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Subject: 2. Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please
From: "Ray Mansell" BCTess
Date: Wed Jun 5, 2013 3:23 am ((PDT))
I have an LS100, and I have been able to record overnight using an external
battery pack plugged into the USB port with microphones connected to the
XLR inputs. I admit that the settings are not obvious, but it is certainly
possible (I'll do it again and post the settings if anybody is interested).


On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 12:43 AM, Norman Davies <>wr=

> **
> 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 out it was time to get a unit of this type. It's very reliable and
> all features are pretty equal with no nasty surprises.
> The Ls100 is a very different beast. It excels at line and mic via XLR. I=
> also has the ability to fool around with multitracking but I've not tried
> that. 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 wer=
> thinking when they decided that was ok for public release.
> So, The LS100 has got nasty problems. Even the built in mics have a queer
> stereo field that I can't live at all. I think I'm very likely to sell mi=
> 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 hour=
> recording out of it. That may be fine for a musician with a pocket full o=
> 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.
> norman.
> ________________________________
> From: Eric Fassbender <>
> To: 
> 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 recorders that "plenty of folks [...] say you get more for your money=
> From what 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 invests in a recorder in this more expensive category then y=
> are partially right. Of course you will get better quality with these,
> however, it really depends on the use case. Scott's question was about a
> mid-price recorder (limited budget). So which other recorders are there i=
> this price range that have quieter pre-amps and how do the 661 and LS-100
> really compare in terms of quality? I haven't tested the LS-100 and if yo=
> have both, I'd be very 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
> than that I would sometimes like a couple more channels ...
> Cheers,
> Eric

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