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The Marantz PMD620 is a high performance handheld digital recorder that records to SD flashcard media in either PCM (.WAV) or MP3 audio formats. The light weight compact form (just 62 x 102 x 25 mm), ergonomic design and ease of operation recommend the PMD620 to a wide range of users, including journalists, reporters, programme makers, podcasters, musicians and sound recordists everywhere.

Features include an inbuilt stereo condenser microphone array for ‘point and shoot recording’, and an intuitive control surface for single handed operation, with thumb operated transport wheel and tactile, red illuminating, record button. A high contrast, low power draw organic LED (OLED) screen provides vivid display of menus which guide the user through the optimum set up and operation for their application.

Recording settings are selectable between those for high quality music recording to extended voice recording. The use of SD cards, the most stable and commonly available type of flash media, includes support for SDHC (SD High Capacity) cards, with recording file size limited only by card capacity. Recording time with a 4 GB card extends from 3 hrs 44 mins for stereo PCM at 24-bit / 48 kHz, to 283 hrs 44 mins – almost 12 days – for mono MP3 at 32 kbps.

Journalists and podcasters will appreciate the PMD620’s non-destructive onboard editing, with non-destructive cut-and-paste ‘Copy Segment’ editing to create new sound files. Transcription is simple with the Skip Back function, and file transfers to any computer are drag-and-drop via the USB 2.0 connectivity.

Digital audio system
System Solid State Recorder
Usable media SD/SDHC cards
Recording format
MP3 MPEG1 Layer III Compression
WAV 16/24 bit linear PCM
Recording MP3 bitrate
Stereo 192/128/64 kbps
Mono 96/64/32 kbps
Sample rate 44.1/48 kHz
Number of channels 2 (Stereo)/1 (Mono)
Audio Performance
Frequency response 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz (±1 dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio, IEC-A weighted
MIC 68 dB, LINE 80 dB
Total harmonic distortion at 0 VU
MIC 0.06%, LINE 0.02%
Dynamic range 81 dB

External MIC
Type 3.5mm stereo jack
Input sensitivity 12 mVrms/30 kohms
Type 3.5mm stereo jack
Input sensitivity 500 mVrms/20 kohms

Type 3.5mm stereo jack
Standard level 1.0 Vrms/10 kohms
Type 3.5mm stereo jack
Standard level 16 mW/16 ohms
Standard level 150 mW/8 ohms

Power consumption
Recording/Playback 1.5 W (DC)
Battery life (Alkaline) 5 hours (Typical)
Phantom power 5V, 1mA (Max.)
Dimensions: (62 x 102 x 25mm) (H x W x D)
Weight (excl. batteries): 110g

Environmental conditions
Operational temperature 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Operational humidity 25 to 85% (no condensation)
Storage temperature –20 to 60°C (–4 to 140°F)

Marantz PMD620 professional digital SD card recorder


  • Handheld portability, compact rugged design
  • Single handed operation and one-touch recording
  • User configurable, high contrast OLED display
  • Solid state SD and HSD card recording media
  • Selectable stereo / mono / .WAV / MP3 recording
  • Selectable 16 bit and 24 bit recording depths, 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz sample rates, and six MP3 bit rates from 192 kbps to 32 kbps
  • Professional recording, editing and playback features
  • Integrated stereo condenser microphone array
  • Mic and line level external inputs
  • Internal playback speaker
  • USB 2.0 connectivity to PC, for drag and drop file exchange
  • Power from two AA cells typically provides 4 hours operation

Included Accessories:
- Audio cable
- USB cable
- User Guide
- SD card (512 MB)
- Tripod mount/belt adaptor
- Wrist strap

Prices of PC Compact Flash cards: Maxell    or   Integral

More specs on Marantz own datasheet

Full Marantz price list

Card Size MP2/48kbps MP3/128kbps 16bit/44.1khz 24bit/96kHz
128MB 5:55:32 2:13:20 0:12:06 0:03:42
256MB 11:51:04 4:26:40 0:24:12 0:07:28
512MB 23:42:08 8:53:20 0:48:24 0:14:48
1GB 47:24:16 17:46:40 1:36:48 0:29:36
2GB 94:48:32 35:33:20 3:13:36 0:59:12

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