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Tascam BB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder

B&H # TABB800 MFR # BB-800
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Product Highlights
  • Lightweight and Compact Design
  • Records to SD/SDHC Cards
  • WAV and MP3 Recording
  • 4 Built-In Microphones
  • XLR Mic Inputs with Phantom Power
  • 10W Stereo Speakers
  • Battery or AC Power
  • Wireless Remote Included

The BB-800 from Tascam is a compact and lightweight digital audio recorder designed with ease-of-use in mind. The unit records high-quality WAV or MP3 files to SD/SDHC flash media, which is widely available and highly reliable. The recorder features 4 built-in condenser microphones, allowing you to capture sounds in all directions for clear recordings. A pair of XLR mic inputs with phantom power are also provided so that you can connect your favorite external microphones.

For playback, a 10W stereo speaker system is built right into the recorder, so there's no need to transfer or edit your recordings before playback. A USB 2.0 port is available that allows you to transfer your audio to a Mac or PC if desired. The recorder can operate on a set of 8 AA batteries or via AC power for terrific flexibility. A wireless remote control is included for convenience.

Compact and lightweight design for terrific portability
Records high-quality WAV or MP3 files to widely-available SD/SDHC flash media
4 built-in condenser microphones allow you to capture sounds in all directions
Pair of XLR mic inputs with phantom power
Stereo RCA line input and output jacks let you connect CD players, computers, mixers, speakers, and more
Built-in 10W stereo speaker system
USB 2.0 port for easy file transfer to a Mac or PC
Operates on a set of 8 AA batteries or via AC power for terrific flexibility
Dedicated knobs and keys for easy operation
Variable speed and loop playback
Built-in metronome and chromatic tuner
Overdub recording feature
Wireless remote control included
Type Portable Digital Audio Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods SD/SDHC Cards
Recording Bit Rate 16-bit
Sampling Frequency 44.1kHz
Number of Channels 2
Connectors 1 x Power Input
1 x Stereo RCA Input
1 x Stereo RCA Output
2 x XLR Mic Inputs
1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15 x 8.1 x 4.2" (380 x 205 x 107mm)
Weight 7.1 lbs (3.2kg)
Tascam BB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder
  • AC Adapter
  • Wireless Remote
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    TascamBB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder
     
    3.3

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Low distortion (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Home studio (3)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
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        • Experienced (4)

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      2.0

      Good recording; disappointing sound

      By Marc

      from Washington DC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tascam BB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

        I purchased this TASCAM to record classical compositions on a baby grand piano. The recorder is very easy to use, and the fact that most useful functions are readily available, without having to negotiate extensive screen menus, is a great plus.
        The recording quality is very decent for this price.
        And the remote is very handy.
        The huge drawback is the speakers, which I suspect are to many people the main reason to buy something this large. The quality, at least for my purposes, was dismal. Even the tiny speakers on my ancient Mac laptop are clearer!

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        5.0

        Production quality upgrade!

        By FPP MEDIA

        from St. Louis, Mo

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tascam BB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

          As a stand-alone unit I can record uniform audio for my video productions.
          Together with a shotgun mic and boom pole I am able to record the same quality digital audio without any suprises.
          I use a high-end digital video camera and needed to improve my production quality.I wanted to be able to have more control of the sound recording while maintaining digital integrity in my projects.
          The BB-800 is not too heavy to carry on your shoulder in a field recorder bag.
          There's not a lot of moving parts, so the simplicity of this unit is actually the best thing about it.. And of course being portable and battery powered is the complete portabilty that I needed.
          The batteries lasted over 2 or three hours on continued basic recording and I can honestly say that they may last longer.
          So far after working on my current project, I feel like this recorder will be my device of choice for the aforementioned kind of projects.
          If you are a digital video producer like me with a third world budget, you will feel like there was a pricing mistake when you start using it.
          Other similar field recorders on the market are costing 5x what the BB-800 costs but ultimately render the same results.

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          4.0

          Good Recordings

          By Nick

          from New Orleans

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Low Distortion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Tascam BB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

            Does a good job !

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            1.0

            HORRIBLE

            By Matt

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Construction
            • Weak

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tascam BB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

              The phantom power went out after a month of using it. The mic input cracked as well and listening to the sound with head phones is very soft to hear. Plus the plastic the casing is made out is very cheap. If you are going to use it on the field I suggest you find case for it.

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              4.0

              Seems to have hit on what I needed

              By rotnes

              from Rohnert Park, Ca

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

              • Oversized for field stuff

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Tascam BB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

              Shooting a documentary on very limited funds and needed decent-good quality sound for the interviews. The sound quality and ease of use on this one make it perfect for that end. It's a big fella though and would be a pretty unwieldy thing for anything but a controlled indoor sit-down.

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              4.0

              Super Simple to Use

              By Alisha

              from San Francisco

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Large

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tascam BB-800 Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

              The BB-800 is a recent purchase. I've been using it to do production sound on a short film. The best thing about it is that it's super simple to use. I hate the Zooms because the menu within a menu within a menu is a nightmare. The BB-800, though, has nice labeled buttons for everything. I think the quality of the recording surpasses the Zoom as well. The only drawback is its enormous size. I'm still going to have to find another recorder for exterior shoots and shoots where I'm on the move.

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              Required item: Batteries (not included) are required to power this device.

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              Kopul -  Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 3' (0.91 m), Black
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              SanDisk -  4GB SDHC Memory Card Class 4
              • You Pay: $4.95
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