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Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please

Subject: Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please
From: "Eric Fassbender" eric.fassbender
Date: Mon Jun 3, 2013 2:42 pm ((PDT))
Hi Jez,

could you please provide some examples? I would be very interested to impro=
ve my gear.



On 04/06/2013, at 2:04 AM, Jez <> wrote:

> the 661 has ok pre-amps but not the quietest in this price range. If you =
start with a zoom then just about anything else will be a big step up as th=
ey have some of the noisiest pre-amps. The 661 is an ok recorder for sure, =
but there are plenty of folks who'll say you get more for your money with o=
ther recorders (good in-built mics, better power usage etc etc).
> --- In  Tim Kahn <> wrot=
> >
> > 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 s=
upposedly uses quieter pre-amps than the stock unit. I have never tried a s=
tock unit so I can't say for sure there is a difference. I have used the 66=
1 in a lot of different applications and conditions and except for 2 occasi=
ons it has worked as it should.
> > In the two occasions that it failed, it was raining very hard and the r=
ecorder got wet. It seems water can get between the buttons on the front pa=
nel and cause erratic behavior (like a particular button is being pressed o=
ver 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 extreme=
ly 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 f=
or 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 wil=
l change the gain on the other as well. If you happen to have especially la=
rge 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 rec=
orders. Both have their strengths I suppose, but those strengths are not th=
e durability of the switches and controls. The Tascam I had for approx. 6 m=
onths, and it was suitable for some situations using onboard microphones, b=
ut the rotary wheel started to fail, and the power switch was always a litt=
le questionable from the very beginning. I returned it, unsatisfied.
> > >
> > > I am now considering purchase of the PMD661 Marantz recorder for fiel=
d recording, (as well as other uses, ie. interview and live music recording=
) Does anyone have experience using the Marantz product? If so, any comment=
s 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 o=
btain both high grade audio, and durable hardware.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance.
> > >
> > > Scott
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> >

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