Marantz Professional PMD660 - Portable Compact Flash Recorder

Marantz Professional PMD660 - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder with XLR Inputs

Marantz Professional PMD660 - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder with XLR Inputs

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Marantz Professional PMD660 - Portable Compact Flash Recorder


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  • 1Description

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 four 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 1GB 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
Four-hour operation on four standard AA batteries

Flexible Audio Connectivity

Dual XLR microphone inputs with 48V phantom power and -20dB pad
USB port for direct computer connection, simplified file transfer
3.5mm stereo mini line input and output
3.5mm 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
In the Box
Marantz Professional PMD660 - Portable Compact Flash Digital Recorder with XLR Inputs
  • 512MB CF Card
  • AC Adapter
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mini to Dual RCA "Y" Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    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 3.5mm Stereo Mini, Line
    1 x 3.5mm Mini, Wired Remote In
    Output 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Mini, Line
    1 x USB
    Headphone Output Yes, 3.5mm Stereo Mini
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 4.5 x 7.2 x 1.8" (113 x 184 x 47mm)
    Weight 1.5 lbs (0.7kg)
    Specialties Dual XLR Inputs with 48V Phantom Power
    USB Port
    WAV and MP3 File Support
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.2 x 9.8 x 4.7"

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