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Anyone played with a Tascam Portacapture X8 yet. (1 Viewer)

Vollmeise

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At first glance looks as if it has potential. A little bit expensive for a casual purchase - so if anyone has taken the plunge initial thoughts would be welcome.

Tascam Portacapture X8 | High-Resolution Multi-Track Handheld Recorder

J
Looks interesting indeed, but it doesn't seem to be available yet.

One of it's highlights - thanks to 32 bit FP - is definitely the theoretically large dynamic range. Pretty promising if internal microphones are both sensitive and low-noise.

Operation seems to be clear and user friendly.

According to the specs sheet, S/N ratio might be rather modest (101 dB, A-weighted).

Looking forward to the first field reports.

Cheers)
 

MiddleRiver

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United States
Interesting. I own a 40x and have never 'gotten into' recording birds but recently started thinking about it.

The quality of portable recorders is in general, stunning. Where I find it gets tricky is in preventing unwanted noise. So isolation of the device (if on a table for instance), fur on mics, etc. becomes critical.

I assume for good bird rec's I'd need a directional mic?
 

Joop99

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Netherlands
If you are serious with the price you have to pay for the Tascam Portacapture X8 | High-Resolution Multi-Track Handheld Recorder you can better buy an other model from Tascam which is superior to this model when it comes to noise. Have a look at this model Tascam DR-701D | Six-channel audio recorder for DSLR cameras . You can remove the bracket on top. The problem with the X8 is that it has too many bells and whistles which don't belong in a recorder. About 32bit, your pre amplifier with attached your microphone has no idea about 32bit or digital what so ever and they do have a limit, beyond that you will have distortion.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia

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