If you’re looking for something to capture high-quality digital recordings on the go, then the Marantz Professional PMD561 Portable Audio Recorder might just be the item for you. Its dual combination XLR/TRS inputs allow you to record in mono or stereo, recording MP3 files at up to 320 kbps, or WAV files with resolutions/sample rates as high as 24-bit/96 kHz. You’ll also find the stereo 3.5mm line input quite useful; used in conjunction with an included 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter cable, this connection point allows you to capture line-level audio from an amplifier or a stereo receiver.
This recorder also provides much in the way of playback options. For instance, a 1/4" jack will accommodate your pro-audio headphones, while dual RCA outputs will let you communicate with consumer stereo equipment. For transferring files to your computer, not only do you get a USB Mini-B port and an included USB cable—you’re also bestowed with an RCA connection facilitating S/PDIF capabilities. The unit is powered by four AA batteries and lasts for up to seven hours at a clip. So whether you’re recording in the field, capturing audio for interviews, or digitizing old cassette tapes through a stereo receiver, this recorder will serve you well.