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TascamDR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 133 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (93)
  • Excellent sound (93)
  • Versatile (79)
  • Compact (64)
  • Low distortion (61)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (8)
  • Weak (7)
  • Unnecessary functions (6)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Poor quality construction (3)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (63)
  • Outdoor events / games (58)
  • Performances (52)
  • Amateur recording (51)
  • Home studio (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (94), Novice (14), Professional musician (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent field recorder

This unit was a step up from the Zoom H4n for capturing location sound. Some of my favorite upgrades: -Locking XLR jacks-More durable construction-Very fast boot time-Excellent battery life with internal USB-rechargeable lithium...Read complete review

This unit was a step up from the Zoom H4n for capturing location sound. Some of my favorite upgrades: -Locking XLR jacks-More durable construction-Very fast boot time-Excellent battery life with internal USB-rechargeable lithium ion and two AA bay-Easier navigation within a recording via front-panel wheel-File marking includes adding, removing, and skipping to marks on playback-Large screen makes all useful information visible at all times-Physical gain adjustment wheel rather than an on-screen setting, and similarly, back-panel switches for other commonly-accessed options-Remote control with options for both IR and wired-Added stereo omnidirectional mics-Much better user manual-Custom file naming-Superior menu and folder navigationThe things that are missing if moving from an H4n, I have not needed:-Multitrack recording-1/4" instrument jacks-Effects processing-Metronome-Guitar tunerOriginally, I had purchased the H4n in hopes of doing some multitrack music demos. However, I found the above "features" of the H4n to be difficult to navigate and manage, so I ultimately did not use them.One more thing:If you wonder how the built-in pair of unidirectional mics will produce a faithful stereo image since they appear to be pointed straight forward, the capsules inside are actually mounted at a 45 degree angle, visible when held up to a light source. Stereo recording sounds great.Also, 24-bit and higher that 48 kHz sample frequencies are not enabled by default, but are easily set with one option specified in the manual.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

My first impressions of the DR-100mkII

I needed an easy-to-use recorder for capturing high quality digital sound for combination with DSLR video, and also doing interviews. The reviews looked good and I made my final decision because this unit has...Read complete review

I needed an easy-to-use recorder for capturing high quality digital sound for combination with DSLR video, and also doing interviews. The reviews looked good and I made my final decision because this unit has a MONITOR and LINE OUT, so I can run the sound into an additional source. All of that works well. I haven't recorded live music with it yet.

Pros: Well built, easy access to controls, tripod screw hole, understandable menus, USB makes download a snap, lots of recording formats for memory space options. The MP3 modes do a great job with interviews and the files integrate with FCP X.

Cons: Why Why Why would a company ship the unit with it set to DIGITAL CONTROL INPUT, and not cover that setting in the manual? It took me a few days to find out how to get the DIN UNLOCK warning to clear so I could actually record! Hours and hours wasted. No responses from my numerous emails to support. Frustrating!

The built-in directional mics work okay but the level is not high enough, even with the high gain setting and the volume cranked to 10. I would expect those setting to peg, so I could back off the volume and get a nice hot level. Not so. Gotta have everything at full throttle for an interview in a small room. On the plus side, the sound was very good.

Replaying the audio through headphones will shock you in a bad way! Serious flanging! It sounds like it's coming through a drainpipe. Not sure why, because the recording sounds great after it's downloaded. Perhaps there's some serious cancellation problems because the mic monitor cannot be turned off while you are listening to the playback. If there's a way to do that, I'd like to know. Not in the manual and no response from support by email.

The internal mics pick up a lot of noise from touching the unit and touching the table that my tripod support is standing on. A rubberized surface on the unit and a simple EQ would help.

SUMMARY: The unit will work well for me, but I wish the documentation and support was better. This is probably not a unit for beginners.

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5.0

Fantastic!

