Tascam DR-05X Portable Handheld Audio Recorder

TascamSKU: 001342

Sale price£84


The DR-05X offers portable, high-quality stereo recording in MP3 or WAV format – including 96-kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio – using microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC media. A pair of omni-directional mics handles up to 125 dB SPL with the sensitivity to capture every detail. Users can also use their own microphone or line-level source through the mini-jack stereo input which includes plug-in power for microphones that need it.

The DR-05X is quick and easy to use with one thumb. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding marks are only a button press away. Other features like low-cut filtering, Variable Speed Audition, chromatic tuner and others more can be chosen from the multilingual menu (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese). Three different auto level modes (Limiter, Peak Reduction, Auto Level) can help to prevent accidental distortion while recording. There is also a Level Align function that allows to smooth out any sudden volume jumps during playback, and a built-in speaker is provided for quick check-back. Users may apply one out of six reverb effects to the input or output signal, and an Overdub feature allows to record other parts such as a guitar solo over a recording previously made such as at a rehearsal studio. Overdubbing creates a new file, leaving the original file unaffected, making it easy to re-record.

Product Features

  • High-quality handheld stereo recording
  • Small size and easy operation
  • Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards can be used as recording media (up to 128 GB)
  • Supported audio formats:
    • Linear PCM (WAV format) at 44.1 kHz / 16 bit (CD quality) or 44.1 kHz / 24 bit
    • Linear PCM (WAV format), 48 kHz / 24 bit
    • Linear PCM (WAV format), 96 kHz / 24 bit
    • Compressed (MP3 format): 32–320 kbit/s at 44.1/48 kHz (VBR files can be played but not recorded)
  • Can be used as a USB audio interface with Mac and Windows computers (two inputs, two outputs)


  • Built-in omni-directional stereo condenser microphone for lively, high-quality sound and high-resolution recording
    • Easy setup
    • Proven high sound pressure design for capturing sounds of up to 125 dB SPL, making it ideal for loud band recordings
    • Natural sound independent of the sound source’s position
    • Ideal for live music recording or news gathering with atmo
  • Switchable filter to minimize unwanted low-frequency noise (40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz)
  • Manual recording level setting for music and field recording
  • Three options of automatic level control during recording: Peak Reduction, Auto Level, Limiter
  • Auto-recording function to automatically start recording based on input level
  • Marks can be added automatically when using the automatic recording function
  • Overwrite function for punch-in recording with one level of Undo
  • Dictation mode designed for human voice recording and transcription
  • Pre-recording buffer (2 seconds) allows a recording to start before the record key is pressed
  • Self-timer allows a recording to start 5 or 10 seconds after pressing the RECORD button
  • A new file can be created manually during recording or automatically when a certain file size is reached
  • Set marks to quickly locate certain audio positions (up to 99 per file)
  • Automatic tone generator convenient when editing with video on other equipment
  • Stereo mic/line input with plug-in power to connect an external source or microphone
  • File name format can be set to use a predefined word or the date


  • Automatic level align prevents uneven playback levels
  • Variable speed audition to change the playback tempo without affecting the key (50–200 %)
  • Repeat/loop function (repeat one track, all tracks or a marked section, convenient for practicing music and studying languages
  • Playlist feature to play files in a certain order
  • Resume function retains the last stop position and starts playback from that position when power is turned back on
  • Jump back function to instantly review playback (1–10, 20, 30 seconds)
  • Equalizer for tone control during playback
  • MP3 ID3 tag display (up to version 2.4)
  • Built-in loudspeaker
  • Headphones/Line output

Other features

  • QUICK menu button for easy access to various functions
  • Chromatic tuner function to tune your instrument
  • File divide function to cut unwanted noise or to extract parts from long recordings
  • Folder management to organize your files
  • Hold function to avoid inadvertent operation
  • Menu language can be selected between English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
  • Clear, backlit LC display
  • USB 2.0 port for file transfer to/from computer
  • Power supply by 2 AA size Alkaline or NiMH batteries, USB bus power or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E)
  • Stand adapter (¼ inch) on bottom side to attach the unit to a tripod or microphone stand


