Itasca, IL (December 11, 2008)–D&M Professional has introduced its newest field recorder, the PMD661 compact digital recorder.
The launch of the PMD661 is a direct result of feedback from users in the field, working in an array of recording environments in various vertical markets such as broadcast, government, faith and education.
A PCM/MP3 recorder, the PMD661 reportedly improves on the company’s PMD660, offering a streamlined form factor, a top-notch feature set, and the use of SD flash media. New design changes include a smaller footprint and top fascia layout with fewer buttons and more developed use of multi-functional operation. It measures 6.5×3.7×1.4 inches (165x93x36 mm).
The PMD661 features switchable balanced mic/line XLR inputs and a S/PDIF digital input, as well as unbalanced line-outs on RCA connectors and a secondary unbalanced line-in on 3.5 mm mini jack connector. Also included for the first time at this price point within the Marantz range is a high-resolution 24-bit/96 kHz recording option (PCM).
Compatibility with SDHC media means that cards currently up to 32 GB in size can be used. High-capacity media storage is matched by up to five-plus hours recording time from four AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries (not included). Drag-and-drop file transfer is supported via the USB 2.0 port. In a company first, Marantz Professional has bundled its Mark Editor software with the unit, free of charge. PMD Mark Editor allows the marker points made on the recorded file to be adjusted post-recording, creating a new file, so that basic editing can be carried out on a PC or MAC if desired.
The Marantz Professional PMD661 compact digital recorder is expected to be available January 2009 with an estimated street price of $599.