Tascam DR-100MKII
Tascam DR-100MKII
Fazz 10/31/2012

Tascam DR-100MKII : Fazz's user review

« Indispensable »

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Value For Money : Excellent
I've been using it since Christmas 2011 (yes, it was a gift...) and I always take it with me to take "audio snapshots," because I think sometimes a sound says more than an image.
As usual with Tascam, the manufacturing quality is excellent and the learning curve is easy. It would've been better in a metal housing, rather than a plastic one, but that's not so important to me.
The controls feel right under your hands and the volume is set with a knob, which is the best. Excellent battery life (5-6h without any problems, without taking into account the AA batteries). A nice detail is that that it has a screw adapter on the bottom, to fix it on a stand or on a camera stand with a special suspension. The built-in cardioid mics are good (the omni I don't like so much), but they are very sensitive to wind, even with the windscreen included. A "hairy" Rycote windscreen is mandatory, even with light breezes.
I like it specially due to its XLR inputs, so I can connect the mics I want; and the possibility to record at 96/24, which guarantees a high audio quality. What I like least is the submenus, but that's unavoidable if you want to have lots of functions at your disposal.
Plentiful connection options, it comes with a remote IR/wired, but without power supply(!). The headphone jack is excellent, but the built-in loudspeaker is useless. It lacks a software to edit sounds (or a smartphone app), because it's always hard to rename/move/edit sounds without a keyboard, unless you use an SD card and do it on a PC.
If you ask me, such a unit at this price is an excellent value for money.