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

(based on 160 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (90)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (95)
  • Excellent sound (93)
  • Versatile (80)
  • 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)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (94), Novice (14), Professional musician (9)

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

 

Unreliable product, poor repairing

Bought this device last year and used only twice in the 10 months period. The device stopped powering on three months ago. I sent it back to Tascam for repair at my own...Read complete review

Bought this device last year and used only twice in the 10 months period. The device stopped powering on three months ago. I sent it back to Tascam for repair at my own cost, and they asked me for 90 dollars for the labour cost despite the fact that it is still within the warranty period. I paid, wanting to have the device for an audition coming up soon. When I got the device back from the repair center, it is still not fixed!! It is still unable to power on!! When I called to ask why the service manager asked me to send it back again at my own cost, and told me "it is not possible the device is not fixed". I found it ridiculous that I need to pay again on the shipping (or probably labour too??) for their mistake.After I called Tascam in US, Japan and B and H, no one took responsibility, apparently they outsource their repair service to a company named "Digitron". The service manager of Digitron even implied that the device may still be working as they have "fixed it", but I am just too dumb to operate it. (FYI I am also an engineer.) It has made one very nice recordings when it works. But you need to pray not to get a faulty unit like mine, as their repair service is extremely poor and communication is very bad. There were no visibility of what is going on. One day it turned on and the next it stopped working. It just costs too much time and energy to deal with them, I decided to buy another recorder from another brand. Stay away from this brand, their service is extremely poor and ill operated.

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5.0

Good Deal

By Sarah

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great sounds, easy to use.

 
5.0

I would to buy this lamp again

By Eduardo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

is very good

 
5.0

Would buy it again and recommend it.

By Jess

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is so sweet. Made my recordings so much easier, cleaner and compact.

 
4.0

Good price with good quality.

By Awei

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Easy to use and with quality audio.

 
4.0

I would buy this product again...I already have.

By Grant

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my second DR100. There are so many choices in this category that it can be tough to make a decision. I generally prefer Tascam to other brands, they just seem a bit better for build quality. The DR100 has one really important feature; the dual battery option. It has a removable Li-Ion and a AA option and can switch between the two automatically when needed. I'm not aware of any other small recorder that can do this.

 
5.0

And keeps going!

By Miguelangel

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this recorder just released in 2013. I have recorded direct sound with it for 7 movies in Venezuela since then. I have done more than 9.000 takes, all for movies and ambient recordings. It has never failed, and it keeps working just like the first day. I use it with its AR-Dr100 porta brace case, wich makes it even more powerful and versatile. Now I`ll try the DR70D to expand to 4 channels. Just take care of it and it will make a great deal for you.

 
1.0

Just stopped working

By Poltergeister

from New York

Verified Reviewer

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

As noted by others. Bricked itself. It just turns itself off and there is nothing you can do about it... forever. Mine was rarely used but out of warranty, so not even worth trying to repair. Won't buy from Tascam again.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, but limited.

By Steady Rolling

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

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

I don't understand why this tape deck is marketed to musicians. Tascam and its retailers should clarify the advertising that while overdubs can be made, this is not a multitrack recorder, so you cannot record multiple tracks and mix them later. What you have is a system essentially like the one Les Paul kind of invented. Record one track; then record another track by combining the first with a new input. Get your mix right at the start.

I guess we could have assumed this since the device is called a "2-channel" recorder, but the limitations of this recorder are not obvious in the literature.

That said, the onboard mics are pretty good, the preamps for the external mics are excellent, and the menu is relatively clear and easy to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

It's great when it works but...

By Finnegan

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Reviewer

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

I bought a Tascam DR-100mkII about 6 months ago. I had heard good things about it and initially it performed very well -- until a few days ago (right before an important interview). Suddenly, it has a problem turning on. I hold down the Power button, the Tascam powers up but then it immediately turns off. At first, it would take me 3 or 4 tries to turn it on. It seems to have gotten worse. Yesterday, it took 8 or 9 tries to turn on. When I finally got it on, the recording worked just fine. But now, my Tascam doesn't want to turn on at all. I have since learned from other people that this is a known problem with this recorder and there's not much you can do about it. So that was a waste of money for me.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good quality

By JELLYPLASMA

from Houston, TX.

Verified Buyer

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

THE BEST OF THE BEST

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Requires some study

By stories

from columbia, mo

Verified Buyer

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

This device records GREAT audio but do spend some time with the manual getting to know this product....as pressing the record button doesn't necessarily record. If you're not skilled in understanding the interface, there is a high opportunity for error that you wil make a mistake.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

I'm very satisfied with my purchased, I'm very happy

By speedy

from San bruno, Ca.

