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Olympus Announces Digital Voice Recorder with Docking Station for PC & Mac

Melville, NY, March 8, 2002 - Olympus America announced today the easy-to-use DS-330 compact and ergonomic digital voice recorder with direct connect to all PC's and Macs. The DS-330 makes file transfers a snap with the included USB docking station. Just press the button on the docking station and voice files are downloaded quickly and easily to the PC.

The first Olympus digital voice recorder to be both PC and Mac compatible, the DS-330 provides 330 minutes of recording time with 16MB of built-in flash memory as well as five separate folders with 199 files in each folder for superior organization capabilities. Sound quality has also been enhanced and can be made even clearer with the Olympus innovative noise canceling technology, which removes unwanted hiss and background noise. To suit various sound conditions, users can also adjust the microphone's sensitivity. You can even use the recorder in low-light conditions, such as at a lecture hall or during presentations thanks to the easy-to-read back-lit LCD display.

The DS-330 is perfectly suited to meet varying professional needs. When connected to a computer, the DS-330 even functions as a USB microphone and speaker because of USB audio class compatibility. Voice files can be easily included into emails or forwarded to a secretary for transcription. The optional AS-3000 Transcription Kit (DSS Player Pro transcription module with footswitch and headset) can further streamline this process. Automatic transcription is also possible through the use of optionally available voice recognition software, such as IBM's ViaVoice®.

330 minutes of continuous recording can be stored in Long Play mode (155 minutes in Standard Play). These extended recording times are made possible with the high-compression DSS (Digital Speech Standard) file format. After capture, recordings can be overwritten, erased, moved between folders or have additional sections inserted into them at any point. The DS-330 also allows up to 16 index marks to be set per message - both during recording and playback - meaning that specific sections of individual dictations are always quickly located. The individual files can be played back at three different speeds: normal, fast or slow - through either the built-in speaker or earphones.

The Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) ensures that recording begins only when the sound is sensed. The DS-330 also includes an alarm/scheduler that allows a particular recording to play at a desired time. A special security lock function prevents accidental deletion of sensitive files. At just 4.25" x 1.6" x .8" (H x W x D) and only 2.6 ounces, the attractive and ergonomically designed DS-330 fits perfectly in a hand and is certain to become a must-have for the busy professional. The DS-330 is available May 1, 2002 for a street price $149. For more information, contact Olympus America, Consumer Products Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., Melville, NY 11747-3157, ph: (631) 844-5000 or (800) 622-6372, Fax: (631) 844-5262.

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DS-330 Specifications
Recording format: Digital recording in accordance with IVA Digital Speech Standard (DSS).
Recording medium: 16MB integrated flash memory
Specified input level: -70 dB
Sampling frequency: Standard mode (SP): 12 kHz.
Long Play mode (LP): 8 kHz.
Overall frequency response: SP mode: 300 to 5,000 Hz.
LP mode: 300 to 3,000 Hz.
Recording times: SP mode: approx. 155 min. (continuous recording).
LP mode: approx. 330 min. (continuous recording).
Speaker: Built-in 28 mm round dynamic speaker.
Microphone jack: 3.5 mm mini-jack, impedance 2 k.
Earphone jack: 3.5 mm mini-jack, impedance 8.
Maximum output (3 V DC): 180 mW or more (8 speaker).
Power supply: Rated voltage: 3 V DC
Batteries: Two AAA-size batteries (LR03 or R03).
External power supply: AC adapter
Battery life (recording): Approx. 11 hours (according to Olympus tests using alkaline batteries).
Size (HxWxD): 4.25 x 1.6 x 0.8 inches (without protrusions).
Weight: 2.6 ounces (including batteries)
Minimum PC requirements for DSS Player 2002:
Windows

PC: IBM PC/AT compatible PC
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98/ 98SE/ Me /2000
Professional/ NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 4 (SP4)/ XP
Professional / Home Edition

Recommended

CPU: Intel Pentium II class 300MHz MMX or better
RAM: 64 MB or more
Hard drive space: 70 MB or more
CD-ROM drive: 12x
Sound card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 or 100% compatible sound card
Audio I/O jacks: Earphone output or speakers
Display: 16-bit color video card
USB port: One free port
Web browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later)

Macintosh

PC: iMac, iBook, Power Mac G3/G4, PowerBook G3
Note: The computer must support a standard USB port.
Operating system: Mac OS 8.6/9.0/9.1/10.1

Recommended

RAM: 16MB or more
Hard drive space: 5 MB or more
Display: 800x600 pixels or more, 256 colors or more
CD-ROM drive: 2X or faster
USB port: One or more free USB ports
Audio I/O jacks: Microphone input and earphone (or speaker) output.

*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
All trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holder. ®2001 Olympus America Inc.
*ViaVoice is a registered trademark of IBM.