[Top] [All Lists]

Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please

Subject: Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please
From: "Norman Davies" nrdavies.jim71
Date: Tue Jun 4, 2013 9:35 am ((PDT))
hi, I can stick my nose in her if you like.

I have the 611 and the LS100. The 611 is a proper nice bit of universal kit=
 that finally replaces anything you were struggling with before you found o=
ut it was time to get a unit of this type. It's very reliable and all featu=
res are pretty equal with no nasty surprises.

The Ls100 is a very different beast. It excels at line and mic via XLR. It =
also has the ability to fool around with multitracking but I've not tried t=
hat. It's got 2 very serious negatives that spoil it badly.

1) it cannot be used in recording mode while it's connected to mains power/=
usb ( charge ).

2) the little stereo mini Jack mic input is "horrible". Seriously, it's not=
 just poor, it's gastly. I really don't know what on earth Olympus were thi=
nking when they decided that was ok for public release.

So, The LS100 has got nasty problems. Even the built in mics have a queer s=
tereo field that I can't live at all. I think I'm very likely to sell mine =
before long. The XLR inputs are great, but when it's running on a battery (=
 which is all it will do ), I can only get a max of 3 to 3 and a half hours=
 recording out of it. That may be fine for a musician with a pocket full of=
 batteries but I need something I can leave out in the woods over night.

If you need XLR and phantom power, get the 611, it's a good'n. The LS100 is=
 a pain for an outdoor recordist.


From: Eric Fassbender <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 3:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Marantz PMD661 opinion please

Jez, sorry to be nit picking, but from how I read your email, there is only=
 the LS-100 in the same price range of the 661, which is similar in quality=
 but has a problem with headphone out, as you point out. What are the recor=
ders that "plenty of folks [...] say you get more for your money"? From wha=
t I can see all other recorders in your list are way above the price of the=
 661 and LS-100 and if you mean that one gets more value for money if one i=
nvests in a recorder in this more expensive category then you are partially=
 right. Of course you will get better quality with these, however, it reall=
y depends on the use case. Scott's question was about a mid-price recorder =
(limited budget). So which other recorders are there in this price range th=
at have quieter pre-amps and how do the 661 and LS-100 really compare in te=
rms of quality? I haven't tested the LS-100 and if you have both, I'd be ve=
ry interested in a comparison recording :) However, looking at
 Scott's other requirements (interviews, live concerts), the LS-100 may be =
the better choice because it seems a lot smaller than the 661.

What limitations do you refer to with the 661? I have found none, other tha=
n that I would sometimes like a couple more channels ...



<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the naturerecordists mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU