Marantz Professional PMD-602A 2-Channel DSLR Audio Interface

Marantz Professional PMD-602A 2-Channel DSLR Audio Interface

Marantz Professional PMD-602A 2-Channel DSLR Audio Interface

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  • 2 x XLR Combo Inputs, Mic or Line Level
  • 12V or 48V Phantom Power
  • 1/8" Stereo Line Input
  • Limiter Function
  • Line Output with Level Control
  • Headphone Output for Monitoring
  • Camera Mount and Tripod Socket
  • 4 x AA Battery Operation
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Marantz Professional PMD-602A overview

  • 1Description

The PMD-602A 2-Channel DSLR Audio Interface from Marantz Professional is a two-channel battery-operated interface with 12V or 48V phantom power that can be used with condenser microphones or line-level audio devices for DSLR cameras or other field recording equipment.

Featuring two XLR-1/4" combo inputs with input sensitivity and two-stage gain control, the PMD-602A has a 1/8" stereo line input and limiter to ensure gain matching. The line output master allows you to feed any camera or recorder line input while monitoring through the headphone output.

Other features include a 1/4"-20 mounting bracket on the top for attachment to a camera, and a tripod socket on the bottom of the unit for added flexibility. It is powered by four AA batteries (sold separately).

UPC: 694318022757
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Marantz Professional PMD-602A 2-Channel DSLR Audio Interface
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Marantz Professional PMD-602A specs

    Audio Specification
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +1 dB
    Signal to Noise Ratio > 94 dB
    Mic Input Level Maximum: -20 dBu (high gain), +10 dB (low gain)
    Mic Input Sensitivity -40 dBu
    Mic Input Impedance 2 kOhms
    Max Line Input Level +24 dB
    Line Input Impedance 10 kOhms
    Maximum Voltage Gain -24 dB
    Phantom Power 12 V and 48 V (switchable)
    Connectors
    Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS combo jacks
    Outputs 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo output
    Headphone Output 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo mini-jack
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 41 to 140°F (5 to 60°C)
    Operating Humidity 25 to 85%, non-condensing
    General
    Power Requirement 4 x AA batteries
    Battery Life 15 hours (phantom power OFF)
    12 hours (phantom power on)
    Power Consumption < 5 W
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.5 x 2.5 x 6" (38 x 64 x 152 mm)
    Weight 1.4 lb (0.63 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.6 x 4.1"

