Sony ICD-MS515 (8 MB, 2.5 Hours) Handheld Digital Voice Recorder
(7 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
Almost perfect, but ruined by a design flaw
Apr 27, 2003
Review by stagelover
Rated a Very Helpful Review
I have been a long time purchaser of Sony digital voice recorders. I can't quite remember the first ICD model I purchased, but I do remember that I eventually upgraded that one to an ICD-55 (which now resides on my nightstand). I eventually upgraded that model to an ICD-67 (which now resides in my study). And just recently, I upgraded that model to what I thought would be the best of the best, the ICD-MS515VTP.
Recommend this product?
And, at first blush, I thought the ICD-MS515VTP offered me almost everything I wanted in a handheld digital voice recorder. In particular, the ability to easily search through messages, partially record over messages, split and combine messages, insert bookmarks, establish any number of folders with folder names that I could change, etc. In fact, the only feature that was missing was the ability to reorder or insert messages in any order but I was soon satisfied by the fact that the PC software that came with the recorder would allow me to reorder my files AND my folder any way I wanted. (The LCD display on the unit could be a little bigger and squeeze in some additional information but that's a minor quibble.)
I really thought I had the perfect recording device...that is, until I started using it on a regular basis...
How is it possible that Sony could design such a small Play/Jog control on the side of the unit that was so easy to "MIS-PRESS?" Countless times now, I've meant to press the PLAY button but because my thumb (and, trust me, it's a fairly small thumb) was either a tad too high or too low, I inadvertently pressed the FF/ button or the Rewind/- button and subsequently lost my place in the recording.
I need to be able to repeatedly play and pause my recordings as I listen to the playback and all it takes is one slip-up, and I then have to waste time finding my place in the recording again.
All of my earlier ICD models had a dedicated Play button that made this kind of mistake impossible. And perhaps if this model either had a Play button that was separate from the FF/ and Rewind/- jog button or, at least, a larger jog control with a clear center/Play area to press, it wouldn't be so easy to mistakenly hit the wrong button.
As it is, I can't believe an obvious physical design problem such as this can ruin an otherwise terrific device. And because it seems that the entire Sony line of Digital Voice Records has moved to this new design and away from the more circular design of the earlier ICD models, I would presume that every one of your recorders now possesses this same design flaw.
Shame on you, Sony, for letting this slip through your quality control testing.
Read all comments (1)
Amount Paid (US$): $250
Share this product review with your friends
Soaring Store Sony Handheld Digital Voice Recorder #ICD-BX022 NEW Description SONY HANDHELD DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER #ICD-BX022 NEW UP FOR AUCTION IS A ...
Sony ICD-TX50 Digital Voice Recorder, 95 Hz - 20000 Hz Frequency Response, 11.025 kHz - 48 kHz Sample Rate The Sony ICD-TX50 Digital Flash Voice Recor...
Our Store About Us View All Listings Feedback Policies Contact Us Bookmark Us View Our Deals Sony ICD-AX412 Digital Flash Memory Voice Recorder Click ...
Retail Value: $ 79.95 This is a New Sony ICD-BX112, 2 GB flash memory, 500 hrs recording, old stock, never used, original manufacturer package has bee...
Brand New Item ( Not Refurbished ) Sale is Final Shipping to the lower 48 States only PayPal Confirmed Address Only No APO and P.O. Box please Brand N...
Audio Format(s) Supported : MP3 files: Bit Rate: 8 kbps - 192 kbps, VBR Sampling Frequencies: 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 kHz File Extension: .mp3 WMA file...
Record your thoughts while traveling or anywhere with the Sony ICD-BX700. The Sony handheld digital voice recorder has a built-in 1 GB memory that giv...
SONY 1GB DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER: ICD-UX71 PINK Combining digital voice recording, USB storage, and MP3 and WMA music playback, the ICD-UX71 digital vo...
SONY 1GB DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER: ICD-UX71 RED Combining digital voice recording, USB storage, and MP3 and WMA music playback, the ICD-UX71 digital voi...
SONY ICDUX81 Digital Voice Recorder: ICD-UX81 2GB Flash Memory; 575 Hours Maximum Recording Time; 35H 55M Maximum MP3 Recording Time at 128kbps; 5 Rec...