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Tascam DR-100 Handy Recorder : Review


Expensive but professional

Four condenser microphones, two cardioid and two omnidirectional. In addition, there are two XLR inputs with 48V phantom power and a Line In input. It is equipped with microphonic preamps with 60dB of gain. One of the main characteristics of this device is the flexibility, in fact it can be used in different contexts, always with a good result. The automatic gain control, the limiter and the low-cut filter are useful functions for a quality audio.

Various options

The user can start the recording manually, directly on the DR-100 or with an included wireless remote control, automatically when it receives a signal, in an advanced way, with two seconds buffer, or delayed.


The user can make overdubs or he can create a file in two formats, MP3 and WAV. The file can be divided or renamed, using also the date. It can read the MP3 ID3 tags.

The USB connection

Files can be transferred on the PC or vice versa. So it can be used like an MP3 player, thanks to the headphones output or to the built-in speaker.

Final conclusions

The DR-100 cannot be considered a cheap device. Its price is approximately 450 Euros. But sure, this is an high quality product. Four condenser built-in mics are uncommon in a so compact device.

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