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Marantz PMD661 Portable SD Recorder

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  • Pitch control and skipback functions for transcription playback
  • Digital recording at 44.1/48/96 kHz fs at 16 or 24-bit quantization
  • Uses stable, reliable SD or SDHC memory cards
  • WAV (Broadcast WAV File) or MP3 recording format
  • Large, easy-to-read OLED display

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.7 x 1.4 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B001O9X51W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,900 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 20, 2007

Product Description

Based on the innovative design of our hugely popular PMD660, the rugged and robust Marantz PMD661 incorporates a wide range of technical advances and convenience features that help it excel in virtually any application. Big enough to accommodate dual XLR microphones and light enough for handheld use, the PMD661 offers exceptional recording quality in literally any location.


Customer Reviews

Turning recording level knob does NOT avoid saturation.
Hiroyuki Ikezi
Mutch better than Zoom in terms of sound quality and built quality.
Martin Eikmeier
The way my stuff gets hit in the field, it's important for me.
Coug Moog

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By HMMWV TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2009
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Update Notes: 10/2010: Another buyer asked me to look into the power draw for battery usage reasons. After using the TWO independent battery conservation modes on the 661 (turn off the leds and minimize the big display from 5 rows to just one row of data) the jumpy current waveform settled down to 315 mA DC +/- 15 mA. For battery usage, you can use a 315mA draw for conservative recording power usage estimates. So that perspective users of the 661 can get a feel for it I've uploaded 5 most often seen sample screenshots with notes in the pictures section above. The notes cover what each screen does and how the function keys work. The instruction manual shows you how to wire pushbuttons and resistors to the 4 terminal remote plug which is VERY hard to find (most are 3 terminal - left/right/ground) - you can use the 3 terminal because the only 2 points you need are ground and the tip, but here is the 4 pin version for $0.28 on amazon 6FT 3.5 mm to 3 RCA AV Camcorder Video Cable Sony JVC 6 with this cable and the instructions in the manual you can build your own remote with LEDs and extended switches beyond the marantz remote from the PMD660 Marantz RC600 Mic Mount Remote Control which could be operated by computer or other automated systems. Basically the 4 terminal plugs are becomming more common now. The resistor values chosen for pushbutton operation are common values and easy to find.Read more ›
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Coug Moog on December 2, 2009
Yes, the price on this baby is steep. You can get a pretty good Marantz HT receiver for this money.

But what you get for the price of two Edirol HDs is a leap in sound quality, build quality, and ease of use. Build quality may or may not matter in your situation. The way my stuff gets hit in the field, it's important for me. Camera tripod mount is great for this unit--it sets it apart from the mics on mic stands and helps others to notice the piece of high-end gear on the stand and try to be careful around it.

Data dumps are a breeze in Mac and Windows. I've had no file misreads yet, anywhere.

Line-in XLR allows full low-noise field mastering in a multi-mic stereo setup.

hi-res lossless is the selling point for many at this price level. There is simply nothing else at this price point that can do this resolution.

And because of the XLR line ins, your hi-res lossless recordings will have an exceptionally low noise floor.

None of the mid-level digital recorders can do this, and this is why I ponied up.

It sounds so much better than its lower-priced competition that it belongs in this price category beyond them.

If you want Edirol quality sound, Marantz makes the 620 for you, a thoroughly competent unit in its price class.

But if you have significant audio to record and you are willing to spend an extra 300 bucks to get far better audio quality, this unit will make you happy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martin Eikmeier on June 17, 2010
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I'm from Brazil and I bought this item because i'm coordinating a sound bank project
here, in the context of a sound design school. The school bought zoom H4n with directional Akg mics

My setup is a Rode Ntg-1 Rode NT4, Rode Blimp and Marantz PMD661.

Some considerations:

1 - The recorder is very good, very easy to use. Mutch better than Zoom in terms of sound quality
and built quality. Zoom though, comes with some very nice features, like a swiss knife.
Limiter is one of them that Marantz doesen't have and can be very usefull.
Other like a metronome is useless for me, but can be nice for bands or musical groups that want to record rehearsals.

2 - I did some recording of the cheering for the first Brazilian match in the world cup with North Korea in São Paulo, with the NT4 and the internal mics. The difference is huge.
The Nt4 gives us a very nice sound stage. Since i was in a neighbourhood with lots of residential buildings we can here a lot of sounds coming from everywhere and NT4 delivers it.
The internal mics not. So, not good for ambience and similar sounds.

3 - Well, I did a lot of research and MaRANTZ seem to be the best for me, considering i use it for also different purposes. I needed something with good quality for ambience and foley
and also internal mics that could be usefull(not like those of the Fostex Fr2-Le for instance). So i'll use the
internal mics just for rehearsals and interviews (i'm also a musical director for a theater company).
They are ok for that purpose.

4 - When you use just one entrance in stereo recording mode, like a directional mic on L, the other Chanel (R) sounds very noisy in the headphone.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Yeakley on April 30, 2009
I've owned this unit for a few weeks and I must say that Marantz really hit one out of the park with this one. I had previously owned a PMD660 and it was a nice enough unit, but I could never understand its wild popularity. It had a cheap feel to it and the sound was mediocre. The 661, on the other hand, is a tank. Think of the 660 as the rough draft for this finished product. Just about everything is done right this time and the sound through the improved preamps is significantly cleaner. I've read some comments that it may be a little large, especially considering how compact much of the competition is nowadays, but I think the size is perfect. You can easily hold it in one hand and the display is big, bright and easy to read at a glance.

The only improvement I can think of offhand, possibly in a 2nd generation unit (are you listening Marantz?) would be a color display. As easy as this one is to read it would be even easier if record mode glowed with a red "rec" and pause with a green "pause."

Highly recommended.
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