Excerpt: This is a fantastic low budget field recorder. Sounds good (although a little bit noisy), plenty of inputs and outputs, all the functions you want really. Except timecode support, but I don't expect that for the price. I have done field recordings with boom and lavs for national television and it has worked very well. I do not like that you don't have a proper gain knob, you can choose between low and hi gain and then trim it.
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: 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.
Summary: So two weeks into an 8 week schedule (not as grueling as it sounds -- we only record two days a week) my old Zoom H4 recorder became inadequate to the task and after some panicked research and careful budget analysis got the DR-680 to replace it. I'm very happy with the unit -- the preamps are wonderfully quiet and the quality of the recording is excellent (48 kHz, 24 bit.) At present I'm only using the XLR inputs.
Excerpt: Although I haven't used this on a project yet, my initial tests verify that the DR-680 is a big improvement over my Tascam DR-40. I needed more inputs for multi-tracking musicians and various forum reviewers gave this recorder very high marks. When B&H was offering this unit for $429, it was a no-brainer bargain for me.The good: • The preamps are very quiet with a good amount of gain. • Compact, light and portable.
Pros: Compact, Excellent Sound
Cons: Awkward Controls Location, Plastic construction
Excerpt: We use this recorder with our DSLR cameras for interviewing multiple subjects so everyone can be on their own track. We have it set up for 6 mono tracks (instead of 3 stereo pairs) which works well when syncing in our timeline. I tried to use the last stereo pair (inputs 7/8) using the digital input, but could not get it to sync to my analog to digital converter, so I can only get 6 tracks, not 8. I'll have to research this.
Excerpt: Looking to use it for small productions and it appears to work as advertised. Nice design but be sure to order the bag with it. Would love a sound devices mixer for better quality control on mixing on the fly, but DR-680 is a great compromise.
Excerpt: I am a professional radio feature maker. Many colleagues use smaller products that have less features. But I also want to be prepared to record music and quality sound effects that I use with the features.This recorder can capture all I need and more... Even MS stereo.I am just using it now for a few weeks and there are some things that should be improved: - modulation meters. These are a little too simple.