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Old April 27th, 2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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tascam dr40 or tascam dr 100 to use mostly with external very good mics

i need a small recorder to record mostly sound effects, i will use it with a couple of ms mkh40-mkh 30,
does anyone of you know tascam dr40 and tascam dr 100? what are real differences, about preampo and sound quality ?
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Old April 28th, 2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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Re: tascam dr40 or tascam dr 100 to use mostly with external very good mics

David - Here is a pretty good comparison: http://dancarrphotography.com/blog/2...or-dslr-audio/

(Dan is wrong about the mic input levels on the DR40 - with the new firmware upgrade, they are now independent).

The bottom line is that the differences between the two recorders are all about features - sound quality is pretty much the same.

Summary of the differences:

The DR100 has separate headphone and line outs, the DR40 has a combination line/headphone out

The DR100 has a rechargeable li-ion battery pack, the DR40 uses AA batteries

The DR100 has 4 built in mics, the DR40 has two

The DR100 has more physical controls, the DR40 is more menu driven

The DR40 has only two real advantages over the DR100:

The DR40 has two 1/4" TRS/XLR combination inputs, while the DR100 has XLR-only inputs, and

Lower cost.

I wanted the http://www.amazon.it/Tascam-DR-100MK2-DR-100-MKII/dp/B006A8AFOC's separate headphone and line outs, but for me, the most compelling argument was cost, so I bought the DR40.

I have been more than satisified with its performance.

Good luck with your decision,

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Old April 28th, 2012, 03:45 AM   #3
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Re: tascam dr40 or tascam dr 100 to use mostly with external very good mics

considering that I need it to record sound effects with external pair of microphones in a boom, i just care about phantom, good preamps and how long battery life is. there's no lithium battery inside the dr 40 thats may be a problem.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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Re: tascam dr40 or tascam dr 100 to use mostly with external very good mics

Neither the DR-40 or 100 has very good pre-amps, but in this price range, the Tascams' are as about as good as your gonna get. For recording quiet sound sources, noise may be an issue. Using a quality high output level mic would help minimize the noise.
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