By Rob K.

from Denver, CO

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Features
  • Great price
  • Great quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

      This recorder is being used for a podcast. Most of the interviews are done over the phone and we needed a way to send "mix-minus" to the callers. Having the extra line-out on this recorder does exactly that! Our host can listen to the entire conversation on headphones and the caller gets to hear the host, it's perfect.

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      4.0

      Great Features

      By JAM

      from Houston Texas

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Pro features
      • Very flexible

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

          I'll be using this product to record double system sound for films. Very nice unit with many of the features I will use: high dart rate files, XLR inputs, AC power available. My only negative is that the owners manual is not very clear in some areas, but I was able to figure it all out and I am very happy with my DR-100mkII.

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          4.0

          Solid Broadcast-Quality Recorder

          By Steve

          from Baltimore, MD

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Extra Features
          • Rechargeable Battery

          Cons

          • can be complicated to use

          Best Uses

          • Broadcast

          Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

          Overall, good recorder, with a rechargeable LI battery--which is a huge plus. But, sometimes all the features, buttons, and settings can get in the way in "run-and-gun" type situations. Also, very sensitive to popping-P's, even with windscreens, etc.

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          5.0

          Amazing Professional Quality

          By Aaron E

          from Miami, FL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clean And Warm Xlr Sound
          • Good Durable Build
          • High Quality
          • Simple and easy to use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Journalistic Use
            • On Location Sfx Recording

            Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

            While I'm not a complete audio gear expert, I do have very good hearing and I can tell that recording microphones through analog XLR (such as through this recorder) instead of digital USB results in a clearer and warmer sound. Maybe it's because the DR-100mkII is so sensitive and provides a very clean mic gain. With so many features, it's very worth the price. So far, best audio device I ever bought.

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            5.0

            Great device for a Classical Musician

            By Enrique Granados

            from New York, NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Ease of Use
            • Light Weight
            • Quality sound

            Cons

            • poor built in speakers

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

              I chose this device over an Olympus and Sony based on suggestions and reviews. My goal was to have a quality recorded to review my practice and rehearsals. Crucial was that it be simple to operate and provide quality sound for music. It is very simple to operate, although the manual does not really give complete instructions if you are intuitive it is easy to use. The sound is good for my purposes. I will probably never use many features, such as multi track recording, but am very pleased with the results that I am getting. Note--it is a good idea to purchase that electrical cord for recharging. I am was advised by a B and H chat room associate not to use a stand for this unit. However, I am still considering getting one for settings outside of my studio. Also note that the built in speakers can only be used to identify a track, they are not sufficient quality for listening.

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              5.0

              Good improvements over previous DR-100

              By Tach

              from Rhode Island

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                    I like the XLR locks, the digital in, the improved preamps, and the metal tripod mount.

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                    5.0

                    The best in its kind

                    By Moy666

                    from Tampico, Mexico.

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                          Very good recorder, 2 types of battery alimentation for a long field operation, full manual controls, phantom power...
                          Excellent in field recording or even in any situation,
                          Very High Quality Audio.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          So far, IT IS THE BEST!

                          By Heavyweight Sound

                          from Emerald triangle

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 2 Battery Sources
                          • Digital Input
                          • Great build quality

                          Cons

                          • No AC adapter
                          • No Usb Power While Record
                          • Scan Speed Is A Bit Slow

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                            I needed this mostly to record my radio shows & live DJ gigs. before this I had the an old bare bones Zoom recorder that I bought when these recorders 1st came on the market. (Lasted a long time until it got closed in a car door). Compared to that, this recorder is the Ritz, or a Bentley. I wanted a recorder that had a digi input because my mixer has a an Coax digi output, & this is the only portable recorder that has it, as far as I know. I wanted the luxury of not having to worry about clipping or boosting the volume later.Another cool feature is the big rechargeable battery & the AA backup battery. Build quality seems exceptional & everything feels solid. The only negative thing so far, is I would have liked a fast scan speed, when pushing & holding the >>| button. But you can also scan using the jog wheel, which is pretty cool. The other thing is that it doesn't include an AC adapter. ... & since it doesn't, I was hoping the USB charging cable could be plugged in & powering the unit while recording. No such luck. When USB is plugged in you can only charge the unit or move files to a PC - no recording. They want $ for the adapter, but I'm going to get a generic. Not sure if the AC power also charges the battery but it would be pretty stupid if you could only charge the unit with USB.