    Marantz Professional PMD-602A reviews

    PMD-602A 2-Channel DSLR Audio Interface is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lots of Self Noise I really wanted to like this device. Great price, great controls, and construction, the right number of input channels etc, etc, but man, do the preamps make a lot of noise! At first, I thought I was making the wrong connections or using the wrong input settings. But further testing with different cameras, cables and gain settings all gave the same result: tremendous hiss. Marantz has a great product here if they would upgrade the preamps in this interface. Sent it back to B&H for a refund (easy and fast service). If it were quieter, I'd buy it again.
    Date published: 2018-07-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nicely made, works fine, large I just finished doing some comparisons to the Beachtek DXA-SLR a very similar product that I own. I can't tell much audio difference between them. There is a size and some modest capability differences. (Sorry, I don't have a DXA-SLR 'Ultra' which would be a slightly better comparison) I am not a sound-tech guy so my analysis is based on my own hearing, using lav, shotgun and handheld mics, not wave-form analysis. First, the Marantz cost less than half as much. The tests were made on several of the Lumix GH-line bodies I own. In my mind, the biggest difference is battery life and overall size. The Beachtek eats 9v snap-top batteries at an astounding rate, especially when you use phantom power. The two AA's in the Marantz last much longer. The Marantz has L/R gain boost circuits which really pumps the gain up, so if you have mics that are in great need of that boost, the M is a better choice. The M is bigger and heavier. Both are similarly well-made. I'd like to see a more empirical test done with high-end audio equipment, but for my use, it's a bargain. I have 30 years experience producing video.
    Date published: 2017-10-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed reactions I needed a� simpler phantom mic preamp than my Tascam DR-60 for use with a Canon Vixia camcorder (the Tascam setup was too difficult when in a dark auditorium) and this seemed to fit the bill. Now that it's been used a few times I can detail the pros & cons. Good: easy to use - no complicated setup menus. Switches & knobs are large enough to work with in the dark. VU metering easy to see from 20 ft away. Case is solidly designed. Mounting bracket on top large enough that I could add a bar for shotgun microphone shockmount. Bad: battery power consumption - less than 4 hours with phantom power on both channels using new alkaline AA cells. Really NEEDS external power supply - a USB connector would be wonderful! Labels difficult to read in low light. Headphone jack impossible to see in dark - needed to put luminous paint around hole. Batteries difficult to change in the field - little ribbons get lost under cells. Labels & documentation leave something to be desired - meaning not always clear. A diagram of typical uses and settings might be helpful for initial setup. A general note to manufacturers for field audio gear used in theatrical documentation or night shoots -� use luminous paint so the user can see switch default settings and locations of jacks. Backlighting the front panel might be possible - LEDs consume very little power. We frequently have to setup gear while the tech rehearsal is underway and it isn't always practical to use a flashlight or headlamp.
    Date published: 2017-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Good!! I don't know exactly how many db this device has of gain, I'll say some where between 50 and 60 db, Build is Amazing, Noise floor Great,� I can compare this to my Azden FMX-DSLR, that has 16 db gain, this has at least 40 db more, Build is waaay superior, That is not all, price is almost one third. Marantz you got a fan here!!
    Date published: 2018-01-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not ideal with the Canon 5DIII This is a rugged unit, but functionality with a Canon 5DIII was not the greatest. The metering is not consistent with what the 5DIII is registering. And at what point does the Limiter kick-in? The limiter does not seem to work before the 5DIII meters peak and distort. (5DIII audio in manual mode with level set to the lowest possible setting... one click above off.) The limiter on the PMD-602A seems to be irrelevant in this application. And how does one know when it IS limiting? The light is always on... it should only light-up when limiting. Also... the CAM and PREAMP settings on the MONITOR are described backwards in the manual. (Even with the v1.1 addendum that was included in the box.) PREAMP sends the signal to the camera, while CAM is for listening to playback from the camera. (The terms, REC and PLAY may be less confusing.) The battery compartment is a design from the 1970's! They actually use the little ribbons that one must place under the AA batteries in order to get them out again! AA Batteries are fine, but they could have made them easily inserted from the end of the battery instead of stacked on their sides. I bought this to replace a worn-out Beachtek DXA-SLR ULTRA. (Which costs 3 times as much!) Besides a weak headphone input, the Beachtek worked exactly as it should with the Canon 5DIII. To be super picky: The Hot Shoe Mount is centered on the unit. This might work well for other cameras, but on the Canon 5DIII it makes the camera off-centered from the unit. (Since the 5DIII's 1/4-20 hole is not centered on the bottom of the camera.) I hope to return this product and pay the extra price for another Beachtek.
    Date published: 2017-09-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bad title: " ... DSLR Audio Interface" After purchasing, I found that I was not sufficiently informed. I was wrongly informed by the information: "DSLR Audio Interface" from the title. I did not suspect that the audio output is: LINE. I have Sony A7sII, of course without LINE input. My camera has a MIC input. I do not know if the other DSLRs have a choice of LINE / MIC ... but I believe that many do not. In order for this Marantz to be correct, it had to produce output for both variants, on the switch. Now I have a big problem with a very strong signal from Marantz ...
    Date published: 2017-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was worth the wait We took delivery after getting the email from B&H telling us this new item was in stock from the first batch to arrive at B&H. We wanted this unit as it appeared to fit the bill to complete our Sony AX100 build. The unit is very sturdy and well designed and operating it is intuitive. Performance is excellent. Despite being a new product, the factory has already made a small change and the info is included in an addendum sheet tucked inside of the two page instruction manual. The multiple mounting options are a real bonus.
    Date published: 2017-08-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid performer It's bigger and bulkier than I expected, but not an issue for my usage.� Performance is solid, and operation straight forward.� If you have an XLR microphone you want to attach to a camcorder or camera with a mini jack input, this is the ticket.
    Date published: 2018-02-14
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