By now, I am sure that most of the Gadgeteer readers that have been following my reviews and news stories know that I really like the Zoom audio recorders. However, before I ever tried a Zoom audio recorder, I owned a couple of Tascam devices. Just recently, I stumbled across a Tascam audio recorder that seems by specifications to be a “decent” portable audio recorder.
The Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder offers many professional level features comparable to other professional field recorders. It can record WAV/BWF files at up to 24-bit/96 kHz, or MP3 files at up to 320 kbps, on SD or SDHC memory cards up to 32GB in capacity. There are also built-in adjustable condenser microphones with the choice of A/B or X/Y patterns, a built-in limiter and low-cut filter, built-in preamps that also provide phantom power for external condenser microphones, and a built-in speaker. The available ports include locking Neutrik combo jack inputs that accept XLR and 1/4″ connections, a 3.5mm headphone/line output, and a high-speed USB 2.0 port. It can be powered by either an optional AC adapter or 3 AA batteries that last up to 15 hours. Wired handheld or footswitch remote controls are also available as an optional purchase.