Excerpt: Great all around recorder/mixer combination with nice features. Great for TV, Indie Film, Live event coverage of bands and anything else. requiring more than two or 4 channels of recording. My only with would be for a different portable power supply built in in place of using AA batteries. I am using mine with an external battery plate and a Sony NP-F970 battery to have decent battery life.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Versatile
Excerpt: This recorder is a significant step up from my previous recorders (Olympus LS11 and Tascam DR100mkii). It has the benefit of 4 XLR channels and much quieter preamps. The switches on top give great access to controls although when in a case they can be tough to reach.I wish adjusting the trim didn't take two steps (trim button then dial), but I have quickly learned how to trim without having to search.
Excerpt: In the sub-thousand-dollar range, the DR-680 is without question the best field recorder on the market. While it lacks some features that more expensive units routinely offer, it delivers where it counts. Preamps are quiet, sound quality is excellent, and the OS is easy to navigate. That said, it does have some quirks and shortcomings, which are mildly disappointing. Most notably, it lacks timecode support, and there's little control over file naming.
Excerpt: Bought this unit from B&H in store in May because I thought it was a great value to location sound mix for film/tv. It records 4 xlr iso tracks in addition to other inputs, is decently built to do what needs to be done. However, there are a ton of issues with the menu interface. First, it has a basic numbering and naming files, but is not flexible. Customizing individual file takes is limited in how many characters you can input and bulky when doing so quickly.