Oh, thank goodness you have popped in. How do you send the sound files elsewhere (I"m asking bcs I'll have to keep them for an indefinite period -- I'm a journalist)?
How much did yours cost?
How reliable is it? Has it EVER let you down and how long have you had it, how much do you use it?
By pure coincidence I got an e-mail from another researcher this morning about some more kit. This will allow you to record/use sounds files as mp3 files which apparently the Olympus doesn't do - it uses wma files. (This hasn't been a problem for me, but what do I know!)
If you're interested, here is what he said:
"Hi there y'all - thought you might be interested in this offer on the Zoom audio recorder. I should hasten to add that I haven't personally tried this piece of kit but it ticks all the boxes: it runs on AA batteries, it has built in microphones but allows you to plug external mikes in. It uses SD memory cards so you can expand it. And it records in mp3 format - wma is proving to be a bit of a limitation for the Olympus machines. Actually it records at much higher resolutions than mp3 - it actually records at higher resolutions than CD audio if you really want to - it is designed for muscians to do field recordings. Best of all is the price - at £185 + VAT - you'll need to add a decent sized SD expansion card which will cost you another £20-30 but really its a bargain. I paid £300 for the equivalent Edirol product.
I use an Olympus DM-02. It's very good, capacious storage capacity, small/discrete, battery lasts ages and good sound quality (although improving sound quality has much to do with what type of microphone you use for what kind of situation). They are not cheap however!
Not sure what you want it for, though becasue if you are looking at real sound quality then you are probably better off with a mini-disk type system, simply becasue they sample more info.... Hope this helps