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Marantz PMD660 Professional Solid State Recorder

Can run for hours on four AA batteries. Records on Compact Flash media cards, will store more than 36 hours of mono on a single card. (85) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Field recording means more than just "battery-operated." It takes ruggedness, flexibility, specialized features, and the highest audio quality. It also takes experience to really understand what happens in the field, and to design the right tools for the job. Marantz Professional has that experience. For more than 20 years, Marantz Professional has designed and built field recorders that are up to the challenge, and the PMD660 is no exception. Critical field applications like electronic journalism, technical investigation, and documenting legal proceedings have been waiting for a high-powered, high-quality, high-reliability solid- state recorder in a compact package. Now Marantz Professional has answered-with the PMD660.

Marantz' newest PMD recorder is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but it has features that make more expensive, full-sized field recorders green with envy. It can run for hours on just four AA batteries. It records on Compact Flash media cards which you can find in any discount store, and will store more than 36 hours of mono on a single card. If audio quality is your key requirement, you get over an hour of pristine, uncompressed, 16-bit .wav files. Editing can be achieved right there in the field using either of two editing modes, or you can use your favorite audio editing application by transferring files to your PC- the PMD660 even has its own USB port. XLR inputs, phantom power, built-in mics and more-it's all there in the PMD660.

One last thing. Because the PMD660 is a solid-state recorder, it has no moving parts to break or service. There, it just paid for itself. And it's only from Marantz Professional.

Features
Smallest PMD yet-fits in your hand

Records uncompressed 16-bit PCM .wav files at 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz.

Records mono .mp3 files at 64 kbps

Records stereo .mp3 files at 128 kbps

Uses inexpensive, widely available Compact Flash media (CF)

1 GB CF card can hold over 1 hour of uncompressed stereo

1 GB CF card can hold over 17 hours (stereo) or 36 hours
(mono) .mp3

Operates for four hours on four AA batteries

Two XLR mic connections with +48v phantom power

Two built-in condenser mics for easy, true stereo recordings

Stereo line I/O

Solid State Design

No moving parts-no maintenance

"Copy Segment" cut-and-paste editing to a new sound file

99 "Virtual Tracks" for EDL-style editing

Built-in USB port for easy file transfer

Optional wired remote control with peak indicator

Solid State Technology
The PMD660 is the newest generation of "Flash Recorders". By storing audio data on Compact Flash (CF) media cards, all of the mechanical hassles of tape recorders are gone forever as are the costs of servicing and maintaining them. Solid State Technology makes the PMD660 less vulnerable to bumps, vibrations, and sonic deterioration over the long haul. Not only that, but CF storage allows you to choose from several recording formats, and makes transfer to computers a snap.

Long Battery Life
Tired of lugging around six extra D-Cells just so you can interrupt your recording to change batteries halfway through an event? The PMD660 will run for four hours on four AA cells. You can carry an extra set around and not even notice they're there-not that you'll need them.

Long Record Times
No more flipping tapes! A single 1 GB flash card can hold up to 36 hours of uninterrupted audio (monaural .mp3 at 64 kbps). For music recording, the same size card can hold more than 17 hours high quality compressed stereo (.mp3 at 128 kbps). If you need the unmatched quality of uncompressed audio, you can get about 1 1/2 CDs worth of 16-bit linear PCM audio at 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz on the same 1 GB card.

Professional I/O
Let's face it. Plugging professional grade microphones into an 1/8 in. jack is asking for trouble. The PMD660 offers two balanced XLR mic inputs with +48v phantom power. And just in case you don't have the time, space or budget to use external microphones, the PMD660 includes a stereo pair of condenser mics built right in.

Editing and File Transfer
In the end, you'll probably want your audio to be used for broad- cast, or burned to a CD for evidence, documentation, or just for convenient playback. You'll want to edit out dead air and irrelevant information. You can do this right on the PMD660 with cut-and-paste simplicity using the "Copy Segment" mode. You don't need to worry about mistakes, because the PMD never erases your original recording. Once you have it the way you like it (or if you prefer to edit on your computer or DAW), you can transfer your audio files to a PC for broadcast or CD burning through the PMD660's built-in USB Port.

Exclusive-"Virtual Track" Mode
For more sophisticated editing jobs, the PMD660 features Marantz Professional's exclusive "Virtual Track" mode. In this mode, you can create up to 99 virtual tracks internal playlists of audio segments. You simply tell the PMD660 what segments of a file to play, and in what order, and it does it without altering the original file in any way, and without using up more card memory. Need 5 and 10 second sound bites and a two-minute interview segment, all from the same file? It's easy with virtual tracks.

Optional Wired Remote
It would be great if every recording situation had a field engineer running everything behind the scenes. Unfortunately, all to often it's just you, wishing you had more hands. The RC600 wired remote control enables you to start and stop recording, and to mark new track starts on the fly. It even has a peak meter right on the remote, so you can keep an eye on your recording, without taking your eye off the ball.

