Marantz is shipping the PMD620 handheld digital field recorder.
The company says it is smaller and more powerful than previous models, and features two condenser microphones, stereo or mono recording modes and a choice of uncompressed 44.1 kHz WAV files or three levels of MP3 compression. It also is the first in the PMD Series to use SD flash memory cards.
In addition, the PMD620 sports new layout enhancements such as one-touch record engagement using a button with its own tactile feel and red highlight illumination.
The unit’s transport controls will be familiar to users of personal portable music devices, and incorporate a thumb-operated scroll wheel and an organic LED display screen, which uses little power to illuminate.
The PMD620 also has editing features such as Copy Segment, which uses cut-and-paste-style editing to create a new sound file that can be up/downloaded via the USB port. Skip Back allows transcribers to review recorded audio from 1 second to 60 seconds.