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Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder

B&H # TADR05 MFR # DR-05
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Expected availability: End of April 2015

Product Highlights

  • Lightweight and Compact
  • WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Records up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Uses microSD and microSDHC Cards
  • Integrated Microphones and Speaker
  • Intuitive Controls
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic/Line Input
  • Peak Reduction and Limiter
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Battery or USB Power
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The DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder from Tascam offers high-quality recording in a lightweight and compact design that anyone can use, perfect for musicians, teachers, journalists, and more. The DR-05 records WAV or MP3 files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz to microSD or microSDHC cards for reliable, skip-free storage. A 2GB card is included so you can get started right away. Integrated microphones capture clear stereo audio, while a 3.5mm stereo mic/line input lets you connect external mics and sound sources. The jack even provides plug-in power for mics that require it.

An integrated speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack make it easy to listen to your recordings to make sure everything was captured perfectly. The large display screen shows vital information during recording and playback, while the intuitive controls provide quick and easy single-handed operation. The Peak Reduction feature will automatically set your recording level by listening to the audio input and adjusting for the best level. When used alongside the built-in limiter, unwanted distortion becomes a thing of the past.

The DR-05 includes other classic Tascam features, such as Variable Speed Audition, a level align function, loop and repeat playback, self-timer recording, integrated editing, a chromatic tuner, and more. A USB 2.0 port allows you to connect the recorder to a computer to quickly transfer files. The DR-05 operates on a pair of standard AA batteries or via the included USB cable. A threaded socket provides convenient tripod mounting.

Compact Design
The lightweight and compact design allows you to bring the recorder anywhere, perfect for musicians, teachers, journalists, and more
Versatile Recording
The DR-05 records WAV files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 files at rates up to 320kbps to provide you with a wealth of high-quality options to meet your needs
microSD
The recorder writes to microSD or microSDHC cards for reliable, skip-free storage. A 2GB card is included so you can get started right away
Integrated Microphones
Integrated omnidirectional condenser microphones capture clear stereo audio with a sensitivity rating up to 125dB to withstand loud sound sources, while also capturing the nuance and detail of a subtle performance
Mic/Line Input
The 3.5mm stereo mic/line input lets you connect external mics and sound sources. The jack even provides plug-in power for mics that require it
Integrated Speaker and Headphone Jack
An integrated speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack make it easy to listen to your recordings to make sure everything was captured perfectly
Large Display
The large display screen shows vital information during recording and playback
Intuitive Controls
The intuitive controls provide quick and easy single-handed operation
Level Control Options
The DR-05 offers automatic and manual level setting, as well as a Peak Reduction feature that will automatically set your recording level by listening to the audio input and adjusting for the best level. Unlike auto gain functions, Peak Reduction only goes down to prevent accidental distortion after a period of low level, like a break. Peak Recording works in rehearsal mode or while recording, so if the performance is louder than the sound check, you're still safe
Limiter and Low-Cut Filter
An integrated limiter and low-cut filter help to prevent distortion and low frequency rumble and hum
Self-Timer Recording
This feature will start the recorder 5 or 10 seconds after you hit the record button, giving you time to get ready when recording yourself. Alternately, you can enable a 2-second pre recording buffer, which will capture audio from 2 seconds before you hit the record button
Playback Options
The recorder has variable speed playback, letting you adjust recordings from 50-150% without affecting the pitch. It also offers loop and repeat playback, auto and manual track increment, playback EQ settings, and a level align feature that prevents uneven volume levels during playback
Editing
Onboard editing capabilities let you divide and delete tracks and sections of tracks, an assign up to 99 mark points on each file. A jump back function will return to your previous point with one action
Tuner
A built-in chromatic tuner ensures that you're on-key and sounding your best
USB Port
The USB 2.0 port makes it easy to connect the recorder to a computer to transfer your files for editing and sharing. The port also provides power to the DR-05
Power Options
The recorder can operate on a pair of standard AA batteries or via USB bus power with the included cable
Tripod Socket
A threaded socket provides convenient tripod mounting
Recording Media microSD/SDHC Flash Memory Cards (64MB to 32GB) 1
Please Note:

