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Introducing the Marantz Professional PMD661, a highly robust, versatile professional handheld PCM / MP3 recorder, which joins a range including the highly successful PMD620, PMD660 & PMD670.

The PMD661 sports a professional broadcast feature set alongside major new design innovations, including a significantly smaller footprint than the PMD660, an improved top facia layout with fewer buttons and more highly developed use of multi-functional operation. Measuring just 165 x 93 x 36 mm (6.5” x 3.7” x 1.4”), is 1/3 smaller than the PMD660, and combined with the improved control layout it ensures comprehensive single handed operation. The new feature set includes an integrated high quality stereo condenser microphone array for ‘point and shoot’ operation, and a highly visible 128 x 64 dots matrix OLED (organic LED) display.

Improving on the specifications of the PMD660, the PMD661 features both balanced mic and balanced line XLR inputs, as well as unbalanced line outs on RCA connectors and a secondary unbalanced line in on 3.5 mm mini jack connector. Also included for the first time at this price point within the Marantz range is a high resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz recording option (PCM). The PMD661 utilises SD flash media, the most widely available and fastest developing flash memory format. Compatibility with SDHC media means that cards currently up to 32 GB in size can be used. High capacity media storage is matched by six hours recording time from four AA Alkaline / Ni-MH batteries. Drag and drop file transfer is supported via the USB 2.0 port.

PMD Marker Editor: For the first time Marantz Professional has bundled it’s Marker Editor software free in the box. PMD Mark Editor allows the marker points made on the recorded file to be adjusted post-recording, and a new file created, meaning basic editing can be carried out on any handy PC or laptop, and files posted for immediate distribution.

Usable media SD/SDHC cards
Recording format
MP3 MPEG1 Layer III Compression
WAV 16/24 bit linear PCM
Recording MP3 bit-rate 320/256/192/128/64 kbps (Stereo)
Sample rate 44.1/48/96 kHz
Number of channels 2 (Stereo)/1 (Mono)
Frequency response at 96kHz 20 Hz - 24 kHz (71dB)
S/Noise Ratio IEC-A weighted
MIC 65 dB, LINE 85 dB
Total harmonic distortion at 0 VU
MIC 0.08%, LINE 0.02%
Dynamic range 85 dB

External MIC
Type XLR x2
Input sensitivity 1.2 mVrms/4.2 kohms
Type XLR x2
Input sensitivity 0 dBu/4.2 kohms
Type 3.5mm stereo jack
Input sensitivity 500 mVrms/20 kohms

Type 2x RCA phono
Standard level 2.0 Vrms/10 kohms
Type 1/4” stereo jack
Standard level 16 mW/32 ohms
Standard level 450 mW/8 ohms

Power consumption
Recording/Playback 4.2 W (DC)
Battery life (Alkaline) 5 hours (typical)
Phantom power 48V, 10mA (Max.)
AC adaptor DA620PMD Included
Batteries 4 x AA type alkaline dry cell batteries or
4 x AA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Backup battery Lithium battery for real-time clock
Dimensions: 93 x 165 x 36mm (W x H x D)
Weight (excl. batteries) 410g

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 professional digital SD card recorder


  • Record directly to SD cards – SD/SDHC compatible, 64mb to 32GB
  • Handheld Size – 165x93x36mm
  • Large OLED (organic LED) Display
  • MP3, WAV(BWF), format compatible
  • 16/24 Bit linear quantization
  • 44.1/48/ 96KHz sample rate selection (96KHz only for PCM)
  • MP3 Bit Rate – 64 – 320kbps Stereo
  • Balanced XLR Mic input
  • 48V phantom power
  • Balanced XLR Line Input, Unbalanced line in and out, Digital Input (SPDIF)
  • USB 2.0 for fast file transfer
  • 4 x AA Batteries, providing six hours recording (w/Alkaline 1450mAh batteries)
  • Dictation Functions including Pitch control and Skip Back
  • Supplied with New PMD MARK EDITOR Software

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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