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Olympus Pearlcorder S700 and S710
Microcassette™ Recorders Offering Consumers Added Value

Olympus, the inventor of the Microcassette format, has introduced the S700 Microcassette recorder series which offers consumers the quality they want at affordable prices.

"Today's consumer profile is increasingly diverse and extremely savvy—demanding superior performance at economy prices. Olympus recognizes the importance of accommodating a wider cross-section of consumers, while still meeting the value-added demands of each individual. We believe we have achieved this with the S700 serie, which offers great performance, handy features and high-quality sound for the price," said Ian Igari, product manager - Communications Products, Digital & Imaging Systems Group, Olympus America Inc.

The S700 and S710 are the first two in the series of pocket-size recorders which perform basic dictation and mobile recording functions for users who need to maximize their time and efficiency. Because people speak 10 times faster than they can write, a tape recorder provides an easy, accurate way of reviewing a meeting or interview. Students and business people can use recorders for taking notes, practicing an important talk or in drafting written correspondence. Job seekers use recorders to practice interviews and can use them to record key information from Want Ads.

A built-in, highly sensitive microphone assists in the recording process and is activated by depressing both the play and record buttons simultaneously.

The S710 features a Variable Controlled Voice Actuator (VCVA), which records subject matter at a pre-determined level, effectively "filtering" out unwanted background noise resulting in more clear, concise and accurate material and increased battery life. Another feature of the S710 is the Microphone Sensitivity control which allows continuous adjustment using the volume control knob.

A pause button temporarily stops the machine to conserve tape if there is a break in the recording subject matter. When appropriate, the pause button is again depressed and recording continues. Another tape saving feature is dual-speed play at 1.2 or 2.4cm/sec. A 60-minute Microcassette recorded at 1.2cm/sec allows up to two hours of recording on a single tape.

The Auto-Off function on both models extends battery life by automatically switching power off at the end of the tape. This audible "click" also signals the user that the end of the tape has been reached so it can be turned over for recording on the second side or another cassette can be inserted.

The S700 and S710 also feature cue and review for random high-speed searching for recorded information. The superior fast playback featured on the S710 increases tape speed by 25%, without a discernible change in the understanding of the recorded information. Both Microcasette models have an earphone jack for private review of recorded material.

The S700 and S710 feature a distinct, lightweight (6.2 oz. with two AA batteries) and ergonomic profile which is only 4.9"h x 2.6"w x 1"d.

The S700 suggested retail price is $36.95, the S710 is $49.95.

For more information on the S700 or S710, or for a photo print, slide or transparency, please contact Marlene Hess at 516-844-5195 (phone), 516-844-5262 (fax), mhess@olympus.com (email) or visit Olympus online at http://www.olympus.com.

Olympus America distributes a wide range of products for consumer, scientific, health care, commercial and industrial markets. These include 35mm, Advanced Photo System and digital cameras, binoculars, Microcassette™ and digital voice recorders, optical storage products, printers, medical and industrial endoscopes, biological and metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments, clinical analyzers, and other high technology products. Olympus America is responsible for marketing Olympus products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.