2GB Card Included

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Supported File Types WAV: 44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24-bit
MP3: 44.1/48kHz, 32/64/96/128/192/256/320kbps
Number of Channels 2
Recording Time All times are for a 1GB memory card
Stereo Mode:
MP3: 17 hours 21 mins (128kbps), 6 hours 56 mins (320kbps)
WAV: 1 hour 34 mins (16-bit/44.1kHz), 1 hour 26 mins (16-bit/48kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/96kHz)
Connectors 1 x 3.5mm Mic/Line Stereo Input
1 x 3.5mm Headphone/Line Out Jack
1 x USB 2.0 Mini Port
Display LCD Display
Speaker 0.3W Mono
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +1/-3dB (44.1kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
20Hz - 22kHz +1/-3dB (48kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
20Hz - 40kHz +1/-3dB (96kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.05% or Lower (EXt In to Line Out, Fs 44.1/48.96kHz JEITA)
Signal to Noise Ratio 92dB or Higher (Ext In to Line Out, Fs 44.1/48/96kHz JEITA)
Power 2 x AA Batteries
USB Bus Power
1.7W Maximum Consumption
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.4 x 5.6 x 1" (61 x 141 x 26mm)
Weight 4.1 oz (116g) (Without Batteries)
System Requirements Windows:
Pentium 300MHz or Faster
128MB or More Memory
USB Port (USB 2.0 Recommended)
Windows 7, Vista, or XP
Mac:
Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266MHz or Faster
64MB or More Memory
USB Port (USB 2.0 Recommended)
Mac OS X 10.2 or Later
Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder
  • microSD Card
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    TascamDR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 216 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (130)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (72)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (170)
    • Excellent sound (156)
    • Compact (117)
    • Versatile (101)
    • Low distortion (93)

    Cons

    • Poor quality construction (6)
    • Difficult to use (4)
    • Weak (4)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)
    • Unnecessary functions (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (133)
    • Outdoor events / games (106)
    • Performances (76)
    • Home studio (62)
    • Professional recording (49)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (115), Novice (47), Professional musician (23), Tech savvy (7), Technically challenged (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Decent Audio Recorder for the Money

    As a self contained multimedia journalist, I wanted to step up from the limitations of the Zoom H1 for the audio slideshow and video projects I produce/create. I went with the Tascam...Read complete review

    As a self contained multimedia journalist, I wanted to step up from the limitations of the Zoom H1 for the audio slideshow and video projects I produce/create. I went with the Tascam DR-05 due to it's smallish size and additional capabilities.

    The audio quality of the built in stereo mics works well with capturing ambient audio and even for voice recording if using baffling to minimize any room echo.

    For using an external mic, I initially went with the Pearstone LMT-100 3.5mm to XLR adapter, but had issues with it. I then ordered the Comprehensive 3.5mm to XLR cable and found it to be of higher audio quality than the Pearstone cable.

    A serious issue I discovered is if you're going to use an external mic with the DR-05, you NEED to use a battery powered mic such as the AKG C-1000S, Rode M3 or NTG-2 (and similar mics) due to the noisy mic preamps. There's a fair amount of pre-amp line noise if used with dynamic mics like the Audio Technica AT8004 or Shure SM58 - both of which I tested and found to be of no use with this recorder.

    When I tested with a loaned AKG-C1000S from a colleague, the audio quality was flat out lovely (I ended up purchasing an AKG-C1000S as a result). I recommend this recorder/mic combination for NPR style voice recordings both in studio and in the field.

    Bottom line: This is a much better audio recorder compared to the Zoom H1 for the money IMO. The overall build and ease of use of the Tascam DR-05 is superior and as long as you understand its limitations for external mics options, you'll be happy with this unit.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    No line-level input - a non-starter, in

    In at least 3 places in Tascam's website, they claim the DR-05 has a "line in", this is NOT the case, the only input jack can only accept a...Read complete review

    In at least 3 places in Tascam's website, they claim the DR-05 has a "line in", this is NOT the case, the only input jack can only accept a minuscule -20 dBV (nominal) input signal, way below the normal -10dBV output from a "recorder out" jack from a stereo or mixer and WAY< WAY below the +4 dBV output of a normal mixer standard output. It may be great recording from the built in mics or external mics (I don't know), but it really misses the mark for recording from other sources because of the lack of a line in (even though Tascam keeps saying it has one.) By the way, the new DR-07 mkII has no line level input either (but the old DR-07 did).

