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Marantz Professional has premiered its PMD580 solid-state recorder, the latest addition to the company's family of rackmount digital recorders. The PMD580 uses Compact Flash (CF) as its recording medium, so there are no moving parts.
The unit brings many of the same features found in the other PMD Series recorders, but adds a new dimension: network connectivity. Via its Ethernet port, the PMD580 reportedly can be positioned as a network device, allowing users to set menu parameters, schedule recording events, and transfer and archive audio files, all by using a web-based GUI interface from any PC in the network. Network accessibility allows users of solid-state digital recording devices, such as universities and government agencies, the ability to archive audio files even at designated times, and helps to manage multiple units.