The field of field recording has just gotten one field recorder larger with the introduction of the Marantz PMD661. This recorder has been launched with user feedback driven features from compact digital recorder operators who work in areas from broadcast to education.
The PMD661 improves on the Marantz PMD660 with a new, streamlined form factor, more useful features and SD flash capabilities. The top layout has fewer buttons in lieu of more usable multifunctional operators. It also has a smaller footprint, and you know what they say about compact digital recorders with small footprints . . . small feet.
In terms of features, the PMD661 has switchable balanced mic / line XLR inputs and S/PDIF holding down digital ins. Other ins and outs include (and outclude) unbalanced RCA line outs and a 3.5 mm unbalanced mini jack connector. One exciting new feature is that this is Marantz's first high-res compact digital recorder that supports 24-bit / 96 kHz recording.
With the latest in SD flash technology, you can use up to a 32 GB flash card for media storage on this contraption. You've got up to five hours of recording time fueled by four AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH). A USB 2.0 port allows for drag and drop file transfer, and bundled with the PMD661 is Marantz's Mark Editor software. This allows you to adjust marker points in post production for more user-friendly editing options after you capture your sounds.
For more info, you may have to wait for Marantz to update their website but it'll be here.