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Richard,
 
Thanks for the evaluation and advice. I am not aware of any real comparable unit (at least one that is in the 3-figure range), though I would be interested to hear if one exists
 
The price of $699 seems to be more or less universal online and is quite reasonable given the potential uses this unit could be put to. I agree that direct-to-PC would be the optimal route, but my workflow (determined basically by the varied locations and types of source material) makes bringing everything to the recorder much more problematic than bringing the recorder to them.
 
Thanks again,
 
Peter Hirsch
 
>Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 00:07:05 -0700
>From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Marantz PMD 670
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>It looks like a great thing for $700 or so. B&H Photo has it for that price
>if you click "give me a better price."
>
>The only thing I would suggest is that for in-house digitization of LPs and
>78s you consider going directly to a good PC with a good sound card. I just
>bought a pair of Refurb'd Dells for $1250 each. Add to that a sound card
>(which I won't--'cause they're not for sound work, though they are faster
>than my current computer) -- Although I've never had one, a good choice, I
>think, for a sound card is the Digital Audio Labs CardDeluxe for $400
>http://www.digitalaudio.com/DIGITALAUDIO/myarticles.asp?>P=5210&S=75&PubID=4401
>
>See the review at http://www.pcavtech.com/
>
>Of course, this doesn't work for field recordings, but it works for the
>other stuff.
>
>Figure out the workflow and see what makes sense for you. I'm in the midst
>of doing a migration from audio CD-R workflow to PC workflow for all my
>projects.
>
>Cheers,
>
>Richard
>http://www.richardhess.com/tape/
>
>At 01:46 AM 6/13/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>>Does anyone on the list have first-hand experience with this item? I am
>>interested in any feedback on this and would like any recommendations of a
>>superior alternative (in the same general price range) for the purposes of
>>transferring analog (LP, 78 and live sources) to a computer hard disc and
>>the subsequent creation of CDR or other preservation formats.
>>
>>Peter Hirsch