  • Recording media:
    • microSD card (64 MB – 2 GB)
    • microSDHC card (4–32 GB)
    • microSDXC card (48–128 GB)
  • Recording/playback formats:
    • WAV: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24 bit
    • MP3: 44.1/48 kHz, 32/64/96/128/192/256/320 kbit/s
  • Number of channels:  2 channels (stereo)

Inputs and outputs

  • External Mic input (can provide plug-in power):  3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  • Headphones / Line output:  3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  • Built-in loudspeaker:  0.3 W (mono)

Control input/output

  • USB port:  Micro-B connector
  •  Format:  USB 2.0 High Speed mass storage class

Audio performance

  • Frequency response:
    • 20 Hz – 20 kHz +0/−1 dB
      • (MIC/EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1 kHz, JEITA)
    • 20 Hz – 22 kHz +0/−1 dB
      • (MIC/EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 48 kHz, JEITA)
    • 20 Hz – 40 kHz +0/−1.5 dB
      • (MIC/EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 96 kHz, JEITA)
  • Total harmonic distortion:
    • ≤0.01 %
      • (MIC/EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96 kHz, JEITA)
  • S/N ratio:
    • ≥94 dB
      • (MIC/EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96 kHz, JEITA)
  • Note: JEITA indicates compliance with JEITA CP-2150

Approximate battery operation time (continuous operation)

  • Alkaline batteries (Evolta)
    • WAV, 96 kHz, 24 bit:  15:30 (recording with built-in mics)
    • WAV, 44,1 kHz, 16 bit:  17:30 (recording with built-in mics)
    • MP3, 44,1 kHz, 128 kbit/s:  16:30 (recording with built-in mics)
    • MP3, 48 kHz, 320 kbit/s:  11:00 (recording with built-in mics)
    • WAV, 96 kHz, 24 bit:  14:00 (playback using headphones or built-in speaker)
    • WAV, 44,1 kHz, 16 bit:  16:30 (playback using headphones or built-in speaker)
    • MP3, 44,1 kHz, 128 kbit/s:  16:30 (playback using headphones or built-in speaker)
    • MP3, 48 kHz, 320 kbit/s:  15:30 (playback using headphones or built-in speaker)
  • NiMH rechargeable batteries (Eneloop):  
    • WAV, 96 kHz, 24 bit:  12:30 (recording with built-in mics)
    • WAV, 44,1 kHz, 16 bit:  14:30 (recording with built-in mics)
    • MP3, 44,1 kHz, 128 kbit/s:  13:00 (recording with built-in mics)
    • MP3, 48 kHz, 320 kbit/s:  10:00 (recording with built-in mics)
    • WAV, 96 kHz, 24 bit:  13:00 (playback using headphones)
    • 12:00 (playback using built-in speaker)
    • WAV, 44,1 kHz, 16 bit:  14:00 (playback using headphones)
    • 15:00 (playback using built-in speaker)
    • MP3, 44,1 kHz, 128 kbit/s:  13:30 (playback using headphones)
    • 13:00 (playback using built-in speaker)
    • MP3, 48 kHz, 320 kbit/s:  13:30 (playback using headphones)
    • 13:00 (playback using built-in speaker)

Power supply and other specifications

  • Power requirements:
    • 2 AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH)
    • USB bus power from a computer
    • AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E, sold separately)
  • Power consumption:  1.7 W (maximum)
  • Dimensions (W × H × D):  61 mm × 141 mm × 26 mm
  • Weight:
    • 116 g (without batteries)
    • 165 g (with batteries)
  • Permissible operating temperature range:  0–40 °C

Delivery & Returns

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Free Delivery on all orders of any size! Once your order is dispatched it will be delivered within 2-3 working days. Next Day Delivery is available at checkout at an extra cost of £5.99 on all products in stock. If any product in your order states usually dispatched within 3-5 working days, or stock due date, the product will be ordered directly from our suppliers and shipped out to you when it arrives at our warehouse. All in-stock orders placed before 2 pm will be dispatched the same day, if you place an order after this time or on a weekend or bank holiday then we will dispatch the following working day. If you would like to return your product for any reason, our friendly team is on hand to assist, so please get in contact with us.

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