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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #150 on: December 09, 2017, 06:19:16 PM »
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #151 on: December 14, 2017, 03:18:04 AM »
Not familiar with venue and/or style, but the recording seems to be good.
What is your own opinion about the pmd706 wrt. preamps and AD compared to a previous recorder?
Interesting little machine.
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #152 on: December 14, 2017, 01:55:20 PM »
Could anyone who owns one of these post up some photos?
Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #153 on: December 15, 2017, 03:11:06 PM »

Here is a the encore from first outing with the 706. The band started playing "Down by the Riverside" and all marched down off the stage and into the small crowd to circle up and perform the encore unamplified.

You can hear a bit of a low end clunk when I lowered my mics down to just over six feet to get just over the heads of the band members who settled in a circle right in front of me and my clamp setup.

I had been running MIC IN on 1/2 at LOW gain and decided not to risk changing anything on the fly my first time out with the deck so in Wavelab6 I added considerable gain to both tracks.

Track one the trombone, trumpet and fiddle were within a few feet of the mics so I added around 20 dB to peak at -.1 dB. It sounds kind of unbalanced since the singers were 10 feet or more away from the mics than the horns and fiddle.

The second tune was a VERY quiet gospel tune so I added 40 dB to get it up to listenable levels - but this created some nasty peaks so I ran Waves L3 on it to hard limit the peaks at -.1dB. L3 is pretty transparent when you aren't using it to add any compression or make up gain so I don't think it changed the tone of the original recording much, if at all. The mandolin player and female singer were 12- 15 feet away from the mics.

https://soundcloud.com/roger-cox-7/sets/dustboel-revival-encore

I have some free time today so I can snap a few comparison pics as promised.
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #154 on: December 15, 2017, 09:47:36 PM »
Quick and dirty but here are some pics with the PMD706 compared to an Aerco MP2, Tascam DR60d and a Tascam DR2d.
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #155 on: December 15, 2017, 10:32:27 PM »
Quick and dirty but here are some pics with the PMD706 compared to an Aerco MP2, Tascam DR60d and a Tascam DR2d.
thanks

How do you feel the screen compares to the 60d, both in size and readability?
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #156 on: December 15, 2017, 11:49:05 PM »
Quick and dirty but here are some pics with the PMD706 compared to an Aerco MP2, Tascam DR60d and a Tascam DR2d.
thanks

How do you feel the screen compares to the 60d, both in size and readability?

Similar in size but has vertical meters for 8 channels so it's crowded. It's white on black so I think it's a lot easier to see in the dark than the black on yellow Tascam screen.
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #157 on: December 21, 2017, 11:21:52 AM »
UPDATE:
I just heard back from Doug with very positive news about this deck and it's upgrade potential. I'm planning to post a quote with the relevant details from the email he sent me last night, but I asked his permission to do that as a courtesy and I'm just waiting for him to reply back. I'll just say for now based on his assessment that I'm signing up for the first one off the line.

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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #158 on: December 21, 2017, 11:26:46 AM »
I'm interested to know what the dynamic range of the unit is. It's posted for the 561/661s.

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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #159 on: December 21, 2017, 11:55:40 AM »
It’s a shame that Marantz wasn’t able to provide a recorder that works well out of the box. With so many similar boxes on the market you think they would have done their research about such things before releasing. I’m sticking with the Tascam I guess????.
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #160 on: December 21, 2017, 01:38:39 PM »
Brad,
The stock unit uses chips that don't measure or sound as good as the 661 & MKII preamp chips. They do this to extend runtime. The good news is they did not use the mic preamp design of the 561 & 661MKIII. The 706 has a very good analog power supply section and mic preamp circuit design, better than the 661 & MKII. The 706, like most new 24 bit recorders, uses a 32 bit ADC so the upgrade will be impressive. It seems well made, especially at that price point.  I'll be able to raise the line level input overload point so it can take a hot feed from a soundboard. I'll also raise the input overload point in the mic preamps. I'll hope to be offering both a Concert MOD and Warm MOD for the XLR mic and XLR line level inputs. I also plan to offer a Warm on 1&2 and a Concert on 3&4. The new chips I'm auditioning sound impressive.  At this point I'm not sure the analog power supply has enough current capacity to allow for the upgrade of 6 channels so I'm currently planing on only doing the XLR inputs but that will improve both mic and line levels. The 1/4" TRS inputs will have their input overload point raised. If  you plug a TS 1/4" plug into a 1/4" TRS jack, it becomes unbalanced and the sensitivity drops by 6 db which allows for an even hotter input signal. For those interested, I'll also be offering a Super MOD and FET MOD for videographers and researchers.  I anticipate this will sell for 399.00 plus shipping.

http://www.oade.com/digital_recorders/hard_disc_recorders/PMD-706.html

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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #161 on: December 21, 2017, 06:10:48 PM »
  ^  That's fantastic news, Brad!  Put me down for one.  Thanks for reaching out to Doug.   

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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #162 on: December 21, 2017, 09:57:55 PM »
I'm not big on buying things that need upgrades to work but for $100 you can't beat it
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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #163 on: December 22, 2017, 03:21:18 AM »
Would be interesting to learn which ADC chip is in the 706.

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Re: Marantz PMD-706 Six Channel Recorder?
« Reply #164 on: December 22, 2017, 11:42:35 AM »
I'm not big on buying things that need upgrades to work but for $100 you can't beat it

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I'm pretty sure that the ~$399 price quote from Doug is for the 4 channel mods and does not include the purchase of the recorder.
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