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Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Recorder

  • Records up to 96kHz/24 bit audio in WAV or MP3 format
  • Use with the in-built omnidirectional microphones or connect your own to the 3.5mm line-in socket
  • Auto-record function


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NHBS Price: £86.99 inc VAT £111.60 (Save £24.61) $114/€99 approx

About this product

The DR-05 is a simple to use, high quality handheld recorder, capable of recording high resolution, 96kHz/24 bit audio in either MP3 or WAV format. Files are saved onto a microSD or microSDHC card (2GB card included, up to 32GB supported). A pair of omnidirectional microphones allow you to record in stereo or you can use your own microphone by connecting it to the 3.5mm (0.8") stereo input (plug-in power provided). The DR-05 is equally useful for recording nature sounds in the field or, with the addition of a 3.5mm jack cable, for use with a bat detector. 

The design and layout of the DR-05 makes it easy to control all of its functions - common operations such as start/stop recording, level adjustments, deleting files and adding markers require a simple button push. The settings menu provides access to additional features, such as limiting, low cut filters and the chromatic tuner. A built-in speaker lets you listen to your recordings in the field - they can also be looped and slowed down without the pitch being altered. 

An optional peak reduction feature automatically sets the recording level by listening to the input and adjusting it to the best level. Additional features include an auto-record function which activates the recorder automatically when the input signal rises above a nominal level and then stops recording when it falls below this level for more than five seconds. When recording long files the auto-mark function can be used to place a mark on the file if the levels falls below nominal for more than five seconds. 

The DR-05 is powered by 2 x AA batteries which will last for approximately 17.5 hours, even when recording in high resolution.

Recommended reading:
* Tascam DR-05 User Manual


General specifications:
* Recording media: microSD card (64MB to 2GB) / microSDHC card (4GB to 32GB)
* File system: FAT16/32
* File format: WAV (BWF), MP3
* WAV sampling frequency: 44.1kHz / 48kHz / 96kHz
* WAV quantization bit rate: 16 / 24 bit
* MP3 sampling frequency: 44.1kHz / 48kHz
* MP3 bit-rate for recording: 32 / 64 / 96 / 128 / 192 / 256 / 320kbps
* MP3 playback bit rate: 32 to 320kbps, VBR, ID3 tag Ver. 2.4
* Number of channels: 2 (stereo)
* Playback speed control (VSA): 0.5 to 1.5 times in 0.1 increments (44.1 / 48kHz only)
* Built-in microphone: Omnidirectional, stereo
* Mic/ext in connector: 3.5mm (1/8”) stereo mini jack, unbalanced, plug-in power
* Mic input impedance: 25kΩ
* Mic nominal input level: -20dBV
* Mic maximum input level: -4dBV
* Phones/line out connector: 3.5mm (1/8”) Stereo mini jack, unbalanced
* Line out input impedance: 12Ω
* Line out nominal output level: -14dBV (10kΩ load)
* Line out maximum output level: +2dBV (10kΩ load)
* Phones maximum output: 20mW + 20mW (32kΩ load)
* Built-in speakers: 0.3W, Mono
* Low-cut filter: 40Hz / 80Hz / 120Hz
* USB connector: Mini-B type
* USB format: USB2.0 high speed
* Chromatic tuner: C1 to B6, A4 = 435Hz to 445Hz (in 1Hz increments)
* Tripod attachment screw-hole: ¼ inch
* Power: 2 x AA batteries, USB bus power, AC100 to 240V (optional AC adapter)
* Power consumption: 1.7W (max)
* Battery operation time (alkaline): Approx 17.5 hours (WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit, using built-in microphohe, JEITA)
* Battery operation time (Ni-MH): Approx 15.5 hours (WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit, using built-in microphohe, JEITA)
* Dimensions: 61(W) x 141(H) x 26(D)mm
* Weight: 116g (without battery)
* Standard accessories: 2GB microSD card, USB connection cable, 2 x AA batteries, owners manual, warranty card.

Audio performance:
* Frequency response (20Hz to 20kHz): +1dB/-3dB (Fs 44.1kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
* Frequency response (20Hz to 22kHz): +1dB/-3dB (Fs 48kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
* Frequency response (20Hz to 40kHz): +1dB/-3dB (Fs 96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
* Distortion: 0.05% or lower (Fs 44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
* S/N ration: 92dB or higher (Fs 44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)

Computer compatibility:
* OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
* CPU type/speed: Pentium 300MHz or faster
* Memory: 128MB or more
* USB: USB2.0
* OS: Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2), Mac OS X Panther (V10.3), Mac OS C Tiger (V10.4), Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard (V10.6.8), OS X Lion (V10.7), OS X Mountain Lion (V10.8)
* CPU type/speed: Power PC, iMac, G3, G4, G5 266MHz or faster
* Memory: 64MB or more
* USB: USB2.0


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