Tascam DR-05X Portable Digital Handheld Recorder

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  • Record at 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution in MP3 or WAV
  • 2 built-in stereo condenser omni-directional microphones
  • Peak reduction to prevent unwanted signal clipping
  • Limiter and low-cut filter to remove muddiness from recordings
  • Automatic or manual level setting for rapid and intuitive control
  • Lightweight and portable design allows you to take it anywhere
  • 17.5 hours power from 2 AA batteries
  • Includes microSD (compatible with microSDHC)


Finely tuned, portable and rugged, the Tascam DR-05X Portable Handheld Recorder is the ideal compact recording tool to capture outstanding clarity. Be it for spoken word, atmospherics or live music, the DR-05X gives you legendary Tascam quality on the go.

The Tascam DR-05X is a lightweight and small field recorder that records 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio in your choice of MP3 or WAV format to microSD or microSDHC via a pair of sensitive condenser microphones that pick up granular detailing but can also handle up to 125dB SPL. With Peak Reduction and Quick Menu features built-in, professional recording is more accessible than ever.

In addition to the built-in microphones, there is also the option to use your own, or record from another line-level source, with the 1/8” stereo input that offers plug-in power to mics that need it.

Clean, crisp sound

The Tascam DR-05X Portable Handheld Recorder has been designed to consistently offer clean, crisp sound, with its digital and analogue circuit boards being built separately and low-impedance design increasing noise performance and decreasing hiss. This is alongside the A/D and D/A converter being sent a separate power supply for increased audio performance. With all this technology equipped, the Tascam DR-05X really delivers, with over 92dB signal to noise ratio, under 0.05% total harmonic distortion and 20Hz to 40kHz response (-1/+3dB) at 96kHz/24-bit resolution.

Easy Operation

The Tascam DR-05X Portable Digital Recorder has been designed in a way that makes it easy for anyone to be able to pick it and record straight away, without wading through a thick instruction book. The ability to record, adjust levels, delete bad takes and add markers are just a thumb press away, though those with more experience can delve deeper to utilise the more advanced features on offer here, such as limiting, low cut filtering, using the built-in chromatic tuner and more.

A new feature that makes the Tascam DR-05X so easy to use is Peak Reduction. This addition intelligently sets your recording level to avoid accidental distortion and adjusts your levels to give the best possible recording.

Variable Speed Playback

Alongside all the other perks, the Tascam DR-05X Portable Recorder also harnesses classic Tascam features, such as Variable Speed Audition, which is perfect for learning new music as it allows you to loop and slow down music easily (without changing the pitch), and A Level Align, which smoothes out volume peaks during playback. A built-in speaker is also provided for quick reviewing of recordings, and the unit will last for approximately 17.5 hours on just two AA batteries, even when recording at high-quality.

ModelDR-05X Portable Handheld Recorder
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.4" × 5.55" × 1.02" / 61 × 141 × 26 mm
Weight4.1oz / 116g
Recording media microSD card (64MB to 3GB), microSDHC card (4GB to 32GB), microSDXC card (up to 128GB)
File system FAT16/32, exFAT
File format WAV(BWF), MP3
WAV/BWF Sampling frequency: 44.1k / 48k / 96k Hz
Quantization bit rate: 16/24bit
MP3 Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz/48kHz
Bit-rate for recording: 32/64/96/128/192/256/320kbps
Playback bit rate: 32 to 320kbps, VBR, ID3 tag Ver. 2.4
Number of channels 2-channel(Stereo) / 1-channel (Mono)
Playback speed control0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments) *44.1/48kHz only
Built-in microphoneOmnidirectional, stereo
MIC/EXT IN Connector: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack, Unbalanced, Plug-in power
Nominal Input Level: -20dBV
Maximum Input Level: -4dBV
PHONES/LINE OUT Connector: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack, Unbalanced
LINE Output Impendance: 12Ohms
Nominal Output Level: -14dBV(10kOhms load)
Maximum Output Level: +2dBV(10kOhms load)
PHONES Maximum Output: 20mW + 20mW(32Ohms load)
Built-in speakers0.3W, Mono
Low-cut filter 40Hz/80Hz/120Hz
USB Connector: Mini-B type
Chromatic tunerC1 to B6, A4 = 435Hz to 445Hz (in 1Hz increments)
Tripod attachment screw-hole1/4 inch, Tripod attachment screw-hole
Power 2 AA batteries
USB bus power
AC100 to 240V (Optional AC adapter)
Power consumption 1.7W (Max)
Battery operation time With alkaline batteries (EVOLTA): Approx. 17.5 hours (WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit, using built-in microphone, JEITA)
With Ni-MH batteries (eneloop): Approx. 15.5 hours (WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit, using built-in microphone, JEITA)
Audio performance
Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 44.1kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
20Hz to 22kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 48kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
20Hz to 40kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Distortion0.05% or lower (Fs 44.1k/4k8/96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
S/N ratio92dB or higher (Fs 44.1k/48k/96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Computer compatibilty
Windows OS: Windows 10 (October 2018 Update) , Windows 10 (April 2018 Update) , Windows 8.1 , Windows 7
CPU Type: Dual Core, 2GHz or faster (x86)
Memory: 2GB or more
USB: USB2.0 recommended
Macintosh OS: macOS Mojave , macOS High Sierra (10.13) , macOS Sierra‎ (10.12)
CPU type/speed: Power PC, iMac, G3, G4, G5 266MHz or faster
Memory: 64MB or more
USB: USB2.0 recommended
iOSOS: iOS 12 , iOS 11

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