Marantz Professional PMD-670 Portable CompactFlash Recorder

Marantz Professional PMD-670 Professional CompactFlash Stereo Portable Recorder with 64MB Flash Card

Marantz Professional PMD-670 Professional CompactFlash Stereo Portable Recorder with 64MB Flash Card

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Marantz Professional PMD-670 Overview

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The PMD-670 is a rugged and reliable digital portable audio recorder wherein digital audio data is stored directly to a single Compact Flash Memory Card or Microdrive. There are two major advantages to this technology. Firstly, it is basically shock resistant, since there are no moving parts in the recording medium. Secondly, data transfer to and from a computer for processing and editing has been greatly simplified. Either the card can be removed and inserted directly into a computer, or the built in computer I/O port may be serially connected.

Flash Memory PC Cards are offered in sizes ranging from 8MB to 1200MB. The capacity required will depend on two factors: the time required for recording in a given session, and the acceptable level of audio quality. The PMD670 will record uncompressed PCM (.wav) files or compressed MP2 (.mp2) and MP3 (.mp3) files at various bit rates. Compression is a function of bit rate. Lowering the bit rate increases the compression and diminishes sound quality. As a general guide, a 512MB card will record about 40 minutes of stereo CD quality audio, while .mp2 at 128kbps will yield over 3 1/2 hours of audio.

The PMD670 is ideal for in-the-field audio recordings of interviews and for high quality sound gathering. The ability to archive to various formats allows this unit to interface with a variety of equipment, be it analog, digital or a PC based system. Unbalanced RCA inputs and outputs along with a pair of XLR microphone/line inputs are complimented by a S/PDIF I/O on RCA coaxial connectors. A switchable band or high-pass filter helps with reducing ambient noise. The unit comes with a two-second pre-record buffer, a silent skip mode and has a built in microphone and speaker.

Portable digital audio recorder
Records to compact flash media that is immune to shocks and large temperature fluctuations
Auto and manual track marking
Repeat playback
For very large tracks,the normal reverse and forward search speeds are too slow if certain points later in the track need to be reached. Therefore, a 30x and 250x normal speed search is available
Manual record with limiter or auto record level control
Selectable filter for ambient noise control
48v phantom power available at the XLR inputs
Built-in microphone and speaker
Start/Stop remote connector
Can be powered using an AC adapter, optional rechargeable battery or optional 8 AA batteries
Built-in power management and emergency shut-down system when batteries are used with warning tones
In the Box
Marantz Professional PMD-670 Professional CompactFlash Stereo Portable Recorder with 64MB Flash Card
  • 512MB Flash Card
  • AC Adapter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Battery Holder
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Marantz Professional PMD-670 Specs

    Type CF memory card and Microdrive field recorder
    Recording/Reading Methods MPEG1 Layer II compression
    MPEG1 Layer III compression
    MPEG2 Layer II compression
    16-bit linear PCM
    Recording Bit Rate mp2: 32 to 384 kbps
    Sampling Frequency 16, 22.050, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz (analog)
    44.1, 48kHz digital
    Number of Channels 2
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+/-0.5 dB) at digital
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 86dB line
    65dB microphone
    Dynamic Range 86dB
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.03% (at 0VU) line
    Inputs 2 XLR Mic/Line
    2 x RCA phono
    S/PDIF digital RCA coaxial (stereo)
    Output 2 x RCA phono
    S/PDIF digital RCA coaxial (stereo)
    Headphone Output 1/4" TRS phone with volume control
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.0 x 10.4 x 7.3" (264 x 185 x 55mm)
    Weight 2.14 lb (1.3 kg)
    Specialties Phantom power available for powering condenser microphones

    Marantz Professional PMD-670 Reviews

    PMD-670 Portable CompactFlash Recorder is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Unit but complex interface I really like this unit... we have it pared with a Crown PZM mic and it records very well. The only reason why I didn't give it five stars are that it's interface is rather complex. I don't have any problems understanding it, but others will I ordered this unit for a user who isn't very tech savvy, and I think i've got it setup where i can just have her hit record and stop, but i haven't field tested that with her yet. Her old equipment was a Marantz tape recorder that was very simple to use. The phantom power for the mic is also an excellent selling point.
    Date published: 2008-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear crisp If you have no experience with electronics and are too smart to read directions or take the time to learn a device then is not for you. This a professional field recorder that is above the heads of nearly all consumers. I have had no problem because I know how to handle this type of equipment. I love it and have won several awards in my film projects. I would recommend buying a simple recorder for you aspiring film makers. If you have to get into something over your head, hire someone like myself, a professional to operate professional equipment.
    Date published: 2008-12-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My experience with the PMD670 I love the PMD670. I record my lectures as well as new material by friends who are recording artists. The phantom power is a great tool as well.
    Date published: 2009-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from very professional and elegant It is so chic and professional that my competitors are offering to buy it at double the price I paid; and I'm like NO WAY!!
    Date published: 2008-08-21
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