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Old June 13th, 2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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undecided between the marantz PMD 661 and Roland R-26

I want to upgrade from a Zoom H4N to a more professional field recorder. At first I considered the Edirol R-44 but after researching different field recorders I decided to go with something less expensive. I find it difficult to read the small led display on both field recorders but the 661 has a meter display for easy reading which for me is a big plus. I'm not sure which of the two has better preamps does anyone know? Has anyone used either device if so what do you think? Thanks!
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Old June 13th, 2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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Re: undecided between the marantz PMD 661 and Roland R-26

Despite the 'at least' x2 price difference, Zoom's 4 trk.s ver. (sort of) Marantz 2-tracks and other design differences, IMO, pound for pound, the Marantz is a better recorder.. One may get the Marantz with the custom modified mic pres.. but it still ain't a SD..
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Old June 13th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #3
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I find it difficult to read the small led display on both field recorders but the 661 has a meter display for easy reading which for me is a big plus. I'm not sure which of the two has better preamps does anyone know? Has anyone used either device if so what do you think? Thanks!
I have a Marantz PMD661. I am pretty happy with it overall. However, you mention the metering. My experience with it in bright sunlight is that you cannot see the main metering lights on the bottom of the recorder at all. In that situation they are pretty much useless, and I find I have to use the metering in the LED display panel instead. You can read that display ok, but setting it that way means you can't also see the recording time or any other display simultaneously. It's either or.
In anything other than bright sunlight however, the normal metering works well.
As for the preamps....they do a pretty good job..... more than adequate...but not quite up on a par with my studio preamps.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #4
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Re: undecided between the marantz PMD 661 and Roland R-26

thanks guys. so i'll probably get the Roland R-26. looks like it's the best deal for price/performance.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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Re: undecided between the marantz PMD 661 and Roland R-26

Kajito...before you make your purchase, do yourself a favor and take a look at Oade Brothers to look at their offerings. I've got one of their modified PMD661.

OADE BROTHERS AUDIO Field Recording Experts, Sony, Tascam, Marantz, Fostex, Compact Flash recorders

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Old June 14th, 2012, 12:06 AM   #6
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it in bright sunlight is that you cannot see the main metering lights on the bottom of the recorder at all. In that situation they are pretty much useless, and I find I have to use the metering in the LED display panel instead. .
Just to clarify my earlier statement...I meant the metering at the bottom of the device was pretty much useless in bright sunlight, not that the whole recorder was useless!
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Old June 14th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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hey Tony thanks that's what i understood. I know a lot of people use the 661. I decided to go with the R-26 cause like i said price/performance ratio and I heard it has the same preamps as the R-44. I'm picking one up today at B&H.
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Old June 16th, 2012, 04:53 AM   #8
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Did a rough comparison of the R-26 and D-50 you might find interesting:

R-26 and D-50 A/B test

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Old June 16th, 2012, 10:11 AM   #9
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I ended up getting the Roland R-44. except for the small LCD display which is a bit small i'm really loving this field recorder. Geoffrey thanks for the link i'll have a look at it.
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