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Zoom H4 vs. Marantz PMD-660


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#1 Antonio Bunt

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 06:33 PM

Hello, I am trying to figure out which of these recorders to buy for a feature. The Zoom has an awkwark design (looks like a stunt gun!) but seems good and cheap. (Does anyone know what kind of XLRs it has??? They look weird on the manufacturer's pictures!) SDs are economic and it uses only 2 AA to power. The PMD-660 seems more "pro", the knobs seem to be more "organic" and the bunch of level buttons in the H4.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
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#2 Dennis Kisilyov

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 09:05 AM

Hello, I am trying to figure out which of these recorders to buy for a feature. The Zoom has an awkwark design (looks like a stunt gun!) but seems good and cheap. (Does anyone know what kind of XLRs it has??? They look weird on the manufacturer's pictures!) SDs are economic and it uses only 2 AA to power. The PMD-660 seems more "pro", the knobs seem to be more "organic" and the bunch of level buttons in the H4.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!


Marantz will prob has better pre-amps for the microphones than the Zoom, while zoom can record 24bit audio, vs. Marantz running only at 16 bits. Khz rates are identical.

Those weird XLR connectors are actually pretty standard, they are not XLR, they are called Neutrik connectors.
They allow for both 1/4' balanced and XLR 3 pin inputs. Fairly standard on pro audio gear.
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