Verified Buyer

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

I used it for almost any input audio and the quality is very profesional

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Provisional 5 Star Rating

By Dave

from Springfield, OH

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Does everything
  • Really great quality
  • Will Connect To Everythin

Cons

  • Doesn't come with charger
  • Must read the manual
  • Only Records Wav And Mp3

Best Uses

  • Recording Live Concerts

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

Let me say that this is a great product if you read the manual. The manual is 60 some pages long and the defaults that are marked in the manual aren't correct. If you are the type of person who is going to sit down with your new recorder and the manual and go through the manual page by page and actually learn the recorder, this is a 5 star unit. It does EVERYTHING. Now, if you're a "I'm going to plug it in and just start using it" kind of person, you're really not going to like this unit very much. The defaults aren't necessarily what you'd want them to be (I guess that depends on what you want it to do), the unit is kind of clumsy and what you think the buttons are going to do isn't necessarily what they are going to do.
If you want to just buy a unit and use it, buy the Sony. It's really a good unit and it just works. If you're going to want to really get involved with how it works and be able to do editing of your recordings and connect this recorder to just about anything else, buy the Tascam but be prepared to spend 3 to 4 hours of quality time with the recorder and manual just playing with it before you plan to really use it.
As a final note, buy the charger (that doesn't come with it but should) because it takes FOREVER to charge the battery through the USB cable. Recording life with the rechargeable battery is about 3 hours (roughly) and you can then change it over to the AA batteries, then you can swap in another rechargeable battery and switch back to the rechargeable battery (yes, you have to manually make those change overs unless you wait for the rechargeable battery to completely die).

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  • No
 
4.0

Great, portable audio option

By Scott

from Atlanta, GA

Pros

  • Ease of Use
  • Size
  • Xlr Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • 2 Mic Or Less Setup
    • Field production

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

    This is a great portable recorder. I usually use the XLR inputs for mics which has yielded terrific audio. I'm still getting the hng of the onboard mics, (i.e. In what situation to use which mic) but my hope is that I just need to figure it out. ALso very easy to navigate menu and great battery life. (Love that it has rechargeable with AA backup)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Nice recorder, unless you have a problem

    By irate

    from inner ear

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

    Tascam has the worst customer service and tech support.

    Don't bother calling; they don't care.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nothing compares at this price.

    By Brawndo, the Thirst Mutilator

    from Los Angeles

    Verified Buyer

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

    I'm a director with a tech background who works with professional sound guys. I know they will roll their eyes if they read this but sometimes I need to get sounds on my own after a project is over with and they are gone. It isnt possible to always afford to hire someone just to get a simple sound. I do not claim to be a sound FX guy at all but I can get what I need on occasion. This little recorder lets me do that! It's built very well for this price range. Of course the Sony is the standard but at $800 it is hard to justify when this thing performs so well. I love the dual battery system plus I can plug in a mic with the XLR jacks which you cant do on the Sony. The preamps are better than Zoom's junk. Zoom really scammed a lot of newbie film guys who wre into the whole DSLR thing but let me educate you, their recorders are the worst in every way (like your little SLR cameras).

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Serious Gear

    By Allenc3

    from Richmond, VA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Dual Battery Power
    • Jog Wheel
    • many controls
    • Many In's And Out's
    • Metal Construction
    • Record Level Knob

    Cons

    • Low resolution screen
    • Tiny Rubber Feet

    Best Uses

    • Backup Location Recorder
    • Plant-hidden Recorder
    • Recorder For Mixpre-d

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

    I recently upgraded from an H4n which we all had or have. If I only knew then what I know now about sound gear, I would not have bought the H4n. If you want to know the differences between the H4n and this unit, go to KenRockwell.com and read both reviews. He provides a ton of technical analysis, data, and opinions. This recorder is a semi-pro hand held unit, fully pro would be something from Nagra at 6X this price. There are many reviews that cover most every feature of this unit so I won't duplicate them here. I will mention a few things as a location sound mixer that I really love about this recorder. There are buttons, switches, and wheels all over this thing which can seem intimidating at first but it means you do not have to get lost in menus all the time to set something up quickly. Just flip a switch, done. I love the jog wheel, this is rarely mentioned but it is an excellent way to rapidly move around in a sound file either before playing or during, forward or backward. It's faster and more responsive than my Sound Devices units. Very nice feature. I love the inputs and outputs, far better than the H4n. The Line In, Line Out, Line 2 Out, Headphone Out, Mic In, are so convenient. I can attach an SD MixPre-D with two 3.5mm TRS cables, Line In and Line Out and have stereo recording and Return Monitoring and Playback, and you still have a Headphone Out jack available. That is so awesome compared to the H4n. I love finally having a real record level knob that can be adjusted during recording. So much better than digital Up/Dn buttons, and silent. The 2 second pre-roll buffer is nice. I like the A-B spaced pair directional mics better than the X-Y mics on the H4n, provides slightly better stereo sound. I don't know why the two omni mics are on the unit but who knows maybe someday I'll find a use.The external wall wart AC charger powers the unit and charges the internal Li-ion battery. There are two internal batteries, the AA's can be changed while you are recording if the Li-ion is good.I did not like the tiny rubber pads or feet, they flew off day one and were replaced with much larger stick-on feet that are far more rugged.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great with a caveat

    By DSLR Filmmaker

    from New Orleans

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Great For Low Budget
    • Great Sound quality

    Cons

    • Low Gain

    Best Uses

    • Dslr filmmaking
    • Low-Budget Filmmaking

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

    This is a great, simple audio recorder that works really well to record independently or as a sort of pre-amp that runs into the camera. However, the one caveat is you have to increase the gain when paired with a Rode RTG-2 boom microphone. I'm not sure how it would work with another microphone.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Excellent recorder

    By Novice Audio Maker

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    Verified Buyer

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

    This recorder is excellent, especially for its price. I use this for documentary audio work, and it's great.

    I would definitely recommend.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Product

    By VacBOB

    from Philadelphia, PA

    Verified Buyer

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

    Easy to use
    Great signal-to-noise ratio
    Portable
    Love the volume control nobs
    Boots up quickly
    Ability to hot swap rechargeable batteries while running on AA's is a lifesaver

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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