Excerpt: I ordered this Audio Recorder mistakenly thinking it was the larger model Tascam DR-40 and was not in the least dissapointed. If does pretty much everything it's big brother can do at least for my purposes.
Excerpt: The unit seems solid and well designed for dictation but it is not designed for stereo input recording. The only line in on this unit is a 1/8 inch mic jack. With the record levels at optimal it will give you decent results in mono but when you switch to stereo you will get a really poor result.
Pros: Compact Design, Decent Interface, Easy to use, Solid Buid
Summary: The DR07 Mk2 is better with reverb effect. This DR05 won't see much of my use. Instead, I mainly use the DR40 with superb built-in microphones and reverb effect for karaoke singing (with headphone, of course). Buy the DR40, if you ask me!
Once I understand the instructions I think I'll love it
Mike Kitsko, Amazon
21 March 2014
Summary: This thing is more complicated than any instructions I have, and most of my success is from randomly trying different functions. Also, the internal speaker is horrible! It's distorted and my cell phone, half it's size has a much better speaker when in the speakerphone mode.
Summary: The unit itself seems to be fine. Everything I expected it to be. And for the money, that's not bad. The rest of the package is basically a waste. The ear buds are pointless because the built in mic interferes. The RCA cables I didn't need.
Summary: It's a pretty good recorder. Compared to the phone recorders I've been using. I'm still trying to figure it out. I did one recording and the audio was barely there, even though the subject was, at most, 2 feet away. The external speaker is useless. On the whole, I'm happy.
Summary: First, the price is right, the recorder has tons of "bang for the buck," and the recording quality is more than acceptable, but there are several shortcomings. First, my unit did not arrive with the current firmware release installed.