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Old April 5th, 2010, 06:02 AM   #1
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Marantz pmd-661 vs Zoom h4n vs Tascam dr-100

which of these has the best pre-amps and sound...i know alot of people have the zoom h4n, and i can hear plenty of examples online...only a few tascams, and no marantz...

some people say the tascam dr-100 has stellar pre-amps...is this true? i found a tascam dr-100 brand new for 300...

so i figured i would ask this...

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Old April 5th, 2010, 06:12 AM   #2
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I was looking at the Tascam and was told by a sales rep to avoid it-- he claims they are very noisy. I have asked Tascam for a review unit (vendors lend us product for review) but they have not responded. Will try to dig up someone at NAB. Meanwhile, I've had excellent results with all Zoom products-- I have 2 of the old H4's and 1 H4n.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 07:49 AM   #3
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very interesting...maybe someone will chime in on this also....
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Old April 5th, 2010, 10:38 AM   #4
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I did noise tests at different times, the the H4n and DR-100 were fairly even in terms of noise.

To really be sure though, I plan to get them both in the same room at the same time and do a head-to-head test.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 03:58 PM   #5
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I did noise tests at different times, the the H4n and DR-100 were fairly even in terms of noise.

To really be sure though, I plan to get them both in the same room at the same time and do a head-to-head test.
awesome....i am soooo stuck, don't know which one to order!
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Old April 6th, 2010, 02:57 PM   #6
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From your list the Marantz is the clear winner. However I'd go with the Sony PCM-D50 instead, which is even better.
See here for a very nice comparison: Portable Recorder Reviews
The Zoom has pretty noisy preamps and issues with harmonics. See here: http://www.martin-doppelbauer.de/fie...der/index.html
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Old April 7th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #7
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The Marantz is the clear winner. I own the H4n and I find the pre amps a little noisy. That said, it does the job fairly well for the price point. Just that I'm looking to do some VO work so the Marantz would meet my needs better.

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