For decades, Tascam has in terms of recording technique the nose front. The Japanese Studio equipment with the professional recorder DR 680 (1100 euros), the 24-bit / 192 kHz is a new high point in Flash technology takes on.
As with the recording devices, there are fast changes in any other field of HiFi. According to analog tape and compact cassette, the digital recording technology has established itself. The present status of the recording on standard Flash memory cards in turn reached with PCM processor, DAT, MiniDisc, CD-R, and hard disk in just 30 years ago on VHS. So – we believe – might calm but for a while, virtually all requirements but the SDHC card and offers enough storage space – at least for audio applications.
Actually, the thus possible 32 gigabytes (GB) sufficient at a time approximately 7.5 hours in Super sound quality with 24-bit resolution and a sampling frequency of 192 kilohertz to record. This quality maximum has for the development of the DR 680 as their yardstick used Tascam – and created a State of the art recorder in combination with out sophisticated features of professional audio technology.
DR 680 without mechanical parts for the recording comes out by the Flash memory; Thus, it leaves the entire range of predecessors in terms durability, power consumption and footprint behind. And though Tascam has designed the DR 680 as mobile recorder, the device for use suitable home, because vulnerable miniature mechanics is missing and the medium-sized dimensions, a clear operation is possible. In this respect, the tiny mobile Flash recorder with built-in microphones have left.
DR 680 dominated the/PCM / WAV formats up to 24/192 in dual channel mode, up to 24/96 , there are even eight channels. The six can come from microphone or line sources, two more of S/PDIF. It is good that the level of an analog knob is made can be mapped to the channels via six individual button. Well, that bundle up the six channels to a stereo mix can be, that they can be intercepted and recorded at the same time to control the individual channels via headphones.
The Tascam offers WAV MP3 up to 320 Kbps. The advantage of such formats is letting himself play MP3 player or mobile phone. Although the DR 680 without a PC can be used, but it is only the Flash card memory available. There’s not a USB host adapter for playback of external hard drive.
To create perfect recordings – especially with microphones of all kinds – the balanced inputs subsonic filter provide for three different corner frequencies. To avoid clipping by peaks, there are switchable limiter. A memory holding two seconds to music for an early admission; This music is just for two seconds at the start of missed. The automatic start / stop function is useful still depending on the input level; the threshold can be adjusted in several steps.
The multiple Marker functions with automatic generation of track names proved to be very useful. The ability to continue recording without interruption and frame accurate, is also a professional feature that was not possible with the representatives of the DAT / MD / CD-R era.
The developers have well thought through the operation of the DR 680: can hang In the mobile operating the recorder on a riser. To the display, the highlighted record/pause buttons and a multi function button can be well achieved.
The housing and the controls are elegant processed, but made of plastic. For this, the compact recorder with its 1200 grams is very good to handle. Battery life recording/playback is Tascam with 4.5 hours.
The DR 680 of its features here convinced us, raises the recording and playback quality genuine enthusiasm. Never a recorder in the test sounded so undisturbed low noise, dynamic rich and poor discoloration – this applies also for microphone recordings. Especially with the high-definition formats 24/96 and 24/192 a such plasticity and diversity of detail emerges, that the sound-conscious recording freak will have his bright friends on the Tascam gem. But, one should not forget that these formats of modern network players can easily be brought to hearing.