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Tascam DR-680MKIIA 8-Track Portable Digital Recorder

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Continuing in their commitment to quality home recording on a budget, the DR-680MKII is the most sophisticated and capable stand-alone portable recorder in its price range. Tascam started the home rec... Click To Read More About This Product

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Continuing in their commitment to quality home recording on a budget, the DR-680MKII is the most sophisticated and capable stand-alone portable recorder in its price range. Tascam started the home recording revolution and they remain at its forefront.

The DR-680MKII fveatures all of the input versatility you've come to expect from Tascam's tabletop recording studios, going all the way back to the Porta-One way back in the early 80s. The DR-680MKII supplies 6 XLR/TRS inputs with phantom power along with a digital input for versatility. Record live music with multiple mics, capture sound effects in surround, or document film shoots or events with multiple microphones. When you don't need the digital input, a two-channel mix can be recorded to tracks 7 and 8.
The internal monitoring mix can be recorded as a stereo track, with completely separate level and pan settings from the 6 independent tracks. Share a stereo mix immediately, while retainig the multitrack version for mixdown. Serious capacity in a compact and portable recording package.

Quality preamps
Microphone preamps have a significant impact on the quality of the recorded audio. The DR-680MKII has HDDA mic preamps - designed by TASCAM with carefully selected components. Each HDDA mic preamp is built with a differential amplification circuit that employs discrete architecture, and made with parts selected for their audio quality. These preamps also provide +48V phantom power.

8-channels recording at 96kHz/24-bit (6 tracks + stereo mix track) or 2 tracks at 192kHz/24-bit
In addition to WAV format, this unit also records in BWF format - which stores the recording start times in the metadata. Using the WAV/BWF format, the DR-680KII can record 8 channels at 96kHz/24-bit (6 tracks + stereo track) or 2 tracks at 192kHz/24-bit.

Simultaneous recording of 4 channels in MP3 format possible
Recording of MP3 files with up to 4 channels is also possible at 96, 128, 192 and 320 kbps. This allows efficient control of files sizes when in situations requiring long recording times.Stereo or mono file can be selected for file type.

Digital output and 6 unbalanced line outputs
The unit has a built-in coaxial digital input and output (S/PDIF, AES/EBU) and 6 unbalanced line outputs. By connecting a mixer to the outputs, this unit can be used as a 6-track playback device.


16/24 bit 192kHz recording and playback
Six XLR/TRS inputs
Mix internally
Limiter and low-cut filter available on each mic/line input
Built-in stereo monitoring mixer for headphone mix and/or recording
Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels
GANG function allows the input gain of multiple channels to be operated simultaneously
Many other features
Recording media
SD card(64MB to 2GB), SDHC card(4GB to 32GB), SDXC card(64GB to 128GB)
File system: FAT16 / FAT32

Recording format
WAV: 44.1k/48k/96k/192k Hz, 16/24bit *192kHz : 2ch recording/playback
BWF: 44.1k/48k/96k/192k Hz, 16/24bit *192kHz : 2ch recording/playback
MP3: 44.1kHz, 16bit, 96k to 320k bps

Input connectors
Ch 1-4: XLR-3-31 (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD)
6.3mm(1/4")TRS standard jack
Ch 5-6: 6.3mm(1/4")TRS standard jack

Set to MIC:
Input impedance: 2.4kohm
Phantom power: +48V (+5%,-10%), +10mA/Ch
Standard input level:
LOW: -51.5dBu
HIGH: -75.5dBu
Maximum input level:
LOW: +3dBu
HIGH: -21dBu
MIC input gain: 63dB

Set to LINE:
Input impedance: 10kohm
Standard input level: +4dBu
Maximum input level: +24dBu
LINE input gain: 63dB
Analog audio output:

Connector: RCA pin jacks
Output impedance: 200ohm
Standard output level: -10dBV
Maximum output level: +6dBV

Connector: 6.3mm(1/4")stereo phone jack
Maximum output level: 50mW + 50mW (32ohms loaded)

Diameter: 35mm
Impedance: 8ohm
Maximum output level: 500mW

Digital Input/Output:
Connector: RCA pin jack
Format: IEC60958-3(S/PDIF), AES3-2003(AES/EBU)
Single: 44.1k/48k Hz
Double: 96kHz
Quad: 192kHz
Level: 0.5 Vp-p typical
Output impedance: 75ohm +/-20% unbalance

SYNC Input/Output:
Connector: RCA pin jack

Connector: Mini-B type
Format: USB2.0 HIGH SPEED(480Mbps)

Power: 8 AA batteries(LR6)
AC100 to 240V, 50-60Hz

Power consumption: 8W (Phantom power on)

Dimensions: 216.4(W)—56(H)—188.4(D)mm

Weight: 1.4kg(with batteries), 1.2kg(without batteries)
3.1lbs(with batteries), 2.6lbs(without batteries)
Audio performance
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz +0.5/-1.5dB (Fs 44.1kHz, LINE IN to LINE OUT, Input Level=FS-1dB)
20Hz to 20kHz +0.5/-0.5dB (Fs 48kHz, LINE IN to LINE OUT, Input Level=FS-1dB)
20Hz to 40kHz +0.5/-1.0dB (Fs 96kHz, LINE IN to LINE OUT, Input Level=FS-1dB)
20Hz to 80kHz +0.5/-5.0dB (Fs 192kHz, LINE IN to LINE OUT, Input Level=FS-1dB)
Distortion: 0.007% (1kHz, LINE IN to LINE OUT)
S/N ratio: 100dB (A-Weight, MIC IN to DIGITAL OUT)
100dB (A-Weight, LINE IN to LINE OUT)
EIN: -124dBu or less

Computer compatibility
OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
OS: Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2), Mac OS X Panther (V10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4),
Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard(V10.6.8), OS X Lion(V10.7),
OS X Mountain Lion(V10.8)
Pro Coverage
Manufacturer's Warranty
Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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