Marantz claim their PMD660 to be a "miniature" portable solid state stereo pro-recorder and it is certainly a more sensible size than its bigger brother, the PMD670 (from which it is derived), although compared to Maycom's HandHeld II we would have to call it 'a bit of a brick' rather than miniature!
The PMD660 is a contender, though, if you only need WAV and MP3. It is quite rugged and has some good features, and reasonable audio quality. For many years Marantz has produced cassette and MD field recorders that are well proven, and the PMD660 now joins this list. It is fine for many field applications like electronic journalism (no MP2 or BWAV, though), technical investigation, and documenting legal proceedings.
- Records uncompressed 16-bit PCM WAV files at 44.1kHz or 48kHz
- Records mono .mp3 at 64kbps
- Records stereo .mp3 at 128kbps
- Compact Flash media (CF)
- Four hours on four AA batteries
- Two XLR mic inputs
- 48v phantom power
- Two built-in condenser mics
- Stereo line I/O
- Cut-and-paste editing
- 99 "Virtual Tracks" for EDL-style editing
- USB port for easy file transfer
- Optional wired remote control
- Silent Skip feature (pauses recording on silence and resumes recording on sensing sound)