Alongside its new audio interfaces, TASCAM brought three brand-new handheld recorders to NAMM 2019. Belonging to the DR-X series, these expand the previous generation of devices’ feature sets, in effect being their “natural evolution” in the manufacturer’s words.
All DR-X models offer 2-in/2-out USB recording functionality and feature revamped user interfaces with multi-language menus, 128GB microSDXC card support, backlit displays, and Dictation Mode with special EQ and Overwrite Modes. With it, users can instantly jump back audio playback in pre-selected increments, including speed control, or punch-in recording takes.
The DR-40X and DR-07X models have scalable unidirectional A/B or X/Y microphones, which the DR-05X lacks. It has dual omni-directional microphones instead.
The flagship DR-40X model has a pair of combo inputs with built-in phantom power for recording condenser mics, as well as 4-track recording and an optional wired remote control.
Price and availability
Given the relatively high feature parity between the three models, it makes sense that their price tags are fairly similar. The flagship DR-40X is priced at USD 200, while the DR-07X and DR-05X are priced USD 150 and USD 120, respectively. All three devices are available to order now from TASCAM dealers.