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                            5.0

                            Great tool

                            By Snorkin' Dingo

                            from Missoula, MT

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                            The DR-100mkII has transformed the way I capture material for documentaries and pod casts. It's versatile, dynamic, and easy to operate. The built-in stereo mics are a definite plus.

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                            5.0

                            Easy to use and worth the price

                            By Jill

                            from Sydney, Australia

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                              I was choosing between this and the Zoom h4n. I had it recommended to me by several DoP's I worked with. I especially like that the controls are scroll wheels and not buttons. It's also very sturdy and good for taking into the field.

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                              4.0

                              Great Recorder Power Button Poor Design

                              By Worni

                              from San Francisco State Univ

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy Menu Navigation
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Poor Power Button Design

                              Best Uses

                              • Location Sound For Film

                              Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                              This is an excellent hand held field recorder with an easy interface for menu navigation. The quality using the built in mikes is very usable, even better when you plug in external condenser mikes powered using the on board phantom power.
                              We have a dozen of these in the Dept of Cinema at SFSU. The only defect is a very poor design on the power button. It is hinged and if pressed too hard will break off and fall inside the case. I've repaired this issue but it takes a tech with experience and patience two hours to repair.

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                              5.0

                              Great little machine

                              By Nate

                              from Dallas,Texas

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                Just got the recorder. Had a voiceover to do, the audio quality is excellent I used it at 96k/WAV. Great purchase!

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                                5.0

                                Great Product

                                By Photoagent

                                from St. Paul, MN

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                  This is very easy to use. The interface is intuitive. I was using a Zoom H4N. The Tascom is much better. It allows you to concentrate on the interview and not the recording. Recording audio was easy and sounds great.

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                                  5.0

                                  Easy to use

                                  By Holofernes

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                    I primarily record the speaking voice, and often work with stage actors who use extreme dynamics and a wide pitch range for expression. I have a pair of AKG Perception 220 condenser mics and had been using a Tascam US-600 interface with a small laptop with fine results. When the laptop died, I tried using my Dell XPS PC (with Win 7) but had a severe crackling noise that increased with signal level. I believe this was generated in the PC and not the US-600, but as I'd been wanting a more portable solution that I could also use for video production with D-SLRs, I purchased the DR-100mkII based on several positive reviews. The XLR inputs with phantom power was an essential feature for use with my mics.

                                    The DR-100mkII turned out to be a wise purchase. The sound quality (using default 16-bit WAV at 44.1 kHz) is even better than I obtained with the US-600, and operating the unit during my first session (after studying the manual for about half an hour) was a breeze. I can't review the quality of the built-in mics, since I have only recorded with them once just to make sure they are operating. This recorder is well-built, simple to operate, and yields sound quality that I am totally happy with for voice work.

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                                    5.0

                                    Almost Perfect

                                    By MattLTH

                                    from Salt Lake City, UT

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Battery Life
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Startup Time
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • No 14" Inputs

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                    Of all the handheld digital recorders on the market, the Tascam DR-100mkII is my favorite. I own several, including the older DR-100 and a Zoom H4N. Much has been written about the DR-100mkII, so rather than posting a full review, I'll simply list the high points that set it apart from the pack.

                                    1. Battery life: Using the built-in battery pack and a pair of fully charged Sanyo Eneloop XX AA NiMH batteries (apx. 2400 mA), recordings with condenser mics (Audio-Technica U851R X 2) and phantom power on last just over 4.5 contiguous hours. And since the unit switches from the battery pack to the AAs, you can just hit 'record' and walk away.

                                    2. Startup time: It takes only six-seconds from pressing the power button to record-ready. The Zoom takes over twice as long, which feels like an eternity when the director is waiting for my call of "speed." If you're running-and-gunning, you'll appreciate how fast it boots.

