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Title: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: MBHOTAPER on June 12, 2010, 04:55:16 PM
I've seen posts referring to using the san disk extreme III 8 gb class 6, san disk ultra II 8gb, & the PNY class 4 16 gb.

Doug stated "I like the Lexar and Panasonic cards best. Be sure to get a class 6 or better card. The sweet spot is 16 gigs right now, more than enough to do the job. " I'll be going to cd so I'll probably be using 16/44.1 or 24/48 so I should get @ least 8 hours for a 16gb card and 4 hours for a 8gb card right?

Any other suggestions for using w/my OCM PMD 661? I'll be using it for the first time(s) for p-groove in Fl. from 6/16 - 6/19.

Since I am recording for multiple shows am I better off w/16 gb? If so do I not want to reformat for each show (lose files/data)?

I saw a post that Sam's club has Toshiba 16 gb cards (used w/r-9) to pick up locally - anyone try them w/pmd 661?

Where would you suggest to buy them from?

Thanks,
MBHOTAPER

Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: spyder9 on June 12, 2010, 07:51:50 PM
www.newegg.com

They have great prices.
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: mattmiller on June 12, 2010, 09:09:49 PM
www.newegg.com

They have great prices.

Newegg is great, but I've found Amazon to be cheaper more and more often these days, and shipping is always free over $25.  The problem with Amazon is that it's nowhere near as good as Newegg at FINDING products.  So I use Newegg to narrow down my choices, check the reviews, and identify a model number and then search for that exact model at Amazon.
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: MBHOTAPER on June 13, 2010, 10:36:23 AM
www.newegg.com

They have great prices.

Newegg is great, but I've found Amazon to be cheaper more and more often these days, and shipping is always free over $25.  The problem with Amazon is that it's nowhere near as good as Newegg at FINDING products.  So I use Newegg to narrow down my choices, check the reviews, and identify a model number and then search for that exact model at Amazon.

Thanks - found some sandisk extreme iii 8 gb class 6 for $27.99 on amazon
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: Johnny Thunder on June 13, 2010, 03:04:22 PM
I'd also check out www.chiefvalue.com. They are a subsiderary of Newegg. Watch for free shipping deals.

-JT
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: rocksuitcase on September 14, 2010, 10:25:25 PM
I just bought an OADE concert mod PMD 661. I asked Doug about his recommendation about flash cards. He said they had been getting enough complaints about the Sandisk cards that they took them off their rec list. He said Panasonic and Lexar have been very reliable for many people. He said if I can afford it, to get a class 10 card. So I found a 16 GB class 10 card at Amazon which seems to be a good buy at 59.89 + shipping:
http://www.amazon.com/PANASONIC-DMC-FX40-DMC-FX48-included-Warranty/dp/B003W4Q9NI

NOw to figure out what choice I will make for external power.  ;D



Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: twatts (that "Pants" thing is so lame...) on September 15, 2010, 01:11:23 AM
Hahaha!  When I saw this thread, I thought:  "Small Diaphragm Cardiods"...

My bad!  Sorry to interupt!

Terry
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: dactylus on September 18, 2010, 10:42:11 AM
I just bought an OADE concert mod PMD 661. I asked Doug about his recommendation about flash cards. He said they had been getting enough complaints about the Sandisk cards that they took them off their rec list. He said Panasonic and Lexar have been very reliable for many people. He said if I can afford it, to get a class 10 card. So I found a 16 GB class 10 card at Amazon which seems to be a good buy at 59.89 + shipping:
http://www.amazon.com/PANASONIC-DMC-FX40-DMC-FX48-included-Warranty/dp/B003W4Q9NI

NOw to figure out what choice I will make for external power.  ;D

^^
Rechargeable AA's are what I use for powering the 661 now.  Very reliable powering source and reduces the gear weight and footprint a smidge...

The Class 10 cards are waaaaaayyyyy overkill.  I have never had an issue with my Sandisk cards or my PNY card. 

Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: mloewen on September 18, 2010, 12:44:23 PM
I got a 16gig card on Amazon,20$ works great.
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: dactylus on September 18, 2010, 01:00:18 PM
I got a 16gig card on Amazon,20$ works great.

^
What brand / class?

Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: dactylus on September 18, 2010, 04:14:41 PM

NOw to figure out what choice I will make for external power.  ;D

^^
Rechargeable AA's are what I use for powering the 661 now.  Very reliable powering source and reduces the gear weight and footprint a smidge...



I had great success with these Sanyo 2700's from the same seller:
http://tinyurl.com/nds3a8

^^
I'm using the same batteries with good success.
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: ben_r_ on July 08, 2011, 01:17:53 AM
Does anyone know what Class the Marantz 2GB SD card that the units comes with is?

