Marantz to Debut PMD660, Hand-Held Version of Solid-State Recorder

Marantz to Debut PMD660, Hand-Held Version of Solid-State Recorder
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Radio people who do a lot of field work get excited when a new portable recorder becomes available. Here's word of one that's likely to get a lot of scrutiny in coming months.
Marantz Professional soon will release its PMD660 compact digital recorder. It is based on the company's PMD670 portable solid-state recorder and offers the same features but in a compact hand-held format.
The unit was shown in November at a conference of audiologists and speech and language scientists.
The PMD660 has two microphones with Automatic Level Control; one-touch digital recording to Compact Flash cards; editing; a USB for transfer of customized audio files; the company's Virtual Track Mode for playback and instant audio access to the preset marked points of a recording; and no moving parts. ThePMD660 can record for several hours running on four standard AA batteries, the company said.
Tim Schwieger of BSW said his company plans to be a stocking distributor. The model "is going to rock our world in February," he told RW Online.
The company Web site is www.d-mpro.com, although product specs were not posted as of this writing.

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