I have a 744 and cannot recommend it. While it certainly makes fine
recordings, ergonomically I find it full of shortcomings.
More details if anyone is interested.
Experienced colleagues who are aware of the situation at Marantz also are
disappointed with their mic preamps.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Nolan" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: September 28, 2005 4:04 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Advise sought on portable recorders
> About portable digital recorders:
> There is a new machine out there that I would encourage anyone with the
> budget to check out - the Sound Devices 722 and 744 portable recorders.
> These are more serious recording devices, with price tags to match - the
> 722 lists for $2650, the 744 for $4250 (street prices slightly lower) -
> remember, when portable DAT recording first became available, the Sony D10
> cost about $2500 in 1989 dollars... Sound Devices has been known for
> for their high-quality portable mic pre's, field mixers, and the like...
> Also (FWIW) at a recent AES meeting in NYC, a couple of elder audio gurus
> were discussing the Marantz PMD660 ($450), and seemed to think that the
> built-in mic pre's were noticably substandard. Not sure if Marantz has
> improved this with the PMD 670 ($700) or 671 ($1000).
> dave nolan
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