Nitpicking the Marantz PMD671

Today we had a technical workshop learning about the various different sound recorders our university uses for the radio program.

The main equipment we focused on was the Marantz PMD671 sound recorder, so i thought I might make myself a little more acquainted with this complex device.

The box is quite bulky, weighs 1.3 kilograms and definitely looks like something out of the 80’s, could be looked at as a vintage fashion accessory.

Here is a list of it’s features:

  • 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM capable
  • “Virtual Third Head” for confidence
  • Read-after-write capability
  • Records uncompressed 16 and 24 bit
    PCM .wav files
  • Two XLR mic connections with +48v
    phantom power
  • RCA line I/O
  • Built-in monitor speaker
  • MP3, MP2, WAV, BWF Format Compatible
  • Silent Skip feature (pauses recording on silence and resumes recording on sensing sound) 


The trick when recording sound is to have the sound monitor read between -12 and 0 decibels based on the input coming from the plug in mic. Another great feature is it’s capability to become a hard drive with easily transferable material onto your computer for listening and editing.

Although it is an old school machine the durability and accuracy makes it a very reliable one. I look forward to experimenting with it until I feel comfortable to use the Marantz to the best of it’s ability.


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