I can't seem to go wrong when I post at Recording.org for advice on new gear purchases. So here we go again! I am ready to buy a standalone portable digital recorder for ENG, sound effects/walla capturing for film, quick and dirty concert/practice recordings and other field work. Budget: Less than $1000. I have been considering these: M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 Sound Pros GigaTracker Marantz PMD671 w/RC600 remote Tascam HDP2 Right now, I am leaning towards the Marantz. But does anyone know if they have improved the preamps at all? I heard they were kinda noisy for SFX but were decent for ENG/interviews. The Sound Pro kit looks pretty nice, but I know nothing about it. Anyone use their recorders? How are they? Feel free to express the pros/cons of any of this gear or any other possible solutions I may have missed. Thanks a lot everyone!!