I just ordered a 16GB Transcend Class 10 SDHC card from Amazon for about $28, well see how that ends up working out. I also have a Kingston 16GB Class 4 SDHC card that I was hoping to use. Perhaps Ill be sticking to the Class 10 and leaving the 4 in my Canon S95 point and shoot.
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: dactylus on July 08, 2011, 06:52:31 AM
Does anyone know what Class the Marantz 2GB SD card that the units comes with is?

I just ordered a 16GB Transcend Class 10 SDHC card from Amazon for about $28, well see how that ends up working out. I also have a Kingston 16GB Class 4 SDHC card that I was hoping to use. Perhaps Ill be sticking to the Class 10 and leaving the 4 in my Canon S95 point and shoot.

^
I just had a brand new Class 10 Sandisk sdhc fail miserably in my 661 and others have had issues with recent SD purchases for their 661's too.  See the link below:

http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=118094.msg1878252#msg1878252

 I don't know if it was a manufacturing quality control issue or a Class 10 sdhc issue in my case.  I returned the Class 10 sdhc for a full refund and I will NOT be purchasing another Class 10 in the forseeable future.  Please let us know if the class 10 card that you purchased performs without any issues. 


Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: DigiGal on July 08, 2011, 11:06:09 AM
I haven't had any card problems running these, currently $15.95 for 16GB through Amazon but pricing fluctuates...

http://www.amazon.com/PNY-Optima-Class-Memory-P-SDHC16G4-EF/dp/B001518O24/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1283721481&sr=1-14

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51A-S1k1QrL._AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: TimeBandit on July 08, 2011, 12:42:18 PM

The Class 10 cards are waaaaaayyyyy overkill. 

For Digital stereo recorders Class 4 Cards should be enough ... higher classes are maybe reasonable for simultaneous recording in 4 or more channels @ 24/96.
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: jojolafrite on July 10, 2011, 04:45:07 PM

The Class 10 cards are waaaaaayyyyy overkill. 

For Digital stereo recorders Class 4 Cards should be enough ... higher classes are maybe reasonable for simultaneous recording in 4 or more channels @ 24/96.

I encounter problems with class 4 transcend 16Go SD.
i can even feel how slow it is when i use it on my camera, takes much time to write pics on the sd than others (old unclassified) sd.
Hopping it's my bad luck, but i won't buy under class6.
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: DigiGal on July 10, 2011, 06:26:12 PM
The PNY 16 GB Flash Memory Card P-SDHC16G4-AZ I mentioned before is a class 4.  I've got 4 of them and had no problems with any of them in the PMD661.

Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: TimeBandit on July 12, 2011, 09:48:13 AM

I encounter problems with class 4 transcend 16Go SD.
i can even feel how slow it is when i use it on my camera, takes much time to write pics on the sd than others (old unclassified) sd.
Hopping it's my bad luck, but i won't buy under class6.

Maybe the device got problems with the card others will run that card fine, or you ordered a "bad charge". It´s a bit difficult:

Some SD cards are produced in different charges. On some shops (amazon) or speciallized shops for computer equipment you can find sometimes differenent listing of a card with all the same specs, but different production charges. Choose that one with the better reputation.

I pull stereo recordings in very good class 4 or even class 2 cards in 24/48 with no problems.

And always format the card in the machine you want to record with.

Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: ben_r_ on July 14, 2011, 12:25:19 AM
FWIW the Transcend Class 10 16GB SDHC card I bought works great so far. Havent had a problem yet in about 30 minutes of record/play time.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VNKNEQ (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VNKNEQ)
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: DigiGal on July 16, 2011, 11:03:11 AM
Marantz PMD661 Firmware Update
Version A2.03

This firmware update increased SD card compatibility with the PMD661.  Most major brands of cards have been found to be compatible.  Please note that we cannot guarantee functionality with any third party product.  For further details please feel free to contact our technical support department at 630-741-0330 option 1 or techsupport@d-mpro.com

 
To check your PMD661's F/W version, please follow the steps below.
 
With the PMD661 in STOP mode, press the MENU button.  At this time, the menu list is displayed in the display section.
Press the PITCH+ or PITCH- buttons until the "F/W Version" Item is highlighted.
Press the ENTER button to display the units current F/W version.
 
If the version displayed on the PMD661 doesn’t match the latest version numbers posted above, please download the new version by clicking here and reading the installation instructions within the download.

The firmware update from Marantz is available here (http://www.d-mpro.com/users/folder.asp?FolderID=4405&Tab=FAQ)



Since I'm not having any card problems myself I'll be waiting to install the update at least until sometime next month after my current run of shows is over.  Don't want to risk introducing a problem.
Title: Re: Best sd cards for pmd 661 & best place to buy
Post by: dactylus on July 17, 2011, 11:58:12 AM


Thanks for the firmware link.  I'll be waiting a few days before I give it a try too.