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Simple to use with great sound quality. I purchased the Sony recorder after reading other reviews and it has lived up to them and more. It has plenty of options and settings and is simple to use, we have setup 2 custom recording scenes and use it with a lapel mic as well as with the onboard mics. We use the Sony to collect ambient surround sound as well as using it to record voice over for video. Update Feb 2020. This has happened twice. The device would not show up as a drive on either my laptop or my Lenovo tablet. On both occasions the recorder would display that the storage required formatting...to bad about my recording saved to the device. Only record to an SD card with this unit and double check your folder setting. Not such a great recorder after all 😟
Very typical Sony product, very well made great sound quality. Settings make remarkable difference to recordings. Clear display, and easy to use. I'm using it in a very noisy, (aircon) lecture hall where the lecturer wanders around away from the device, it still sounds great. Highly recommended, it's not cheap but you get what you pay for with a Sony.
I had an Olympus WS-802 which failed after some years of excellent service. I bought the Sony ICDUX560BLK for its very quick turn on and the large memory cards it can use. When I got the Sony it did turn very quickly, good for Sony. After putting a 128gb card in the turn on time slowed significently, still fairly good thought. My biggest surprize was the delete function, there is no delete key, it is buried in a menu. Every file you record will need to be deleted. The display is very sharp but doesn’t display the name of the file while it is being recorded. If you are making notes while a file is being recorded, you have to wait till you stop recording to find the name of the file to add it to your notes. It does great as a recorder and plays music wav files very well. I love the size and how quickly it recharges. I am returning the Sony and buying the Olympus WS-803. Not as pretty but easier to work with.
I order this for a class I had. Big auditorium (350 students), the Dr. was speaking way faster than he should (speaking with a micro plug on big speaker). Used my phone for some time, but the sound wasn't that good and it was unpleasant to listen more than 1h at time. I order this little gem, it is really tiny, menu is easy to use, integrated program is easy to use ( I would rename inside it, place the file in a folder (inside the program) - than I would drag and drop on a folder on the desktop - so excellent way to listen in VCL if you want to slow down the speaker speed. Quality is really good, easy to listen the recorded files on the recorder. I didn't use any extra storage ( I recorded in second-best quality - it was excellent). I think if you record every class you would need to put a card in it for memory or use different strategy (well, simply transfer files on phone if it had good memory etc.).
I use this to record lectures. The audio quality is great, the microphone pics up almost all noise in the surrounding area. So try to find a spot in class where the people around you are quiet, otherwise if the lecturer is loud enough it will always pick up their voice.