Hey guys. I had a query about which one's better. performance wise, battery wise, and frequency range wise. I have boiled down to these two and i am really confused as to which one to go for. Also could any of you suggest any better portable recorders in the range of $300- $500? Thank you.
I have the Tascam DR40 and I must say its pretty good. Its in a lot of ways similar to the Zoom H4N, but is comparatively cheaper. I have used both, DR100 and DR40 and sound quality wise I feel there's not much of a difference between the DR100 and the DR40. Just that the DR100 has more functions (sometimes it feels that its more than what you actually need). I'd give a +1 to the DR40 for its adjustable mic positions which you cannot do in the DR100. If you are just starting out in field recording, then I think the DR40 would be a good choice and for the price that you get it, its awesome. Hope that helps.
I have the Tascam DR-100 MKII and it's brilliant. The inbuilt mics are surprisingly good, the SNR is impressive. Battery-life of the rechargeable battery seems pretty decent, I haven't tested it out fully yet or tried it with phantom power on, but so far so good. The build quality is superb; sturdy metal casing, the buttons and wheel feel nice. It even comes with a wireless remote!
I agree with Skarik, I also use the Tascam and its great. The built-in mics are better then I expected, I have used it for all manner of recording and I have not been disappointed. You also get the flexibility to hook up your own mics as well.
Only draw back for me is you can't record using the built-in mics at the same time as an external mic. In my opinion that would have been great so you can record multiple responses to a sound without having to do another take.
I've just got a Roland R-26 mainly for recording foley and so far I've not been disappointed. It comes with 2 directional and 2 omni-direction mics built in. Jigsaw are currently doing a deal where you get the carry case and dead kitten worth £75 included in the price (£386).
It records in mp3 or WAV, up to 96 KHz, 24-bit. It also has 2 analog ins for additional mics (XLR or jack) and another mini-jack on the side for another mic. Files save onto an SD card and you could even use this an an interface for you pc/mac. Check out the link below!
I own a DR-40 and it rocks. I can't do it right now, but I will post some links with recordings from it. Battery lasts a lot, I've actually utilized with a co-worker and he owns de Zoom H4n, and we have both reached the conclusion that the DR-40 is better, performance wise; sound quality wise should be more of a subjective answer which I would rather leave to your own, but I will come back with the links to it!
I've used both but I own a DR-100mkII and for me it is definitely the better choice. The pre's are much better and I like the added features such as the omni mic's. For me, one of the biggest differences is the gain control - with the DR-40 you cannot get around the button noises when changing gain. I used to hate listening back to the recordings and hearing the button presses. The gain wheel on the DR-100mkII is a saviour!
There's a lot of great advice on this thread!