The most important thing to bear in mind when choosing your recording device is that an accurate transcript is dependent on good quality, clear recordings.
A superior recording will enable continuous transcription, with few delays caused by repeated playbacks whilst trying to accurately interpret what was said. The advantages of using good quality equipment (and where necessary consumables) cannot be emphasised enough.
If you are considering purchasing an audio recording system, we would definitely recommend that you opt for a digital system. There are many manufacturers offering competitively priced devices, often with the capability of attaching external microphones required for group discussions. Those offered by Olympus and Philips, provide excellent recording quality, with entry level models offering an excellent range of functions at reasonable prices. A sound investment at the outset can result in significant cost savings over a relatively short period of time, and we recommend that you discuss your requirements with an audio specialist before deciding on the system to purchase.
Don’t forget, digital audio recordings offer superior audio clarity. The savings made from transcription costs can mean that the purchase of this equipment will recoup initial outlay expenses within a very short timeframe.