Tascam DR-100mkIII Linear PCM Recorder

Tascam DR-100mkIII Linear PCM Recorder

Tascam DR-100mkIII Linear PCM Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • On-Board A/B Stereo Microphone
  • Records up to 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • Records to SDXC Cards up to 128GB
  • 2 x XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Clock Accuracy up to 1ppm
  • AKM AK4558 ADC with 109 dB S/N Ratio
  • Uses Rechargeable Li-Ion & AA Batteries
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Tascam DR-100MKIII overview

  • 1Description

The DR-100mkIII from Tascam is a linear PCM recorder which supports 24-bit/192 kHz recording resolution and is able to record MP3 and WAV files—even at the same time, in dual-recording mode. A different dual-recording mode allows you to record a lower-level safety track in case the initial recording clips, and XRI mode will write the settings used to record the track within the file itself; recorder, mics, level, low-cut filter implementation, limiter, and pad will be represented therein, making your editor's or post-production engineer's life a lot easier.

The recorder utilizes AKM AK4558 converters, offers a 109 dB signal-to-noise ratio, sports a temperature-compensated clock, and includes a built-in limiter, variable low-cut filter, and pad. The built-in mic operates in an A/B pattern, and two combination jacks with low-noise HDDA mic preamps can accept XLR and 1/4" terminations. This unit records to SDXC cards up to 128GB in size, and runs on a combination of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AA batteries, allowing you to swap the disposable power supply while recording without disrupting the process of capturing audio.

Notable Features
  • Up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording resolution
  • Dual-mono AKM AK4558 converters can be run in "Dual ADC mode" to secure a 109 dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • Low-noise HDDA microphone preamps combine discrete performance with digital gain settings
  • Dual-battery design uses a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable and AA batteries for extended recording times (you can also swap AAs during recording)
  • Dual-recording mode captures a low-level safety track to prevent distorted takes
  • Temperature-compensated sample clock (TCXO) with 1ppm accuracy
  • 1/8" stereo input with plug-in power
  • 1/8" S/PDIF digital input (with included phono adapter)
  • Limiter and low-cut filter (40 / 80 / 120 / 220 Hz)
  • A second dual-record mode captures WAV and MP3 files simultaneously
  • XRI mode writes recording settings to the file, such as recorder, mics, level, low-cut filter, limiter, and pad
  • Five dedicated switches and numerous buttons reduce menu-diving to confirm settings
  • Remote input supports TASCAM RC-10 and RC-3F wired remote controls


UPC: 043774032259
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Tascam DR-100mkIII Linear PCM Recorder
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tascam DR-100MKIII specs

    Bit Depth / Sample Rate 24-bit / 192 kHz
    Channels 2x
    Signal to Noise Ratio 109 dB
    Inputs 2 x XLR combo jacks
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm S/PDIF digital input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo input
    Built-In Microphone 1 x Directional AB w/Shockmount, omnidirectional
    Maximum SD Card Size SDXC up to 128 GB
    AD/DA AKM AK4558
    Clock Accuracy TCXO 1ppm
    Headphone Amp 40 + 40 mW
    Chassis Black aluminum
    LCD Display Backlit, 128 x 128
    Phantom Power Switchable
    Power Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery, as well as AA batteries
    Other Features Dual-recording mode
    XRI recording data stored with file
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.6 x 3.3"

