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The Tascam DR-05 brings high-quality stereo recording to an easy-to-use portable powerhouse with a size and price that anyone can handle. Sam Ash Direct has the guaranteed lowest price and fast free, shipping.

The Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Recorder records in MP3 or WAV format (including 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio) to microSD or microSDHC media. A pair of all-new microphones handles up to 125dB SPL with the sensitivity to capture every detail. You can even add your own microphone or line-level source through the extra 1/8" mic input, with phantom power if required.With new recording features like Peak Reduction and Quick Menu, the DR-05 puts album-quality recording in the palm of your hand.

Premium-quality Sound
Everything about the Tascam DR-05 is designed to get the best quality recordings of your music. A new pair of built-in microphones withstands up to 125dB SPL – the volume of a jet plane from 200 feet away – yet still have the sensitivity to capture every detail of a performance.

Internally, the DR-05’s digital and analog circuit boards are built separately to increase noise performance, with a low-impedance design to further decrease hiss. A separate power supply is sent to the A/D and D/A converter for even better audio performance. The result is clean sound quality – over 92dB signal to noise ratio, under 0.05% total harmonic distortion and 20Hz to 40kHz response (-1/+3dB) at 96kHz/24-bit resolution.

Simple to Operate
The layout of the Tascam DR-05 has been revamped to be quick and easy to work with one thumb. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding markers are just a button press away. Dig deeper to find features like limiting, low cut filtering, a built-in chromatic tuner and more.

One new feature that makes the Tascam DR-05 easy to operate is the new Peak Reduction feature. This setting automatically sets your recording level by listening to the input and adjusting for the best level. Unlike Auto Gain settings, this one only goes down to prevent accidental distortion after a period of low level like a break. Peak Recording works in rehearsal mode or in record, so if the performance is louder than the sound check you’re still safe. Used with the built-in limiter, it’s unlikely you’ll distort your career-making live recording.

Other classic Tascam features are included, like Variable Speed Audition to loop and slow down music without changing the pitch – perfect for transcribing or learning new music. A Level Align function can be switched on for playback, to smooth out any sudden volume jumps, and a built-in speaker is also provided. The two AA batteries are enough to power the recorder for 17 1/2 hours, even while recording at CD quality.

For musicians and recordists at any stage of their career, there’s no easier way to get great-sounding recordings than Tascam’s DR-05.

  • 1/8” stereo input includes plug-in power for microphones that need it
  • Peak Reduction and Quick Menu
  • Separate digital and analog circuit boards insulates from noise
  • Low-impedance design decreases hiss
  • Separate converter power supply for more pristine sound
  • One button operation to for recording, levels, take deletion & markers
  • Peak Reduction feature automatically sets recording level
  • Built-in limiter, low cut filter, chromatic tuner and more
  • Variable Speed Audition loops or slows music without changing pitch
  • Level Align function smooths out sudden playback volume jumps
  • Built-in speaker
  • 2 AA batteries can power the recorder for 17-1/2 hours

Get your Tascam DR-05 Portable handheld Recorder today from Sam Ash Direct and enjoy the confidence that comes from fast, free shipping, the guaranteed lowest price and our 45/60-day return/price protection policy.

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Fantastic portable little recorder!


The DR-05 is a solid portable recorder that provides great sound and is super easy to use. My favorite things to use this for are field recordings to capture ambient and environmental sounds. Also perfect as a recorder for interviews, performances, and more! This guy is sturdy and will last a long time!




This is a sweet little recorder.


Ordered this unit on sale from Sam Ash and received its in 2-3 days. Nice little recorder. Simple to operate, an attribute that works for me. Recording is very clean and with the automatic level control turned on it can handle high the levels of a full band playing. The computer interface is simple to use. Right now I'm using it to record band rehearsals. For the money, this unit has surpassed my expectations.

Johnny Scopes

South Jersey


Affordable recorder


I use this recorder to record my bass riffs and set it right on top of the amp and the sound is great , the bass playback is excellent. You can also record a whole band and it will come out great .this device has peak reduction so if your loud it will still record.


Brooklyn Ohio


Great little recorder!


I just got the DR-05 about 2 weeks ago and love it! I wanted a low cost handheld recorder that was easy to use with great sounding recordings.I wanted to record band practice, and some gigs without a lot of equipment, and this fit the bill. What impressed me the most was the recording quality from the built in mics. High end quality no matter what I recorded or where I placed the unit. I recorded our live 4th of July show and just placed it on the mixer by the soundman. We did not have a direct out from the board so I just placed it in front and started the recorder(this unit will alow you to do a direct line recording if you can). The recording was great and no hassle to operate. With all the other features this has built into it, it is a great value! Tascam has done it again! Buy it,you will love it!

Dr. Tone

Columbus, Ohio


DR-05 Portable Handheld Recorder

5.0 4


Model DR-05
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DR-05 Portable Handheld Recorder

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. Heads and disk drives are warrantied for 90 days. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.