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Tascam Portacapture X8

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gaijin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL7NLcJZjcE&ab_channel=RobertDudzic

heva:
Interesting device, though perhaps more geared as video/dslr add-on
DR100mkiii has short batterylife on 2AA's with ext.mics on p48 - I like the internal battery
X8 has no HD audio freqs (88.2/176.4) and no digital i/o

gaijin:

--- Quote from: heva on November 18, 2021, 04:55:30 AM ---Interesting device, though perhaps more geared as video/dslr add-on
DR100mkiii has short batterylife on 2AA's with ext.mics on p48 - I like the internal battery
X8 has no HD audio freqs (88.2/176.4) and no digital i/o

--- End quote ---

Interesting take on the video / dslr thing - are those people actually using 6 or 8 channels?!?

Agreed the life on 2AA is too short on MKIII - 4 here is a different story though.  Also this has USB bus power option (and will charge simultaneously via battery pack with Eneloops instead of alkaline AAs for example).  Even without that, it may be a hassle for festival guys but for me (most maybe?) 4+ hour contiguous recording sessions are unlikely.

Fair point about audio frequency options, though this won't be an issue for me (most concert tapers, maybe?)

Agreed on digital IO - if you're looking for a bitbucket, there are definitely better, smaller devices for this task.

hoserama:
Looks very promising. Functionally similar to the Zoom H6, but improvements on size, cell phone connectivity, 32-bit, etc. Thinking it might finally replace the Tascam 2D as a small multitrack recorder, although it is a bit bigger (not huge though).

Being able to disconnect the mics is really nice. Zoom H6 could remove the mics, but you needed a module on there if you wanted the 5/6 input. This one at least has a built-in 1/8" stereo input that can be used for the 5/6.

BonoBeats:
Seems solid, though personally, 32 bit is most beneficial for stealth, when I'm trying to not constantly monitor levels; this is a bit too large. I really just want 32 bit in a R07/A10 type unit.

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