Nevertheless, it is no problem today to make good preamps, so I still can't
understand why Marantz didn't do it. On the other hand I still think we
have a "mystery" here: Even if the PMD preamp is noisy, is shouldn't be
At 18:12 2005-06-20, you wrote:
>Tim Nielsen wrote:
> > ...[Klas] can't fix Marantz problem...
>Maybe not, but Doug Oade does. If you buy your Marantz PMD660, PMD670
>or PMD671 from Oade, he will rebuild the preamp using quality
>components for an extra $125. The result is *much* reduced mic preamp
>When Marantz designed the PMD series, their target audience was court
>reporters, speech therapists, and stenographers -- all settings where
>close mic placement is the rule. I don't think that they were much
>concerned about capturing the song of some sparrow 50 feet away. But
>these recorders, unmodified, do produce decent recordings if you keep
>the mic preamp gain at a low setting.
>A colleague in Venezuela uses the unmodified PMD670 with a Telinga mic
>and parabola, and has captured lots of high quality bird
>vocalizations. He prefers the PMD670 to his HHB Portadisc, even
>though the Portadisc has a quieter preamp, because the PMD670 is
>smaller, lighter, and, with no moving parts, more rugged in field use.
>It's just the ticket for those all-day slogs through the forest. I
>think he'll like the Oade-modified PMD660 I just ordered even more.
>"Microphones are not ears,
>Loudspeakers are not birds,
>A listening room is not nature."
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