“ Micro cassette format. Twin speed recording. Play, stop, 1 touch record, pause, rewind, fast forward. Manual and voice activated recording. „
I've finally got around to beginning typing out my book and they say everyone has a book inside them waiting to come out, so a while ago I started to write and sometimes it's easy to sit and write a few pages whilst other times it's hard to ge the words on paper. My mind goes blank or I wake in the midfdle of the night with a memory and want to write it down before I forget.
I found the easiest way to bring the book alive was to record my thoughts on this Sanyo TRC525M Dictation Machine then type them up later.
You can but one from Amazon or Ebay for around £12 which is a bargain for any budding writter or to use to keep notes on meetings or reminders on study work and plans you have.
You have to buy the micro tapes to go with this and they also can be found on Amazon for £2.85 a tape.
This is such a simple thing to use and very cheap to buy.
It's a great way of helping young one's study too as they can record the notes onto this and play it back when they want to revise, it saves lots of time reading through the course work and you remember things better by listening to them than by reading them. Information sinks in quicker.
The tapes fit in to the top of the front of the dictation machine and it is easy to operate with it's record, rewind pause and play buttons on the side of the dictation machine.
It can be taken anywhere but it's not waterproof so you have to be careful near water. It has 60 minutes of recording time on each tape so you can record quite a bit onto them or just talk your thoughts into it if like me your trying to get idea's on the pages of a book.
I like this gadget as it's great for helping you to remember things and chatting away into it helps me to remember other facts that I have forgotten over the years which are invaluable for my writting.
If your looking for a great buy then this one is from a good make.
It's cheap enough for anyone to afford and it works really well.
I'd recommend it to you if your looking for one.
10 out of 10 from me for this one.
I was looking for a way to capture my notes quickly and then write them up later, so I started looking round for a dictaphone.
I've never owned a dictaphone before so it was a bit of a gruelling search through a seemingly endless array of internet sites and pages.
There were so many types of dictaphone to chose from: digital ones with a built in memory of 1 gigabyte or so, digital ones with USB sockets to save my recording to computer, cassette ones that take full size normal cassetees, and ones that take micro cassettes.
Fortunately I saw an ad in my local paper for a micro cassette dictaphone for only £8 so I went for that. It was a Sanyo TRC-525M dictaphone which is of the micro cassette variety.
I had never used micro cassettes before but they seem straight forward enough. They're almost identical to normal size ones in everything except size and I buy mine from Maplins and Argos.
The first time I used Sanyo TRC-525M dictaphone to record some voice notes I got a bit confused, but I think that's more down to my unfamiliarity with the device rather than any design problem.
The audio quality is selectable between normal and long. Long gives worse audio quality with more hiss and a slight warble to the voice so it sounds like I'm gargling when I play the recording back. Although long play squeezes more time out of each cassette I stay with normal mode because it sounds better and clearer.
The controls are very simple and will be easy for anyone who has ever used a cassette player. There are push buttons for stop, play and record and there is a slide switch for pause.
The Sanyo TRC525M Dictation Machine is powered by two AA batteries. I buy cheap multi packs from Wilkinsons for a couple of pounds.
Volume is selectable by a rotary control, I try to keep mine as low as I can because the batteries last a lot longer.
By and large I've been pleasently surprised by how good the Sanyo TRC525M Dictation Machine is and it saved me having to spend a lot more on a more complex digital dictaphone.
As long as you use it in normal sound quality mode it's a dead handy item to have around and as I only paid £8 I'm well pleased with mine.
As a self-employed worker, offering secretarial services from my home I had to purchase a multitude of equipment in order to be able to present the extent of services I do. One of the services I offer is audio typing, and for this reason I needed a reliable dictaphone, in order to play clients recordings and type them up.
Browsing through the Argos catalogue I saw the Sanyo TRC-525M and as it was a reasonable price I decided to go for it, as I also knew the client I was audio typing for would be using the cassettes that fitted into this machine.
Once out of the small but sturdy cardboard box packaging, I was presented with the dictaphone, which resembled a neat little black brick. Its measurements are roughly 12cm x 7cm and about 2.5cm thick. This is an ideal shape and thickness to fit into the palm of your hand and be able to operate the controls with just your thumb. Obviously I have to keep picking it up and putting it down in between typing the last sentence I hear, but with the controls all in one place, in a cluster at the end of the machine, it is very practical.
There is a clear plastic flap on the face of the dictaphone, which you can just lift up by a small tab on the edge to insert the cassette, and I do sometimes find this a tiny bit fiddly. Both lifting the flap and inserting the cassette, as you have to bear in mind everything is a miniature version of the music playing variety we all listened to in the 80s. One thing that I find annoying on this part though is that there is a small design of lines on the face of the flap, right in the middle. So if, like me, you want to see how far along the tape you are, you cant, as the design is right over the central part where you can see the tape underneath.
As mentioned earlier the controls are clustered together at the end of the machine, and they are very basic. Stop, play, record in large push button format, and a sliding switch for forward/rewind and pause. The pause button being on a sliding switch is very positive actually, because when you are audio typing you want the recording to stop immediately you hit pause, so when you start playing again you havent missed any words. I find this perfect for this type of work, and very rarely have to rewind to hear a word I may have missed. However if I do ever have to rewind, it is frustrating that you cannot rewind when the machine is paused. It would be useful to have this feature as immediately you un-pause the recording you could miss even more by not rewinding to the right spot.
On the end of the dictaphone you can find the volume control, a circular device that you roll along from 1 to 10, with 10 being the loudest. I find I do usually have it on number 10, as I am inevitably trying to work over Cbeebies, or some kids programme on in the background, but even so it is not amazingly loud, in fact I would go as far as to suggest that number 9 or 10 is the perfect volume and it doesnt vibrate or turn the recording into scratchy noise when on this level. As well as the volume you will find jacks for earphones and microphone, neither of which I have used as I find the loud speakers much more conducive to effective typing.
The dictaphone can obviously be used to record onto as well and Argos enclosed a free cassette with mine. I have tried it a few times to record notes and points for reviews I want to write and the voice activated recording system really is good fun to use. Basically it means once you press record on the front of the panel and begin talking the machine will record your voice but as soon as you stop talking for between 2 and 6 seconds it will pause recording, then restart as soon as you start to talk again. This is great for when you are thinking about what to say. You wont have to keep pressing stop and record all the time and you wont end up with big blank spaces on playback.
It takes the small MC-30 or MC-60 tapes, which are readily available from Argos and other stationary shops usually. You can get up to an hour on the MC-60 tapes, although there is a facility to lengthen recording time with a switch on the bottom of the unit dictating the speed used to record. I have only used this once, during a meeting and it retained the quality of the recording even on the higher speed setting.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the purchase of this Dictaphone and have used it regularly every week for about six months now. It has been economical on batteries too, only needing a change of the 2 AA batteries once since beginning use. It has been clear and easy to use and for just £17.99 in Argos its almost worth getting one just to muck around on!