Tascam DR-10X Mic-attachable audio recorder

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The compact DR-10X audio recorder attaches to a handheld microphone for the ultimate compact news gathering recording system. A captive XLR connector attaches firmly to any dynamic microphone for capturing interviews in Broadcast WAV format at sampling rates of 44.1/48 kHz and 16/24-bit resolution or in MP3 format. Recordings can be offloaded through a USB connection or by loading the microSD card into a computer.

The DR-10X offers both manual and automatic gain setting, a low-cut filter and a limiter to prevent overloads. The Dual Recording mode can be used to create a copy of the audio at a lower level as a backup track in case there is distortion. Recording can begin instantly by sliding the record switch while turning the unit on.

Features at a glance

  • Compact, lightweight audio recorder that can be attached directly to a dynamic microphone with XLR connector
  • Records to microSD/microSDHC card (up to 32 GB)
  • Mono/poly recording at 44.1/48 kHz sample rate and 16/24-bit resolution
  • BWF-compatible WAV format allows inclusion of time information within audio files
  • Recording and playback of MP3 format files
    • Sampling rate: 44.1/48 kHz, resolution: 16/24 bits
    • Bit rate: 128/192 kbit/s (recording), 32–320 kbit/s (playback)
  • Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels to provide a safety track in case of distortion (level reduction for secondary recording selectable –6/–12 dB)
  • Recording level can be set to High/Mid/Low
  • AGC function (Auto Gain Control)
  • Switchable limiter to prevent clipping

Switchable low-cut filter conveniently reduces low-frequency noise
Time track increment function
Playback function for checking recordings via headphones
Headphones output
A warning sound can be output, when the unit is low on battery, low on recording space or when recording cannot be started
Built-in clock for storing time information with recordings
Fastening mechanism for a stable joint between the recorder and the microphone
OLED display with great visibility
Micro USB-B connector for easy data transfer with a computer
Power supply through one AAA battery/rechargeable or USB connection
Settings can be created in a text file on a computer and transferred to the DR-10X via USB
Firmware update possible using the microSD card



Recording media
microSD card (64 MB−2 GB)
microSDHC card (4 GB−32 GB)
Recording/playback formats
BWF-compatible WAV format, 44.1/48 kHz, 16/24 bits, mono/poly
MP3 format, 44.1/48 kHz, 128/192 kbit/s (recording) 32–320 kbit/s (playback)
Audio input and output

Microphone input
XLR (female) (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
When MIC GAIN set to EXT (unbalanced input)

Maximum input level
−8 dBu
Nominal input level
−24 dBu
When MIC GAIN set to LO/MID/HI (balanced input)

Maximum input level
−31 dBu
Minimum input level
−63 dBu
Mic input gain
LO: +29 dB
MID: +35 dB
HI: +45 dB
Input impedance
10 kΩ or more
Headphones output
3.5-mm stereo phone jack (dual mono audio output)
Audio performance (input to phones output)

When MIC GAIN set to EXT (unbalanced input)

Frequency response
20 Hz – 22 kHz, +1/−3 dB
0.05% (1 kHz sine wave, maximum input level)
S/N ratio
92 dB or higher (maximum phones volume)
When MIC GAIN set to LO/MID/HI (balanced input)

Frequency response
20 Hz – 22 kHz, +1/−3 dB
0.05% (1 kHz sine wave, maximum input level)
S/N ratio
80 dB or higher (maximum phones volume)
Power supply and other specifications

Power supply
1 AAA battery (alkaline, NiMH or lithium)
USB bus power from a computer
Power consumption
0.65 W (maximum)
Current consumption (USB bus power)
0.25A (maximum)
Date and time data retention
Built-in lithium battery
Dimensions (w × h × d, excluding protrusions)
52 mm × 95 mm × 28 mm
68 g (with battery)
56 g (without battery)
Operating temperature range
0–40 °C
Approximate battery operation time (continuous operation)

Conditions: WAV recording, 48 kHz/24 bit, headphones not connected, limiter off, dual recording off

Alkaline battery (EVOLTA)
10 h (JEITA recording time)
NiMH battery (eneloop)
8 h (JEITA recording time)
Lithium battery (Energizer Ultimate Lithium)
15.5 h (JEITA recording time)