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Marantz is a company that develops and sells high-end audio products. The company was founded in New York, but is now based in Japan. The first Marantz audio product was designed and built by Saul Marantz in his home in Kew Gardens, New York.

recording XLR mic & laptop audio simultaneously on a Marantz PMD661

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7 years 3 months

I'm trying to record an XLR mic and laptop audio simultaneously on a Marantz PMD 661. I am connecting the laptop's headphone jack with the LINE IN2 of the Marantz with a mini-to-mini cable. I have only been able to record the XLR mic but no laptop.

Does anyone have any advice if this is generally possible? And if so, what are the settings to make this configuration possible?

I would appreciate any advice!

Ambient Sound Recording w/Canon 5DIII -Sony vs. Marantz

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9 years 7 months
Hi. I just bought a new Canon EOS 5DIII and am setting it up for video. I want to do some short nature/wildlife video clips and capture the ambient sound as best possible.

My two choices would be to use either a Sony PCM-D1 and use it's internal mic, or a Marantz PMD661 with a Audio-Technica BP4025 External Mic. For headphones it would be either the Sony MDR-7520 or Sennheiser HD 25-1 II.

Any comments on the Sony/Marantz-AudioTechnica comparison?

Marantz PMD661

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21 years 3 months
Hi all,

I'm trying to use a Marantz PMD661 without the SD card by plugging it into my PC via USB. However, every time I plug the USB cable in the words "USB Connecting" appear on the screen of the Marantz device and it doesn't go away. I let it sit like that for a good 5-10 minutes and nothing changed. Is it supposed to take longer or does this sound like an issue?


Marantz PMD Recorder Firmware Warning!

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12 years 9 months
If you have any of the Marantz PMD digital audio recorders, whether you bought it last week or years ago, check the Firmware. I bought mine just a few months ago and was shocked this afternoon to find that the Firmware pre-dates the Internet. Well, almost!

Mine, a PMD620, came with Firmware A1.14. A2.33 came out May 4th, 2009. A2.03 was current in March 2008.

Have you worked with Marantz or Tascam cassette recorders?

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21 years 3 months

We've been using a Marantz PMD201 Portable Cassette Recorder for recording lectures and we've had some problems with the machine recording a little slow - about 3% slow.

We're thinking of trying a new recorder and we're considering the Tascam 102 MKII Stereo Cassette recorder to replace the Marantz:

Marantz CDR 300

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21 years 3 months


This unit has a SPDIF input. Wonder how this would do as the final destination for mastered material. If you were coming out of a Masterlink at 24 bit into HEDD - Vari Mu - Massivo -- Hedd and then into the CDR300? Would the 16 bit copy that it produces be as good as any?

Thinking of ordering the CDR 300 right away and just wanted a few comments on it as far as any mastering uses. I need a recorder for some outdoors location recording. But I also need a second recorder for mastering so just wondering if the Marantz could do both rolls?