Well I have it and you sure can't sing near it

the distortion is unbelievable! Awfuk the feedback and the fact that you can'f adjust the gain means that any high note peaks out. and that is even from across the room. Belkin told me its not for music and they mean it! Basicly belkin does good UPS and cables but music is another thing and what we need is a microphone that is nmade by music people
This is a cheesy mike for anything but dictation
think of it as a hasbro pda mike.

Posted by Marla S Wilson on November 18, 2003 at 11:25 PM (PDT) Comment 51

This Item is crap. It F@#$ up my ipod up.
Ever since I pluged this shet in, my ipod has never been tha same. It gets lock/frozen and there are problems in the playback. It sounds crapy too. FFF-

Posted by steve on November 21, 2003 at 10:21 PM (PDT) Comment 52

just got the recorder for Japan trip. Bad quality, plus, the hard drive spins up for EVERYTHING that the voice recorder does (record, play, browse voice samples. I have not used it more thanthe first time for fear of running down the battery. Plus, the quality sucked.

Posted by charlu on November 28, 2003 at 4:06 AM (PDT) Comment 53

Yeah, so far, this thing blows. I can't record a single sentence without it distorting -- painfully. The hard drive spin up is a joke. You have to wait a couple seconds after you hit record before you can actually begin. Belkin also threw in a crappy speaker for good measure. For the price they charge for this thing, Belkin should be ashamed.

Posted by The Man on November 28, 2003 at 10:48 PM (PDT) Comment 54

If this unit is not recalled then they can get away with
selling anything! Makes any answering machines ability to record seem world class!!! You CAN plug any mic in you want so don't let apple tell you otherwise.... (No compresson...No level ajustment...)
That makes sense? WHAT A SCAM

Posted by thom on November 29, 2003 at 2:21 AM (PDT) Comment 55

My boyfriend's old Archos records miles better than this. When I record through my iPod it sounds like I am using a tin can. I hope someone brings out a better version soon so he stops making fun of my iPod.

Posted by heyhey on November 29, 2003 at 12:44 PM (PDT) Comment 56

GriffinTech Is making a better one that features line in and is not as bulky.

Posted by iBookiPod on December 6, 2003 at 4:11 PM (PDT) Comment 57

I knew what I was getting into, so I suppose my review would be that this is not as bad as I thought it would be. It's definitely functional. As a songwriter who travels a lot, this will get a lot of use.
I'm hoping that somebody else will come out with a better quality microphone, perhaps with a built-in limiter. That would decrease the distortion factor.
8 mHz mono isn't the best, but at least it's digital, and for now it's all we've got...

Posted by MarkLee on December 10, 2003 at 9:48 PM (PDT) Comment 58

I don't know where they are buying this for 60 bucks but I just got one from the Apple Store in the Grove (Mall in Los Angeles Cali for all you out of state folk) for 19 bucks. At this price point, it is more than worth it. Quality is fine and I find it useful for what I intend to do with it. Just dont get too close to your source or the distortion is pretty bad. Not sure how omnidirectional it can be with the little tic tac hole leading to the mic. I constantly have to record memos, grocery lists, phone numbers etc and this is perfect for that.

Posted by pumi on December 23, 2003 at 3:36 PM (PDT) Comment 59

Also see some disappointing comments on the belkin v.r. at Apple's discussion forums (ipod:voice recorder) here:[email protected]@.599ac838

Threads tend to center on the crackling/clipping issue, as well as occassional loose connections and overall unrealiability... other threads point to threads here at ipodlounge. Looks like many of us will be awaiting a future voice recorder from Griffin, and hopefully it will be better...

A few threads:

"Disappointed in Belkin"[email protected]@.599b72aa

"Belkin clips harshly, and easily"[email protected]@.599d9f6f

Posted by Santaduck on December 24, 2003 at 10:39 PM (PDT) Comment 61

I can't seem to make my new voice recorder work. When i plug it in nothing happens and there is no "voice memo" option in my extras menu. Can anyone help or is it just a dud?

Posted by Aidz on January 7, 2004 at 8:28 AM (PDT) Comment 62

I had incredible problems with distortion using the belkin microphone. Even with low levels the distortion was so bad the it
pretty much made the microphone useless.

I am hoping that Griffins version of this mike will work better.

I am also looking for a small digital recorder which can handle an external mike and has excellent frequency response. Its amazing that there is really not much out there right now.

