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  • Digital recording at 44.1/48/96 kHz sample rate 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

  • Ergonomic, one-touch transport controls

  • Two XLR inputs, mic/line switchable with +48V phantom power

  • S/PDIF digital input, plus a spare 1/8 stereo line in

  • RCA stereo line level outputs

  • USB 2.0 port for easy file transfer

  • -inch headphone jack with volume control

  • Built-in stereo playback speakers

  • Pitch control and skipback functions for transcription playback

  • Over 5 hours of field recording with four AA alkaline batteries

  • Rugged ABS construction with integral tripod mount

  • PMD Marker Editor software included






"The Recording Brick updated"

The Marantz PMD661 is essentially an update to their popular PMD660 - what we named the "Recording Brick" because of its chunky shape and size. Whilst the PMD661 is a similar shape, it is just a little bit smaller that its predecessor, so not such a brick after all. And it is claimed to be more robust too. The 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 good recording quality in most locations.

For field applications like electronic news gathering, sound capture on location and music recording, the PMD661 provides the audio precision of 24-bit, 96 kHz digital recording. Its resolution and file-based architecture makes it good for high quality stereo recording of music and sound effects in the field, while true mono recording and lower bit rates make it equally appropriate for meetings, conferences, legal proceedings and podcasts. The ergonomic control panel, one-touch transport system and large, bright OLED display make it easy for both seasoned pros and first-time users to record with confidence. This portable solid-state recorder uses readily available SD or SDHC media cards, and gets over five hours of operation from four AA alkaline batteries. We also offer various choices of rechargeable batteries and chargers for the PMD661.


From inputs to output, for recording, editing and playback, the Marantz PMD661 packs a wealth of functionality in a compact, ergonomic package. With full support for professional microphones, comprehensive record, playback and editing capabilities at a mid-market price, the PMD661 puts the future of field recording in the palm of your hand.




High Resolution Digital Recording

The PMD661 records directly onto SD or SDHC solid-state media, providing hours of reliable digital capture with no moving parts. Choose from 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz sample rates at 16- or 24-bit quantization, creating either .WAV (BWF) file or MP3 files at a choice of multiple bit rates. Upgraded mic preamps and input level control assure full performance from outboard mics, and both stereo and true mono recording are supported.


Professional Hardware

From input to output, the PMD661 offers full-featured, professional hardware. Two mic/line switchable XLR inputs accept outboard microphones, while the S/PDIF input handles digital transfers. The XLR inputs can provide full 48V phantom microphone power, and exceptional onboard preamps assure exceptional performance. In addition, two high quality condenser mics and stereo speakers are fully integrated into the body, while a rugged -inch headphone jack with volume control accepts professional headphones. Finally, a USB 2.0 port makes file makes file transfers a breeze just connect the PMD661 to any computer and drag and drop to your desktop.


Ergonomic Design

The large, easy-view OLED display on the PMD661 front panel provides at-a-glance system status, with multifunction buttons under the display screen that prompt the user through recording, editing and file marking with ease. The one-touch transport system makes recording, playback, and transcription operations intuitive and straightforward. Tracking audio levels is easy with the 10-segment LED meter, cleverly angled for easy viewing from the front or the top.


Editing and Playback Features

Whether monitoring audio, editing digital files or transcribing, the PMD661 offers a full range of tools to assist you. Copy Segment and File Divide functions allow instant field editing. In addition, the included PMD Mark Editor software provides extensive editing functions on PC for immediate distribution. A lithium battery tracks real time, allowing Timer Record and Timer Playback. Transcription functions include playback pitch control and user-definable skipback.


Rugged Portability

The size, weight and construction of the PMD661 are carefully designed to provide lightweight portability, tabletop stability and field-worthy ruggedness. Four AA alkalines provide over five hours of record time, and NiMH rechargeables are also accommodated. The case is made from high-impact ABS plastic with metal faceplate, and the XLR and headphone jacks are ruggedized for field use. The PMD661 also features an integral tripod adapter, allowing it to be mounted on camera tripods or mics stands.

MARANTZ PMD661 SPECIFICATIONS | info | pdf | manual | accessories | media | buy |

Digital Audio Systems
System: Solid State Recorder
Usable Media: SD (SDHC) Card
Recording Formats: MP3 (MPEG Audio Layer III) compression, PCM (16/24 bit linear PCM)
Recording MP3 Bit Rate: 320/256/192/128/64kbps
Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48 or 96kHz
Number of Channels: 2 (stereo), 1 (mono)

Audio Performance
Signal-to-noise ratio: LINE 85dB;
MIC 65dB (IEC-A Weighted)
Total harmonic distortion: LINE 0.02% at 0 VU (PCM); MIC 0.08%
Dynamic range: 85dB

EXTERNAL MIC IN L/R: XLR (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), Input sensitivity: 1.2 mVrms /4.2k ohms
LINE 1 IN L/R: XLR (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), Input sensitivity: 0dBu/4.2kohms
LINE 2 IN L/R: 3.5mm Mini-Jack, Input sensitivity: 500mVrms/2okohms

LINE OUT L/R: RCA phono,
Standard level: 2V/10kohms
Headphone: 1/4" stereo jack, 16mW/32ohms
Speaker Output power:
Phantom power: +48V, 10mA (max)

Power consumption: 4.2W (DC)
Battery Type: AA (x4), Alkaline Dry Cell or NiMH Rechargeable
Recording/Playback Battery life (Alkaline): 5 Hours (typical)
Backup Battery: Lithium battery for real time clock
Dimensions: Width 3.7" (93 mm) Height 1.4" (36 mm),
Depth 6.5" (165 mm)
Weight (w/o batteries): 410g(14oz)

Included Accessories
AC adapter x 1
USB cable x 1
Audio cable x 1
Carry strap x 1
CD-ROM x 1
User guide x 1











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