Product: TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder
Issue: Line Level Recording
The product information for the Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder clearly states that the unit can perform both unbalanced microphone level recording as well as line level input. However, unlike the first generation DR-07 or other similar units, the DR-05 does not have two input points, but a single 1/8″ input labelled “MIC/EXT IN”.
In practice the DR-05 has no option to change the level of the input for this single input and as such it treats all input only as microphone level. This results in extremely poor quality and over-driven line level input recording. DJ Cotts did a great YouTube review of this very issue (below). This post is to validate and confirm his findings. If you are a DJ or someone looking for a line level recording device, avoid the Tascam DR-05!