Posted by Ipodder on January 18, 2004 at 10:53 AM (PDT) Comment 63

Ur all screw this is the best thin the world has seen with the G5 so all u mac haters beta watch it cuz macs rock./.... yeah macs rock

Posted by James on January 28, 2004 at 9:23 PM (PDT) Comment 64

Does anyone know if you can use XPlay or other software to drag these WAV voice files off the iPod? Then I can turn them into nice small MP3s and put them back on the iPod. ;^)


Posted by Paul on January 31, 2004 at 4:48 PM (PDT) Comment 65

Want to record concerts live? Get a Creative Nomad Jukebox 3. It excels at doing this. the 40gig version should be sufficient. I have experience with it. Still I use my 3g iPod the most for listening.

Posted by Master SamWise on February 2, 2004 at 6:27 AM (PDT) Comment 66

i did a mini-experiment today with my voice recorder. i took it to one class, which is a small classroom, seats about 30 people w/ desks. i sit in the very back row. my voice recorder worked great, it does pick up every noise between you and ur professor (including the hard drive spinning occasionally), but i was very pleased.
my next class was in a huge lecture hall, probably 150 people seated at long tables. i sit near the back in this class too, and it still picked up on everything my prof said, -even though you could tell he was a distance away-(except when someone would cough or i had to change pages). i was very surprised.
p.s. the mike on this thing still sucks.

Posted by cara on February 2, 2004 at 4:47 PM (PDT) Comment 67

i meant the holes in the front of the recorder that are passed off as a speaker still sucks. comparable to turning ur headphones up as loud as they go and listening without having them by your ears.

Posted by cara on February 3, 2004 at 4:51 PM (PDT) Comment 68

Here you go:

Shipping in April.

(for some reason preview isn't working for me, so I have no idea if this post is legible)

Posted by John R. Daily on February 9, 2004 at 5:13 PM (PDT) Comment 69

Ditto octavio. To say that the Belkin is a disappointment is an understatement. It is NOT suitable for voice recording, it MAY be suitable for recording John Cage's 4'33"... of SILENCE. How is it possible to sell a product that doesn't even begin to do what it's designed for?!

Posted by audiophile on February 17, 2004 at 3:40 PM (PDT) Comment 70

People in movie and or video industry wouldnt have minded some quality to the hz/bitrate/file format as well... mono can is acceptable for voice as sweetening and music in stereo will help cover that, however by all accounts it sounds like this Belkin thing will only go as far as making a recording that you can make out what is said, rather than something you would collect with a remote second mike. Back to the Minidisc or Nagra I guess.

Posted by TankmanB on February 22, 2004 at 10:47 AM (PDT) Comment 71

I bought the voice recorder today and tested it before using it to record a lecture. It worked fine, sound quality was not too good but what do you expect, it's a voice recorder. The real problem revealed itself when I took it to the lecture. It worked for about an hour, while completely draining the iPod battery. An hour after the recording began the ipod just turned off and the low battery icon barely came on. When I got home I saw that the file didn't even get saved.
I have a new iPod and the battery was fully charged. Lecture recording is listed as one of the uses for the voice recorder and that's the only reason why I needed this device and that's where it failed me. I believe that Belkin should discontinue this item until it is improved, or put the time / battery limitation on the box instead of bragging about "hundreds of hours." I am returning this item tomorrow.

Posted by zaur on March 8, 2004 at 9:07 PM (PDT) Comment 72

I tried this product out for 5 days. The package says you can use it in lectures so I figured it would be perfect for a small classroom situation. I was wrong. The end result either muffled and quiet or loud and distorted. In no way did repositioning the ipod improve things. Ultimately, the audio quality is terrible. Finally, I wanted to only record portions of the class so I was stopping my recordings often and thusly making new "memos". With 14.6 gigs free I was unable to record more than 4 memos. I restarted my ipod, same thing. Removed and reinserted the recorded, same thing. I'm not sure if that is a common glitch but it was enough for me to be completely sure it is not worth the $75 (Canadian) price tag.

Posted by Paul on March 23, 2004 at 11:13 AM (PDT) Comment 73

My Griffin Technology's iTalk is going to arrive this week. I hope it works better then Belkins!

Posted by Kimmie on April 18, 2004 at 9:48 PM (PDT) Comment 74

Does anyone know how long they record for?I was going to record some of my drumming stuff, but I guess I'll have to buy a Griffin iTalk instead..inconvenient

Posted by DP on April 30, 2004 at 2:37 PM (PDT) Comment 75
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