Marantz Professional PMD-661 MKIII Handheld Solid-State Recorder with File Encryption

Marantz Professional PMD-661 MKIII Handheld Solid-State Recorder with File Encryption

Marantz Professional PMD-661 MKIII Handheld Solid-State Recorder with File Encryption

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Product Highlights

  • Built-In Stereo Condenser Microphones
  • Records WAV files up to 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • Records MP3 Formats
  • Dual XLR Inputs
  • Built-In Speaker
  • OLED Display
  • Uses 4 x AA Batteries
  • USB Connectivity for File Backups
  • Password Encryption for Safe Storage
  • Included Boundary Mic & Case
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Marantz Professional PMD-661 MKIII overview

  • 1Description

The PMD-661 MKIII from Marantz Professional is a handheld, solid-state recorder suitable for broadcast, electronic news gathering (ENG), DSLR video, sound effects capture, forensic applications, dictation scenarios, or indeed, any application which might necessitate both the capture of audio and the password protection thereof. Its rugged build quality gives you a built-in stereo condenser microphone array, as well as two XLR inputs and an unbalanced 3.5mm line in. In addition to its built-in speaker, the PMD-661 MKIII sports unbalanced RCA jacks for connecting to compatible devices. The device records audio in multiple formats. Capturing WAV files, it can operate at sample rates and resolutions of up to 24-bit/96 kHz, giving you studio-grade digital audio. MP3s are recorded in bit rates between 32 and 320 kbps. The device records to SD or SDHC cards, the latter of which can provide the unit with up to 32GB of space to store recorded material. With four AA batteries, the PMD-661 MKIII can record for up to six hours at a clip.

A 128 x 64 dot matrix OLED screen affords easy-to-read settings in most recording and playback scenarios. You can easily backup your files to computer via USB connection—and what's more, you can password-protect your files so that access to them can be granted on a need-to-know basis. In this manner, MP3 files can be encrypted to MPS files, while the WAV format can be encrypted to WAS. A four-digit password will then be generated. This is particularly suitable for sensitive situations such as surveillance, law enforcement, and court reporting, in which the safety of audio is paramount.

Included with the recorder is a heavy-duty case for transporting the device, as well as an external, omnidirectional boundary microphone useful in recording round-table meetings.

Features at a Glance
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone array
  • Password-protected file encryption system
  • WAV recording at 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16-/24-bit
  • MP3 recording at six selectable recording bit rates from 32 to 320 kbps
  • Record directly to SD/SDHC flash media
  • 2 Balanced XLR Mic inputs with +48V phantom power
  • Dictation Functions including Pitch control and Skip Back
  • Card check compatibility feature
  • Passcode protection for the device
  • Linear-style Retake record function
  • Large OLED (organic LED) Display
  • Built-in playback speaker and headphone jack
  • Runs on AC power or 4 x AA Batteries
  • Up to 6 hours of continuous recording time from a set of batteries
  • Includes omnidirectional boundary microphone and convenient carrying case


UPC: 694318022412
In the Box
Marantz Professional PMD-661 MKIII Handheld Solid-State Recorder with File Encryption
  • Power adapter
  • SD Card
  • Boundary Microphone (mini-XLR)
  • XLR-to-Mini-XLR Cable
  • RCA to 3.5 mm Audio Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Marantz Professional PMD-661 MKIII specs

    Storage SD/SDHC (SDHC max. size 64 GB)
    Recording Formats WAV: 16-/24-bit linear PCM
    MP3: MPEG1 Layer III Compression
    Recording Bit Rate Stereo: 320 / 256 / 192 / 128 / 64 kbps
    Mono: 96 / 64 / 32 kbps
    Sample Rates WAV: 44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
    Channels 2 (stereo), or 1 (mono)
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (±1dB)
    Signal to Noise Ratio Mic: 65 dB, IEC-A-weighted
    Line: 85 dB, IEC-A-weighted
    THD Mic: 0.08%, @ 0 VU
    Line: 0.02%, @ 0 VU
    Dynamic Range 85 dB
    Inputs 1 x XLR
    1 x 1/4", line
    1 x 3.5 mm, line
    Input Sensitivity XLR input: 1.2 mVrms / 4.2 kOhms
    1/4" line input: 0 dbu / 4.2
    3.5 mm line input: 500 mVrms / 20 kOhms
    Outputs 2 x RCA line outputs
    1 x 1/4" stereo headphone output
    1 x Speaker (internal)
    Output Sensitivity RCA outputs: 2.0V / 10 KOhms
    Headphone: 16 mW / 32 Ohms
    Speaker (internal): 450 mW / 8 Ohms
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Humidity (Non-Condensing) 25 - 85%
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Power Consumption 4.2 W (DC)
    Battery Life (approx.) 6 hours, typical
    Phantom Power 48 V, 10 mA
    AC Adapter DA620PMD (included)
    Batteries 4 x AA alkaline or Ni-MH rechargeable
    Backup Battery Lithium battery for real-time clock
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.4 x 3.7 x 6.5" / 35.6 x 94.0 x 165.1 mm
    Weight 12.5 oz / 354.4 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0 x 8.5 x 3.8"

    Marantz Professional PMD-661 MKIII reviews

    PMD-661 MKIII Handheld Solid-State Recorder with File Encryption is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cheap plastic construction and freezes up I have used the PMD-661 MkI for over 5 years. It is a solid metal tank. The Mark III is a joke. Three reasons. 1. The very first time I used it, at the end of the recording, the screen was on but everything was frozen. Yes, the hold switch was off. I tried every button and every switch but it was just frozen. I pulled the batteries out and my recording was completely lost. It was a mission critical recording and so I had a backup. This piece of junk went straight back to where it came from. 2. With the hold switch engaged, the unit will still power off when the power switch is engaged! What were they thinking? When the hold switch is engaged, the two main buttons you would not want to work are stop and power. Complete fail. 3. Like many manufacturers, Marantz has gone the way of cheapening their products so they can increase their profit. This thing is lightweight plastic. That's not what you want from a high end field recorder. It would probably break on the first drop. My MkI is all metal and has dents all over it. Still works great. I'm really disappointed in Marantz. Definitely avoid this product.
    Date published: 2017-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quality recorder good quality recorder, great service from B&H as always
    Date published: 2018-06-12
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