Archive for the ‘Recorder’ Category

New arrival: Senheiser AMBEO Smart Headset for 3D audio

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The AMBEO Smart Headset brings binaural sound recording to the consumer market. Price & availability TBA.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control.

Sennheiser has designed the AMBEO Smart Headset to be an intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset.

First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEO Smart Headset captures immersive 3D audio with the simplicity of a mobile device.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser.

The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO Smart Headset offer a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

To create this headset, Sennheiser partnered with Apogee, the manufacturer of professional audio device, and an industry leader of digital audio recording.

The AMBEO Smart Headset produces detailed and realistic recording via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee.

The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear.


New arrivals: Two Full HD dash cams from RS Components

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The new affordable in-car video recorders feature built-in sensors that collect video and black-box data for legal use or social sharing. Prices begin at S$189.52 (see below).

The 2.5-inch TFT LCD of the Full HD Vehicle Video Recorder.

The 2.5-inch TFT LCD of the Full HD Vehicle Video Recorder.

The two full-HD in-vehicle video recorders (dash cams) enable businesses to implement real-time video evidence collection and black-box event recording.

The new RS dash cams enable business road users to prove culpability in accidents or other emergencies, and so avoid losses due to threats such as poor driving or deliberate crash insurance fraud.

The recorded video, with time, date, audio and 3D G-sensor data also included, provides the evidence that can help resolve disputes quickly and reduce legal costs.

The cameras are also ideal for personal use or for leisure activities, such as recording driving experiences to post on social media.

The additional GPS capability enables continuous geo-tagging of the vehicle, thereby providing richer event information.

Both units have a 5-Mpixel CMOS camera with 105° wide-angle view, and record data continuously at 1080p/30fps on a SDHC card up to 4GB.

The 105-degree wide-angle CMOS Lens with Full HD Real-time recorder (H.264 compression technology).

The 105-degree wide-angle CMOS Lens with Full HD Real-time recorder (H.264 compression technology).


New Arrivals: Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 and Recorder PCM-D100

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Sony Electronics today announced the launch of two new personal audio products, the Walkman NWZ-ZX1 (S$899) and Liner Pulse-code modulation (PCM) Recorder PCM-D100 (S$999).

Available in Singapore from February onwards.

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1

Update (20 March, 2014):

Sony has just announced that 30 units of the NWZ-ZX1 can now be pre-ordered exclusively at Sony Stores and Centres in Singapore, whilst stocks last.

Audiophiles have from now till the end of the month (31 March 2014) to place their orders in person. Delivery will be from 11 April onwards.

For those who miss out on the first 30 units, they can purchase the NWZ-ZX1 in stores from May 2014 onwards.

The NWZ-ZX1 was originally planned to be available in Singapore in February but this has been pushed back to May due to high global demand of the Walkman.

Sony Recorder PCM-D100 (left) and Walkman NWZ-ZX1 (right).

Sony Recorder PCM-D100 (left) and Walkman NWZ-ZX1 (right).

The Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is Sony’s first music player that supports Hi-Res Audio, offering listeners up to seven times the audio quality of a CD.

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 (S$899)

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 (S$899)

Powered by Android, it has a 4-inch TRILUMINOS Display for mobile touchscreen enables the easy viewing of music files, photos and videos on the device.

The new Walkman is carved out of a single piece of aluminum and has a molded base at its rear that acts as an amp block, with a rubberised back grip for added comfort and stability.

The ZX1 is the largest capacity Walkman ever created by Sony, with built-in memory of 128GB that is capable of storing High-Resolution Audio content equivalent to approximately 800 songs.

For more details and key specifications, here is the press release for the new Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1.


SITEX 2012 promotions: Olympus cameras and voice recorders

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Olympus will be at SITEX 2012 at Hall 4B, Booth 4C10 in the Singapore EXPO.

Click to view or download Olympus promotions for SITEX 2012.

Click to view or download Olympus promotions for SITEX 2012. (Caution: 7MB PDF file with 20 page-flyer booklet)

Check out Olympus promotions for its range of cameras.

S$150 discount and freebies for its (super-)Tough TG-320 (S$198 UP. S$348), which is both waterproof (3m) and shockproof (1.5m).

Olympus WS-813 voice recorder. "Best Karaoke Companion" with 2,043 hours (LP mode)

Olympus WS-813 voice recorder. “Best Karaoke Companion” with 2,043 hours (LP mode)

Or get S$267 worth of discounts and freebies with an Olympus XZ-1 (S$498 UP. S$748) compact camera that comes with an F1.8 bright lens is still alluring.

For those moving beyond compact cameras, enjoy up to S$600 of discounts and bundled gifts for the retro PEN mini E-PM1 (S$498) and PEN E-P3 (S$998-S$1,298) mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

Olympus also sells voice recorders and very fashionable accessories for its cameras.

Check out the new Olympus LS-14 (S$398) and WS-813 (S$238) voice recorders.

