Marantz Professional 6-Channel DSLR Recorder with up to 96 kHz/24-Bit Resolution

Marantz Professional 6-Channel DSLR Recorder with up to 96 kHz/24-Bit Resolution

Marantz Professional 6-Channel DSLR Recorder with up to 96 kHz/24-Bit Resolution

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Product Highlights

  • 6-Channel Recorder
  • Captures Audio up to 96 kHz/24-Bit
  • Records to SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • High-Definition, Discrete Mic Preamps
  • Supplies 48V Phantom and Plug-In Power
  • Dual-Recording Mode for Safety Tracks
  • DSLR Camera-Mounting Bracket
  • Tripod-Mounting Socket
  • Included 1/4" to XLR Breakout Cables
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Marantz Professional PMD-706 overview

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The Marantz Professional PMD-706 is a six-channel recorder designed for professionals working with DSLR cameras. Recording audio at sample rates and resolutions up to 96 kHz/24-bit, it’s designed to attach to a camera, a camera rig, or to double as a dedicated, unattached field recorder. The device accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards, housing up to 128GB of recorded audio. Its battery lasts approximately 5.5 hours in the field (with phantom power off). 

Marantz Professional’s high-definition, discrete microphone preamps are provided, as are four combination XLR-1/4” input jacks that can handle mic- and line-level sources—with or without phantom power. Two 1/4" TRS jacks are also supplied, in addition to a 3.5mm TRS input that further expands its functionality.

A dual-recording function allows you to record two tracks, one at a hotter level, and the other at a reduced level; in this manner, you can safeguard against accidental clipping, such as when a person in the shot starts yelling without warning, or for no reason whatsoever. You can utilize this dual-recording feature to create a total of three safety tracks. Included with the PMD-706 are breakout cables for converting 1/4" to balanced female XLR connections; these can be used with the unit’s TRS jacks. 

Key Features at a Glance
  • 6-channel recording up to 96 kHz/24-bit
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC recording media
  • 4 x XLR/TRS combo jacks for mic- and line-level inputs
  • High-definition, discrete microphone preamps
  • 2 x 1/4" TRS jacks for line-level inputs
  • 48V phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Low-cut filter (5 positions), limiting function, and M/S microphone decoding
  • Dual-recording mode creates a duplicate track at a reduced level (safety track); a total of three safety tracks is possible
  • 3.5mm stereo jack with plug-in power for consumer microphones
  • DSLR camera-mounting bracket
  • Tripod-mounting socket on bottom of recorder
UPC: 694318020135
In the Box
Marantz Professional 6-Channel DSLR Recorder with up to 96 kHz/24-Bit Resolution
  • Set of 1/4" to XLRF Breakout Cables
  • DSLR Camera-Mounting Bracket
  • Tripod-Mounting Socket
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Marantz Professional PMD-706 specs

    Connectors 4 x combination XLR-1/4" inputs
    2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS inputs
    2 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) inputs
    3 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) outputs
    1 x micro-USB Type-B port
    microSD Support SD card (64 MB to 2 GB)
    SDHC card (4 to 32 GB)
    SDXC card (48 to 128 GB)
    Recording Formats WAV (44.1, 48, or 96 kHz; 16-/24-bit)
    BWF (44.1, 48, or 96 kHz; 16-/24-bit)
    Recording Modes Mono, stereo, dual mono, dual stereo, mid/side, mix
    Signal to Noise Ratio 93 dB (line in to line out)
    88 to 90 dB (mic in to line out)
    93 dB (ext to line out)
    93 dB (camera in to line out)
    92 dB (line in to headphone out)
    92 dB (line in to headphone out)
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (±1.0 dB)
    Input Impedance 2 kOhms
    Phantom Power 48 V (4 V, 10 mA/channel), 24 V 4 V, 10 mA/channel)
    Microphone Inputs Inputs 1 Through 4 Set to MIC or MIC + Phantom Power
    Input Impedance: 4.7 kOhms
    Maximum Input Level: -8 dBu
    Input Gain: +28 dB (low), +47 dB (mid), +59 dB (high), +64 dB (high plus)
    Line Inputs Inputs 1 Through 4 Set to Line
    Input Impedance: 4.7 Ohms
    Standard Input Level: 0 dBu
    Maximum Input Gain: +12 dBu
    Input Gain: +0 dB (low), +10 dB (mid), +20 dB (high), +30 dB (high plus)
    External Input External Inputs 1 and 2
    Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Maximum Input Level: -1 dBV
    Input Gain: +9 dB (low), +20 dB (mid), +35 dB (high), +45 dB (high plus)
    Camera Input Input Impedance: 1 kOhm
    Standard Input Level: -10 dBV
    Maximum Input Level: +3 dBV
    Line Output Output Impedance: 1 kOhm
    Maximum Output Level: +3 dBV
    Camera Output Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
    Maximum Output Level: -4 dBV
    Power Supply Via 4 x AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH), USB bus-power, or a USB adapter
    Power Consumption 2 W (phantom power off), 4 W (six channels in use, phantom power on)
    Battery Life Up to 5.5 hours with phantom power off
    Operating Temperature 41 to 140°F / 5 to 60°C
    Operating Humidity 25 to 85%, non-condensing
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.3 x 6.5 x 2.0" / 10.9 x 16.5 x 5.1 cm
    Weight 1.2 lb / 0.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 8.6 x 3.0"

    Marantz Professional PMD-706 reviews

    6-Channel DSLR Recorder with up to 96 kHz/24-Bit Resolution is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of features for the price - and a big glitch I use this machine for recording music in the field. First impressions - nice feature set, good in/out options, adequate build quality, easy to power, preamps sound good. Now for the bad news - if you lose power (in my case the USB connection for the external battery came loose and it drained the AAs I had in for a backup) the file in progress will vanish. No recoverable data on the card. No file with a 0byte incomplete header like just about every other recorder on the market. Nothing. I contacted Marantz Professional support after my incident in hopes to recover the 1h:20m of the concert I had been recording and was told quote - "that's the way it works - lose power lose files". Tested at home under same conditions and same results. No files. Hopefully this can be fixed with a firmware update. Otherwise make sure you have a good fit for the USB cable for your external battery (I was using the supplied cable but not anymore) and fresh AAs in addition to checking the battery icon (it will show which power source - USB disconnect automatically defaults to internal batteries) to ensure you have plenty of power.
    Date published: 2018-01-15
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