                                    3. Build quality: The case is made of metal, as is the mounting hole on the bottom. Yet it doesn't weigh any more than the competition.

                                    4. Uni- and omni-directional mics built-in: Granted, I hardly ever use either of the built-in mics, but it's nice to have a choice when you simply don't have time to set up additional mics.

                                    The DR-100mkII is almost perfect, so here is the only quibble I have with it: No 1/4" inputs. The XLR inputs can be configured for mic or line-level, but it would have been nice to have combo 1/4"/XLR jacks for those times when you have to interface with other equipment.

                                    A more fair rating would be 4.5 stars, but the DR-100mkII is an amazing value and a top performer.

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                                    5.0

                                    clear winner for USBPre 2 companion

                                    By tbheys

                                    from Culver City, CA

                                    Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                    I bought the DR-100mkII instead of newer choices like the DR-60D or H6 because I needed the S/PDIF input to work with the superior preamps of my USBPre 2 from Sound Devices. It works flawlessly, and I'm getting top quality recordings now. There was past only one small hitch: you have to set the sampling rates of both devices to be the same for the digital input to recognize the USBPre 2...

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                                    5.0

                                    Very Robust Portable Recorder

                                    By Scott

                                    from Tyler Texas

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Podcast Interviews Remote

                                      Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                      I use this device to record transmissions in a helicopter and on also remote interviews for podcast... It recording quality is excellent and it seems to be very durable and also easy to use.

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                                      5.0

                                      excellent

                                      By Dan S

                                      from NYC area

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Excellent Sound
                                      • Low Distortion
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Events
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Performances
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                        Great deal for the money. In this price range, is the best your gonna get, and what you get is great.

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                                        5.0

                                        DR-100mkII

                                        By Dan

                                        from Ciudad de México

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                            Although this product is several years in the market remains an excellent choice that maybe I could still be overtaken by other recorders in its price range. I decided to try to add this recorder to capture video with a Lumix GH2 and found it very good combination. Use of this recorder is easy and has great potential to slowly start testing their hardware. When recording using unidirectional microphones this is virtually no background noise.This recorder and an attenuator cable connected to it and you'll have a DSLR and audio quality that will surprise you!

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                                            1.0

                                            Some features don't work - Complicated

                                            By Giant Video

                                            from Santa Cruz, CA

                                            About Me Professional Musician

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                              • Difficult To Use
                                              • Poor Sound Quality
                                              • Weak

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                                Now that I've had this unit past the return period I'm even more frustrated with it. Be aware: There is no online or telephone customer support that I can locate. Many features that are described in the manual, like internal speaker, fast forward in playback mode, and input volume control, simply do not work. There is no one to contact for answers.

                                                Additionally, the microphone monitor is always turned on, so when you play back you're always getting the ambient room noise mixed with handling sounds. Time spent searching through menus will reveal a way to turn mic monitor function off, but the selection is not permanent, so the problem persists the next time you playback. NOTE: This is a problem no matter your mic input selection, or whether you have mics plugged in or not, because the monitor sound comes from the built-in mics! This is combined with 'flanging' distortion through headphones on any playback that makes it impossible to evaluate a recording.

                                                On my unit the default playback was set at -32, so everything sounded slow. WHY would you ship a unit with that setting?

                                                Do not buy this unit for music recording. The highs are so boosted in the built-in mics that everything sounds tinny. EQ in post cannot fix the problem. Using high quality mics through the XLR inputs can help, but an adequate recording level cannot be achieved, even at high gain and volume at 10. Additionally, setting the mic input on XLR does not always disable built-in mics, so you may think you're getting input from your expensive mics, but you'll hear lots of handling sounds and boosted highs in the final file. WHY? Because the mic input switch is faulty. Again - the playback is so distorted, its impossible to discover that disaster in the field.

                                                SUMMARY - Tascam, I hope you're reading this and you will relieve me of this unit because I can't stop ranting about how bad it is.

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