RCA VR5320 1GB Digital Voice Recorder

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With the RCA VR5320 1GB Digital Voice Recorder in hand, you will no longer miss out on any important lectures, notes, or interviews. Storing and accessing those recorded audio files is also simple and efficient in this RCA digital voice recorder. An exciting feature is the variable-speed playback, which lets you listen to recorded files at your own pace. You can bookmark recorded files on this 1GB voice recorder to help you navigate through the various files quickly and easily. With the built-in flip-out USB connection, this digital voice recorder enables convenient data transfer to your PC.

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With the RCA VR5320 1GB Digital Voice Recorder in hand, you will no longer miss out on any important lectures, notes, or interviews. Storing and accessing those recorded audio files is also simple and efficient in this RCA digital voice recorder. An exciting feature is the variable-speed playback, which lets you listen to recorded files at your own pace. You can bookmark recorded files on this 1GB voice recorder to help you navigate through the various files quickly and easily. With the built-in flip-out USB connection, this digital voice recorder enables convenient data transfer to your PC.

RCA VR5320 1GB Digital Voice Recorder:

  • RCA 1GB built-in flash memory
  • Built-in, flip-out USB connection
  • Automatic voice-activated record
  • Variable speed playback
  • Intro scan
  • Time stamp
  • Quick, easy file management
  • Bookmarks insert index marks to identify and quickly retrieve important sound bites
  • Specifications

    Battery Type: AAA
    Primary Color: Black
    Model No.: VR5320
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.22
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.35 x 0.87 x 1.42
    Assembled in Country of Origin: Imported
    Origin of Components: Imported
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    PIECE OF GARBAGE!!! (Just My Opinion)
    1/7/2011

    Customer review by PublicInterestTech001

    1.0 stars 1/7/2011 by PublicInterestTech001
    by PublicInterestTech001

    The following statements are made based on my professional opinion, experience, and best of my knowledge and belief, after spending countless hours with learning features and diagnosing problems on this recorder and its recent simillarly-featured predecessors: 1. This recorders' files constantly get corrupted and CHKDSK or other Disk Repair has to be run on it. I just spent over TWO HOURS running the last Repair on a big sound file. 2. Even though it records in .WAV format, the O/S doesnt treat the 32-bit formatted memory space in the same manner as a USB "thumb-drive," meaning: A. You cant simply use a PC drag-and-drop of the files to and from the media without the INDEX file getting messed up AND risk causing the memory space to be corrupted, which results in future file-corruption. If you copy and delete a sound file and then copy it back, the recorder no longer sees it because the operation was controlled on the PC, not via the Recorder's O/S where the index file would otherwise be updated. You must use the RCA software at all times and places, which may not always be convenient. B. If the RCA device driver isnt loaded, the PC [Win-XP (SP3)] might not recognize the Recorder. This could be problematic if transferring to School, Library, or Corporate "locked-down" PC's, preventing access to your files. 3. WEAK BATTERY WILL LEAD TO LOCKED-UP RECORDING AND FILE CORRUPTION: Whenever the batteries get close to dying in the middle of a recording, it will lock-up and make a ticking noise. All the buttons freeze-up and the only resolution is to immediately remove the batteries. When new ones are put in you may have to deal with a file-corruption problem and receive error messages copying one or more files to the PC. Causing you to have to run a Disk-Repair Utility to straighten it out. Some recordings may end up irrepairable. 4. ITS A NUISANCE TO RECORD...You must ALWAYS FIRST press the Play button before recording and it usually flashes <WAIT>...<WAIT>...<WAIT> for several inconvenient seconds before it is ready to record. So you CANNOT just press <RECORD> and immediately start recording. It requires at least one extra cumbersom step and delay before recording starts. RCA may claim it as a "safety feature" but you and I may find it more annoying. If youre a journalist or have to have quick-start recording, this is not for you. I have owned several prior models to this with simillar problems. I have used them with some of the most stable PC's and in the most conservative manner, always following the manufacturers operating instructions when using this device with the same results. Previously I used a Panasonic USR380 (now unavailable), had no trouble and loved it! With RCA's models Ive spent way too much time fixing the recorders files. The only reason I bought them was unavailability of decent competing models in Wal Mart, and price. Im now looking for a Panasonic that is priced comparably. I would not recommend anyone buying any later-improved RCA models. I feel RCA has had plenty of chances to get it right. (BTW, I dont know why, but this items Product Reviews area was EMPTY when initially displaying the items WalMart.com listing.)

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    PublicInterestTech001
    Would recommend to a friend? No
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:1 week or less
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
    Perfect recorder
    11/8/2010

    Customer review by MyMindsEye

    5.0 stars 11/8/2010 by MyMindsEye
    by MyMindsEye

    I bought this to help me record notes in meetings and use as a reminder tool. It works perfectly. The amount of time that can be recorded is way more than I need and what I like about it is that you can record your notes in .wav files, which can be played back on any computer. It's so easy to use, it's exactly what I needed for my use.

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    MyMindsEye
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
    Great Paranormal Investigation Tool!!
    6/28/2011

    Customer review by screamfreak79

    5.0 stars 6/28/2011 by screamfreak79
    by screamfreak79

    As a paranormal investigator and equipment retailer I need an inexpensive digital voice recorder that records in WAV format and has a USB connection. WAV is important because we need our recordings as close to the original audio input as possible without file compression. EVP or electronic voice phenomenon is sometimes captured in inaudible frequencies that MP3 or WMA formats will compress or even remove. WAV takes up more space, but with 1gig of memory we can still record several investigations on the internal memory. The flip out USB means we have less accessories to keep up with. Seldom will you find a DVR that records in WAV format for this price. The option to plug in an external microphone for better sound quality really seals the deal for me. Less educated investigators would shy away from this product because it is inexpensive, but from my experience this recorder is a GEM. The only problem I have with this recorder is the user friendliness, but that's nothing a few minutes with the instruction manual won't fix. This is a must for any serious paranormal investigator.

