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Tascam-dr-680.33404193
8.9 out of 10

Tascam DR-680

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Overall 8
8.0

Great field recorder

Andy, B&H Photo
4 November 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Versatile
  • Cons: Mic Preamps Are Limited, Noisy
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Value - Bang for the Buck!

E.F. Productions, B&H Photo
15 August 2014
  • 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
  • Cons: Poor Battery Life
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Overall 8
8.0

Will do the Job

ckeehn, B&H Photo
20 February 2014
  • Excerpt: I have not used it that much but overall quite intuitive and responsive. Good mic pre's and found the recordings quite alive and vibrant.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Low Distortion, Powerful
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Overall 8
8.0

Best Field Recorder Under $1000

ABBloch, B&H Photo
13 November 2013
  • 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.
  • Pros: 6 Balanced Inputs, Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Light weight, Low Distortion, Powerful, Switchable Phantom Power, Versatile
  • Cons: Lacks Time Code Support, Weak File Naming Options
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Overall 8
8.0

Very nice, quiet field recorder

PStJTT "interappman", Amazon
22 July 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

affordable professional quality

davidp158, B&H Photo
23 May 2013
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

great recorder for the $

sumered, B&H Photo
12 December 2012
  • Excerpt: great recorder for the price. ez to use - lightweight - many built in features The con is the plastic housing
  • Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Powerful, Versatile
  • Cons: Enclosed In Plastic
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Overall 8
8.0

Very Pleased

videodad, B&H Photo
29 November 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound
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Overall 8
8.0

Just bought this device, works well.

Wil, B&H Photo
6 November 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound
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Overall 8
8.0

good recorder

The Lemon Kid, B&H Photo
2 November 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Compact, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Outstanding Sound Quality, Versatile
  • Cons: Modulation Meter Limits
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