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Stereo Handheld Digital Audio Recorder and USB Audio Interface


The TASCAM DR-05X set the standard for stereo handheld recorders with its powerful features, simple interface and excellent sound quality. It is the first choice for recording meetings, music, audio-for-video, dictation, and more.


  • Record anything, anywhere
  • Pro-quality audio at an unbelievable price
  • Record events, music, meetings, ambient sounds, and more
  • Ultraportable size and extremely long battery life
  • Record hundreds of hours of audio on a single SD card


Spec description

Recording MediamicroSD card (64MB to 3GB), microSDHC card (4GB to 32GB), microSDXC card (up to 128GB)
File SystemFAT16/32, exFAT
Recording File Format 
Sampling Frequency44.1k / 48k / 96k Hz
Bit-depth16 / 24-bit
Sampling Frequency44.1k / 48k Hz
Recording Bit-rate32k / 64k / 96k / 128k / 192k / 256k / 320k bps
Playback Bit-rate32k to 320k bps, VBR, ID3TAG Ver. 2.4
Number of Channels2-channel (Stereo) / 1-channel (Mono)
Playback speed control0.5 to 2.0 times (in 0.1 increments) * 44.1k/48kHz only
Built-in MicrophoneOmnidirectional, Stereo
Connector1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack (Unbalanced, Plug-in Power)
Nominal Input Level-20dBV
Maximum Input Level-4dBV
Input Impedance18kΩ or more (PLUG IN PWR: OFF)
2kΩ or more (PLUG IN PWR: ON)
Connector1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack (Unbalanced)
for LINE connection 
Nominal Output Level-14dBV (10kΩ load)
Maximum Output Level+2dBV (10kΩ load)
Output Impedance12Ω
for Headphones connection 
Maximum Output Power20mW + 20mW (32Ω load)
ConnectorUSB Micro B-type
Built-in Speaker0.3W, Mono
Low-cut Filter40 / 80 / 120Hz
Chromatic TunerC1 to B6, A4 = 435Hz to 445Hz (in 1Hz increments)
Effector6 presets (Hall 1, Hall 2, Room, Studio, Plate 1, Plate 2)
Tripod attachment screw-hole1/4" Tripod attachment screw-hole
Power2 AA Batteries, USB bus power, AC 100 to 240V (optional AC Adapter)
Power Consumption1.7 W (Max)
Battery Operation Time (Recording) 
Alkaline (EVOLTA)approx. 17.5 hours (2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16-bit, using Built-in Microphone, JEITA)
Ni-MH (eneloop)approx. 15.5 hours (2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16-bit, using Built-in Microphone, JEITA)
Dimensions (W×H×D)2.4" × 5.55" × 1.02" / 61 × 141 × 26 mm
Weight4.1 oz. / 116 g


Audio Performance

Frequency Response 
Fs 44.1kHz20Hz to 20kHz, +0/-1dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Fs 48kHz20Hz to 22kHz, +0/-1dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Fs 96kHz20Hz to 40kHz, +0/-1.5dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Total Harmonic Distortion0.01% or less (Fs 44.1k/48k/96kHz, EXT I Not LINE OUT, JEITA)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio94 dB or higher (Fs 44.1k/48k/96kHz, EXT I Not LINE OUT, JEITA)



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