I own one and I'm happy with it.
You maybe didn't read all the reviews posted on musiciansfriend :
Good unit, you can do a lot of things with it.
The built-in mics are good enough to keep some ideas but you will never get a pro mix.
No phantom power so I bought a cheap preamp that allows me to use all my external mics.Works fine.
You can improve a lot the final mix on the PC.A lot of DAWs , mixcraft for example, are really easy to use.
Only one nit : my AC adapter is very noisy and totally ruines all my recordings.
So I use the toy with (rechargable) batteries.
Let me know if you want me to post one or two demos recorded a few weeks ago.
Thanks for the info Deb! I really appreciate it.
I was thinking of getting a Tascam DP-004 firts when looking for a portable home recorder. But finally I turned to the DP-008. I had to add about €100 to my budget, but that was worth it regarding all the supplementary features : 2 XLR imputs (with phantom power), RCA outputs, 8 tracks, EQ, etc... The DP-004 is good though, but it contents only the minimum to my mind. The DP-008 is more intersting in that range of gear and budget. I also recommand to buy Tascam AC adapter. With the DP-008 you can do all with it from recording to final mastering. I quite rarely use my PC except for mp3 encoding.
Thank you so much for your info, very helpful. After a bit more research, I think I prefer the dp-008. Happy recording.