Dictation equipment can also be known as a dictaphone, digital recorder, digital note taker, voice recorder, voice tracer and pocket memo taker.
The days of a mini-cassette recorder to record on before passing the tape over to a secretary to type up the notes are not entirely over as analogue tape recorders are still being made and used, so if this is what you need, then look for analogue pocket memos from Philips.
If you prefer something digital, then there's a large range available from Philips and Olympus with prices starting from as little as £45. Prices increase once extra memory and additional functions are added, such as voice-activated recording and digital transcription software. Some dictation machines can store up to 2080 hours of recordings. To put that into perspective, that's 85 days of continuous recording.
Nowadays, the functions available on dictation machines can be numerous. Like most things digital, the descriptions can be confusing and riddled with acronyms such as WMS, MP3, DSS, WMA, and SHDC. If you're unsure about the most right dictation machine for your needs, please give us a call on 0800 1700197.
Besides the actual dictation machines, you may need several accessories, such as headsets or headphones, to allow the recordings to be played back discreetly for transcription.
Transcription kits are available from Philips, which include a foot pedal, stereo headset and transcription software. If you need to record meetings and use the recordings for minutes, you might wish to consider a conference microphone that provides crystal clear pick-up from a 360-degree radius. Finally, for those still using analogue recorders, we stock mini dictation tapes from Philips.