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Digital voice recorder for college lectures?

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I'm taking a few classes this semesters where the professor talks really fast and I don't have time to write stuff down, and unfortunately I can't really get good audio quality with the iPhone recording function either

I have never bought a digital recorder before so I would like to get some recommendations before buying if possible smile.gif

Here is what I'm looking for:
1. Good recording quality for college lecture
2. Good, solid build quality
3. Allows direct file transfer to computer via USB
4. At least 2GB of memory


Budget is about ~$85, new/used/refurbished, but the cheaper the better of course
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I'd recommend the Alesis TwoTrack http://www.alesis.com/twotrack

It has two microphones arranged to record in stereo as opposed to the iphone's single microphone that records in mono.
Also the type of microphones used in this are condenser microphones (high sensitivity, this type is also used to record vocals in recording studios although they are much bigger)
It runs on a single AA battery
It has 128MB of memory built in but you can add a micro SD or SDHC card to up to 8GB
It also records in two formats: Uncompressed 16Bit 44.1 stereo WAV (CD Quality, larger file size) & MP3 @ 192Kbps (Youtube quality, smaller file)
Also, as requested, you can connect it to your computer via USB after recording and download all of your lectures, then edit & chop them up as you wish with any audio editor (I recommend Audacity, It's very powerful, works on MAC & Windows & best of all it's free)
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

I'm in the UK so not sure where you usually shop for electrical things but I did find a link on Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Alesis-Two-Track-Handheld-Recorder/dp/B005NFG65U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330970952&sr=8-1

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