    Note: Below, I checked "experienced" - had there been a category between 'novice" and "experienced" I would have selected that, but I'm closer to experienced than novice.

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    4.0

    Great sound!

    By Steve C.

    from Connecticut

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

    I used this to record my band rehearsals and it worked perfectly. It's not to hard to understand....press record once to place it standby again to record.

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    1.0

    Confusing

    By Jmarkos

    from Kansas

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

          Not easy to operate, poor sound. Poor customer service. It came with a bad memory card and service told me to get a new card to check if it would work. I've had this plastic paperweght three months and have not recorded three minutes of sound. Don't waste your $$.

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          5.0

          Better Audio = Professional Videos

          By Sergio the Cinematographer

          from Palm Springs, CA

          About Me Filmmaker, Video Editor

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • High Quality Sound
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Filming
            • interviews

            Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

            I am a dslr filmmaker and the one thing that has always interfered was audio. With the Tascam DR-05, that is but a problem of the past. The Audio quality that this outputs is incredible. All you have to do is sync it in post and you have great, clear audio to work in parallel with your amazing video. A must have especially if your in-camera audio lacks.

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            4.0

            great for price

            By rocky

            from tempe az

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Conversations
              • Lectures

              Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

              recording film dilalog

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              5.0

              Great value and what I was looking for

              By Olivodc

              from New Jersey

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • High Quality Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Conversations

                Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                I am currently using this to record natural ambient sounds (birds chirping, ocean waves, etc.) with the intent of manipulating them in my DAW. The sound quality is solid and the microphones are clear. It is lightweight and easy to use. The manual took about 20 minutes to read in order to understand every function. I probably didn't even need to use the manual because the layout is so straight forward, but there are some things that are hidden in menus that you may want to read to be mindful of.

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                5.0

                Technology is amazing

                By Papa Dick

                from Shawnee, KS

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • High Quality Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                  I have been recording on a Tascam CD recorder at our church for at least 10 Years through our PA system. Recordings much better than cassettes. This little recorder blew that all away. Our Christmas eve, including pipe organ, bass trombone, trombone, french horn, two trumpets, handbells and choir came out fantastic. Thank you J.... and Tascam.

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                  5.0

                  Does the Job

                  By Big E

                  from New England

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • High Quality Sound
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                    The DR-05 is a solid recorder. Used primarily for taking recorded statements, the directional mics work well. Only drawback is that it is slightly bulky.

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                    4.0

                    Easy to use

                    By Sphinx91

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                    Good recording device for journalists. Moderately easy set up. Good sound quality.

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                    5.0

                    Good quality, good price

                    By Colleen

                    from Illinois

                    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                    I purchased this as a Christmas present for my son, who is an aspiring film maker. He used for to record sound from a boom microphone for the movie he was making. It records high quality sound, is pretty easy to navigate and organize files into folders, and comes with batteries and a micro SD card. Just make sure you figure out the how to change the volume at which it records first. Very good product. Definitely worth the $[$].

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                    5.0

                    Great!!!

                    By Arnold

                    from Puerto Rico

                    About Me Technically Challenged

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • High Quality Sound
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Conversations

                      Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                      Great recorder really easy to use and not so big as people claim. I See reviews of the h1 but this unit is better by far.

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                      5.0

                      The Incredible Recorder

                      By Cedric

                      from Las Vegas NV

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • High Quality Sound
                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Lectures

                        Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                        recording and playback quality, excellent.

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                        3.0

                        Had To Return

                        By Amateur Old Guy

                        from San Antonio, TX

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Decent Interface
                        • Easy to use
                        • Solid Buid

                        Cons

                        • No Stereo Input
                        • Poor Quality Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Conversations
                        • Lectures

                        Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                        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. I am not a pro so the best way for me to describe what I got is some sort of lo-fi effect. Bottom line is that I could not get it to record anything usable with the 1/8 inch mic input in stereo mode.

