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SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« on: October 25, 2019, 11:12:25 AM »
new recorder from Sound Devices:

https://www.sounddevices.com/product/888/

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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2019, 11:32:33 AM »
That thing looks pretty sweet! Probably around $7500 or so?

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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2019, 11:45:01 AM »

From the Sound Devices Sales Dept:

The 888's will begin shipping in the next week or so.

The List price for the 888 is $6,995.00.
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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2019, 02:55:03 PM »
the "SD Remote" app sounds like it has additional features compared to 'wingman'

i wonder if it will trickle down to the pro-sumer mixpre series
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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2019, 06:18:32 PM »
The final nail one the coffin for the 788.

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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2019, 12:02:07 AM »
The final nail one the coffin for the 788.

The 788T still works just fine though.  While I like bright shiny objects at least as much as anyone else, I’m not seeing anything truly compelling that would cause me to buy a new recorder.  Microphones on the other hand.
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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2019, 07:30:25 AM »
My guess is that the 6-series will soon be discontinued.  The 633 and 688 are not selling for much less than their equivalent 8-series.

To pohaku's point: The 788 is a proven solid performer, and if you will never need 32-bit float recording or Dante, you may never need to replace it.  The only problem will be getting one on the secondary market, if you don't own one already.
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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2019, 08:01:52 AM »
The final nail one the coffin for the 788.

Yep. It’s now listed as discontinued...

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2019, 09:13:57 AM »
My guess is that the 6-series will soon be discontinued.  The 633 and 688 are not selling for much less than their equivalent 8-series.

To pohaku's point: The 788 is a proven solid performer, and if you will never need 32-bit float recording or Dante, you may never need to replace it.  The only problem will be getting one on the secondary market, if you don't own one already.


Yeah, now may be the time for everyone who always wanted a 788T, but couldn’t rationalize paying the freight.  I expect used prices will now drop further.  It is a great unit.
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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2019, 12:53:31 PM »
I love the aesthetic of form-follows-function with my 744 and 788.  I’ll never replace them either.  Nothing the new ones have that I need.  These are heavier and bigger, but they’re battle-tested and will outlive me.

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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2019, 01:43:15 PM »
My guess is that the 6-series will soon be discontinued.  The 633 and 688 are not selling for much less than their equivalent 8-series.

To pohaku's point: The 788 is a proven solid performer, and if you will never need 32-bit float recording or Dante, you may never need to replace it.  The only problem will be getting one on the secondary market, if you don't own one already.


Yeah, now may be the time for everyone who always wanted a 788T, but couldn’t rationalize paying the freight.  I expect used prices will now drop further.  It is a great unit.

Current prices on eBay average about $3000.  They might have to drop a bit more to sway those who might otherwise go for a Zoom F8n.
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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2019, 06:41:21 PM »
My guess is that the 6-series will soon be discontinued.  The 633 and 688 are not selling for much less than their equivalent 8-series.

To pohaku's point: The 788 is a proven solid performer, and if you will never need 32-bit float recording or Dante, you may never need to replace it.  The only problem will be getting one on the secondary market, if you don't own one already.


Yeah, now may be the time for everyone who always wanted a 788T, but couldn’t rationalize paying the freight.  I expect used prices will now drop further.  It is a great unit.

Current prices on eBay average about $3000.  They might have to drop a bit more to sway those who might otherwise go for a Zoom F8n.

I would say that's on the high side - I see 788t's with extra's like CL-8 selling for around $2700 - There have been a few listed for under $2k (CAD conversion) on Trew Audio recently - I think you could get a 788T for around $1750 if you shop around enough (and this is before it being discontinued)
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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2019, 09:30:50 PM »
To pohaku's point: The 788 is a proven solid performer, and if you will never need 32-bit float recording or Dante, you may never need to replace it.
As a Dante-Certified technician (levels 1 2 & 3) I can definitely say that it would be VERY COOL to have a Dante-capable recorder and permission/access to utilize it! Full board feed (mic split) up to 64 channels 24/48 or 32 at 24/96, with a single Cat 5e cable!
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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2019, 11:43:30 PM »
Why am I suspicious of the Zoom mic pres?  Maybe they are fine for voice, but I would like to hear comparisons with the 788t or this 888 when it comes to music.

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Re: SOUND DEVICES 888 recorder
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2019, 07:07:08 PM »
Why am I suspicious of the Zoom mic pres?  Maybe they are fine for voice, but I would like to hear comparisons with the 788t or this 888 when it comes to music.

Maybe you are thinking of the quality of the old Zoom H-series pres, which were not the greatest.

If you are talking about the F-series, I find no fault with them with music recording.
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