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New Olympus WS-Series Stereo Digital Voice Recorders and Music Players Never Miss A Beat With High Performance Audio

Two New Models with Bigger Displays are Incredibly Easy to Use

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 8, 2007 — Olympus today announces the new WS-321M and WS-311M, the ultimate hybrids of digital voice recorders, music players and portable storage devices. They are equipped to play both MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) music files with rich tonality and record in Stereo for hours and hours. Requiring no USB cable, their slim, portable bodies are able to transport essential files directly to and from a computer just like a USB flash memory drive. A new, larger LCD rounds-out the total package with enhanced viewing and navigational ease.

"Our WS-Series audio devices are ideal for work and play," said Andy Flagg, director, Sales and Marketing, Olympus Imaging America Inc. "Whether you use it to record your daily meetings/lectures, store important work files or just listen to your favorite artist, the WS-Series makes downloading and recording simple."

Quality Audio for Any Situation
The WS-Series boasts high-quality audio while in record or playback mode, offers up to six recording modes of increasing quality and uses Windows Media Audio file format — without needing additional software. The WS-321M and WS-311M provide the highest quality mode: Stereo Extra-High-Quality (STXQ) with dynamic stereo recording capabilities.

The Noise Cancel and Voice Filter features can also be turned-on during playback to enhance the recordings' sound quality. When activated, Noise Cancel enables users to select the high or low mode depending on the amount of background noise. The Noise Cancel feature cuts the surrounding background noise digitally during playback. Also, by removing the low and high frequency noises, Voice Filter enhances the human voice, which is a moderate frequency.

The Low-Cut Filter feature can be turned on to filter-out low frequency noise that users do not want to record, such as background noise in meetings created through items such as air conditioners, computers or projectors, to name a few.

With "Direct Recording" the WS-321M or WS-311M can function as a USB microphone with optional DSS Player Version 7 Software. In this manner, direct recording on to your PC hard drive is possible and none of the recorder's own memory is used.

Playback Features
Users of the new WS-Series will benefit from the different playback settings. After capture, the slow playback option allows recordings to be listened to efficiently with playback that is 50 percent slower than real time. The fast playback option allows recordings to be played 50 percent faster than real time. Traditionally, users will keep rewinding to hear what was said, but with slow playback they will be less likely to do so, and they can skip ahead to the sections that are important with fast playback. Also, a repeat playback option enables repeated playback of just the selected part of the file being played.

Music to Listeners' Ears
For added convenience, both MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) files can be downloaded and played back. SRS WOW XTTM effects add higher quality to these popular file formats. Specifically designed for small devices with speakers that are physically located close together, SRS WOW XT technology enables the speakers to capture full-panoramic stereo sound. As a result, the reproduced sound is much closer to what the artists originally intended and delivers the same immersive and powerful 3D audio experience over headphones, which are included.

Connectivity, Memory and Storage
The new WS-Series has a wide range of flash memory capabilities, which enable the devices to capture long recordings. The WS-321M has 1 gigabyte of memory and holds up to 277 hours of recording time or 250 songs. The WS-311M has 512 megabytes and holds up to 138 hours of recording time or 120 songs. They also incorporate PC Link via "USB Direct," a unique design by which the device actually separates from the battery unit and plugs into the USB port located on most computers. This saves time and simplifies operation as there is no need for a docking station or cable. Additionally, the WS-311 and WS-321 offer USB 2.0 download speed for faster downloads, and because the WS-321M and WS-311M are portable, mass storage-class devices, they are ideal for anyone downloading large files including documents and images in addition to audio files, with no software required.

Intuitive Design
An enlarged, backlit LCD is easy to read and much more useful when navigating the menu screen. It reveals file information, recording time and events clearly. A stereo microphone is located on the top, and a speaker for audio playback is located on the front of the devices. The WS-Series' ultra-compact design (3.73" x 1.51" x 0.43") and light weight (1.65 ounces, including alkaline battery) make them ideal for travel.

These devices are outfitted with an ergonomic dial thumb pad allowing the user to easily play or stop a recording, adjust the volume level, fast-forward and rewind with the touch of one button. The Erase and Folder/Index buttons are positioned individually below the thumb dial for easy access during use.

File Management
File management (music, voice or text) is a snap with the new WS-Series thanks to an enormous amount of storage space and fingertip accessibility. The new WS-Series delivers an easy-to-use interface that allows users to organize digital voice recordings and music. It has five separate file folders that allow up to 200 files per folder for unmatched organization. For added convenience, users can lock a file, safeguarding important data from being accidentally erased.

Low Power Consumption
The WS-321M and WS-311M offer up to 21 hours of continuous operation with a single AAA battery.

Availability
The WS-321M and WS-311M will be available in September 2007.

U.S. Pricing
WS-321M Digital Audio Device Estimated Street Price: $149.99 (U.S.)
WS-311M Digital Audio Device Estimated Street Price: $99.99 (U.S.)

For review units and high-resolution images of the WS-Series audio devices, contact Nelson Pereira at Mullen Public Relations, (978) 468-8944 or nelson.pereria@mullen.com. For more information contact Jennifer Lyons, public relations manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc., 484-896-5350, jennifer.lyons@olympus.com, Olympus Imaging America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, Pa., 18034, or the Olympus Web site: http://www.olympusamerica.com.

ABOUT OLYMPUS IMAGING AMERICA INC.
Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and its ultimate parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances peoples' lives every day. These include:

  • Digital and Film Cameras as well as related Underwater Products and Accessories
  • Professional Digital SLR Imaging Systems as well as related Underwater Products and Accessories
  • Digital and Microcassette Recorders
  • Digital Media
  • Binoculars

    Olympus Imaging America Inc. is responsible for sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. For more information, visit: www.olympusamerica.com.

    Company Contact:
    Olympus Imaging America Inc.
    Jennifer Lyons, public relations manager
    (484) 896-5350
    jennifer.lyons@olympus.com

    Agency Contact:
    Mullen Public Relations
    Nelson Pereira
    (978) 468-8944
    nelson.pereria@mullen.com