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Our proud heritage

Over 40 years of innovation

1969: World’s first microcassette recorder

As the world’s leading brand for unparalleled dictation and transcription solutions, Olympus has a lot to be proud of. It all started in 1969 when Olympus unveiled the world’s first microcassette recorder. The Zuiko Pearlcorder offered portability and ease of use, and it instantly revolutionised the way that doctors, lawyers, journalists and people in countless other professions worked. In no time at all, it became the benchmark for anyone who needed a recording device for dictation and transcription purposes or a speech to text system for interviewing or recording meetings.

1997: First professional digital recorder

After inventing the microcassette, Olympus once again caught the imagination with the introduction of its first digital recorder. As with the Pearlcorders, the Olympus digital range has gone on to win numerous design honours due to its perfect combination of functionality and good looks. Add our powerful software solutions, and there’s no better dictation system available. Whether you need an entry level digital recorder or complete integrated solutions from the top-of-its-class Professional Dictation Systems range, Olympus has the answer. With Olympus, your success has never sounded better.

2008: High security for peace of mind

Business users often discuss matters that are highly confidential – or at least not intended for everyone’s ears. That’s why the DS-5000 incorporates numerous security features to ensure files are protected from unauthorised playback or duplication.

For starters, this model allows voice files to be encrypted and decrypted. Furthermore, users can set up password protection on their device. The special DS-5000iD model even enables protection using biometric information. In this way maximum security is assured.