Just got a PMD661 10 days ago from B&H. They're selling the earlier
version for $499. The new ones (PMD-661 MKII) go for $649. The only
difference that I've read about is that the new model has file
encryption abilities for security reasons. I suppose if you're a
professional news reporter that might be needed. Anyway, I'm happy with
the older model. I'm getting about 4 hours out of a set of rechargeable
batteries. The buttons and displays are very good. Most important, the
sound is much improved. I used a Tascam DR-100 for a couple of years
and was never very satisfied with my recordings. Last year I bought a
Naiant Tiny-Box pre-amp and a pair of Naiant X-O mics. That has a huge
improvement for the Tascam.
I got interested in the Marantz for its SPDIF digital input. Down the
road I may get a digital mixer such as a Sound Devices Mix-Pre D, then
I'll be cooking with gas, as they say. :-)
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> Hello folks,
> I have a question regarding the quality and durability of the Marantz
recorders. I have in the past owned the ZOOM H4n and Tascam DR100-mkII
recorders. 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 months, 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
> 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 and helpful in my decision to purchase.
> i am on a limited budget, but am willing to spend what is needed to
obtain both high grade audio, and durable hardware.
> Thanks in advance.