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Re: Marantz PMD670/Sound Devices 744t

Subject: Re: Marantz PMD670/Sound Devices 744t
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 18:36:28 -0400
From: Dan Dugan <>

> Jeff Klatt, you asked,
>>>Here is an odd question perhaps.  Being that the
>>>7-series is aimed at the film/video market, as
>>>Jeremiah pointed out, does that imply any difference
>>>in quality?  I mean if it was just aimed at
>>>phonographers and audiophiles, would we see a
>>>difference in features and quality beyond
>>>idiosyncrasies like time code?
> Film people are more demanding, both for quality and for reliability. 
> They've got one chance to get it and if they don't, they don't get 
> hired the next time. So location audio gear will cost more because 
> it's designed to be rugged and deliver the best possible quality. 
> Nagra recorders were the start of the tradition.

ENG is another demanding field, at least for durability. They had a lot 
of input for the Portadisc, right down to things like the thickness of 
the steel in the case. I wonder if they are watching Sound Devices.

The unfortunate thing about both groups is that they have very little 
monitary sense. The combo of the two is what keeps hitting us with high 

The Nagra froze a whole generation out of high end field recording by 
it's price.  It's a excellent recorder, but I don't have a good feeling 
about them for that reason.



"Microphones are not ears,
Loudspeakers are not birds,
A listening room is not nature."
Klas Strandberg
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