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Tascam DR-40 Portable Handheld Recorder

  • Two in-built condenser microphones
  • XLR and line-in inputs
  • Record in 24-bit/96kHz
  • Powered by 2 x AA batteries


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NHBS Price: £189.95 inc VAT £207.95 (Save £18.00) $251/€216 approx

About this product

The Tascam DR-40 Portable Handheld Recorder has two in-built condenser microphones which are adjustable, meaning that they can be used in both AB and XY positions. Additional XLR inputs are also available, letting you record on four channels simultaneously. 48V phantom power is provided at the XLR inputs. 

The DR-40 records in 24-bit/96kHz PCM WAV and will also record in MP3 format. An auto-record function triggers the unit to begin recording when a pre-set noise level is exceeded, and an optional pre-record buffer will save up to two seconds of sound prior to the record button being pressed. A built in speaker lets you play back your recordings in the field and a line-out socket lets you listen through headphones. Records onto an SD or SDHC card (up to 32GB) with a 2GB card included. 

Powered by 2 x AA batteries (included), the DR-40 will record for up to 20 hours on one set of batteries. A USB connection cable and user manual are also included.

* Dimension: 70 x 155 x 35mm
* Weight: 213g



* Recording media: SD card (64MB to 2GB), SDHC card (4GB to 32GB)
* File system: FAT16/32
* File format: WAV,BWF,MP3
* WAV / BWF: 44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24bit
* MP3  
  - Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz/48kHz
  - Bit-rate for recording 32k/64k/96k/128k/192k/256k/320kbps
  - Playback bit rate: 32 - 320kbps, VBR, ID3 tag Ver. 2.4
* Number of channels: 4-channel (2 Stereo)
* Playback speed control (VSA): 0.5 - 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments), 44.1/48kHz only
* Built-in microphone: Unidirectional, stereo (Possible to switch between A-B/X-Y positions)
* EXT MIC/LINE IN          
  - Connector: XLR/TRS combo jack (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  - Input impedance: 2.2k ohms(MIC) / 10k ohms(LINE)
  - Nominal input level: -19dBV(MIC) / +4dBu (LINE)
  - Maximum input level: -3dBV (MIC) / +20dBu (LINE)
  - Connector: 1/8"(3.5mm)stereo mini jack, Unbalanced
* LINE OUT        
  - Output impedance: 12ohms
  - Standard output level: -14dBV (10k ohms load)
  - Maximum output level: +2dBV (10k ohms load)
* PHONES           
  - Maximum output level: 20mW + 20mW (32ohms load)
* Built-in speakers: 0.3W, Mono
* Low-cut filter: 40Hz/80Hz/120Hz
* USB   
  - Connector: Mini-B type
  - Format: USB2.0 HIGH SPEED
* Remote: 2.5mm TRS jack
* Effector: 6 presets (HALL1/2, ROOM, STUDIO, PLATE1/2)
* Chromatic tuner: C1 - B6, A4 = 435Hz - 445Hz (in 1Hz increments)
* Tripod attachment: 1/4 inch, Tripod attachment screw-hole
* Power: 2 AA batteries, USB bus power, AC100 - 240V (Optional AC adapter)
* Power consumption: 2.5W (Max)
* Battery operation time (Recording)    
  - With alkaline batteries (EVOLTA): Approx. 20.5 hours (2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit, using built-in microphone)
  - With Ni-MH batteries (eneloop): Approx. 17 hours (2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit, using built-in microphone)
* Dimensions: 70(W) x 155(H) x 35(D)mm
* Weight: 213g (Without battery)
* Accessories: 2GB microSD card, USB connection cable, 2 AA batteries for confirming operation, Owner's Manual, Warranty card
  - Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz +1dB/-3dB(Fs 44.1kHz,EXT IN to LINE OUT,JEITA) 20Hz-22kHz +1dB/-3dB(Fs 48kHz,EXT IN to LINE OUT,JEITA) 20Hz-40kHz +1dB/-3dB(Fs 96kHz,EXT IN to LINE OUT,JEITA)
  - Distortion: 0.05% or less (Fs 44.1/48/96kHz,EXT IN to LINE OUT,JEITA)
  - S/N ratio: 92dB or more (Fs 44.1/48/96kHz,EXT IN to LINE OUT,JEITA)
* Windows
  - OS: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7,Windows 8
  - CPU: Pentium 300MHz or more
  - Memory: 128MB or more
  - USB: USB2.0 recommended
* Macintosh
  - OS: Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2),Mac OS X Panther (V10.3),Mac OS X 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: Power PC,iMac,G3,G4 ,G5 266MHz or more
  - Memory: 64MB or more
  - USB: USB2.0 recommended



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