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Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please

Subject: Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please
From: "shooze53" shooze53
Date: Sun Jun 2, 2013 5:29 pm ((PDT))

Thanks for the help Eric, your recordings sure are clear and clean... Early=
 Morning Songbirds is amazing - what microphones do you use for these recor=
dings?  The onboard stereo pair, or?  Also, do you find the unit has suffic=
ient gain?  The Tascam DR100-MKII I had was not very sensitive, even at hig=
h gain setting - it was great for recording a loud band in a live situation=
, but not for the nature recordings I need to do.

Also, is the build quality of the case fairly rugged, and are the buttons a=
nd switches durable feeling?  It seems like some of the lower priced filed =
recorders tend to lack build quality.

Thanks again,
p.s. do you do a lot of post-processing of your recordings, or are those pr=
etty much straight out of the Marantz?

--- In  Eric Fassbender <> wrote:
> Scott,
> The PMD661 is absolutely awesome. The lowest self noise I could find for =
recorders in this price category. Of course it is bigger than a H4 but boy,=
 is that worth it! As was said before, crystal clear recordings. I use it a=
ll the time. Just have a listen to my sample tracks on Soundcloud:
NS-Soundcloud they are pretty much all recorded with the PMD661.
> If I would drop mine into a creek I would buy a new one without hesitatio=
> Hope that helps,
> Eric
> On 02/06/2013, at 2:47 PM, shooze53 <> wrote:
> > Hello folks,
> > I have a question regarding the quality and durability of the Marantz r=
ecorders. I have in the past owned the ZOOM H4n and Tascam DR100-mkII recor=
ders. Both have their strengths I suppose, but those strengths are not the =
durability of the switches and controls. The Tascam I had for approx. 6 mon=
ths, and it was suitable for some situations using onboard microphones, but=
 the rotary wheel started to fail, and the power switch was always a little=
 questionable from the very beginning. I returned it, unsatisfied.
> >
> > I am now considering purchase of the PMD661 Marantz recorder for field =
recording, (as well as other uses, ie. interview and live music recording) =
Does anyone have experience using the Marantz product? If so, any comments =
as to durability and ease of use, and sound quality would be very useful an=
d helpful in my decision to purchase.
> >
> > i am on a limited budget, but am willing to spend what is needed to obt=
ain both high grade audio, and durable hardware.
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Scott
> >
> >

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