I own a 744T, and there has been a large amount of discussion of all
these options recently (and ongoing) at several nature sound sites.
There is a company callled Oade Brothers that modifies the PMD series
with better preamps and input stages. There is also the new M-audio
Micro-2496, which is a bit flimsier but cheaper too.
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On Sep 28, 2005, at 7:04 AM, Dave Nolan wrote:
> 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 -
> 722 lists for $2650, the 744 for $4250 (street prices slightly lower)
> - but
> remember, when portable DAT recording first became available, the Sony
> cost about $2500 in 1989 dollars... Sound Devices has been known for
> for their high-quality portable mic pre's, field mixers, and the
> Also (FWIW) at a recent AES meeting in NYC, a couple of elder audio
> 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