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Re: [gear] Marantz PMD620 first impressions (long msg)

Subject: Re: [gear] Marantz PMD620 first impressions (long msg)
From: "argentino_sf" argentino_sf
Date: Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:00 pm ((PST))
Dear all,

I have been reading many posts about preamp noise and microphones
self-noise (including an interesting thread "new recorder - mic pre
factors" =96,
but I still cannot figure out what gear to buy.

I have narrowed to Marantz PMD-620 and Microphone Madness MM-BSM-8 in
ear binaural mics, with stock capsules (not Sennheiser MKE-2
capsules =96

My newbie questions are:

(a) If I were to record chamber music at a concert hall with a
Marantz PMD-620 + MM-BSM-8, there would be any perceptible hiss from
the mics or preamps?

(b) There would be a lesser amount of hiss with MKE-2 Sennheiser
capsules option?

(c) If a choose MKE-2 Sennheiser capsules, would be better to buy,
for instance, a Sony PCM-D50 (which I presume has a better preamp
than PMD-620)? Would the MKE2 self-noise (~27dB) be capable of
masking the flash recorder preamp?

(d) Is there any in-ear binaural mic with lower self-noise?

I would appreciate any comments, given the fact that I live in Brazil
and is very hard to test those new devices here.

Best regards,

Jose Luis

> Hi JM--
> In terms of noise performance, the AT-822's "self-noise" [~24dB(A)]
> is likely to be appreciably louder and "mask" much or all of the
> preamps' noise associated with all of these recorders unless the
> PMD620 is much noisier than its predecessors (unlikely). The same
> would probably be true for many, older MD recorders. Based on some
> tests with Hi-MD mic pres, one could begin to hear some preamp
> performance differences when the mics' self noise is lowered into
> realm of 12dB(A). Rob D.

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