A small, sturdy, portable recorder from Tascam featuring two stereo condenser microphones in a fixed AB position, as well as a 3.5mm line in for external microphones, and earphone line out for monitoring. It is capable of recording 24-bit/96kHz WAV files as well as MP3, and supports MicroSD cards to store files.
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Pro Great battery life
With two AA batteries at full charge, you can easily last a full day.
The Tascam DR-05 can overdub files with a new one while playing the old one back. This permits great on the spot rapid multi voice performances.
Pro Great sound quality and low noise floor.
The tascam DR-05 has very clear and crisp sound (even from the integrated microphones). It can record in MP3 and in 24-bit/96Khz WAV files.
Con Can not be conveniently used for live sets
since the tascam does not work over usb, it can only transfer sound through the line out, which for some reason has a much higher noise floor than the final recording which is stored on the micro sd card.
Con No protector over USB plug
Although you are probably not planning to role your Tascam in sand and mud any time soon, it is strange that the micro sd card has a rubber protector, but the usb plug does not. This could cause dirt, lint, or water to drop in it and cause problems.
Con Single track only
This device does not support recording many tracks at once (multiple mics for example).
Con No XLR/TRS inputs, or phantom power.
The only way to add a microphone on the DR-05, is to use a mic that can work directly on a mini headphone jack (plug-in power (most small lapel mics for example)), or use a self powered mic that can connect in a mini headphone jack input.