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Digital Audio Systems
System: Solid State Recorder

Usable Media: CF Memory Card, Microdrive

Recording Format:
MP3 - MPEG Audio Layer III compression
PCM - 16-bit linear PCM

Recording Bit Rate:
MP3 mono: 64 kbps
MP3 stereo: 128 kbps

Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48 kHz

Number of Channels: 2 (stereo), 1 (mono)

Audio Performance

Frequency Response: 16,000 Hz (-0.5dB)

Signal-to-noise ratio: LINE 80 dB
IEC-A weighted: MIC 60 dB

Total harmonic distortion: LINE 0.06%
at 0 VU (PCM): MIC 0.15%

Dynamic range: 80 dB

Inputs
MIC IN L/R
Type: XLR (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD)
Input sensitivity: 1.2 mV rms /6.5k ohms

LINE IN L/R
Type: 1/8 in. mini jack
Input sensitivity: 300 mV rms /20k ohms

Outputs
LINE OUT L/R
Type: 1/8 in. mini jack
Standard level: 2 V rms max. /2k ohms

Headphone
Type: 1/8 in. mini jack
Output power: 8 mW /32 ohms

Speaker
Output power: 150 mW /16 ohms

Phantom power: +48V, 5mA

General
Power consumption: 4 W (DC)

Width: 4.5 in. (113 mm)

Height: 1.9 in. (47 mm)

Depth: 7.2 in. (183.5 mm)

Weight: 1.1 lbs. (0.5 kg)

Included Accessories:
CF card (64MB) (US only) x1
AC adapter x1
USB cable x1
Audio cable x1
Carry strap x1
Screws (ISO 3x10 mm) x2
Plastic pin and retainer x1
CD-ROM x1
User guide x1

Optional Accessories: Wired remote RC600PMD
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 630-741-0330
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (85 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Just the thing for recording live music with a pair of condenser microphones."
Sound: The sound quality of this product is indistinguishable from the best there is. My basis for comparison is a Behringer mixer with S/N over 100dB and a SONY CD recorder, with the usual 90+ dB S/N and dynamic range. Feature: The designers did their homework. The setup functions were, for the most part, intuitive. The only quibble I had was that when I set up my Preset number one, I selected "Default" thinking I was making the settings I had entered the default settings, but what I was doing, actually, was erasing what I had just entered! Fortunately, the fact was readily apparent when the LCD display immediately showed me that I had reverted to MP3 instead of WAV format. Ease of Use: I plugged in my condenser microphones, and the default of "No Attenuation" was perfect. The metering defaulted to showing everything and holding peaks into the mid-to-high range (close to going over). There were three LEDS in this range, so it gives a good sense of how the levels are set. Quality: The one quibble in the finish and fit is the door to the Compact Flash card - it doesn't open very wide, and I'm afraid some day I'll break the hinge if I'm not careful. Value: Price is on the high side, but compares favorably with the combined cost of microphone preamps/mixers and recorder or hard disk recorder. The Wow Factor: I dig it! Only worry is that it is so light, it would be easy to pull off the table with the headphone cord. Overall: I expect to use this for as long as it lasts - I'm hoping a decade or more.
Style of Music: Classical and Rock
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"Marantz: an amazing product for an industry standard"
Sound: This digital recorder provides very good sound quality especially in use with audio editing programs such as audacity. If the levels and settings are set correctly, the marantz can give you all the sound quality that you ever need or want. This is very good at direct recording through audio input lines, or even live capture. If you learn how to set it up correctly it helps the quality of the marantz recording. this is a staple in the photojournalism/journalism fields today. Feature: I wish that the marantz would have come with an xlr cable and mono mic. This would have made it completely usable out of the box. For the best sound quality an external mic is neccesary. That doesnt mean that the built in mic cant collect decent sound, its just that an external mic is a better sound collector for the system. Ease of Use: after reading the manual and trying out functions it is a very easy to use the functions that one would want to use. It is easy to adjust levels and input output options on the fly. Quality: i've never had a technical or physical problem with a marantz and ive been using them for over a year (this model in particular). if you have the strap or a porta brace kit, the marantz is a very portable device that just straps on to the person. it seems like the marantz could survive some pretty dangerous situations. it really isnt meant to be hand held its meant to be slung by a strap or placed on a surface for recording. by trying to hand hold this device you would get a lessened quality of sound, esp when using the built in mic because all of the movement of your hand will be picked up by the sensitive built in mic. Value: well i wish it was cheaper in price, just because of all the additional mics and cables needed for what i want to do with it. But for a professional quality you need to expect a professional price. Manufacturer Support: i havent needed to yet The Wow Factor: its a very tempting product for people doing multimedia in the journalistic field. most get more affordable audio recorders or outdated marantz models, but the marantz is the industry standard, and most people in the field want one or own one, or at least the newspapers or magazines have one or two. Overall: once industry moves away from cf card usage i will change systems.... until then i see keeping this marantz for a very long time. it is easier to extract the sound off of the marantz than other digital recording systems that i have used.
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