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Old November 1st, 2008, 04:23 PM   #1
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Marantz PMD 660: has it been "fixed?"

I just saw a glowing review of this recorder in a webinar about rish media boradcasting. A forum search here turned up very mixed reviews, many of which are a couple of years old.

Has this device been updated to fix the noisy pre-amp issue?

Was considering this as a double system device with a consumer camera (usually with a SD 302) and as a stand alone for shooting stills/interviewing people.

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Old November 2nd, 2008, 11:04 AM   #2
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"Has this device been updated to fix the noisy pre-amp issue?"
Not that I know of...
The 0dB XLR out of the 302 works with the 660's line-in without overdriving the 660's fixed frontend and sounds okay.
I've found internal mics to be useless. The external mic inputs are noisy with the 20dB pad engaged using a dynamic such as an RE-50, otherwise it's not bad.
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 12:33 PM   #3
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Old November 4th, 2008, 01:19 AM   #4
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I just saw a glowing review of this recorder in a webinar about rish media boradcasting. A forum search here turned up very mixed reviews, many of which are a couple of years old.

Has this device been updated to fix the noisy pre-amp issue?

Was considering this as a double system device with a consumer camera (usually with a SD 302) and as a stand alone for shooting stills/interviewing people.

Thank you
Bob
Hi Bob,

IMHO, the PMD660 should be a good match with a consumer camera for interview work. If you're really concerned about the noise level of the preamp, contact Doug Oade to have the Marantz upgraded (or buy on directly from him):

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But for most everyday situations, the PMD660 is fine considering it's only a 16 bit recorder. Still, the dynamic range is okay except for high-quality music productions, etc.

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Regards, Michael

Good luck, Michael
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