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Tascam-dr-40.34241376
9.2 out of 10

Tascam DR-40

Great Deal: $12.30

Reviews and Problems with Tascam DR-40

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Overall 6
6.0

Great recorder with poor plastic shell

La Luna, B&H Photo
18 August 2014
  • Excerpt: I'm happy with the function and sound quality but I regret saving that $ and bought this "Special Silver Edition" instead of the dark gray version. This is "specially" UGLY! They shell case was poorly made with rough edgings. It feels so cheap like if I scratch the surface, I could have peel out the silver paint and leave black marks on the case.
  • Pros: It works
  • Cons: Poor Craftmanship, Silver looks cheap
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Overall 6
6.0

Nicely Built ~ Quality Feel

msolea, B&H Photo
30 June 2014
  • Excerpt: Bigger than I thought, but for the reviews and sound it records, it has its value.
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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. The manual says the speaker is 0.3W. The recording quality is very good. Crystal clear sound.
  • 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 worked an event that gave a feed from a mixer, the audio was excellent. The infamous helicopter noise and alien beeping is also not a myth, these anomalies are real.
  • 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. As for the super sensitive low frequency built in mics, I ordered a Zoom H4n foam since tascam makes none and the results were better but still sensitive.
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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...a gentle breeze makes it difficult, if not impossible to use out doors. I bought a "dead cat" wind screen but it barely helps. I'm working on some solutions but nothing yet.
  • 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. Battery consumption is average to excellent depending on what is connected to it (i.e. if it is delivering Phantom power).
  • 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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Overall 6
6.0

Seems to be holding up

J L, B&H Photo
11 May 2012
  • Excerpt: As an alternative to the Zoom this is holding up pretty well and is around $ cheaper.
  • Pros: Compact, Easy To Use
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