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K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40

You Pay: $26.10
Product Highlights
  • Designed for the Tascam DR-40

The K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40 is a custom-tailored windscreen designed to reduce the effects of wind noise on the Tascam DR-40 audio recorder.

Black short faux fur construction
Reduces unwanted wind noise
K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    K-TekTopper Windscreen for DR-40
     
    2.6

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

    • Poor design (6)
    • Unreliable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portable devices (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (6), Enthusiast (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (8), Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Necessary accessory

    I bought this with my Tascam DR-40, and boy am I glad I did. With the built-in mic's naked as shipped, the slightest breeze (such as an air conditioner) generates loud...Read complete review

    I bought this with my Tascam DR-40, and boy am I glad I did. With the built-in mic's naked as shipped, the slightest breeze (such as an air conditioner) generates loud wind noise. Placing the recorder too close, or directly in front of, someone's mouth generates wind noise.

    However, with the windscreen in place, the wind noise is almost entirely eliminated. I tested it on several windy days and wind noise was almost entirely eliminated. What remained sounded natural and merely added to the environmental sounds rather than overwhelming them. So it has earned a permanent place on my DR-40.

    In terms of build quality, the Topper Windscreen is fine. It's a little tricky to slip on, and it does make plugging in to the line out jack tricky, and also removing and inserting an SD card, but so long as you don't try to do both at once it's not too difficult to manage. Access to all the controls is uninhibited, and it's easy to rotate the mic's out to AB configuration with the windscreen in place.

    It does take a bit of practice to get it on, but fortunately the elastic waist seems very robust (which it needs to be) and does hold it on reasonably well. I have found that the recorder needs to be carried inside a smaller bag, though, or the windscreen will slip off. Perhaps better non-slip material around the elastic waist could have minimised this? The actual fur material feels like it should last several years use, and the colour is nice and neutral so it matches the DR-40's case and doesn't attract too much attention.

    While this wasn't super cheap, it is an absolutely necessary accessory for the Tascam DR-40 and should really ship with the product.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not worth it.

    Rather difficult to put on, and it doesn't like to stay on. Part of this is due to the design of the recorder though. The windscreen also makes the output jack difficult to...Read complete review

    Rather difficult to put on, and it doesn't like to stay on. Part of this is due to the design of the recorder though. The windscreen also makes the output jack difficult to use. Again, partly due to the shape and design of the recorder.

    My biggest issue, however, is the fact that it doesn't block much wind at all. Even blowing very very gently onto the recorder, there is hardly any difference between having this on or off (and definitely not enough of a difference to justify the hassle of using this thing in the first place).

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    3.0

    Topper Windscreen for DR-40 by K-Tek

    By Ryan

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Portable Devices

      Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

      Good Product, does the job.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Not That Bad!

      By Rev Lee

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Power User

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Wind Noise Reduction

      Cons

      • Needs 30 Second Fix

      Best Uses

      • Portable Devices

      Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

      I agree with everyone who says it doesn't fit so well. The DR-40 ain't so easy to fit any windscreen to though. Solution is simple. I snipped the elastic band and continued about 3/8" into the cover. Now it fits perfectly (in XY position only). It stays put but I keep a rubber band handy just in case.

      Those who say it doesn't reduce wind noise don't have a clue. I took it out today in 20 mph winds with gusts up to 35 mph. DR-40 input level at 65 (a good setting for voice recording at 1' distance). No windscreen and I was clipping and probably running +10db peaks. Applied the windscreen and I was at -35db average, which is as good a result as I've had from any windscreen.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      1.0

      Not much help

      By Bart

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Design
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

          The biggest drawback to this is that it doesn't work that well. I expected problems in a serious wind but even a gentle breeze is a noise problem. The other problem is that it is extremely difficult to put on the recorder.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          OK but not great

          By rmwpro

          from Costa Mesa, CA

          About Me Power User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cuts Wind Noise

          Cons

          • Hard To Attach
          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Out Door Audio Capture

          Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

          Works Well but it next to impossible to get it attached and keep it there.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          2.0

          Not worth it.

          By Sean

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

              Rather difficult to put on, and it doesn't like to stay on. Part of this is due to the design of the recorder though. The windscreen also makes the output jack difficult to use. Again, partly due to the shape and design of the recorder.

              My biggest issue, however, is the fact that it doesn't block much wind at all. Even blowing very very gently onto the recorder, there is hardly any difference between having this on or off (and definitely not enough of a difference to justify the hassle of using this thing in the first place).

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              1.0

              useless

              By narkis

              from nyc

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Design
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

                  Does not fit does not shield wind noise.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Necessary accessory

                  By Malcolm

                  from Hong Kong

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portable Devices
                    • Travel

                    Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

                    I bought this with my Tascam DR-40, and boy am I glad I did. With the built-in mic's naked as shipped, the slightest breeze (such as an air conditioner) generates loud wind noise. Placing the recorder too close, or directly in front of, someone's mouth generates wind noise.

                    However, with the windscreen in place, the wind noise is almost entirely eliminated. I tested it on several windy days and wind noise was almost entirely eliminated. What remained sounded natural and merely added to the environmental sounds rather than overwhelming them. So it has earned a permanent place on my DR-40.

                    In terms of build quality, the Topper Windscreen is fine. It's a little tricky to slip on, and it does make plugging in to the line out jack tricky, and also removing and inserting an SD card, but so long as you don't try to do both at once it's not too difficult to manage. Access to all the controls is uninhibited, and it's easy to rotate the mic's out to AB configuration with the windscreen in place.

                    It does take a bit of practice to get it on, but fortunately the elastic waist seems very robust (which it needs to be) and does hold it on reasonably well. I have found that the recorder needs to be carried inside a smaller bag, though, or the windscreen will slip off. Perhaps better non-slip material around the elastic waist could have minimised this? The actual fur material feels like it should last several years use, and the colour is nice and neutral so it matches the DR-40's case and doesn't attract too much attention.

                    While this wasn't super cheap, it is an absolutely necessary accessory for the Tascam DR-40 and should really ship with the product.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    1.0

                    Don't buy this

                    By gglezzz

                    from Guadalajara, Mexico

                    About Me Power User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Design
                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

                        You don't really notice the difference between having the windscreen on the Tascam or not and you can not use this if the mics are set AB.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Small affordable option, easy on

                        By jmchang

                        from Kaneohe, Hi

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

                            I works well for moderate windy environments. I store the windscreen inside out and roll it on the DR-40 when I need to use it. It really only fits on the DR-40 in XY mode.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            3.0

                            average

                            By The Bear

                            from Adelaide, Australia

                            About Me Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Reliable Performance

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to use

                            Best Uses

                            • Windstopper

                            Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

                            Once on the product does provide pretty good wind protection. I haven't tested it out in extreme wind conditions but in all scenarios I did test it out which had some average wind. It was never noticeable on the audio sample.
                            Only problem is putting the topper on. Its incredibly tedious. I have been using it for 2 months now and still struggle every time I go to put it on.

                            I would reccomend it on the basis that it does its job.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            2.0

                            falls off easily

                            By JT

                            from California

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Poor Design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about K-Tek Topper Windscreen for DR-40:

                                windscreen is short and tends to slip off the recorder very easily

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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