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Actually, the built-in limiter is NOT necessarily always active, but can be turned off with a switch on the rear of the TASCAM DR-100mkii. [See the manual, pg 32.]

This machine is a terrific, inexpensive, pristine-sounding, pro-quality recording unit when paired with a Sound Devices USBPre2 through the digital input.

You've basically got an SD 702 for about half the price and with much greater versatility.

And the USBPre2 can be powered in the field for a long time with a USB battery pack like the XP4001. No need for a laptop.