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                        4.0

                        satisfied

                        By bring it onn

                        from Queens, NY

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to use
                        • High Quality Sound
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Dubbing

                        Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                        i'm not expert in audio/recording type of things, but i needed it for dubbing purpose and i'm glad that I got DR-05.
                        My friend who knows more about sound and recording sort of thing have been complimenting it and i guess that sums it up! :)

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                        5.0

                        Band rehearsal AND video production...!

                        By Carl

                        from Oregon

                        About Me Musician, Video producer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Dslr Audio
                        • High Quality Sound
                        • Live Band Music
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Perfectly Records
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Conversations
                          • Lectures

                          Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                          This little gem works great for everything I have tried it on.... mount it to a light stand to record your band rehearsal sessions - yes, it really works AND the drummer is not all you hear...I use the Limiter function when live recording my band. Get the 'Filmmaking Kit' and use it for your back-up and even primary audio. I do all my mixing and sweeting inside my computer programs so the DR-05 version is what I use. Really one of the best investments I have made in a while.

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                          5.0

                          High quality at a low price

                          By Olineman for life

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • High Quality Sound
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Recording Broadcasts

                            Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                            I am in sports broadcasting and need to record games at home and on the road. The Tascam DR-05 is portable and really easy to use. Also, I am impressed with the quality of the recording. I would recommend this product.

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                            4.0

                            Great bang for the buck

                            By Citikid

                            from New york

                            Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                            I used to use the first generation Zoom and couldn't deal with the very small display any longer.
                            The DR-05 is easy to use and the battery life is fantastic and the display is reasonably large.
                            The only thing that I wish I had was an input volume knob.

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                            5.0

                            Great buy!

                            By BBanse0627

                            from Sauk Village, IL

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • High Quality Sound
                            • Long Battery Life
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                                Simply, great product, captures sound quite well. Great price, easy to use. The item demo is quite useful. 5/5!

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                                4.0

                                Tascam dr-05

                                By Lennyciotti

                                from New york

                                Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                                Amazing price/quality ratio!

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                                5.0

                                Simple and Clean

                                By Tim

                                from Charlotte, NC

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                                  I use this recorder with an interview mic for weddings and interviews. It's simple to use and catpures better sound than anything an on-board mic could.

                                  You can't go wrong with this little guy.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great

                                  By Aisse Gaertner

                                  from Rio de Janeiro, BR

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Quality Construction
                                  • Weak speaker

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Birding
                                  • Events

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder:

                                  I use it for birding. To record and play some bird songs that I don't recognize. So I can attract it and take pictures. If well configured it can record far far sounds. The speaker power don't help, so you'll have to use an external speaker.

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                                  Accessory Packages

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                                  An accessory package is a great way to get multiple accessories your system.

                                  Tascam - Handheld DR-Series Recording Accessory Package
                                  • You Pay: $28.15
                                   
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                                  • You Pay: $33.09
                                   

                                  Batteries & Power

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                                  Always keep spare batteries or a power supply handy so you won't get caught without power.

                                  Watson - 4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                  • You Pay: $17.95
                                   
                                  Tascam - PS-P515U AC to USB Power Adapter
                                  • You Pay: $19.95
                                   

                                  Cables

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                                  Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                  Hosa Technology - Stereo Mini Angled Male to 3-Pin XLR Female Cable - 5'
                                  • You Pay: $6.68
                                   

                                  Adapters

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                                  Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                  Kopul - LMT100 - Low to High Impedance Matching Transformer (1.5')
                                  • You Pay: $19.95
                                   

                                  Wind Protection

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                                  Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                  Tascam - WS-11 -Windscreen for DR Series Handheld Recorders
                                  • You Pay: $39.99
                                   

                                  Store and read data with the proper media.

                                  SanDisk - 32GB microSDHC Memory Card Ultra Class 10 UHS-I with microSD Adapter
                                  • You Pay: $16.95
                                   

                                  Headphones

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                                  Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                                  Tascam - TH-02 Studio Headphones (Black)
                                  • You Pay: $17.99
                                   
                                  Senal - SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones
                                  • You Pay: $49.99
                                   

                                  Cases & Protection

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                                  Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                  Gator Cases - Micro Recorder Pack
                                   
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