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Marantz PMD660

Average: 4 (5 votes)

Company Information

zZounds Music 65 Greenwood Avenue Midland Park, NJ 07432



The Details

Smallest PMD yet-fits in your hand

Records uncompressed 16-bit PCM .wav files at 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz.

Records mono .mp3 files at 64 kbps

Records stereo .mp3 files at 128 kbps

Uses inexpensive, widely available Compact Flash media (CF)

1 GB CF card can hold over 1 hour of uncompressed stereo

1 GB CF card can hold over 17 hours (stereo) or 36 hours
(mono) .mp3

Operates for four hours on four AA batteries

Two XLR mic connections with +48v phantom power

Two built-in condenser mics for easy, true stereo recordings

Stereo line I/O

Solid State Design

No moving parts-no maintenance

"Copy Segment" cut-and-paste editing to a new sound file

99 "Virtual Tracks" for EDL-style editing

Built-in USB port for easy file transfer

Optional wired remote control with peak indicator

My only real con to the marantz is the size. A little on the bulky side

User Reviews

We use the same setup


We use the same setup (countryman mic + PMD660). Very nice setup and works well for us!


Mark Shropshire "shrop"
Geeks & God Forums Moderator

We record all our sermons


We record all our sermons using the Marantz PMD660. The Marantz with a countryman mic in wave format. In which we then edit and mix in the intro and outro music before exporting it at a 64kbps mp3 file.

I think the voice quality for a live sermon recording come out very good. Listen for yourself.
(There are a few recordings still posted that were done with our old crappy recorder)

Man this thing is sweet!


Our PMD660 finally arrived off back-order and I got to test it out tonight. I got it hooked up to the outputs of our CD-R/W deck and got it configured just as service was starting tonight. Setup was quick but the manual was required to get a quick start. I basically figured out how to select inputs while on my way to setting the clock, since that's the first thing I noticed that needed doing.

After service, it was time to play. I seriously think I haven't had this much fun with a new gadget since I got my portable cassette recorder for Christmas in about 5th grade. I quickly set up the three presets to use line, mic and internal mic inputs. There were a bunch of people hanging around in the sanctuary, so I put on the headphones and stood the unit on the sound booth rail. I was blown away by the sound quality on the internal mics. I ended up recording about 8 minutes of nonsense as I walked around the church showing it to the other techies and letting them listen on the headphones.

When I played it back from the computer, I was impressed at how well it picked up the varying acoustics of the different parts of the church I'd visited. I was a bit surprised that I had to roll off 60Hz because it had picked up the rumble of the HVAC so well.

We purchased this as a replacement for an ailing CD-R/W deck that is primarily used on our portable rig, so my main objective was to record from line inputs. I figured we might find some uses for field recording with the XLR inputs, which I've yet to try. I think we'll find lots of uses for recording from the internal mics, which I had not expected at all. So far, I'm incredibly pleased with this unit and want one of my own!

lack of balanced analogue outputs


Marantz regrettably has failed to include balanced analogue (XLR) outputs on most (if not all) of its "professional"-grade recorders, whether cassette or flash.

Even if you do not require balanced analogue output at the present time, you should be aware that, on the Marantz portable machines, the RCA (also called "phono pin") connectors are very poorly designed and rapidly disintegrate with use. Marantz chose to use a proprietary design, rather than installing Switchcraft connectors, which are quite rugged and, moreover, can be purchased from electronic suppliers. It is a fairly safe assumption than, on any Marantz portable recorder which has seen a year or so of use (a few hundred plug/unplug cycles on the RCA connectors), the RCA connectors are unusable; so beware if you purchase used gear.

Conversely, XLR connectors are robust, and typically are rated for a thousand plug/unplug cycles. Of the various flash recorder manufacturers, it appears that only Tascam currently provides balanced analogue output with XLR connectors, and this is on the two rack-mount flash recorders.

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