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Tascam DR-40
8.4 out of 10

Tascam DR-40

Great Deal: $179.99

Reviews and Problems with Tascam DR-40

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Overall 6
6.0

Not bad for what it is

Listnear, B&H Photo
6 July 2015
  • Excerpt: Sound is good.Yet buit in mics are not great. Too much floor noise.Battery life i AMAZING, much better then competitors (knock knock knock).DUAL recording option is a BLESS!Sound preview acctualy sucks.Policy of manufacturer with their timing of putting it on a market and pricing scams make me...
  • Pros: Battery Life, Dual Recodring Option
  • Cons: Bad Built In Mics, Button Protocol, Fairly Idiotic Menu
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Overall 6
6.0

Very solid Audio Recorder

Alex, B&H Photo
6 May 2015
  • Excerpt: I have been using the DR-40 for a few years now and it has been a very reliable recorder. It does have a steep learning curve tho. If you don't know the settings you can easily get lost. I suggest watching videos and reading posts about best settings.
  • Pros: 2x Xlr Inputs, Reliable
  • Cons: Complicated
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Overall 6
6.0

Not a true 4-track

jbahrphoto., B&H Photo
15 February 2015
  • Excerpt: When buying the Tascam DR-40 I was expecting to have the ability to multitrack record music as well as have the ability to use the device as a field recorder for DSLR video. This device is very clearly a field recorder that has the ability to record 4 tracks of audio, but not in the sense that you...
  • Pros: Excellent Sound
  • Cons: Difficult To Use
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Overall 6
6.0

Built-in speaker volumes is too low

jk, B&H Photo
20 March 2014
  • Excerpt: Purchased this one because it has a built-in speaker. After trying it, just found out the speaker volumes is so low. Even I set the output level to the maximum(speaker is set to on, still the volume is lower than the noise produced by a mosquito. Not sure if it is designed this way or not.
  • Pros: Compact, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion
  • Cons: Poor Speaker Volume
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Overall 6
6.0

Weird noises & hisses but still trying

basil, B&H Photo
27 November 2013
  • Excerpt: I shoot corporate video on DSLR's so for my audio needs I got a rode shotgun for basic ambient audio and recently ordered a TASCAM DR-40 for interviews. I was disappointed with the level of hiss and the generally high noise floor experienced when using external mics; Interestingly enough tho, when I...
  • Pros: Compact Design, Long Battery Life
  • Cons: Poor Quality Sound
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Overall 6
6.0

Tascam DR-40 update review #2

AVP, B&H Photo
22 July 2013
  • Excerpt: I decided to keep it. I'm using an audio attenuator From sescom BH item # (SESMKP31) between a mixer's audio out to the DR-40. I can bow have a true input recording showing nothing on the VU meters at input zero from the sescom passive attenuator device which has volume from 1-10.
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Overall 6
6.0

Great sound....handle carefully

Bart, B&H Photo
22 April 2013
  • Excerpt: I bought this to use as a double system recorder with a DSLR. The instructions were vague but once I figured out the basic operation, I found that the sound was wonderful. The only drawback is that it is extremely sensitive to any movement, rustle, or wind. I'm not talking about a gale..
  • Pros: Compact, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Powerful
  • Cons: Difficult To Use
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Overall 6
6.0

Good recorder for the price

Shoestring Shooter, B&H Photo
26 December 2012
  • Excerpt: Using it to record oral history interviews, with some environmental sounds.
  • Pros: Combo Inputs, Excellent Sound, Positionable Mics, Versatile
  • Cons: Excessive Handling Noise, Too Big For Pocket
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent for the money

wildman, B&H Photo
21 August 2012
  • Excerpt: I use the DR-40 as a lightweight, packable field recorder. I connect my microphones to a Sound Devices MixPre-D field mixer and the field mixer to the Tascam. My hope was that the DR-40 would be a reliable, cost-effectrive small recorder, and it has been that.
  • Pros: Compact, Cost Effective, Versatile
  • Cons: Weak
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Overall 6
6.0

works fine with an external mic

Juano, B&H Photo
21 June 2012
  • Excerpt: Easy to use, good price, bad built in mics.If you don't need the built in mics and you use an external it is a good deal for the money. Records a backup track at -10db, very usefull for unexpected peaks.
  • Pros: Compact, Easy To Use
  • Cons: Poor Quality Construction, Poor Sound Quality, Weak
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