COMEX 2012 (30 Aug – 2 Sep) at Suntec Singapore

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

This Thursday, the third of four large annual IT exhibitions in Singapore will kick off at Suntec Singapore. For four days from 30 August to 2 September, the COMEX will open from 12 noon to 9 pm (Admission FREE).

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012 will be held on three Levels – 3, 4 and 6 of Suntec Singapore. With more than 830 exhibitors, COMEX claims to be Singapore’s biggest IT and consumer technology exhibition.

I will be listing some of the promotions available during the exhibition. To see a consolidated list of postings related to COMEX 2012, click here.

You can also click on the COMEX 2012 button (that looks like the logo above, on every page of during COMEX 2012) near the top of the sidebar on the right and below the search box.

Here are the floor plans for the exhibitors on Levels 4 and 6.

The four major IT exhibitions in Singapore are:

Exhibition Dates Venue
IT Show 2012 8-11 Mar Suntec Singapore
PC Show 2012 7-10 Jun Suntec Singapore
COMEX 2012 30 Aug – 2 Sep Suntec Singapore
SITEX 2012 22-25 Nov Singapore Expo

New voice recorders: Olympus WS-811 and WS-812

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The new WS-811 (S$158) and WS-812 (S$188) incorporate newly-developed, high sensitivity, low noise directional microphones ensuring the human voice is captured in optimal stereo quality. Available now.

The new Olympus WS-811 (S$158) and WS-812 (S$188) voice recorders are available now.

The new Olympus WS-811 (S$158) and WS-812 (S$188) voice recorders are available now.

The Olympus WS-811 and WS-812 promise a high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio for pure-sounding recordings.

Olympus WS-811

Olympus WS-811

The two models also allow recording levels to be set manually to ensure complete user control.

Files can be saved in mp3 or WMA format

These multi-function devices combine a stereo recorder with USB stick and mp3 player functionality.

Playback speed can be adjusted to allow for quick and easy perusal of file contents to boost efficiency.

Files can now be located more easily due to the Calendar Search function.

This allows recordings to be found via the date they were created.

Scanning through and listening to the files is also made more comfortable and fast due to playback speeds up to 3.5x quicker than normal on the WS-812 (2x speed on the WS-811).

These slender, lightweight audio recorders require only one AAA-type battery and deliver up to 27 hours of recording time (in LP mode).

Calendar search screen

Calendar search screen

The internal memories of the Olympus WS-811 (2GB) and WS-812 (4GB) can be extended with a microSD Card slot enabling up to 32GB of additional storage capacity.

An integrated USB port provides USB stick functionality and facilitate the fast and easy transfer of files directly to and from a computer, without the need for cables.

Battery life has been extended. The new sub-CPU and audio codec, power consumption is reduced by around 8% allowing 27 hours or more of recording with a single AAA-type alkaline battery.

Olympus WS-812

Olympus WS-812

Additional features of the WS-812

The WS-812 incorporate CD-quality 44.1k/16bit PCM (WAV) recording.

Sound recording levels can be set manually.

Voice Playback technology distinguishes the human voice from other sounds so that non-voice portions are skipped and only those with voice are played back.

Fluctuating sound levels because of soft or loud voices, or due to people speaking from various distances from the microphone, are balanced out by the Voice Balancer function.

Recordings may also be played back using the Voice Changer feature (WS-812) that lets the frequency and playback speed of voice to be adjusted to suit individual needs and preferences.

Files can also be simply moved between folders for better organization.

Main features of the Olympus WS-811 and WS-812 are listed below.


New voice recorders: Olympus VN-711PC and VN-712PC

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

The VN-711PC (S$98) and VN-712PC (S$128) from Olympus are now available. These new entry-level recorders come with a built-in stand and 2GB of internal memory.

The new Olympus VN-711PC (S$98) and VN-712PC (S$128) voice recorders are available now.

The new Olympus VN-711PC (S$98) and VN-712PC (S$128) voice recorders are available now.

Olympus VN-711PC

Olympus VN-711PC

The Olympus VN-711PC and VN-712PC are simple to operate and allows beginners and students to record messages, notes and conversations.

Large buttons make the recorders easy to operate, and the adjustable font size on the LCD means that all information is clearly seen on the screen.

Up to 99 index marks can be set to flag important places in individual recordings.

An integrated low noise microphone promises a high signal-to-noise ratio.

Files can be saved in WMA format.

The internal memory of 2GB enables up to 34 days of recording time. Up to 1,000 files can be stored across five folders.

Additional features of theVN-712PC

Olympus VN-712PC

Olympus VN-712PC

The VN-712PC has a microSD Card slot to extend storage capacity.

A new Calendar Search function has been added to help find files quickly and easily.

A dedicated file search button allows users to locate files by recording date.

In addition to WMA, recordings can be saved in MP3 format.

During playback, a Voice Filter improves the sound quality of human voice and variable playback speed control means users can make adjustments to suit their personal listening preferences.

The Scene Select function ensures optimal recordings through preset environmental settings that can be selected based upon surrounding conditions, and a low-cut filter can be invoked to further enhance recording quality.

Main features of the VN-711PC and VN-712PC are listed below.