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Philips LFH0617/00 ClearVoice Speech to Text Digital Recorder

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  • ClearVoice for clear and vivid voice playback
  • Index function for finding relevant passages easily
  • Instant one-touch recording
  • Rapidly transfer recordings and data via USB 2.0
  • Record in the popular MP3 format
  • Voice-activation function for hands-free recording
  • All-in-one: Dragon NaturallySpeaking DVR Edition included
  • Automatically transcribe your dictation files
  • Create documents three times faster than most people type
  • More accurate than ever, delivering up to 99% accuracy
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Product Information

Technical Details
Model NumberLFH0617/27
Item Weight41 g
Product Dimensions13 x 4.6 x 19 cm
Manufacturer Part NumberLFH0617/27
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 72,187 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight191 g
Date First Available7 Oct 2010
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Voice Tracer digital recorder lets you dictate documents and notes on the move. Back in the office, simply plug the recorder into your PC, transfer your files and let the included software automatically turn your talk into text.


Recording with good audio quality at lectures or presentations can be a challenge. Especially if you do not sit in the front row, the voice of the speaker may be to quiet too record in acceptable quality. The ClearVoice feature adjusts quiet passages dynamically, thus improving the intelligibility of quieter voices.

MP3 recording.

The MP3 format is the common audio format for consumer audio storage, as well as a de facto standard encoding for the transfer and playback of recordings.

Instant one-touch recording

Press and hold the record button for a moment to switch the VoiceTracer on and start recording instantly.

All-in-one solution

Turn talk into type with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software delivering more accurate results than ever.

Automatic transcription.

With our state-of-the-art software just plug the recorder into the PC, transfer your file and let it turn your talk into text.

Create documents faster

With the innovative speech recognition software you can now convert your dictation files into text files automatically and avoid time-consuming retyping.

Up to 99% accuracy

The powerful software solution now more accurate than ever! Delivering up to 99% accuracy for an efficient workflow.

Rapidly transfer recordings

Thanks to the fast data transfer of a hi-speed 2.0 USB connection, transferring recordings to your PC is up to 40 times faster compared with the original USB standard.

Index function

The index function helps and eases finding relevant passages in an instant.

Voice-activation function

Voice-activated recording is a convenience feature for hands-free recording. When enabled, recording will start automatically when you start speaking. Recording stops automatically after you stop speaking and restarts automatically when you start speaking again.

Product Description

275 hours recording time. 1GB built-in memory. Rapidly transfer recordings and data via USB 2.0. Index function for simple finding relevant passages. Record in the popular MP3 format. Visual record level indicator for clear volume feedback. Includes a digital recorder and speech recognition software. All-in-one Dragon Naturally Speaking DVR Edition included. USB cable. 1x battery (included). Quick start guide.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Groom TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Feb 2011
The voice recorder is simple to use, and has a relatively large 1GB capacity. Copying off recording files is simplicity itself, as you can just connect it as an external drive to your PC. No messing about with file conversion programs as with my old Sony VR. It also allows you to record in various levels of clarity, but to be honest, the highest should be yout choice if you plan on having it converted to text later. The mic is sensitive enough to record business meetings, but you'll need to have people reasonably close for them to be properly distinguishable. I didn't notice much difference with the optional 'clarity' setting.

Once you have the recordings, you can optionally pass them into Dragon and have it attempt to convert voice into text. Don't expect miracles here. It's only going to be wholly successful in interpreting clearly recorded memos by a single person speaking close to the microphone and without a large amount of background noise, and it will make the odd mistake. You can improve its ability to understand by going through a voice learning process. This will ensure you're more successful. However, assume that you're going to have to go through afterwards and correct the odd few words.

Overall, this is a good value combo, and if you're in the market for dictation software and a recorder together, you could do a lot worse than choose this pairing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE on 23 Dec 2010
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This little recorder comes very well packaged and contains the recorder, battery, very short usb cable and a dvd.Initially you put the battery in the recorder, attach the recorder to your pc using the usb cable and almost immediately you will get the instruction manual for the recorder.However, the instructions for transferring any recording to text are contained on the dvd.Unplug the recorder from your pc and insert the disc into your pc.

Once you have followed the instructions on the disc it takes about half an hour or so to transfer various files and initialise etc, you are then presented with a setup wizard.This is the most important part.You are presented with a User box and you click on New.You are then presented with a New User Wizard with drop down menus for language,accent and dictation source.I chose UK english, general accent and (most importantly)digital recorder using sound files.There is a brief pause whilst it creates a vocabulary and then you're back to the wizard, click next and then choose from the limited list a selection of text (in very small print), which you must read and record for 15 minutes.Once you've done that you plug the recorder back into your pc and the wizard will ask you to choose a file to transcribe.My advice is to click on Browse and then click on Recent Places and then double click on A and what you've just recorded should be obvious (if only that when the cursor hovers over it you get the date and time).Click on open and you go back to the wizard and click next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Skylark on 19 Dec 2012
Any of the digital recorders are marvellous. I have used several. You can buy them with confidence. Digest the instructions, summarise them, and soon you'll be using this extraordinary machine with delight!


However, do NOT even look at the "Dragon Naturally Speaking" software from Nuance that comes as an extra with this digital recorder. Throw it immediately into the bin. Do NOT be tempted! It is next to useless. Let's call it "Dragon UNnaturally Speaking"! (DUS, not DNS!)

It is not a full working edition, nor the latest full working edition, nor the finest of the latest full working edition, of "Dragon Naturally Speaking". It is instead the "Recorder Edition" sold with certain digital recorders. What that actually means is that it is a greatly stripped down, partly disabled, "edition" of an older version of the software.

All DUS is good for is "transcribing" speech files from the digital recorder (or any speech files fed to it as wav or wma files). However, the quality of the resulting transcriptions is appalling!

You are supposed to be able to train and teach DUS to transcribe perfectly, but I have found that training and teaching DUS is very difficult and it fails to learn well enough and quick enough.

The Help files (*.chm pages) are badly composed and will not open in Windows 7. Additionally, while Windows 7 can install DUS from the CD-Rom, it cannot read the documentation files that are included on the CD-Rom. Windows 7 cannot even read the contents of the DSU CD-Rom - due to the DUS disc being incompatible.

Support from Nuance, the maker of the this software, is extremely poor. Many of the URLs linking to their website result in 404s!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Nunn VINE VOICE on 1 May 2011
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This is a very nice digital voice recorder and the included Dragon Naturally Speaking software is absolutely superb, I have used text to speech solutions before and already had the latest version of Dragon installed and trained on my PC. The recorder is a perfect small device which is capable of picking up all the conversations during meetings, the built in 1GB of memory is more than sufficient for most uses and will store ~35hours of recording in High quality mode. Transferring the recordings is as simple as using the included USB cable to connect the device to your PC and dragging the files from your device to the PC using the file explorer.

The voice to text conversion is the most useful feature of this solution and works a treat so long as the software has been through the 'learning process' which takes about 2hours over the course of several days, but is defiantly worth the time. When using it to transcribe meetings it will not be so accurate and can have some severe problems if more than one person is talking at the same time. I would recommend using an external microphone if this is going to be the main use for the device as it will be able to be pace more centrally and will have better pickup than the built in mic.
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