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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #285 on: June 08, 2018, 07:27:24 AM »
Without a comp, just going by published specs I would say stock the 706 falls short of the units you mentioned. However one upgraded by Doug Oade should be significantly better. I just can't get past the no-file save on dead battery shutdown flaw so I'm holding off. The 661 mk1 & mk2 actually shutdown with a proper file save when internal batteries are depleted and if it's abrupt loss like pulling external power plug without batteries will still leave a file up to that point and it can be recovered. I have been in plenty of situations, as many here have, where batteries are low towards the end of a show, and I just kept my fingers crossed, ready to pop in backup batteries, and rode it out and made it to the end. No issues except de-stressing after the show. With this deck you can't let it roll and hope it makes it. You'd have to stop the recording early, replace batteries, and start back up again because the risk isn't just a cut, but ending up empty handed. Not good at all. Until Marantz fixes this weakness, I'm not touching this deck. Worse than no hold button, another deal breaker for me at least. Hope this story gets better....
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #286 on: June 08, 2018, 09:26:09 AM »
How does the Marantz's pre amps compare with the pre amps of its close competitors in this niche: the Zoom H6, Tascam DR70D, and Zoom F4?

For recording music I would say the preamps are comparable to the Zoom units but the DR70 has a slight edge. That is just my subjective opinion. The pres on the 706 don't really have any flavor (so they would be considered transparent, I guess) and are adequate (they don't overload as long as you have your gain selections where they need to be).

I've used it for several live music recordings and the recordings sound decent. Like any preamp certain mics pair with it better. My MBHOs seem to pair better than my MK41s. Not sure why.
https://archive.org/details/matis2018-06-02.MBHOka300.flac - festival outdoors
https://archive.org/details/decemberists2018-05-23.ka300 - medium theater from inside SBD cage
https://archive.org/details/JAB2018-02-03.sbd.mk41.flac - small bar - used more features than before - ran mics + SBD, put a delay on the board feed and set the line out to send the matrix to a patcher, sent the sbd feed to the camera out for my vid cam, everything worked as planned, no hiccups at all.

Still waiting after many months for an update to fix the known bugs - mostly revolving around file saving - with nothing yet from Marantz. I've been running a backup PMD620 out of the line out in case I have any problems but ever since I've been using the backup deck I haven't had any problems at all. Thing barely sips any gas - I've run 8 festival sets about 14 hours total on a half charged 20100 mAh battery and it still has plenty of juice left in it.

I still don't recommend it to people at least until the promised but undelivered firmware update to fix the bugs is released.
Schoeps MK41 > nBob > PFA || MBHO KA300 > PFA
Aerco MP2 || RAD MS2
Marantz PMD706 || PMD620

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