Marantz's robust and rugged
PMD661MK3 (Mark 3) recorder is
the new Industry Standard for broadcasters around the world. Just as
its predecessors, the PMD660,
PMD661MKII were before it. The
PMD66 Series has always been
built like a tank and can take all the knocks. It remains their
premium portable 2-track recorder.
However, for those who don't require quite such a
battleship but still need good performance but at lower cost -
here's Marantz's medium-duty offering, the PMD561.
A compact handheld audio recorder that records directly onto SD/SDHC
flash media, the PMD561 is the same size as the
PMD661MK3 and yet it delivers excellent audio recording
quality thanks to its sensitive stereo microphone arrangement and
superior solid-state recording process. The PMD561 is intended for
reporters, safety personnel, researchers, anyone who needs accurate,
detailed, reliable in-field recordings. Its ideal for situations
where no-compromise recordings are required, but bulky equipment and
separate microphones are not possible or appropriate.
Its hardware feature set includes an integrated high-quality stereo
condenser microphone array for point-and-shoot operation,
switchable balanced mic/XLR line inputs, as well as unbalanced line
outputs on RCA phono connectors and a secondary unbalanced line
input on 3.5 mm mini jack connector.
Measuring just 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.6 (170 x 105 x 40mm) with a highly
visible 128 x 64 dots matrix OLED (organic LED) display ensures ease
of use wherever recording, playback or setup may be taking place. A
high-resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz recording option means quality is
never an issue when recording to the supplied SD flash card.
Compatibility with SDHC media means cards up to 32 GB in size can be
used. In addition, its built in SD Card Check makes it easy and
convenient to insert any SD card and check compatibility. High
capacity media storage is matched by seven hours recording time from
four AA Alkaline / Ni-MH batteries. Drag-and-drop file transfer is
supported via the USB port.
The PMD561's Retake feature allows a simple button press to take
you back though the previously recorded audio and create a drop-in
point to overdub. This enables easy re-recording part way through
unwanted takes ideal for narration, dictation and electronic note gathering
Applications include broadcast, electronic news
gathering, journalism, DSLR video, sound effects capture, law
enforcement*, municipal and court recording*, government and
surveillance*, musicians, dictation for law*, medical, education,
and meeting recording.
*Please note that these kinds of application often
require recorded audio to be encrypted for security purposes. The
PMD561 does not provide password protected audio encryption for your
audio files or
passcode protection for the device itself. If you require these
features please go to our Marantz PMD661MK3 page
PMD561 Left Hand Side Panel
PMD561 Right Hand Side Panel
Below: PMD561 Top Panel (left) and Bottom Panel