Professionals moving from handheld microcassette dictation recorders will find that today’s digital dictation devices make the transition easier than ever before. The nation’s leading manufacturers offer excellent choices that can make your work much more productive and much more enjoyable, with reliability far exceeding fragile cassettes.
Digital vs Tape
Professional handheld dictation recorders work very much like the tape dictation machines you may be used to: slide up the side switch to record, slide down to playback, hold down to review.
Fortunately, that’s where much of the similarity ends:
- Digital files sound better than tape, especially after cassetts have been recycled several times.
- No tapes to break!
- Digital voice files can be easily sent over a network or the Internet to a transcriptionist. Turnaround on dictation is faster.
- No tape expense. And, with most professional models, rechargeable battery packs mean no more battery expense.
American Dictation carries the leading digital handheld recorder brands that meet the highest standards for quality, value and professional features.
Olympus set the modern baseline for digital voice recorders with the introduction of the DS-4000 in 2005, upgrading to the Olympus DS-5000 in 2008, the DS-7000 in 2012 and now, Olympus raises the bar further with the WiFi powered Olympus DS-9500
A worldwide leader in dictation for decades, Philips made a big splash in digital dictation with the DPM8000 digital dictation recorder. This is the first digital dictation device that can visually and functionally mimic the look and feel of the old cassette based recorders. Truly no learning curve!
Not to seem complacent, in 2017 came the announcement of the SpeechAir, a dictation recorder that is more like a smartphone and can send voice files using a WiFi signal.
Digital Work Flow
Of course, using a digital handheld voice recorder is not much good if it cannot help you maintain or improve your dictation workflow. While your actual workflow may differ, the following are some of the more popular scenarios we have encountered in the thousands of installations we have performed. American Dictation can customize your installation to meet your individual needs.
The following scenarios can apply to many different types of firms, as well, including legal, healthcare, engineering, corporate, etc.