    Tascam DR-100MKIII reviews

    DR-100mkIII Linear PCM Recorder is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game changer in handheld audio recorders I'm a retired audio pro and needed a quality digital recorder for personal projects, primarily sound gathering and the occasional music recording on location. The DR 100 mkIII fills the bill nicely. I like the ability to record audio in high sample and bit rate. The on board microphones are very good. I can plug in my own KM 84's or MKH 40's if I really need to get serious. I have yet to try the SPDIF jack. The unit is intuitive to someone familiar with digital audio recorders and their menus. Sadly the supplied instructions gloss over everything. I got answers to the several questions by trial and error. This replaces a modified Marantz PMD 660. I'm pleased and expect to get a lot of use from the Tascam.
    Date published: 2016-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This recorder is worth every single penny. A few functions were (surprisingly) not really covered in the manual but I figured it out on some forums. The user interface is really quite intuitive, so if you are used to audio recorders this one is a no brainer. Sound quality is superb. VERY low noise from the uni mics and in using other external mics, (Rode ntg-3, Stereo Videomic x) I was more than satisfied with the results. Might sound pricey for a Tascam handheld, but actually, for the performance I would call it an excellent budget option!
    Date published: 2016-11-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems great, but no accessories I wrote this before but somehow it got lost. I do freelance reporting for public radio and this is a replacement for the Marantz 660. So far I'm really impressed. But it doesn't come with a flash card and there isn't an AC adapter nor is there even a strap. So, figure on spending extra. The owner's manual is worthless, another example of a manual written by engineers without any consideration for people who are not familiar with the product. One weird thing: Using an external mike means selecting the setting for mic and not external mike. Happily the tech guys at Tascam are accessible and willing to help.
    Date published: 2016-10-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but for one flimsy XLR release I've had this for about four months. It replaced a Marantz. I use it for reporting and have been really happy with its performance and features. Until today. I went to unhook a 20-foot cable and the push-in release for the XLR was gone. Fell out. Can't find it. I am very gentle on equipment. When I'm not using the Tascam it is inside a bubble-wrap pouch inside a very large Domke bag. The release on the other side is still there. But I'm stuck with the long cable that I typically don't need. It looks like I'm going to use it for mountain climbing. Tascam support is closed today. I'll do a follow-up on how this gets handled, but I'm hoping it does not mean shipping if off since I use it for work.
    Date published: 2017-01-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible reliability and extremely poor customer service We have several of these, and while they were good initially, after a period of time they are having a problem where they are draining new batteries literally in minutes. It's not just one of them, but two of our models are doing this. It's possible we just had a bad batch, but what's most disappointing was how dismissive their customer service rep was--basically accusing us of mishandling the recorder, and also saying that it was normal wear and tear. Normal wear and tear? My Marantz recorder for instance is still going strong after 12 years and several drops onto concrete--whereas these Tascams have rarely seen exterior spaces. It's amazing these days any company would treat such loyal customers this way. Buy Tascam at your own risk.
    Date published: 2017-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quietest pre-amps for the price. I have owned many Digital recorders, from low end units to high end Sound Devices units. The DR-100mkIII gives excellent value for the cost, with quieter pre-amps than anything in the same price range. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2016-12-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from $140 Repair After Four Months.... I bought this to replace a Marantz that worked flawlessly for five years, mostly for news reporting. After about four months of gentle use (carried in a Domke bag when not recording) one of the XLR release buttons fell off. That locked a long cable I do not normally use into the DR 100. Tascam says it is out of the warranty except for parts. The repair shop authorized by Tascam says Tascam wouldn't even cover the part and abrupty told them it didn't even have the information it needed. Meanwhile, it looks like I'll be paying about $140 for shipping, labor and the parts on a unit that was $400. Plus, the repair shop says when it opened the unit and went to replace the switch a ribbon cable that it described as flimsy broke. So, the tech put in a new wire. The sad thing is that I really like this unit. It's been great. But this is not how professional equipment should be built or how a company that wants to provide pro equipment should behave.
    Date published: 2017-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tascam's affordable baby cries out ! First - test the unit and run it through it's paces. Make sure your SD card is compatible, make many test recordings. OK - if all goes well, then you're in for a great surprise. The recording quality is outstanding, whether it's using the onboard Omni microphones, or external dynamic mics, or condensers... I found the microphone preamps to be quick, clean, and detailed (for both onboard and plug in XLR mics) The build quality is good and this unit has been knocked around a bit in my backpack. I'm presently using it to record ambience in Vietnam. The humidity is around 80 to 100 % and the Tascam's operating perfectly. I'm recording at 24/192 - no problems! The low cut filter is very useful, peak reduction has helped in a few odd situations... The limiter seems useless (perhaps they'll pump it up in a firmware update?) The onboard omni directional mics have taken a beating in other reviews, but - I recently used them for some special effects and had great success. This unit is just fun to use! I've been using tascam's products since the late 70's - some was sonic diarrhea, and some was fragrant wizard spray... Their top shelf pro equipment was often unreachable in price. Well - I think Tascam has finally rewarded me for all the gear i've purchased over the years... This recorder is an excellent deal for the price! Pro sound quality with no regrets!
    Date published: 2017-01-21
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