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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #210 on: April 29, 2019, 10:01:16 AM »
I found the MK1 preamps acceptable for most of the multichannel music recording stuff I was using it for.  The MK2 preamps are better, but by how much and if that will enough to satisfy you, I cannot say.  Will also be influenced by what and how you are recording, what microphones, etc.
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #211 on: April 29, 2019, 01:21:26 PM »
I have a 680 and am thinking about buying a 680MK2. Do you notice a big improvement in the mic preamps in the 680MK2?
Maybe think fast. I ordered a 680MKII yesterday from B&H and now it is listed as Discontinued on their website.
I didn't know what else to get in that price range that can do 6 channels.

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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #212 on: April 29, 2019, 01:35:56 PM »
Maybe think fast. I ordered a 680MKII yesterday from B&H and now it is listed as Discontinued on their website.
I didn't know what else to get in that price range that can do 6 channels.

I sent an inquiry to Tascam. I'll post here if they respond.

Agreed about the price range. It appears current alternatives are the Zoom F8n at $999 or the Tascam HS-P82 at $1,999, which are quite a bit more money for not that much more functionality.

It looks like Adorama still has them for $399 at the moment:

https://www.adorama.com/tsdr680mk2.html

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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #213 on: April 29, 2019, 02:02:00 PM »
I found the MK1 preamps acceptable for most of the multichannel music recording stuff I was using it for.  The MK2 preamps are better, but by how much and if that will enough to satisfy you, I cannot say.  Will also be influenced by what and how you are recording, what microphones, etc.

For outdoor stuff, I use AT4022's, and for piano recordings it's Beyer MC930's and, recently, Senn MKH 8020's.

I wondered how much I would miss of the MP6 preamps if I bought the MK2 for the ease of its operation. There's so much hype around certain brands. But I may not in fact hear a lot of difference between those recorders.
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #214 on: April 29, 2019, 02:02:49 PM »
I have a 680 and am thinking about buying a 680MK2. Do you notice a big improvement in the mic preamps in the 680MK2?
Maybe think fast. I ordered a 680MKII yesterday from B&H and now it is listed as Discontinued on their website.
I didn't know what else to get in that price range that can do 6 channels.

Yes, I missed a great deal at Amazon Canada yesterday.
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #215 on: April 29, 2019, 04:19:38 PM »
I sent an inquiry to Tascam. I'll post here if they respond.

Quote:

"Not sure why that is as the unit is available from a number of dealers...

Adorama:
https://www.adorama.com/tsdr680mk2.html

Full Compass:
https://www.fullcompass.com/prod/280185-tascam-dr-680mkii-8-channel-portable-digital-audio-recorder

Sam Ash:
https://www.samash.com/tascam-dr-680mkii-8-track-field-recorder--tdr680mk2-p"

It may be worth noting that Full Compass currently indicates "Please call for availability."

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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #216 on: May 17, 2019, 01:05:09 PM »
Question about the Talentcell batteries.  Can the stock cable they come with be used to power the DR-680 (original or MKii)?  Checking the handy "Equipment, External Battery, Voltage..." page here, if I'm reading it right they can be.  Anyone doing this? I have both the "old" 6000mAh version (http://www.talentcell.com/products/12v-battery/12v-battery-6000mah.html) and the multi-output 8300mAh version (http://www.talentcell.com/products/12v-battery/12v-battery-8300mah.html).  I do plan on getting GAKables built to replace my GAK DVD > Tascam cables, but in the meantime... Just want to triple-check so I don't fry the deck.

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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #217 on: May 17, 2019, 04:43:21 PM »
Question about the Talentcell batteries.  Can the stock cable they come with be used to power the DR-680 (original or MKii)?  Checking the handy "Equipment, External Battery, Voltage..." page here, if I'm reading it right they can be.  Anyone doing this? I have both the "old" 6000mAh version (http://www.talentcell.com/products/12v-battery/12v-battery-6000mah.html) and the multi-output 8300mAh version (http://www.talentcell.com/products/12v-battery/12v-battery-8300mah.html).  I do plan on getting GAKables built to replace my GAK DVD > Tascam cables, but in the meantime... Just want to triple-check so I don't fry the deck.

Thanks,
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12 Volt Batteries work fine in the deck(s). It is worth noting that the actual power connector for the 2 decks are different sizes, but 12V is what I used when I had the original DR680 and what I use on my current DR680MKII.

Tascam DR-680 / 8-13v / Size M, 5.50mm OD × 2.10mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-)
Tascam DR-680mkII / 12v / Size C, OD 4.75mm x ID 1.7mm Center Pin (+) Ring (-)
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Re: Tascam DR-680 MKii
« Reply #218 on: May 17, 2019, 04:51:31 PM »

12 Volt Batteries work fine in the deck(s). It is worth noting that the actual power connector for the 2 decks are different sizes, but 12V is what I used when I had the original DR680 and what I use on my current DR680MKII.

Tascam DR-680 / 8-13v / Size M, 5.50mm OD × 2.10mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-)
Tascam DR-680mkII / 12v / Size C, OD 4.75mm x ID 1.7mm Center Pin (+) Ring (-)

Right, 12V is the correct voltage.  Now I need to know, does the cable that comes with the Talentcell fit on either of the DR680 models?  I know this might be better served in the battery forum, but I figured this is the forum for the deck, so maybe other Tascam owners have these batteries and can comment on how they connect them.  In the old days, batteries would come with different tips.  I still have bags of tips that came with the Tekkeons.  The Talentcells come with nothing.

 

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