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Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please

Subject: Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please
From: "Jez" tempjez
Date: Mon Jun 3, 2013 5:53 pm ((PDT))
oh oh :)  this is one of those questions that can result in tons of differe=
nt answers, of course.

It all depends on what features you want on the recorder & which are most i=
mportant. The Olympus LS-100 is, imo, the best all round hand held recorder=
 with decent-ish built in mics for below =A3400 for example, but of course =
like every recorder it has some quirks (low headphone output that takes som=
e time to get used to etc.). I try to keep up with developments at all pric=
e ranges but have to say that if you can afford it it's worth stretching yo=
ur budget a bit. Again its just my opinion but I think there's not much adv=
antage in recorders over =A3400 until one begin to look at something like t=
he Tascam DR-680. Some folks like the Roland R-44 & R-88 or the Fostex FR-2=
LE also for example.

Just to be clear the Marantz is ok & if you like the features & don't mind =
its particular limitations then i'm sure you'll get a lot out of it.

--- In  Eric Fassbender <> wrote:
> Hi Jez,
> could you please provide some examples? I would be very interested to imp=
rove my gear.
> Cheers,
> Eric
> 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 yo=
u start with a zoom then just about anything else will be a big step up as =
they 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=
 other recorders (good in-built mics, better power usage etc etc).
> >
> > --- In  Tim Kahn <timothy.kahn@> wrote=
> > >
> > > I also have the 661 and I love it very much. I moved from the origina=
l 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 occa=
sions 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 i=
n my food dehydrator, set on low, and left it to dry over night. Now it wor=
ks perfectly well again. I should add that in both cases the rain was extre=
mely heavy and I was in the rain for extended periods of time and I'm reall=
y surprised that there was not more damage.
> > > My main complaint with it is that there are not two separate knobs fo=
r 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 w=
ill 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 m=
y particular abuses very well.
> > > Here is a recording I am particularly fond of: http://www.freesound.o=
> > > Tim
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Jun 1, 2013, at 10:17 PM, shooze53 wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hello folks,
> > > > I have a question regarding the quality and durability of the Maran=
tz recorders. I have in the past owned the ZOOM H4n and Tascam DR100-mkII r=
ecorders. 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 li=
ttle questionable from the very beginning. I returned it, unsatisfied.
> > > >
> > > > I am now considering purchase of the PMD661 Marantz recorder for fi=
eld recording, (as well as other uses, ie. interview and live music recordi=
ng) Does anyone have experience using the Marantz product? If so, any comme=
nts as to durability and ease of use, and sound quality would be very usefu=
l 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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