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Marantz PMD-660K - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder ENG Kit

B&H # MAPMD660K
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The Marantz PMD660 is a moderately priced, 2-channel, professional portable digital audio recorder, serving the broadcast and journalism markets, that uses inexpensive, and readily available, Compact Flash memory cards or Microdrives as the storage media of choice. It is powered by 4 "AA" batteries.

There are two major advantages to the PMD660 recording technology. First, it is basically shock resistant - there are no moving parts in the recording medium. Second, the computer integration process of data transfer, editing, and assemblage has been greatly simplified - the card may be removed and inserted directly into a computer with a like card reader, or the onboard USB port may be connected.

The PMD660 will record either uncompressed linear PCM audio at 16-bit, CD-quality, in WAV file format, or MP3 files using MPEG1 Layer3 compression. Typically, data compression is a function of bit rate: lowering the bit rate increases the compression, and therefore available recording time, but diminishes the audio sound quality. For example, a 1 GB card will record over 60 minutes of stereo uncompressed audio, while the same capacity card using compressed MP3 recording will yield over 17 hours of stereo audio.

The PMD660 is a professional unit that happens to fit nicely in the hand, yet offers features like dual XLR microphone inputs, with 48V phantom power, a security door for the switch settings and media, USB connectivity, and cut-and-paste editing with virtual track, EDL-style playlisting. The backlit screen and bright LED metering are additional enhancements, as are the built-in speaker and stereo microphone.

The PMD660 is a worthy investment for the journalist or documentary recordist with high standards, on a low budget.

Enhanced Portable Design

Small, professional portable Compact Flash card recorder fits in the hand
Solid State design, no moving parts or maintenance
Mono and stereo recording modes, WAV and MP3 file support
Versatile, situation-dependent, uncompressed CD-quality or compressed data recording covers requirement range from sound gathering to speech and lecture recording
Inexpensive, readily available, large capacity miniature recording media
4-hour operation on 4 standard "AA" batteries

Flexible Audio Connectivity

Dual XLR microphone inputs with 48V phantom power and -20 dB pad
USB port for direct computer connection, simplified file transfer
1/8" stereo mini line input and output
1/8" stereo mini headphone output

Advanced Built-Ins and Editing

Built-in stereo microphone
Built-in speaker
Backlit LCD screen, bright LED meter bars
Full onboard cut-copy-paste digital editing with Copy Segment feature
EDL-style marking system creates new files "on-the-fly", 99 Virtual-track playlisting
Type Portable Solid State Digital Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods Compact Flash Cards/Microdrives
MPEG1 Layer3, 16-bit Linear PCM
Recording Bit Rate 16-bit
Sampling Frequency 44.1, 48KHz
Number of Channels 2
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20KHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Mic: 60dB
Line: 80dB
Dynamic Range 80dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) Mic: 0.15%
Line: 0.06%
Inputs 2 x XLR Female, Mic
1 x 1/8" Stereo Mini, Line
1 x 1/8" Mini, Wired Remote In
Output 1 x 1/8" Stereo Mini, Line
1 x USB
Headphone Output Yes, 1/8" Stereo Mini
Dimensions (WxDxH) 4.45 x 7.2 x 1.85" (113 x 184 x 47mm)
Weight 1.5 lb (0.7kg)
Specialties Dual XLR Inputs with 48V Phantom Power
USB Port
WAV and MP3 File Support
Marantz PMD-660K - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder ENG Kit
  • 512MB CF Card
  • AC Adapter
  • 1/8" Stereo Mini - Dual RCA "Y" Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • One Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    MarantzPMD-660K - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder ENG Kit
     
    4.4

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Low distortion (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (4)
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      Reviewed by 5 customers

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      4.0

      Excellent Reliable Recorder

      By MP Videos

      from Louisville KY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marantz PMD-660K - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder ENG Kit:

      I use this recorder for interviews & event sound recording. I always use XLR mics or a line feed with it, so I can't comment on the onboard mic.
      I have been very happy with the sound. I monitor the input and deal with extraneous noise from the mics.
      I didn't give it five stars because I wish the buttons/dials were a little more tactile. The outer Rec Level dial I find a little hard to turn, and the Edit/USB buttons are slightly awkward. This complaint is similar to saying one's cell phone buttons are too small.
      All works, but you have to pay attention to what you're doing. It's not an intuitive feel.

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      4.0

      Great for Podcasts

      By lthanlon

      from Chicago, USA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Unnecessary Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Podcasting
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marantz PMD-660K - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder ENG Kit:

      I've used the PMD660 for my personal podcasting project for several years and think it's great. I'm especially impressed by the results I get from the built-in microphones. The mics are sunk beneath two tiny holes in the outer shell and aren't as affected by wind as those on some other digital recorders.

      As another reviewer mentioned, I've also found the PMD660 does a good job in a car interior with the built-in mics.

      Some of the early production runs of the PMD660 apparently had some major problems with built-in mic noise, but my unit works fine.

      I use Shure SM58 mics when I need to.

      My only major complaint is that the PMD660 comes off as cheap. The plastic body feels too thin and the entire unit lacks the high-class tactile experience you get from, say, a Sony product. By contrast, Marantz's smaller PMD620 has a much more solid feel.

      A minor complaint is that the PMD660 has numerous editing functions that I never use. Many of these unnecessary function make the menu items a bit confusing to plow through.

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      5.0

      A MUST for quality recordings !

      By Reds

      from Mountai View, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Marantz PMD-660K - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder ENG Kit:

        I have been recording mainly birds calls in the Andes and humid rainforests of South America for several years using the Sony TCM 5000 cassette recorder. Great machine, but needless to say heavy, bulky and a big hassle to download tapes to digital.
        This Marantz is not only very user friendly but also very resistant to the harsh and tough conditions you face on those environments.
        Allows you to use different recording formats and the downloading process is so easy.
        I have been using it for almost a year and have not complaints at all!!!

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        4.0

        Hand held studio

        By lj

        from Covington, LA [@]

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Marantz PMD-660K - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder ENG Kit:

          I use this in video work, interviewing, collecting SFXs, Voice Overs and journalism. I have some great mics that I plug into it, but there are times when I will simply conduct an interview inside of a closed car using the built in microphones. The sound quality is studio like.

          I do wish the audio level meter was on the top of the unit. I think their new one is designed that way.

          If I have not used it in a while, I will refer to the manual as a refresher. The door that covers the sound card is a little clumsy

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          5.0

          Fantastic

          By Matt

          from NJ

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • durability
          • Ease of Use
          • price
          • Sound quality

          Cons

          • A Tad Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Field Recordings
          • Small Studiolocation

          Comments about Marantz PMD-660K - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder ENG Kit:

          I've been using the PMD-660 for 3 years now and it's still serving me well. It's been used for narration, foley, field, doc, narrative, production and music recording situations and done famously on all of them. The B&H kit is what completely sold me on the 660. While the pouch that is included doesn't offer much padded protection, it prevents the unit from getting too dinged up, as it is plastic. The inclusion of a nice quality XLR is good as well.
          The interface I happen to find super simple and easy to change in a matter of seconds, so troubleshooting isn't a pain. The only thing that could possibly be improved in a future version is a slightly smaller size and a less VHS tape design, but that's all cosmetic. Great sound quality, long batter life (with rechargeable batteries) and good durability for the cost.

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