Tascam DR-100MKIII Linear PCM Recorder


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Tascam DR-100MKIII Linear PCM Recorder

  • Tascam DR-100MKIII Linear PCM Recorder
  • Digital Input Conversion Cable
  • Owner's Manual

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Tascam DR-100MKIII Linear PCM Recorder

Tascams’s top-of-the-line Handheld Digital Recorder, the DR-100mkIII boasts a signal-to-noise ratio exceeding 100dB, delivering the best audio performance in the history of Tascam portable stereo recorders. Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding audio designers and engineers, the Tascam DR-100MKIII Linear PCM Recorder combines robust reliability, an updated user interface and studio quality sonic performance to deliver a truly breathtaking audio experience.

AKM AK4558 Converters

Used in a variety of combinations, depending upon the selected function, the DR-100mkIII features dual AKM AK4558 converters with Velvet Sound architecture, providing both high sound quality and low power consumption, achieving a signal-to-noise ratio of 102dB.

Dual ADC Mode

The dual ADC mode uses two AK4558 AD converters in parallel operation. Signal-to-noise ratio is maximized and audio fidelity is improved, delivering a 109dB S/N ratio as compared to the (already excellent) 102dB S/N ratio achieved when recording in standard mode.

Note: As the S/N ratio when recording exceeds the S/N ratio of the entire circuit, data recorded in dual ADC mode will be limited to a 102dB S/N ratio when played back on the DR-100mkIII. This does not affect the S/N ratio of the actual file, which is maintained at 109dB S/N

HDDA Mic Preamps

The XLR/TRS inputs, used to connect external mics, deliver the highest sound quality and lowest noise of any TASCAM Handheld Digital Recorder. HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps are also included to maintain a pristine audio signal path throughout.

Onboard Dual Microphone

A newly designed microphone housing for the directional mics is based on exhaustive research of previous TASCAM hand held recorders and achieves the perfect marriage of protection and performance. Similarly, the omnidirectional stereo microphone setup features sound pressure level tolerance of 125 dB SPL – able to withstand virtually any audio environment.

192kHz/24-bit Recording Support

The TASCAM DR-100mkIII supports high definition recording at both 96kHz/24-bit and 192kHz/24-bit, ensuring that remote recordings achieve the same sonic fidelity as their studio-born counterparts.

Dual Battery Structure

With a dual battery structure that allows the built-in high-capacity lithium-ion battery to be used with in concert with AA batteries, operation is possible for extended periods of time ensuring that the DR-100mkIII is ready to go when you are. Additionally, the DR-100mkIII can be rapidly charged by connecting an AC adapter and even support USB Bus power from an external battery pack commonly used to charge mobile phones and tablets.

Dual Level Recording

TASCAM's exclusive Dual Level Recording function simultaneously records a secondary backup file at a lower gain level than the primary recording. This safety file, recorded at a 12db lower level protects your recording session from unexpected volume spikes and accidental overload.

Combo Jacks

Locking XLR/TRS combo jacks made by Amphenol ensure high reliability in the field and protect against unwanted connectivity issues.


Marrying light weight with long-term reliability, the TASCAM DR-100mkIII’s tough aluminum body ensures many years of trouble-free use.

Built-In Clock

The precision of the built-in clock is crucial when digital recordings made on what device are to be used in conjunction with materials recorded on other devices, such as when combining digital audio and video assets. To ensure stability, the DR-100mkIII utilizes the same Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) used in professional studio master recorders. Moreover, the TCXO is not affected by the temperature of the environment, critical for a portable device which must maintain its precision in support of high-quality recording.

Tascam DR-100MKIII Linear PCM Recorder

Recording Media

  • SD card (64MB to 2GB), SDHC card (4GB to 32GB), SDXC card (48GB to 128GB)
    • File format: WAV (BWF), MP3
    • WAV:
      • 44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192k Hz,
      • 16/24-bit
    • MP3
      • 44.1k/48k Hz,
      • 128k/192k/256k/320k bps
    • Number of channels: 2 channels (stereo)
    • Playback speed control (VSA): –50% to +200% (1% step)

Analog Audio Inputs

    • Connector: XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD), 
    • 1/4 inch (6.3mm) TRS standard jack
    • XLR: Phantom power compatible
  • MIC IN Input
    • Impendance 
      • XLR2kΩ or more
      • TRS20kΩ or more
      • Minimum Input Level: –70.5dBu (PAD Off)
      • Maximum Input Level: –14dBu (PAD On)
    • Input impendance: 20kΩ or more
    • Nominal input level: +4dBu
    • Maximum input level: +24dBu
  • EXT IN
    • Connector: 1/8 inch (3.5mm) Stereo mini jack (this connector can be supplied plug-in power)
    • EXT LINE
      • Input impendance: 2kΩ or more
      • Nominal input level: +6dBV
      • Maximum input level: –10dBV

Analog Audio Outputs

    • Connector: 1/8 inch (3.5mm) Stereo mini jack
    • Output impedance: 200Ω
    • Nominal output level: –14dBV
    • Maximum Output level: +6dBV
    • Nominal output level: –10dBV
    • Maximum output level: +6dBV
    • Connector: 1/8 inch (3.5mm) Stereo mini jack
    • Maximum output: 40mW+40mW (32Ω loaded)
  • Built-in Speaker: 0.4W (mono)

Digital Input

    • Connector: 1/8 inch (3.5mm) Stereo mini jack
    • Format: AES3-2003/IEC60958-4 (AES/EBU), IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF)
    • USB
      • Connector: Micro-B type
      • Format: USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
    • Connector: 2.5mm TRS jack
    • Model: RC-10, RC-3F


  • Tripod attachment: Screw-hole1/4 inch Tripod attachment screw-hole
  • Power supply
    • Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery (3,950mAh)
    • 2 AA batteries (alkaline, rechargeable NiMH or disposable lithium)
    • USB bus power
    • AC adapter (TASCAM PS-P520E, sold separately)
    • External battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA, sold separately)
  • Power consumption: 7.5W (maximum)
  • Battery operation time: STEREO WAV (BWF), 44.1kHz, 16-bit, *All times are approximate.
    • Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery:
      • 12 hours (UNI MIC, Phantom OFF)
      • 6 hours (MIC IN, Phantom ON +48V)
    • Alkaline battery(EVOLTA)
      • 2-¾ hours (UNI MIC, Phantom OFF)
      • 1 hour (MIC IN, Phantom ON +48V)
    • Lithium battery (Energizer ULTIMATE LITHIUM)
      • 7 hours (UNI MIC, Phantom OFF)
      • 3-½ hours (MIC IN, Phantom ON +48V
  • Dimensions: (W x H x D): 3.1 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches / 80 x 155.7 x 35 mm
  • Weight
    • 15.0 oz. / 425 g (including batteries)
    • 13.2 oz. / 375 g (excluding batteries)
  • Operating temperature: 32˚F to 104˚F / 0˚C to 40˚C

Audio Performance

  • Frequency response
    • Fs=44.1k/48k Hz 20Hz to 20kHz +0.5dB/–1dB
    • Fs=88.2k/96k Hz 20Hz to 40kHz +0.5dB/–2dB
    • Fs=176.4k/192k Hz 20Hz to 80kHz +0.5dB/–4dB
  • Distortion: 0.007% or less(Fs=44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192k Hz, JEITA)
  • S/N ratio: 102dB or more (Fs=44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192k Hz, JEITA)
  • Equivalent input noise: 124dBu or less
  • Supported Media
    • SD card

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