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Olympus Announces New Digital Voice Recorder, Master of Endurance with 6 Hours Recording Time

- VN-3600 Joins Olympus Family of #1 Selling Digital Voice Recorders

Melville, New York, March 2, 2003 - Olympus America, the #1 manufacturer of digital voice recorders, announced today at the Photo Marketing Association Conference (PMA), the VN-3600 digital voice recorder. Based on the best-selling Olympus VN-1800 digital voice recorder, the VN-3600 provides an unprecedented 6 hours of recording time with 32MB of built-in flash memory. The recorder weighs just 23 ounces and is ergonomically designed to fit snugly inside the palm of the hand - all for a low cost of only $79.99.

With its long talk time, the VN-3600 is ideal for weekend seminars, extended discussions, recording meetings, school lectures or study groups, as well as short memos, ideas, phone numbers, shopping lists, and other notes. Since the VN-series recorders are so small and lightweight, they can be taken everywhere.

The compact light-weight VN-3600 combines smart styling with four folders to allow the user to arrange files according to personalized subjects, such as "work," "personal," and "to do." A fourth folder (scheduling folder) is used to sort recordings by date, allowing you to recall the day's meetings, expenses and reminders for easy on-the-go retrieval. Each folder stores up to 100 messages. Up to 20 alarms can also be programmed for meeting, dates, show reminders or wake-up calls. The user presses the button when hearing the alarm beep and hears the pre-recorded reminder.

The VN-3600 has 3 recording modes, HQ mode (for the best possible quality recording, 91 minutes available recording time); SP mode (for a high-quality recording, with 137 minutes available recording time); and LP mode (for the most possible recording capacity, with 364 minutes available recording time).

An LCD display is provided to check remaining recording time, the date & time, voice activation mode, play mode (HQ/SP/LP), microphone sensitivity (HI/LO) and battery status. The VN-series has a Microphone Sensitivity Selector, voice activation for hands-free recording and easy deletion of one or all messages in a folder. The VN-3600 uses the ADPCM (Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation) recording format.

VN-3600 features include:

  • 32MB internal flash memory for 6 hours of talk time
  • 20 alarms
  • Built-in speaker
  • An easy to use jog-dial for quick navigation through folders and options
  • 4 folders for organizing recordings
  • Convenient metal clip for shirt pockets for quick retrieval
  • Smaller lighter design
  • HQ high-quality recording option for the best possible sound, as well as the standard choices of SP (slow play) and LP (long play)
The VN-3600 recorders will be available in March 2003 for $79.99.