Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder

Model #DR-05

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General Information

Recording Media microSD/SDHC Flash Memory Cards (64MB to 32GB) 1 Please Note:2GB Card Includedclose
Supported File Types WAV: 44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24-bit
MP3: 44.1/48kHz, 32/64/96/128/192/256/320kbps
Number of Channels 2
Recording Time
All times are for a 1GB memory card
Stereo Mode:
MP3: 17 hours 21 mins (128kbps), 6 hours 56 mins (320kbps)
WAV: 1 hour 34 mins (16-bit/44.1kHz), 1 hour 26 mins (16-bit/48kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/96kHz)
Connectors 1 x 3.5mm Mic/Line Stereo Input
1 x 3.5mm Headphone/Line Out Jack
1 x USB 2.0 Mini Port
Display LCD Display
Speaker 0.3W Mono
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +1/-3dB (44.1kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
20Hz - 22kHz +1/-3dB (48kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
20Hz - 40kHz +1/-3dB (96kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.05% or Lower (EXt In to Line Out, Fs 44.1/48.96kHz JEITA)
Signal to Noise Ratio 92dB or Higher (Ext In to Line Out, Fs 44.1/48/96kHz JEITA)
Power 2 x AA Batteries
USB Bus Power
1.7W Maximum Consumption
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.4 x 5.6 x 1" (61 x 141 x 26mm)
Weight 4.1 oz (116g) (Without Batteries)
System Requirements
Pentium 300MHz or Faster
128MB or More Memory
USB Port (USB 2.0 Recommended)
Windows 7, Vista, or XP
Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266MHz or Faster
64MB or More Memory
USB Port (USB 2.0 Recommended)
Mac OS X 10.2 or Later
Expert Reviews
Top ten reviews.33936013
7 September 2014

The TASCAM DR-05 is one of the most popular portable audio recorders on the market and the best digital voice recorder for business professionals. It’s exceptionally easy to use and records excellent high-end audio at a fraction of the cost of other digital recorders.

6 March 2015

The DR-05 is a versatile digital recorder suitable for musicians and non-musicians alike. A full suite of recording features are at your fingertips with an easy to use interface that makes operation of the device pretty simple.

User Reviews
19 July 2017

This is a great little recording device, very simple, compact, a must have. I use this for generally recording differnt riffs and saving them, I also use it to compare different gear settings and so on.

American musical.34136908
28 April 2018

Great recorder for open talk and testimonials be careful with sd micro memory card

28 June 2016

Reviewing a recording, and thinking someone was actually coughing in the other room (even though I remembered recording it) was pretty impressive. Almost 360 degrees of sound, and a lot of depth for such an affordable portable gadget. Wish i picked this up a long time ago.

16 April 2017

I took this out to record a gospel quartet that I really like and just with using the internal mics the sound was amazing. I also really like the dual recording mode. The main recording clipped a few times when the bass singer got way down there but the second recording at the reduced level was spot...

American musical.34136908
2 April 2018

It far exceeded my expectations. It took a while to navigate, but was well worth it.

6 June 2016

A nice recorder with good sound. At first a bid confusing in how to set levels and cycle thru menus, after a little playing and looking at youtube it all fell all in place and it is actually quite simple. The only thing I wish it had is a real line in option so I can take a feed from a sound mixer.

20 March 2017

These contraptions are amazing. We use them for the local high school band and orchestra concert festival. Judges use them to make comments as the ensembles are playing. The auto gain works great. The sound quality is wonderful. We move the files to Dropbox.

13 April 2016

I have a DR03 which I have used for years but the DR05 is much quieter. The DR03 has some noisy microphone preamps. I do not use this for music but almost everything else. I have a home recording studio for that. There are many recording format options that really make it shine.

Product Highlights
  • Lightweight and Compact
  • WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Records up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Uses microSD and microSDHC Cards
  • Integrated Microphones and Speaker
  • Intuitive Controls
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic/Line Input
  • Peak Reduction and Limiter
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Battery or USB Power
Average Expert Score
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black)
  • microSD Card
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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