Dictation Machines

Dictation machines or Dictaphones are used to record speech for playback and transcription at a later time. There are two types, analogue dictation machines which record on to mini tapes or cassettes and digital dictation machines, which record on to solid state memory cards or chips. A lot of digital dictation machines can be integrated with a PC for quick and easy editing and copying of files which can then be emailed. Some top range models come with speech recognition and transcription software, doing away with the need to type out a transcription. Market leading brands are Olympus, Philips, Sony and Sanyo.

If you need any help or assistance selecting a dictation machine then please call the Office Allsorts team on 0115 9455833.

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Buyers Guide

The dictation machine is a device used to record sound, most commonly speech, which can then be played back at a later date. Dictaphone is a commonly used term for the dictation machine. Dictaphone was actually the name of company who were one of the early pioneers of dictation machines in the 1920's and 1930's. Dictaphone was used to refer to dictation machines in much the same way Hoover became used as a reference to vacuum cleaners.

In 1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the world's first sound recording device. His assumption was that it's primary function would be to record speech in business environments, this is largely due to the low audio fidelity of the early version of the phonograph which made the recording of music seem unlikely. Some of Edison's early phonographs were indeed used this way, however it was not until the introduction of the reusable wax cylinder in the late 1880's that the practice became common.

By the late 1930's the electric microphone had been introduced to dictation technology and this replaced the acoustical recording methods previously used. Through the rest of the century the method of recording sound within the dictation machine went though a number of advancements. The Gray Audiograph released in 1945 cut grooves into a plastic disc and in 1947 Dictaphone replaced wax cylinders with there Dictabelt which cut a groove into a plastic belt. Magnetic tapes and Reel to Reel tapes were the next stage with the Compact Cassette, Mini Cassette and Micro Cassette all being introduced during the 1960's.

The rapidly falling prices and size of computer memory made digital dictation machines possible in the 1990's with digital voice recorders that stored sound on computer memory chips.

To accompany our dictation machines we also supply Dictation Accessories and Dictation Tapes.

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