Sony launches seven digital dictation machines

Sony Europe's IT Peripherals division has added seven new devices to its digital dictation machine range including entry, mid and high-end level devices:

ICDSX68, ICDSX78, ICDSX78DR9 (high-end)
Sony's professional digital dictation machines claim to provide high quality stereo recording with an 80-20,000Hz close-to-CD frequency range.

With built-in memory of 512MB (SX68) and 1GB (SX78) respectively, the new devices offer double the capacity of the current SX series. Other features include:

- High sensitivity, built-in triple microphone for centre focussing or stereo recording capability - for interviews, meetings and recording music
- Digital Voice Up Function – allows volume adjustment to highlight quieter voices in play back mode
- Digital Pitch Control – Allows playback of recordings to be heard at an increased or slower speed without distortion for transcribing or editing requirements
- 5 star rating with Dragon Naturally Speaking transcription software

ICDUX60B (mid-range)
Sony's mid-range offering has been extended to include a built-in memory of 512MB at a lower price point, while still offering 144hrs 30min recording time.

The ICDUX60B also offers MP3 stereo recording and playback for music on the move. Other features include:

- USB Direct Connection – for "Drag and drop" file transfer of voice recordings and MP3 files
- Voice Operated Recording
- Digital Pitch Control – Allows playback of recordings to be heard at an increased or slower speed without distortion for transcribing or editing requirements
- 5 star rating with Dragon Naturally Speaking

ICDB600, ICDP620, ICDP630F (entry level)
Aimed at students and business users, the entry level devices now feature longer recording capacities at 300hrs for ICDB600 and 260hrs for ICDP620 and ICDP630F in long play mode.

Internal memory doubles from the current model to 512MB. Other features include:

- Add Recording Function – allowing users to continue/add-to a pre-recorded file
- Speaker output of 250mW
- PC Link - File conversion to MP3 or WAV is possible by using supplied Digital Voice Editor software (ICDP620 and ICDP630F only)
- FM radio recordable (ICDP630F only)

The new models are available from April 2008.