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DR-03 Solid State Recorder

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The DR-03 Solid State Recorder packs 24-bit recording with built-in stereo mics into a package smaller than an energy bar. The DR-03 records to microSD media and a 2GB card is included to start captur... Read More

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The DR-03 Solid State Recorder packs 24-bit recording with built-in stereo mics into a package smaller than an energy bar. The DR-03 records to microSD media and a 2GB card is included to start capturing audio right away. Like the rest of TASCAM's best-selling portable recorders, the DR-03 features playback functions like looping and Variable Speed Audition to slow down music without changing the pitch. It's designed for low handling noise when recording handheld during concerts or interviews.

  • Stereo condenser microphone design
  • Up to 48kHz/24-bit WAV recording or MP3 recording modes
  • Records to microSD media
  • Auto-recording function starts when input exceeds a reference level
  • Limiter, low-cut filter and auto gain control for input
  • Variable Speed Audition changes the playback speed without changing the pitch
  • Loop playback mode
  • USB 2.0 connection for file transfer
  • 1/8" stereo microphone/line input
  • 1/8" stereo headphone output
  • 96x96 backlit LCD display
  • Powered by two AAA batteries or USB bus power
  • Built-in speaker
  • Built-in desktop stand
  • Includes 2GB microSD card and AAA batteries
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Pretty Much Love It

By Matthew Buckman

from Chicago, IL

I have 5 of these, and I also have one of the newer DR-05 models. The 03 is discontinued, but now is a great time to pick them up because they are very cheap. I personally like the old model better because it's way smaller. We use them for events, putting lav microphones on people, and the DR-03 can fit in any pocket without being noticed. However their new model, the 05, is about 3 times the size and creates a huge bulge in whatever pocket it's in. So if you're looking for a small recorder that can fit anywhere, this DR-03 is it! Get it while you can.

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The good and bad

By gene grenier

from Ct

It's all good (for the money) accept the battery life. Two AAA Alkalines only last an hour or so in record mode. Not sure about play mode since I've been moving files to a computer. The overall operation is simple.

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i woulnt record with any other hand held!!!!

By aaron

from ellwood city PA

i just got this tascam yesterday and i love everything about it, theres a couple downsides but everything about it healped me out alot. the controlls took me about a half an hour to figure out on my own. verry easy to carry around to record any ideas that come into your head. the kickstand could be a little longer and the outside audio without anything attached is verry quiet. those are the only downsides i found about this recorder. i love it it has helped me 100% on my song ideas, and jam sessions. it also makes it alot easier to spot places in a song that need worked out. i recomend this for anyone that needs something to record and save their ideas.

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Somewhat worth the money

By Shine Samuel

from Garland, Texas

The Tascam DR-03 has the recording quality that you paid for the money. The down side of this hand held recorder is that it's battery life is horrible. I only recorded with a mic input, and it was mostly clear. I used an RCA recorder before and this definitely cost more, but it lacks the static in the recording that the RCA recorder had. It does transfers files fast it has a couple of configurations/options too work with. The structure seems somewhat solid, but I found it helpful to turn of the orange backllit screen to save battery life. For its performance it could be priced a little cheaper.

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What speaker?

By Norm

from Philly

Are you supposed to put it to your ear like a phone? My iPhone has teeny speakers and can fill a room. Tough to proof if 4 guys are sitting around to listen to what they just captured live unless you're plugged into a PA or something. Spend a few more bucks and get the next model up. Better mics too.

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Better than expected

By Scott

from Kalamazoo, MI

I work in education and my office bought 2 of these for our faculty and students. I took one home last night to see how it would capture live sound and I was impressed. I plugged my guitar into my pedal board and out to my amp and proceeded to record for the next 90 minutes. Then played/recorded acoustically. Finally, for better or worse (it was the latter), I sang along with to some cowboy chords. This unit did a fantastic job of grabbing each nuance as prescribed per pedal. The range of fidelity offered through the acoustic was stellar. It even did a great job of telling me the same thing my wife does: I'm tone deaf. Normally I mic my amp and run it through a DAW on my PC; and that setup works flawlessly. However, it can be timely to setup and when inspiration strikes I like to be at-the-ready. Setting this little candy-bar sized stereo recorder next to the amp or on my lap, clicking the big red dot (record) is quick, easy and sounds awesome.

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so so for the money

By Rene LaPointe

from Warren, NJ

Not a bad little recorder my only gripe is the built in speaker, very low volume no matter what you set the gain at or what format you record in. I'm not sure why they even bothered with it. Slightly disappointing overall!!!

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Nice little recorder for on the go

By John licitra

from Mission Viejo, California

Great sound quality and highly portable and convenient for on the go live recording. Have tried others near same price range and have found the DR-03 to be an excellent digitial recorder for the price. Sound quality is on par with the Tascam GT-R1 and other higher priced recorders. Highly recommend!

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You get what you pay for

By Dave

from Chicago,il

cheap plastic. tiny display. the worst thing would have to be the fact that any movement or readjusting of your grip on it can be heard on microphone. I would only buy this if i planned on leaving it on a table and doing audio books or something. Returning it and spending more to get more.

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