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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #165 on: June 22, 2017, 08:54:00 PM »
Cool. I'll give it a shot. Thanks lukpac.
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #166 on: June 22, 2017, 08:56:25 PM »
The update to 1.20 was great. I use the gang volume setting often.
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #167 on: June 22, 2017, 09:00:38 PM »
I just checked, and I have 1.30 on my 680. 1.31 must have not been available yet. I don't use that machine as much since I got the 680MKII (I've only used it when I need more than 8 tracks), but I haven't had any problems.

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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #168 on: June 23, 2017, 10:03:09 AM »
Back to the backlight behavior...  This discussion has been confusing since two different behaviors have been described for the DR-680 MKII.
GLouie said that the backlight in his unit shuts off at the menu-designated time whether running on AC or batteries, but lukpac and Gutbucket have posts that seem to say that the backlight stays on with AC but times-out on batteries.

(Apologies if I misrepresented your positions - as I said, this is confusing!)

I have two of these units.  Both are running the most recent firmware, 1.02 build 0043.
Both exhibit exactly the behavior that GLouie described - that is, the backlight menu determines the behavior and there is no difference whether the unit is on batteries or AC.

Are we all talking about mkii units with firmware 1.02 0043?

I agree that a new feature that allows independent backlight options for AC and battery would be useful for some.  Personally, I run the TalentCell battery pack at festivals and do not want the backlight on all the time, so the current setup is OK with me...
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #169 on: June 23, 2017, 10:10:04 AM »
Back to the backlight behavior...  This discussion has been confusing since two different behaviors have been described for the DR-680 MKII.
GLouie said that the backlight in his unit shuts off at the menu-designated time whether running on AC or batteries, but lukpac and Gutbucket have posts that seem to say that the backlight stays on with AC but times-out on batteries.

(Apologies if I misrepresented your positions - as I said, this is confusing!)

I have two of these units.  Both are running the most recent firmware, 1.02 build 0043.
Both exhibit exactly the behavior that GLouie described - that is, the backlight menu determines the behavior and there is no difference whether the unit is on batteries or AC.

Are we all talking about mkii units with firmware 1.02 0043?

I agree that a new feature that allows independent backlight options for AC and battery would be useful for some.  Personally, I run the TalentCell battery pack at festivals and do not want the backlight on all the time, so the current setup is OK with me...

Correct about my unit, but as noted, I'm still running the original firmware. The behavior was apparently changed in 1.02. Odd that it's not mentioned in the release notes, and that there's no mention of 1.01.

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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #170 on: June 24, 2017, 10:09:12 PM »
Yes, Lukpac is running the old firmware, which he didn't realize at first. Thus, he has the old behavior. With Rumbleseat's report, my guess is that Gutbucket is also on old firmware.

This looks like a Tascam "mistake", hence no mention in the release notes.

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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #171 on: June 24, 2017, 10:29:39 PM »
Thanks for clearing this up!

Hopefully Tascam will please both sides with separate options for AC and batteries.  I agree that having the backlight stay on while running with "AC" is a great option.

Thanks again!
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #172 on: August 11, 2017, 01:43:16 PM »
Quick question as I'm about to join team 680mkII.  Do I need to order any extra cables to connect this battery to the 680mkII? https://www.amazon.com/TalentCell-Rechargeable-11000mAh-14500mAh-26400mAh/dp/B016BJCRUO/ref=pd_sim_421_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B016BJCRUO&pd_rd_r=339XM945V5TVC7G549K6&pd_rd_w=cKqeP&pd_rd_wg=khccJ&psc=1&refRID=339XM945V5TVC7G549K6

I'd prefer to order everything at once, if I do need to order a separate cable.
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #173 on: August 11, 2017, 02:14:20 PM »
Per this chart the dr-680mkii needs:

Tascam DR-680mkII / 12v / Size C, OD 4.75mm x ID 1.7mm Center Pin (+) Ring (-)

The cables listed w/ the battery are all 5.5mm x 2.1mm  so you'll need to get a cable that's 5.5mm x 2.1mm on one end and 4.75mm x 1.7mm on the other.  Amazon sells adapters if you want to use that route but personally I avoid adapters.
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #174 on: August 11, 2017, 03:03:53 PM »
Per this chart the dr-680mkii needs:

Tascam DR-680mkII / 12v / Size C, OD 4.75mm x ID 1.7mm Center Pin (+) Ring (-)

The cables listed w/ the battery are all 5.5mm x 2.1mm  so you'll need to get a cable that's 5.5mm x 2.1mm on one end and 4.75mm x 1.7mm on the other.  Amazon sells adapters if you want to use that route but personally I avoid adapters.
This with some electrical tape could help if you go that route...

https://www.amazon.com/PHC-RC-x1740C1-Barrel-Converter-2-1mm/dp/B009AZ84YA/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1502477963&sr=1-3-fkmr0&keywords=4.75mm+x+1.7mm+barrel+connector
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