Given your biggest reason for the recorder, you are correct. My biggest reason 
however is for note taking, and I hate wearing headphones so the sound of the 
speaker for playback is important to me. I love the fact that Voice Guidance is 
there for a lot of the Olympus recorders but I do wish they did a better job on 
their internal speakers.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Dane Trethowan
Sent: Sunday, April 8, 2018 6:20 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Olympus LS-P4 Recorder

The speaker of a recorder to me at least isn't all that important as I always 
carry around a pair of headphones and I often wonder why manufacturers bother 
to build speakers into recorders in the first place, after all I buy the 
recorder to record with.

One thing I do like with the LS-P4 is the ability to output sound through a 
Bluetooth speaker or headset.

Some of the best speakers I've heard in recorders go to the Olympus
LS-100 and the Zoom H6.

On 6/04/2018 2:18 AM, Rick Alfaro wrote:
> Hi. I'm wondering how the speaker sounds on this model. I currently own the 
> dm720 and also had the lsp2 for a short time which I returned. The one thing 
> I really don't like on many of the Olympus recorders is that they use really 
> tiny and tinny sounding speakers with little volume. I think they can and 
> should do better. How would you describe the sound characteristics of the 
> builtin speaker of the lsp4? Amazon currently has this model for $180 with 
> free prime shipping.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <> On Behalf Of Dane Trethowan
> Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:39 AM
> To:
> Subject: [all-audio] Olympus LS-P4 Recorder
> Neal's talking about the LS-P2 isn't he and not the P4? I've no idea how 
> similar or different these machines are.
> I did think about purchasing the LS-P2 as Ferguson Enterprises had it on sale.
> I originally wanted to purchase a LS-14 but that model is now discontinued as 
> we all know.
> A friend advised me of a local Olympus dealer who he thought had the
> LS-14 in stock as it was listed on the web page.
> Unfortunately that web page listing was out of date so the dealer asked me if 
> I'd like to purchase the LS-P4 which - according to Olympus Australia - is 
> the replacement model for the LS-14.
> One can only hope that there are improvements at the very least with the
> LS-P4 over the LS-p2.
> One thing I did notice which is interesting, if you have a Bluetooth speaker 
> connected to the LS-P4 and you have the recorder set to record using FLAC 
> then the recorder will change to PCM mode for recording for whatever reason 
> but no need to panic as the LS-P4 does indeed warn you that the mode has 
> changed when you go into "Record Standby" mode.
> On 6/04/2018 12:19 AM, Hamit Campos wrote:
>> Yeah and basically that's what Neal said it's good fore. It's supposed
>> to be good for music too by how it's sold but Neal dissagreed with that.
>> On 4/4/2018 11:12 PM, Dane Trethowan wrote:
>>> I’ve not heard Neal’s review on the P2 as yet so I’m none the wiser
>>> there.
>>> I only plan to use this recorder for general use so for that it will
>>> do just fine particularly given the size of the recorder and the fact
>>> it takes 1 AAA type battery.
>>>> On 5 Apr 2018, at 1:07 pm, Hamit Campos <> wrote:
>>>> I just grabbed it. Hmmmm this has a bit of a bigger sound then the
>>>> P2. But then again you didn't shut the middle Omni off right? Neal
>>>> for what ever reason just hates that omni. It's kinda funny actually
>>>> how it gets under his skin. Meh maybe he's right. an omni between 2
>>>> cardioids may not be a good idea. I'd have to get an H5 at least 3
>>>> real seperate mikes, and try it for reals. Cause they are too little
>>>> even on the 14 and too near to each other to really see what having
>>>> that omni there actually does bad.
>>>> On 4/4/2018 10:57 PM, Dane Trethowan wrote:
>>>>> Here’s a link to the second recording I’ve made thus far with the
>>>>> Olympus LS-p4 and that’s not bad going given I’ve only had the
>>>>> recorder for half an hour and I stopped for a lunch break <smile>
>>>>> I’d like to make it clear that there’s nothing special about this
>>>>> recording and no precautions were taken.
>>>>> The Olympus was in auto level mode and I didn’t fit a windscreen so
>>>>> you’ll find that out for yourself I’m sure.
>>>>> I explain what I’ve found out about the recorder thus far so enjoy
>>>>> or not as the case may be.


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