Don't believe the hype of the other reviewers that wrote how flimsy the buttons and plastic casing is, and how it only records one song to a CD. Its all lies ladies and gentlemen. Complete concoctions from a shot of scotch and a couple NAMM vids.
Its build is of that of a laptop but not as delicate. That same hard plastic shell. And why not, it has a CD burner inside! The buttons and the sliders feel like heaven. And I'm saying that coming from a DP-01 since 2002. That's right. 11 long years with the DP01 so I know Tascam is quality. And I started on a PortaStudio 414 back in the nineties. Anyway, the DP-01 feels like a toy compared to this (minus the HD, the DP-03 isn't equipped with a 40 GB HD, just SD cards to increase recording time). The sliders feel real good and rubbery and the sliding has a pretty pro standard feel unlike the DP-01 which has a plasticy feel. Buttons feel even more sturdier too. These buttons, I can really finger stomp them.
Its a beautiful looking machine too in black matte and chrome trimmings.
You can burn multiple songs on to a CD. In fact, there's an option to gap the time between songs. I keep it at zero for no gaps.
The sound is uncompressed 16 bit at 44.1 kHz. Which is CD standard quality and gives tunes a vintage sound.
My only gripe is that these didn't include SPDIF out like its elder DPs. With the DP-01, I used to connect the L and R outputs to my monitors and record into the CD recorder with the Digital Out. I was able to see clipping on the dB meter of the CD recorder. Yes I know I can record to the internal CD burner with this model, but there is no way to tell if the song is clipping because the DP's meter lacks to tell you that, although the meters break up at the top and that suppose to tell you are clipping or for the inputs a red LED lights up by the gain knob if you are clipping there too. Of course, I have to rely on my ears, but sometimes I heard a song nine hundred times that I prefer to turn off the monitors and record by maintaining the gain and watching the meter to not reach the red so often. It becomes a game of Space Invaders.
Other than that, Tascam really hit home with the features, like recording with the EQ on. Reverb is its best kept secret and the internal mics sound like Shure 58s. Just needs a dB meter and digital out.