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Sony ICD MS515

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Sony ICD MS515. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Comments about the battery and sound are generally positive. The performance and portability also get good reviews. Reviews are divided on the reliability. The design and price get negative opinions.

usability, portability, performance, sound, battery

price, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony ICD MS515 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony ICD MS515


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony ICD MS515 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the performance and sound. The battery and portability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, portability, battery, sound, performance

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony ICD-MS515 Digital RecorderSony ICD-MS515 Digital Recorder

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (

Best Recorder in the market, lousy software


This recorder is great for anyone who doesn't need high end features. I use this to record my class lecture. I used to have one of those microcassette recorder. It was really annoying to use tape. I constantly have to buy more and more tapes. And the...

Replaceable memory card, Sound quality, Small

Expensive, buggy software, Battery life

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

Excellent software, mediocre hardware


I had a lot of expectations regarding the Sony MS-515, on the feature list, it nearly had everything I wished for. However, when in hand, many things disappointed me about this device.

Full editing functionality both on the voice recorder and on the PC, small size

Poorly designed buttons, lack of high quality recordings

Dec, 2004

Consumer review (

great for recording kids


I got this mainly to record my kids in the playroom, at a restaurant, whining, etc. This may sound strange, but I think audio recording in some ways captures more than photos or video. I just lay the unit on a table and the kids never know it's there....

size, sound quality, software bundle, reliability, power consumption, hold button

unified button easy to mis-press, hard to change folders

Jul, 2003

Consumer review (

A neat little unit with a frustrating "jog lever" and play button


The sound from this little unit is great. Overall it is easy enough to learn. The "jog lever" selection button wears on my last nerve. I renamed folders and tried to press the jog lever to set the name and many times closed out of the menu option...


HATE the "jog lever

May, 2003

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Almost perfect, but ruined by a design flaw


I have been a long time purchaser of Sony digital voice recorders. I can't quite remember the first ICD model I purchased, but I do remember that I eventually upgraded that one to an ICD-55 (which now resides on my nightstand). I eventually upgraded...

Compact Excellent editing controls

Horrible Play-button design

Apr, 2003

Consumer review (

hands free dictation, automated transcription


This little sucker hums. It has transformed my daily driving time into something I look forward to. I use a monaural headset with the earpiece plugged into a tape player to listen to Teaching Company tapes, and the mic plugged into the MS515VTP. To...

voice activated recording, large capacity memory stick, speech recognition

supplied leather carrying case has velcro belt attachment that doesn't hold

Apr, 2003

Consumer review (

Many good points, but expensive


I bought this device to record my music lessons so that I do not have to take notes. I looked at a number of cheaper models of voice recorders, but decided on this because of previous good experiences with Sony products and because the Memory Stick...

Memory Stick, Portable, Digital, interfaces easily with my VAIO PC

Functions I probably will not use, Price, no MP3 player, no AC adapter capabilities

Jan, 2003

Product Specifications

Don't miss a minute of your next meeting - get Sony's slim ICD-MS515 Memory Stick Portable Digital Dictating Machine. Removable Memory Stick Media records all dictation on small, compact, high capacity Memory Stick media cards, and enables up to 171 minutes of recording time with the 8MB Memory Stick supplied. Additional features include Compatibility with USB Connectivity for Easy PC Connection, Compatibility with Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred Voice to Print Software Ver. 6.0 (Sold Separately), Digital Pitch Playback Speed Control, a Voice E-mail Function, and much more. Put the pen away - start recording today with the ICD-MS515.

Audio Input


Audio System

Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):Digital voice recorder
Subcategory (KB):Dictaphones, transcribers
Type:Digital voice recorder

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Data Storage Capability:Up to 965 messages / 340 folders
Supported Digital Audio Standards:LPEC

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Flash Memory

Installed Size:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony ICD

MD System

Type: None

Remote Control

Type: None