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Re: opinions Roland R26 or Tascam DR 680

Subject: Re: opinions Roland R26 or Tascam DR 680
From: "Chad Clifford" =
Date: Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:09 pm ((PDT))

Great thanks Tim,

Slightly better preamps is attractive as I will mostly do soundscape ambian=
ce recordings=97not using internal mics.

But otherwise, I do like the size and PIP input that the R26 offers. and if=
 the preamps are close=97perhaps the R26 is the way to go.

{one bit of uncertainty:  I just realized  that my 1/8=94 electret mic conn=
ectors thru a 1/4=94 adaptor also works in the 3 pin/1/4=94 combo inputs of=
 my Zoom with the phantom power turned off in the recorder=97so I am sort o=
f assuming (hoping) I can have the 680 also work with my electret mics in t=
his manner too --without a PIP input. Is there a reason why this would not =
work?} .


On Jul 17, 2014, at 7:45 AM, 'Tim Bartlett'  [nat=
urerecordists] <> wrote:

> Hey Chad - we have both these units, what do you want to know? :-)
> They are different sorts of recorders really. The R26 is a handy recorder=
> with its built in mics, whilst obviously the 680 has no mics. you
> need internal mics?
> Fwiw, the R26 internal mics are decent, but not as good as the Sony D50.
> The R26 is a super flexible unit having internal mics (Omni and XY) and X=
> inputs (and you can record all 6 of those channels at once if you want), =
> whilst the preamps are not quite as good as the 680, they are pretty clos=
> and one of the best handy recorders in terms of preamp noise.
> The 680 is certainly aimed at multichannel usage, having 4 XLR inputs, an=
> can record 8 channels at once (although only 6 discreet inputs).
> So...R26 wins on flexibility having internal mics and XLR inputs, the 680
> wins on multichannel and slightly better preamps...
> Tim
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> Subject: [Nature Recordists] opinions Roland R26 or Tascam DR 680
> Been considering an upgrade on my recorder (ZoomH4 N ) to either a Roland
> R26 or a TSCAM DR 680. At this point I am using various em172's
> configurations with battery box (SASS etc). Any thoughts on the R26 vs.
> DR680 would be appreciated.
> Chad
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