Marantz Professional PMD620

PMD620, Pocket Recorder/Multitrack from Marantz Professional.

BlaiseLeSon 04/23/2008

Marantz Professional PMD620 : BlaiseLeSon's user review


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Value For Money : Excellent
- How long have you use it?

3 days, but I've tested a lot of situations (making sounds of voices, moods and natural concerts, internal and external microphones).

- What is so special that you like most and least?

The pros: the ridiculous size and weight (a pack of smokes without right angles), the quality of internal microphones and pre-amp (its very accurate dynamic mics which can record both sources of very low rock concerts), metal shell, excellent turn-taking (literally and figuratively), extra-bright screen-super-readable design class more true than the pictures (that sometimes the reverse!), tripod adapter & port to the belt, the little built-in speaker ...

The -: this blows over a fairly wide spectrum (low-medium) when recording a single sound with internal microphone (spoken voice), no simultaneous display of the level and duration of recording, no button to the low-cut filter, no windscreen wind (but I have a cut to fit the size of the Marantz and it works perfectly), no optional accessories for the moment (bag, bag protection ... But what do they do?).

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

No, but I was able to listen and compare samples of
(Comprehensive information site on all the little portable recorders on the market)
I also read reviews on specialized sites like or

- How would you rate the quality / price?

Excellent. For € 100 more than the Zoom H2 (with Playback), we have a tool that has better microphones, better preamps, which looks much more solid. The Olympus LS-10 has a lot of advantages on paper, but the sound of the internal microphones seem less linear (with a deficiency in the bass and a spike in media that make it more aggressive). However I would have liked to try the brand new Edirol R-09HR to compare with the sound of the Marantz.

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

If it appears that the Edirol R-09HR has better internal microphones that Marantz620 (as specific but slightly less than breath, it would be the best!), I may have some scruples. But for now I'm already hooked on this pretty toy that has more than enough to establish itself as a classic. No unnecessary or redundant function, everything has been designed to go straight to the point: to record anywhere, anytime, in a timely, efficient and intuitive ... remaining very discreet (internal microphones seem small radio speakers! James Bond, when you hold us ...).