TASCAM DR-07X Stereo Handheld Recorder

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The TASCAM DR-07X is an affordable handheld recorder that packs in features often seen in higher priced models from other manufacturers. It features dual condenser microphones mounted on a swivel to achieve true X-Y mic positions to a wide A-B mic position with great phase coherence on both.

Operating it was designed to be easy with most of the functions within thumb’s reach. It’s powered by 2 AA batteries which lasts you around 17.5 hours of operation; perfect for recording long jam sessions or off-grid field recording.

It also functions as a usb microphone when connecting it to a pc. For additional features, it has onboard reverb and a chromatic tuner.

With the Tascam DR-07X’s dual adjustable mics, instrumental recordings have added depth, especially acoustic guitars. The tighter X-Y positioning works great for single sound sources while the A-B position records binaural audio that simulates how we would hear sound. ASMR recordings also benefit from the stereo field. If you record drums, putting the Tascam on the other end of the room makes for a great room mic capture and gives more depth to your drum recordings (though phase alignment must be done in post).

Because of the dual mic setup however, I wouldn’t recommend it for people who want to do podcasts or voice overs as those usually require a mono sound source and the TRS mic in isn’t the best option.

All in all, the TASCAM DR-07X works best for recording stereo sound sources or instruments. The fact that I can mention all these first before its affordability means that it’s a great piece of gear regardless of it.


  • Portable and comfortable form factor
  • Great stereo recordings and USB mic capability
  • Long battery life
  • Great value


  • TRS in not the best option for external mics
  • Stereo audio recordings not recommended for voiceover work


  • Inputs: 1 x 1/8″ TRS (mic)
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/8″ (headphones/line)
  • Built-in Mic: Dual Unidirectional Mics, Stereo A-B / Stereo X-Y
  • Recording / Playback Format: WAV, MP3
  • Storage capacity: micro SD cards (3GB max), microSDHC (32GB max), microSDXC (128GB max)
  • Power Requirements: USB bus power / 2 x AA batteries
  • Battery Life:17.5 hours (Alkaline), 15.5 hours (NiMH)
  • Weight: 0.28 lbs.
  • Dimensions:6.22″ x 2.67″ x 1.02″

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