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Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please

Subject: Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please
From: "Fred Bell" listeningfor1
Date: Mon Jun 3, 2013 7:18 am ((PDT))
Scott that is a beautiful recording.  Was it made with the recorder's
internal mics or a pair of external mics?

--- In  Tim Kahn  wrote:
> I also have the 661 and I love it very much. I moved from the original
H4. I purchased mine from Doug Oade ( with the "super mod"
which supposedly uses quieter pre-amps than the stock unit. I have never
tried a stock unit so I can't say for sure there is a difference. I have
used the 661 in a lot of different applications and conditions and
except for 2 occasions it has worked as it should.
> In the two occasions that it failed, it was raining very hard and the
recorder got wet. It seems water can get between the buttons on the
front panel and cause erratic behavior (like a particular button is
being pressed over and over rapidly, for example). In both cases I
placed the recorder in my food dehydrator, set on low, and left it to
dry over night. Now it works perfectly well again. I should add that in
both cases the rain was extremely heavy and I was in the rain for
extended periods of time and I'm really surprised that there was not
more damage.
> My main complaint with it is that there are not two separate knobs for
gain adjustment. For a stereo pair where you only need to change the
gain for both at once its fine, but often I have two lav mics on people
and it is a two hand job to change the gain on one channel and almost
always you will change the gain on the other as well. If you happen to
have especially large fingers it might even be more annoying.
> But really, for me it has been an excellent recorder standing up to my
particular abuses very well.
> Here is a recording I am particularly fond of:
> Tim
> On Jun 1, 2013, at 10:17 PM, shooze53 wrote:
> > 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 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 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.
> >
> > Scott
> >
> >

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