No compromises. It’s a phrase that field professionals aren’t used
to hearing. And it’s precisely what the new PMD671 delivers. The original
PMD670 flash recorder created a new standard in features and reliability among
field recorders, and the PMD671 continues that trend. Like its predecessor,
the PMD671 records to CF media cards, offers multiple recording modes, long
record and battery times, balanced mic inputs with phantom power, and a long
list of technical and design features for professional applications. But the
PMD671 offers something new—and we’re not just talking bells and
Marantz has raised the bar—exponentially. The PMD671 can record 24-bit,
96 kHz audio for the highest sound quality available in the field—or even
in the studio. The ability to read-after-write offers completely new levels
of functionality never before available in a field recorder. Even the mic preamps
have been dramatically improved. Then add programmable presets, and changing
formats on the fly is as easy as pressing a button.
Serious professionals need serious tools. If your application requires uncompromising
audio, unflinching reliability, and unprecedented functionality, you owe it
to yourself to take a very serious look at the PMD671.
• 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM capable for unrivaled fidelity
• “Virtual Third Head” for confidence monitoring
• Read-after-write capability for random access playback while recording.
• No moving parts—no maintenance
• Built-in USB 2.0 port for ultra-fast, easy file transfer to PC
• Records uncompressed 16 and 24 bit PCM .wav files at 44.1, 48, 88.2
or 96 kHz.
• Records mono .mp3 files at 64 kbps
• Records stereo .mp3 files at 128 kbps
• Uses inexpensive, widely available Compact Flash media (CF)
• A 1 GB CF card can hold almost 30 minutes of uncompressed stereo (24
bit, 96 kHz)
• A 1 GB CF card can hold almost 90 minutes of uncompressed stereo (16
• A 1 GB CF card can hold over 17 hours (stereo) or 36 hours (mono) .mp3
• 4 to 6 hour battery life with standard AA alkaline batteries.
• Two built-in condenser mics for easy, true stereo recordings
• Two XLR mic connections with +48v phantom power
• Dramatically upgraded microphone preamps
• RCA line I/O
• Built-in monitor speaker
• Optional RC600 wired remote control with peak indicator
• Future timecode upgrade planned.
Unparalleled 24/96 Audio
Recording PCM audio at 24-bit resolution and 96 kHz sampling frequency is the
absolute state of the art for digital audio applications. It offers 256 times
the amplitude resolution, and more than twice the frequency resolution of compact
discs. The Marantz PMD671 is, simply put, is the most affordable, high resolution
field recorder there is. New microphone preamps have even been designed to take
advantage of this quantum leap in fidelity.
Virtual Third Head
Professional analog recorders had a dedicated “third head” to monitor
recorded signals as they were being printed to tape. It was called, “confidence
monitoring”, because it allowed engineers to be 100% confident about what
they had recorded. The PMD671 is unique in offering the 21st century version
of this same functionality, by playing back the recorded data, rather than simply
monitoring the input source.
The same technology that allows the virtual third head also allows read-after-write
capability. This means that as you continue to record an event, you can back
up and listen to various parts, and then return to listening to the event in
real-time. Court reporting and technical investigation may never be the same.
Let’s face it: plugging professional-grade microphones into an 1/8”
jack is asking for trouble. The PMD671 offers two balanced XLR mic inputs with
+48v phantom power, and all new audiophile quality microphone preamps. Caught
in a pinch? The PMD671 includes a stereo pair of condenser mics built right
in. Of course, RCA stereo line I/O are also provided.
Long Battery Life
Tired of lugging around six extra D-Cells just so you can interrupt your recording
to change batteries half-way through an event? The PMD671 will run for four
to six hours on regular alkaline AA batteries.
Long Record Times
No more flipping tapes! A single 1 GB flash card can hold up to 36 hours of
uninterrupted audio (monaural .mp3 at 64 kbps). For music recording, the same
size card can hold more than 17 hours high-quality compressed stereo (.mp3 at
Solid State Technology
By storing audio data on Compact Flash (CF) media cards, all of the mechanical
hassles of tape recorders are gone forever—as are the costs of servicing
and maintaining them. Solid State Technology makes the PMD671 less vulnerable
to bumps, vibrations, and sonic deterioration over the long haul. Not only that,
but CF storage allows you to choose from several recording formats, and makes
transfer to computers a snap.
USB 2.0 and file transfer
In the end, you’ll probably want to transfer your audio to a PC for editing,
and then burn it to CD for broadcast, evidence, documentation, or just for convenient
playback. The PMD671’s USB 2.0 port allows you to directly connect to
a computer for blazing fast transfers. Alternatively, you can remove the CF
card and use any standard CF card reader.
Optional Wired Remote
It would be great if every recording situation had a field engineer running
everything behind the scenes. Unfortunately, all too often it’s just you,
wishing you had more hands. The RC600 wired remote control enables you to start
and stop recording, and to mark new track-starts on the fly. It even has a peak
meter right on the remote, so you can keep an eye on your recording, without
taking your eye off the ball.