Voice Recorder Review: Sony ICD-PX370
I just started using digital recorders quite regularly about 1-1/2 year ago. One I have been using is the older version of the Sony ICD-PX370. That model, the ICD-PX 333 worked well but was lacking a major feature – the built in USB. I have been learning as I go and am so impressed with the technology of the latest and greatest digital recorders for under $50.
With the Sony ICD-PX333, the price has jumped to over $100, probably because it is now out of production. I like the simplicity and the sound quality the best, which still will remain true with the new model. My first recorder, the Olympus WS-852 also has my heart, but I can see some great functionality with the Sony. It’s a tiny bit more compact and doesn’t have as many bells as whistles – which isn’t always a bad thing. If you’re looking for pure voice recording with ample minutes, the Sony fills the bill. It has over 1,000 hours of recording time with 4GB of memory and requires 2AAA batteries, which are supplied with
the purchase. As mentioned before, the biggest and best change with the newest PX370 model is the built-in USB. It also has longer battery life at about 59 hours. This is handy for me because of all the oral history interviews I do.
This model is set up so you can use separate folders and book mark them with a specific category or place so you know whose interview is whose. You can also jump between folders with little effort, which is nice. It holds your place in one folder while you visit the next. There are only five buttons on the recorder, so knowing what does what is a good idea, and most of them have multiple uses. It’s not too hard to figure out, because basic instructions flash on the screen.
I love that you can choose the recording setting, ie: meeting, voice notes, interview or lecture. This way, you can maximize your setting for your interview environment. The playback is top notch – I can hear things quite clearly and the noise cut – which allows you to cut out background noise – is quite genius. I personally would just always keep my setting there. I also like that the erase button is on the side, so I don’t accidentally erase something important because I’m not up to speed with the buttons on the front. I have to go to a totally different space to erase.
The price is right as well for generally under around $60 on Amazon and it’s available on Amazon Prime, an extra bonus, right? The Sony website gives a sleek tour of the product from all angles that is quite lovely and I recommend you check it out before purchasing.
For me, this is a great product. Not as many bells and whistles as a more expensive model, but it gets the job done in my opinion and it saves you a few bucks.
Check out other articles and resources to record audio and get a great oral history:
- Free interviewing mini course
- Preparing for the Interview
- Finding the Angle
- The Art of the Interview
- Want to interview a Veteran? Here is an article overview about the Library of Congress Veteran History Project
- Great interview questions for anyone
- Questions to ask your parents
- Overview article about recording audio “Audio Inspiration – 12 Tips for Writers and Family Historians“
- Product review: Voice Recorder Olympus WS-52
- Product review: Voice Recorder Sony-icd-px333
- Free Voice Recording Apps Are Convenient, Create Great Memories
- Voice Recorder Apps – are they as good as they say?
- Transcription and voice recognition tools
Rachel J. Trotter is a senior writer/editor at Evalogue.Life. She tells people’s stories and shares hers to encourage others. She loves family storytelling. A graduate of Weber State University, she has had articles featured on LDSLiving.com and Mormon.org. She and her husband Mat have six children and live on the East Bench in Ogden, Utah.
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