A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Voice Recorders

It is important to find out the different types of recorders available in the market when you are looking to purchase one. Below you will find some useful tips that can be followed to get the best recorder in the market.


Simple microcassette Dictaphone is highly recommended for students, first time users and amateur journalists. This is because they are easy to use and also pocket friendly. They also come with built in speakers and microphones meaning you only need to get a microcassette as the extra accessory that needs to be used.

For more advanced users, who mostly use for the recorders for business or transcription purposes, they need to think about making an investment on the type of equipment they will be using. Before you pick the one to spend money on here is a list of the things you need to think about:

Voice quality- check on the clarity of the audio captured to ensure that the recorder is able to capture quality recordings with minimal distortions. This is because there are some manufactures that compromise on clarity to have more memory space.

Memory space-
it can be very frustrating when you miss some parts of an interview or dictation because the recorder you are using does not have enough memory. It is therefore important to make sure that you get a recorder that has enough memory to suit your suits.

User friendliness- some of the features that help to enhance user friendliness of the recorders include at least 2 batteries that can be recharged, good headphones, USB cable and a remote control.

Additional features- you might have to spend more money if you want to enjoy the additional features that come with the recorders. This is normally worth it as you get to enjoy the benefits of the features. Some of the features include file management ability, voice activation and LCD display among many others. You can talk to a professional who has used the recorders for long to give you heads up on the best features to get so that you can enjoy the machine better.

Transcription software- transcription software might be necessary when you want to transcribe any audio files that you might have. There are some recorders that have in built transcription features while with others you will have to buy it separately.

In accordance with how you want the audio recorder to work for you, you might have to purchase a number of accessories like audio adapters, external microphones, foot switches etc.

Jessica Miller, Marketing Head in Transcriptionwave, General Transcription Services Company in the US.

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