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    screamfreak79
    Roanoke, VA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every few days
    Nice for the Price
    12/7/2010

    Customer review by ATiredReader

    5.0 stars 12/7/2010 by ATiredReader
    by ATiredReader

    The controls took me a little while to get used to: This is my first digital recorder. But once you get the feel of it, it's not hard to use. The software that comes with the unit is decent-- not outstanding. I downloaded a freeware converter to change the voc files to mp3s. You can also record in WAV format and drag the files directly to a WAV-enabled MP3 player. (My sound editing software, Roxio hates WAV files, so I have to convert the files first if I want to edit them.) I really like the light weight of this product and the built-in USB connector. I wish it would have come with a carrying case.

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    ATiredReader
    Harrisburg, PA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:55 - 64
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Female
    Usage:Once per week
    It's a $25.00 recorder--You can't beat it for the
    1/8/2012

    Customer review by TopherLovesToGrill

    5.0 stars 1/8/2012 by TopherLovesToGrill
    by TopherLovesToGrill

    I have no idea why there's a couple reviews about this recorder that go into depth about all the technical gibberish associated with digital recording and so forth. It's a $25.00 digital recorder, not a $200.00 one! If you want something that's really versatile and gives you all kinds of happy little frills and benefits and quirks, keep shopping and pay a little more. For the money, this is a GREAT recorder. I've used it for hundreds of hours now with NO PROBLEMS. NONE of the problems people have reported with this recorder have happened to me. One even says you have to push the record button then the play button to get it to record and that you get a "wait" message over and over...uh...are you sure you reviewed the correct recorder??? All you have to do is tap record and it immediately starts. I've never had a problem with the included software. You can download free Audacity software and play with your digital files there (cutting and pasting, dragging and dropping, etc...). It's a blast to use, too. It's so simple and self-explanatory that it kinda explains itself. Playback sound is not too bad at all with the built-in speaker. It records in uncompressed .WAV format, which is lager than MP3 but sounds better (especially with headphones or external speakers). AND there's an external microphone jack so you can add a phantom-powered or dynamic microphone at will. Speaking of phantoms, it's a great EVP recorder too for all you paranormal investigator buffs. Because it records in .WAV there's very little chance you'd miss something (like you probably will using an MP3 recorder). I've already picked up all kinds of stuff with it, and using Audacity software with it works GREAT for saving sounds as files). Anyway for $25.00 you really can't go wrong. Pick one up and play around with it. If you don't like it, you're not out much. But if you do (which you will), you'll have all kinds of fun with it. It's worth it to give it a try, especially with all the extra little features you get.

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    TopherLovesToGrill
    Billings, MT
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:Longer than one year
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
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    by brad1945 6/30/2011
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    • A. Other than two AAA batteries, everything is built in and ready to record.
      by luxsphinx3/4/2012
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    • A. Nope, everything you need is included or on-board. And it works great, too!
      by TopherLovesToGrill3/4/2012
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    • A. It has a built in microphone, but you can also plug in an external microphone such as for a headset if you are recording while riding a bike or motorcycle for instance.
      by MNTechWriter8/13/2012
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    • A. No. I used with conversations and works very good.
      by Juliestgo10/30/2011
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    • A. No. I have used it to record my own thoughts (spoken, that is,) and to record meeting comments in a public setting (I keep it in my shirt pocket for this task.) Speaking into the mic works best, of course.
      by poets298028/22/2011
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    • A. No-- the recorder is complete. Just put batteries in it and turn it on. You may or may not want to set it on auto pause and put it on "conference mode" so it'll pick up conversations in a room. By the way, the mic is very sensitive, so it'll pick up even the faintest sounds. You can use an external mic if you need to. But you don't have to.
      by ATiredReader8/26/2011
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    • A. This is complete out of the box to record conversations. Nothing else is needed.
      by SharksIn68/19/2011
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    by kerikappenmacher 12/7/2010
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    • A. It has both Mic and Headphones jacks, so if your car stereo has a aux input, you can plug it in easily. Largely depends on having a car stereo that can accept standard headphone style attachments.
      by luxsphinx2/13/2012
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    • A. You can use the external earphone jack for that with the right adapter. It does not come with this adapter.
      by MNTechWriter11/11/2011
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    • A. Juliestgo's answer isnt quite accurate. In Dictation mode it will be MONO output, but change the mode to CONF and it will come out STEREO (both speakers) as long as you are ALSO using a STEREO-ADAPTER (youll notice the metal tip separated by TWO, not just one, plastic ring.) See my other replies.
      by PublicInterestTech00111/10/2011
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    • A. NO, but you have other options: 1. Buy an FM Transmitter that will connect to the earphone jack for around $20 and tune an FM station into the transmission. 2. If you have a newer car, plug it directly into the USB jack and it might work. 3. Buy a Male-to-Male Mini-Stereo connector at a place like R@dio Sh@ck and connect to your car stereo AUX input on the faceplate (if it has one).
      by PublicInterestTech00111/10/2011
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    • A. I attached the device to my car radio and works only one side of the speakers. (mono) not stereo.
      by Juliestgo10/30/2011
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    • A. If your car has an iPod input, then you could play this voice recorder through your car stereo. You would plug a cable from the headphone output plug into the iPod input. If not, then I'm not sure how you would do it.
      by SharksIn61/23/2011
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