On this video, photographer Curtis Judd takes the new Tascam DR-60Dmk II for a spin and does a quick comparison with the older version to see if there are any real changes made by Tascam.
The new Tascam DR-60Dmk II was announced only a few weeks ago (we mentioned it here along with a few other new Tascam recorders which were recently announced). There are not too many changes in the new version – the main feature seems to be the new pre-amps which are the heart of this device. Other changes mentioned by Chris in the video (besides the red metal handles on the front) are a somewhat different XLR ports (some people complaints of XLR cables that can’t be disconnected for some reason – and it is possible that the change was designed to address that. Finally you have a new line-out (low) output which Judd tried to explain in the video.
The new Tascam DR-60Dmk II and the lower profile 4 XLR Tascam DR-70D
At the end of the day the Tascam DR-60Dmk II is a relatively minor upgrade to the original version. If you need a new recorder – go for the new version, if you already have the original version – probably only if you have a mic which requires more gain – otherwise just stay with your original version (or spend a bit more and go with the new Tascam DR-70D – see preview here – $300 starting November 10 2014).
The Tascam DR-60D Mark II sells for $200 on Amazon.
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