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Subject: Re: opinions Roland R26 or Tascam DR 680
From: "Tim Bartlett" =
Date: Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:04 am ((PDT))

Hi again Chad,

Yeah the R26 size is appealing - perhaps you should consider whether you
think you will use the extra channels on the 680 or not. The 680 used to be
double the price of the R26 but can now be picked up cheaper so it is a bit
of a dilemma.

As far as your other question goes, I cannot give you any guarantees on tha=
but would have assumed that would work ok yes.we have recorded with a few
other (non phantom) mics and they have worked ok, without PIP (and with
phantom power switched off).



Sent: 18 July 2014 03:09
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] opinions Roland R26 or Tascam DR 680

Great thanks Tim,

Slightly better preamps is attractive as I will mostly do soundscape
ambiance recordings-not using internal mics.

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

{one bit of uncertainty:  I just realized  that my 1/8" electret mic
connectors thru a 1/4" adaptor also works in the 3 pin/1/4" combo inputs of
my Zoom with the phantom power turned off in the recorder-so I am sort of
assuming (hoping) I can have the 680 also work with my electret mics in thi=
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' 
[naturerecordists] <> 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 XLR
inputs (and you can record all 6 of those channels at once if you want), an=
whilst the preamps are not quite as good as the 680, they are pretty close,
and one of the best handy recorders in terms of preamp noise.
The 680 is certainly aimed at multichannel usage, having 4 XLR inputs, and
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...


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Sent: 15 July 2014 18:36
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.



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