Originally Posted by Vespobuteo
High gain, low noise floor is nice to have in nature recording as the sound levels often are pretty low.
With the SD MixPre-3 you get +76dB of gain which is more than +10dB better than the Tascam,
that would be clearly audible when you need to turn up the gain:
Anyway the equivalent input noise for both (although underspecified for the Tascam) is not the same.
Tascam: -120dBu or less
Sound Devices: -128 dBu with 76 dB of gain.
That's an important difference and close to the best theoretically achievable performance.
So. Comparing both recorders at max gain, the Sound Devices will have a significant advantage.