Latest News: Marantz Announces New PMD-661
Marantz has announced a successor to their long-serving and, let's say, 'robust-looking' PMD660 solid-state mobile recorder. The new device, the PMD661, falls in line with recent releases from the company, with sleek styling and simply laid-out controls.
The main difference between the two devices is in size Ś the 661 is 30 percent smaller than the 660, and the boxy casing of the 660 has been replaced by a classy but professional outer shell. Pride of place on the PMD661's front face is a white-on-black OLED screen, surrounded by menu- and file-navigation controls, as well as a prominent Record button. There is also a nine-step LED meter, with additional 'over' indicator, for each channel, alongside an LED that signifies when the device is recording.
A dual-concentric knob gives the user control over the level of both audio inputs, which can be fed by the signals from the built-in condenser mics, or from external equipment, via a pair of XLR sockets, a stereo line-level mini-jack port, and a digital coaxial connection. There are unbalanced line outputs on RCA phono ports, and a quarter-inch jack socket, which has a dedicated level control and allows headphones to be connected.
The PMD661 can record at rates of up to 24-bit/96kHz and can accommodate up to 32GB of solid-state storage in the SDHC format (instead of using Compact Flash, as its predecessor did). A USB2 connection enables recorded files to be copied to a DAW system, and a wired remote control can be connected to the device, so it can be set to record if the operator is not situated in the optimum recording position.
Available December 2008 -- Call Now to Pre-Order