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  • Records uncompressed 16-bit PCM WAV files at 44.1kHz or 48kHz

  • Records mono .mp3 at 64kbps

  • Records stereo .mp3 at 128kbps

  • Compact Flash media (CF)

  • Four hours on four AA batteries

  • Two XLR mic inputs

  • 48v phantom power

  • Two built-in condenser mics

  • Stereo line I/O

  • Cut-and-paste editing

  • 99 "Virtual Tracks" for EDL-style editing

  • USB port for easy file transfer

  • Optional wired remote control

  • Silent Skip feature (pauses recording on silence and resumes recording on sensing sound)






"The Recording Brick"

Marantz claim their PMD660 to be a "miniature" portable solid state stereo pro-recorder and it is certainly a more sensible size than its bigger brother, the PMD670 (from which it is derived), although compared to most other handhelds we would have to call it 'a bit of a brick' rather than miniature.

The PMD660 is a contender, though, if you only need WAV and MP3. It is quite rugged and has some good features, and reasonable audio quality. For many years Marantz has produced cassette and MD field recorders that are well proven, and the PMD660 now joins this list. It is fine for many field applications like electronic journalism (no MP2 or BWAV, though), technical investigation, and documenting legal proceedings.




Solid State Technology

By storing audio data on Compact Flash (CF) media cards all of the mechanical hassles of tape recorders are removed, as are the costs of servicing and maintaining them. Solid State Technology makes solid state recorders less vulnerable to bumps, vibrations, and sonic deterioration over the long haul. Not only that, but CF storage allows you to choose from several recording formats, and makes transfer to computers quick and easy.

Long Battery Life

Tired of lugging around six extra D-Cells just so you can interrupt your recording to change batteries half-way through an event? The PMD660 will run for four hours on four AA cells. You can carry an extra set around and not even notice they're there - in case you need them.

Long Record Times

No more flipping tapes! A single 1Gb flash card can hold nearly 36 hours of uninterrupted non-broadcast quality audio (monaural .mp3 at 64 kbps). For music recording, the same size card can hold over 17 hours of compressed stereo (.mp3 at 128 kbps). If you need high quality, uncompressed audio (PCM or WAV), you can get more than one and half hours of stereo 16-bit linear PCM audio at 44.1kHz on a 1Gb card, or over 3 hours in mono.

Professional I/O

The PMD660 offers two balanced XLR mic inputs with +48v phantom power. And just in case you don't have the time, space or budget to use external microphones, the PMD660 includes a stereo pair of electret condenser mics onboard (although, in our experience, these do need to be used quite close-up to get a reasonable result).

Editing and File Transfer

Once back from your assignment you'll probably want your audio to be used for broadcast, or burned to a CD for evidence, documentation, or just for convenient playback. You'll probably want to edit out dead air and irrelevant information. Whilst the PMD660 has a simple on-board cut-and-paste "Copy Segment" mode, you might want to do your serious editing back at the studio (for instance with Sony's Sound Forge Audio Studio software - see our Editing Software page) having downloaded your recordings via the PMD660's USB port.

Exclusive "Virtual Track" Mode

For a little more sophistication the PMD660 features a "Virtual Track" mode whereby you can create up to 99 virtual tracks-internal play lists of audio segments. You simply tell the PMD660 what segments of a file to play, and in what order, and it does it-without altering the original file in any way, and without using up more card memory. If you need 5 and 10-second sound bites and a two-minute interview segment, all from the same file you can use virtual tracks.

Optional Wired Remote

It would be great if every recording situation had a field engineer running everything behind the scenes. Unfortunately, all to often it's just you, wishing you had more hands. The RC600 wired remote control enables you to start and stop recording, and to mark new track-starts on the fly. It has a peak meter right on the remote, so you can keep an eye on your recording, without taking your eye off the ball.

MARANTZ PMD660 SPECIFICATIONS | info | pdf | manual | buy accessories |

Digital Audio Systems
System: Solid State Recorder
Usable Media: CF Memory Card,
Recording Formats: MP3 (MPEG Audio Layer III) compression, PCM (16 bit linear PCM)
Recording Bit Rate: MP3 mono
64kbps, MP3 stereo 128kbps
Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48kHz
Number of Channels: 2 (stereo), 1 (mono)

Audio Performance
Frequency response: 16,000Hz (-0.5dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio: LINE 80dB
IEC-A weighted; MIC 60dB
Total harmonic distortion: LINE 0.06% at 0 VU (PCM); MIC 0.15%
Dynamic range: 80dB

MIC IN L/R: XLR (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), Input sensitivity: 1.2 mV rms /6.5k ohms
LINE IN L/R: 1/8" mini jack,
Input sensitivity: 300 mV rms /20k ohms

LINE OUT L/R: 1/8" mini jack,
Standard level: 2 V rms max. /2k ohms
Headphone: 1/8" mini jack, Output power: 8 mW /32 ohms
Speaker Output power: 150mW /16 ohms
Phantom power: +48V, 5mA

Power consumption: 4W (DC)
Battery Type: AA (x4)
Recording/Playback Battery life (Alkaline): 4 Hours (typical)
Dimensions: Width 4.5" (113 mm), Height 1.9" (47 mm),
Depth 7.2" (183.5 mm)
Weight: 1.1 lbs. (0.5 kg)

Included Accessories
AC adapter x 1
USB cable x 1
Audio cable x 1
Carry strap x 1
Screws (ISO 3x10 mm) x 2
Plastic pin and retainer x 1
CD-ROM x 1
User guide x 1











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