Brands of tape recorders include Olympus and Philips. These brands offer both voice recorders and radio recorders. Digital recorders are also available from these brands, including models that have a cassette option. Tape recorders are commonly used in transcription, college lectures and meetings, but as of 2015, many are being phased out in exchange for more models of digital recorders.
Olympus tape recorders are known for having a high-quality playback sound, long recording time, micro-cassette options and background noise cancellation. Newer models of Olympus tape recorders also have the ability to transfer audio files to a computer through USB ports and flash drives. Models of Olympus recorders available in 2015 include the Olympus VP-10 Slim Style Recorder, Olympus WS-852 Easy-to-Use Stereo and Audio Recorder, and the Olympus DS-2300 Workplace Efficiency recorder.
Tape recorders available from Philips in 2015 include micro-cassette, cassette, radio tuner recorders and reel-to-reel. Reel-to-reel recorders are becoming increasingly more rare, as they were first introduced in 1963 as one of the first methods of recording and playback for audio and video. Other types of Philips tape recorders include Philips 9380 Pocket Memo Recorder, Philips SpeechMike transcription and dictation tape recorder and the Philips DPM 9600 micro-cassette audio recorder.