Last updated: August 20, 2021

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We want to introduce you to the best voice recorders you can find on the market. Voice recorders are an extremely useful tool when recording audio anytime, anywhere thanks to their compact and portable design, which can be stored in your pocket, briefcase or other.

We give you more than just the technical details of each model. We want you to have all the information you need to make the best buying decision. From the most innovative models and the features you should compare, to the most common questions among buyers.




Summary

  • A voice recorder is a device that captures sound frequencies in a linear fashion.
  • One of its main advantages is the high quality sound recording in a compact and easy-to-carry format.
  • Most voice recorders have different recording settings that allow them to be used in different scenarios, either outdoors or indoors.

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Buying Guide

There is no way to make a successful purchase without knowing the product well, so before you go shopping you should know as much as you can about the product. Luckily, you'll find the information you need in this shopping guide.

There's nothing like being able to record your ideas and review them at your leisure. (Photo: dolgachov / 123rf)

What is a voice recorder and what advantages does it offer?

A voice recorder is a device designed to capture audio, it has one or more microphones to deliver high quality sound and clear detail in every shot, allowing you to select pre-settings for recording in different scenarios, whether indoors or at noisy outdoor events.

The voice recorders deliver audio files in different formats: MP3, WAV, WMA, etc. depending on the model of the recorder. One of their main advantages is the accuracy and ease of recording audio quickly at any time and place.
Improvements in manufacturing materials allow them to be lighter and easier to carry than older voice recorders, making portability an important factor when choosing a voice recorder.

Today, there are a number of voice recorders on the market, their compact design and lightweight materials make them an extremely useful recording tool when recording meetings, conversations and events.
Although there have been significant advances in the design and manufacture of voice recorders built into smartphones, portable voice recorders are designed to deliver a high quality sound recording that smartphones cannot simulate due to the quality of the microphones used.

Advantages
  • Compact size
  • Portable and easy to carry
  • Records in a variety of formats
  • Offers settings for recording both outdoors and indoors
Disadvantages
  • Audio quality depends on the model chosen
  • Better quality is more expensive
  • Recording range is limited to approximately 33 feet

Analogue or digital voice recorder - what should you pay attention to?

Voice recorders on the market can be divided into two main categories: Analogue or Digital. It is important to consider these aspects when purchasing one so that you know which one suits your needs and the results you expect.

Analogue Digital
Frequency High, low and even some not perceptible by the human ear Not so sensitive to low frequencies
Editing It is a slow and complicated process It is fast with computer programs
Copies The quality decreases when copying It can be copied without losing quality

These are just some of the features you might consider when buying a voice recorder, however, there are more features to consider, such as: size, weight and number of microphones. These attributes depend on your tastes and needs.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rank different models of voice recorders

When choosing which product to buy, it is important to consider features and functionalities that suit your needs and not choose solely on the aesthetic design of the product.

  • Battery life
  • Number of microphones
  • Recording functions

Battery life

The battery life of the voice recorder you want to buy can make all the difference when making your purchase. It is undoubtedly important to have a long battery life when working with remote devices. Therefore, it is necessary to be clear about what functions and/or conditions you will use it for.

"It is important to consider what kind of use you will give it, whether it is for working in closed/controlled environments or for work with more noise and without access to electricity"

If your objective is to capture audio in open places, away from urban centres and therefore without easy access to electricity, it is recommended to use voice recorders with external batteries (batteries, portable batteries, etc.) so that you are not limited to having an electrical current to charge your voice recorder.

On the other hand, if your objective is to capture audio in closed and controlled environments, the best option is to purchase a voice recorder with an integrated lithium battery, as it offers longer recording time, however, it is necessary to have access to electricity in order to charge the battery.

The latest advances in battery design and manufacturing have made it possible to extend battery life even when recording voice and sound in high quality, providing a more enjoyable experience in a compact and convenient format.

Number of microphones

The voice recorder can offer a wide range of recording configurations

The number of microphones present in a voice recorder will largely determine the detail and accuracy of the recorded audio. By having more than one microphone, the voice recorder can offer a wider range of recording settings, capturing different frequencies (high and low) simultaneously.

Having more than one microphone gives you a realistic sound

Also, having more than one microphone built in allows for more realistic sound reproduction of environmental details that single-microphone recorders are not able to perceive.

Technological advances in manufacturing processes and material usage provide more and more microphones in voice recorders while retaining a portable, lightweight and compact design. It is important to note that the number of microphones depends on the intended use.

A voice recorder with a larger number of microphones is recommended for professional recordings, with more noise or in circumstances where more detail and audio clarity is required.

Recording features

Recording functions are an important factor when choosing a voice recorder, as they allow you to adjust the recording to different scenarios, favouring the quality of the recording and its subsequent editing.
The more recording functions a voice recorder has, the better the audio quality you will obtain, as the correct adjustment of its functions will allow you to obtain clearer and more detailed sounds.

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