DVT2510 Digital Recorder - Easy to use, but...
Purchased via an eBay shop who had the item on sale ($79), I personally think it was still overpriced for what it does and for the quality of the recording. BUT, it is a no nonsense voice recorder, with a relatively OK and useful colour screen, that's easy to use and has a relatively intuitive menu structure. Please take note of this warning though - Do not handle the unit while recording.
The unit has zero body noise shielding. In the end I created a little foam stand for it and sit the recorder vertically in the middle of the table during ...meetings and it records meetings fine. But if you lay it down on the table, or use it like a microphone pointing it in the direction of speakers (e.g., interviews) it records every bit of table noise or handling noise. On top of that, when laid flat on the table or some object, the microphones are compromised due to the recording field being limited by the table/object. Another thing which is a significant limitation, you can't attach an external microphone on it. I didn't realise this. If I had have known, I probably would have gone the next model up. I mean, even the $20 chinese cheapy voice recorder I bought 5yrs ago (that finally died) had an input for an external microphone. That said, the fidelity of the Philips unit is way better than the chinese cheapy which makes it so much easier to listen to when writing those minutes! Knowing the above limitations, buy it with your eyes open, buy it at a discounted price and you'll get what you paid for - fairly easy to use voice recorder, with a useful screen and pretty fair recording quality so long as you don't handle the unit directly.
Questions & Answers
How can I adjust the playback volume?
Thanks your question here, Ann. We recommend reaching out to our colleagues directly with these phone numbers: +61 2 9411 4436 (AU) or 0800 342 828 from Mondays to Saturdays: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm (NZ). They specialize in this department, and can assist you properly.
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The answer is you can't unless a volume option appears when you plug in headphones. (not something I've done).
The intent as I see it is that the user sets the ideal microphone sensitivity upfront for the recording environment the unit is in and then when it plays back it is at a "good" volume. Otherwise, connect the unit via USB and play the files through the computer adjusting the volume to suit, or you connect the unit via the headphone outlet into a computer or other amplification set up and control the volume there (also something I've not done).
Another potentially annoying thing I've found since living with this recorded for a couple of years now, is that you can park mp3 files on the unit but they are not accessible to be played. The operating system only allows you to navigate to the files it itself has created.
Has it got a external microphone jack?
Hi there, Gian. Thanks for your question. Unfortunately the Philips DVT2510 isn't equipped with an external microphone jack. We do offer a few that have this option, and you can find them here: https://www.dictation.philips.com/au/products/audio-video-recorders/. Hopefully this helps. :)
The Philips Australia Team
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