipment can be known as Dictaphone, Digital Recorder, Digital Note Taker, Voice recorder, Voice tracer and pocket memo taker.

The days of a mini cassette recorder to record on before passing the tape over to a secretary to type up the notes are not quite over as analogue tape recorders are still being made and used so if this is what you need then look for analogue pocket memos from Philips.

If you prefer something digital then there’s a large range available from Philips and Olympus with prices starting from as little as £35. Prices increase once extra memory and additional functions are added such as voice-activated recording and digital transcription software. Some recorders such as the Olympus WS-813 with a large 8gb memory can store up to 2043 hours of recordings in LP mode and to put that into perspective, that’s 85 days continuous recording.

The functions available on dictation machines nowadays can be numerous and like most things digital, the descriptions can be confusing and riddled with acronyms such as WMS, MP3, DSS, WMA, SHDC so if you’re unsure about the right dictation machine for your needs, please give us a call on 0115 9455833.

Besides the actual dictation machines there are a number of accessories you might need such as headsets or headphones to allow the recordings to be played back discreetly for transcription.

Transcription kits are available from Philips which includes foot pedal, stereo headset and transcription software. If you need to record meetings and use the recordings for minutes then you might wish to consider a conference microphone which provides crystal clear pick-up from a 360 degree radius. Finally for those still using analogue recorders we stock mini dictation tapes from Philips.

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