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Very bad for bird recording
on February 10, 2009
This is for bird recording in the field, that was why I bought the Marantz PMD670.
The speaker is definitely very bad for conducting play-back to attract birds during fieldwork. Specially for small passerines such as Tyrannulets or Tody-Tyrants, or birds with very low voices (e.g. Pigeons and Doves) I can hardly hear what I have just recorded in the field if the bird is about 10 m or more from me. This happens even if I use an external, high-quality, Sennheiser microphone to record (as I have always doing with my old SONY TCM5000 EV). The option is to attach a external speaker to the PMD670, what does not lets me use the headphones and gives me one more thing to worry about in the field.
However, if I connect headphones to monitor imputing sound while I am recording, noise is recorded with my targeted sound as I set the hp/spk volume dial higher. The higher the volume, higher the noise.
The eight AA batteries are drained very fast (at a rate of 8 batteries/morning, compared with 4 medium sized batteries/MONTH with the TCM).
If I record mono files (note: I did not test all the input and algor/files settings, but most of them) I can also hardly listen to them in a software such as Windows Media Player. Maybe I'm not aware, but WMP would perform well only with stereo files...
I came from 12 years using a SONY TCM5000 EV tape recorder, with which I obtained superb recordings from more than 500 bird species, as well conducted thousands of play-backs, sometimes under very poor just-obtained recordings, in many Brazilian forests. Changing for the Marantz PMD670 was a very wrong choice.
I asked the dealer (who maintains the Marantz PMD670 as one of the options of digital recordings in its "Nature Division") for help but only silence came from it (!).