Marantz PMD660 Professional Solid State Recorder

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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

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

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

Type: 1/8 in. mini jack
Standard level: 2 V rms max. /2k ohms

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

Output power: 150 mW /16 ohms

Phantom power: +48V, 5mA

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
User guide x1

Optional Accessories: Wired remote RC600PMD
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 630-741-0330
(76 ratings)
Submitted April 16, 2007 by a customer from
"Just the thing for recording live music with a pair of condenser microphones."
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I expect to use this for as long as it lasts - I'm hoping a decade or more.

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.

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.

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.

Price is on the high side, but compares favorably with the combined cost of microphone preamps/mixers and recorder or read more 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.

Musical Style:
Classical and Rock
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