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  • Elegant, compact, metal body

  • Up to 24bit/96kHz sampling rate & PCM recording

  • High-quality built-in microphones

  • WAV/WMA/MP3 recording formats

  • SD/SDHC card slot for extra memory

  • Large, backlit display (1.8 inches)

  • Built-in stereo speakers

  • Index marking

  • Auto Level Recording

  • Voice Activated Recording

  • 8Gb Internal Memory in LS-11

  • 2GB Internal Memory in LS-5

  • Remote Control Transmitter & Receiver included with LS-11 (optional with LS-5)

  • Carrying Case for recorder &  accessories (comes with LS-11, optional with LS-5)

  • Steinberg Cubase 4LE Software included with LS-11

  • Cubase 4LE & LS-Series Training Video included with LS-11

  • Olympus Sonority software (LS-5)

  • Long battery life





Metal Bodied but Affordable Pocket Solid State Recorder

Olympus are mainly known for their consumer cameras and office dictaphone recorders. Not professional audio recorders. However, for some time they have had their (now discontinued) LS-10 semi-professional digital recorder on the market. We considered the LS-10 but decided not to offer it here. The reason? We were nervous about Olympus's ability to deliver the standards of support and after-sales service needed by professional users. Happily, this is no longer the case. With the arrival of the improved LS-11 and its lower-cost little brother, the LS-5, Olympus have appointed a proper pro-audio support channel for these two products. We now feel far more confident in offering them to our customers here.

The Olympus LS-11 (8Gb of internal memory and remote control included) is the senior of these two recorders because it comes with the most features and accessories, and really useful they are too. Meanwhile, the more price conscious LS-5 (2Gb of internal memory, remote is optional at extra cost) represents extraordinary value by offering good basic features and functions but without compromising performance.

Whichever model you choose, you can make high-end audio recordings no matter the time and place. Be it a breaking news story, a band rehearsal or some oral history recording, the LS is a great accompaniment. With Linear PCM recording capabilities and sampling rates of up to 24bit/96kHz, these clever pocket-sized devices capture your audio very well. You can record for over 12 hours in CD-quality on the LS-11's 8Gb of internal memory, and over 3 hours on the LS-5's internal 2Gb before you have to add an SD (or SDHC) card to their slots for even more capacity. You can even edit (partial erase) within these recorders. And you can control either recorder with its remote (see picture below) - this comes as standard with the LS-11 and may be purchased as an option for the LS-5.



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Internal memory: 8Gb (LS-11); 2Gb (LS-5)

External Memory: SD (SDHC) card (Up to 16Gb)

USB Speed USB 2.0 High Speed

Backlit Display Size: 30.1 x 35.4 mm / 1.83 ''

Remote Control: Comes with LS-11, optional extra for LS-5


Recording Modes

Recording formats: PCM (WAV) / WMA / MP3

PCM (WAV) Format: This high-quality, non-compressed recording format gives you CD and better-than-CD quality. Choose from the

following modes to get the best combination of quality and recording time per 2Gb of internal or external memory:


96 kHz 24 bit - 55min

96 kHz 16 bit - 1h 25min

48 kHz 24 bit - 1h 55min

48 kHz 16 bit  - 2h 55min

44.1 kHz 24 bit - 2h 5min

44.1 kHz 16 bit  - 3h 10min


MP3 format: The ever-popular MP3 format is great for distributing music online or via email. Choose from the

following modes to get the best combination of quality and recording time per 2Gb of internal or external memory:


320 kbps - 14h 10min

256 kbps - 17h 45min

128 kbps - 35h 35min


WMA Format: The LS-11 & LS-5 also supports the versatile WMA format, which offers the following recording times:


160 kbps - 27h 50min

128 kbps - 34h 45min

64 kbps - 69h 35min


Frequency Responses

96 kHz (PCM/WAV) - 20-44000Hz

48 kHz (PCM/WAV) - 20-23000Hz

44.1 kHz (PCM/WAV) - 20-21000Hz

320 kbps (MP3) - 50-20000Hz

256 kbps (MP3) - 50-20000Hz

128 kbps (MP3) - 50-17000Hz

160 kbps (WMA) - 50-19000Hz

128 kbps (WMA) - 50-19000Hz

64 kbps (WMA) - 50-15000Hz



Microphone Sensitivity: High (-59dBv), Low (-39dBv)

Microphone In: 3.5mm mini-jack
Line In: 3.5mm mini-jack

Speaker: Two built-in 16 mm round dynamic mini speakers)

Headphones: 3.5mm mini-jack, impedance 8ohms

PC Interface: USB Cable



Alkaline Battery: 2 x AA - Recording Time: 12 hours (PCM/WAV 44.1kHz 16bit)

External Power Supply: Optional AC-Adapter (5V/300mA) available (Model A-515)


Operating Systems & Requirements

Windows Operating system: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/W7 (Free USB port required)

Macintosh Operating system: Mac OS 10.2/10.3/10.4/10.5 (Free USB port required)



Weight: 165g (including batteries)

Dimensions: (WxHxD): 48 x 131.5 x 22.4 mm

Housing material: Metal

Housing Colour: Silver (LS-11); Blue Metallic (LS-5)


With the LS-11 you get: Cubase LE4 Sound Editing Software; Cubase LE4 and LS series Training Video in 6 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian); 2 x AA Batteries; Leather Trimmed Wrist Strap; WS-5 Foam Windshields (one for each mic); KP-10 USB Cable; CS-128 Soft Case; KA-334 Mini-Jack to Mini-Jack lead; RS30W Remote Control Transmitter & Receiver; Instruction Manual


With the LS-5 you get: Sonority Editing Software; 2 x AA Batteries; ST-28 Wrist Strap; WS-5 Foam Windshields (one for each mic); KP-10 USB Cable; Instruction Manual









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