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Marantz CDR300
« on: September 12, 2004, 09:07:25 PM »
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This is like a DAT machine, except it records onto CD-Rs, which can then be loaded directly into the computer.  I just ordered this online for $700, after thinking about it for a long time and reading several good reviews.

Has anyone here had any experience with this recorder?  If so, tell me I didn't just waste $700.

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2004, 09:45:00 PM »
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Marantz has been a staple in the industry for many years...so I'm sure it's a fine piece of business.  I just can't imagine paying $700 bucks on a recorder when they make it so easy to plug into the camera and be synched already.  But to each his own.

I'd be curious (and I'm too lazy to look it up) to know what type of file it records as.  I'd be a little cautious if it compresses the file to mp3.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2004, 09:58:11 PM »
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I'd be a little cautious if it compresses the file to mp3.

That's unlikely... I'm pretty sure mp3 compression requires special licensing, software or hardware.
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2004, 10:07:40 PM »
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Quote from: metroshane
Marantz has been a staple in the industry for many years...so I'm sure it's a fine piece of business.  I just can't imagine paying $700 bucks on a recorder when they make it so easy to plug into the camera and be synched already.  But to each his own.

I'd be curious (and I'm too lazy to look it up) to know what type of file it records as.  I'd be a little cautious if it compresses the file to mp3.

Ah, but I've done my research.  I already did the direct hook up to camera thing.  I bought a nice microphone and good XLR cables, then when I hooked it up, there was a slight hiss.  Further research showed that this happens in digital cameras--the companies focus a lot more on the image than on the sound.  The sound I got on my movie Poof! was pretty damn good.  However, I'm a perfectionist and that slight hiss is just not acceptable.  I then got a signal booster for my microphone to boost the volume signal that the camera received, so that I could lower the hiss level on the camera--as it turned out, the signal booster and camera did not go well together, and the hiss just grew at an exponential rate.

The Marantz does not compress the sound at all.  It gives 80 minutes of recording to a disc, and CDs are cheap.  The reviews for it are pretty fantastic, and my signal booster should work with it, allowing for strong recordings with very little hiss.  It's equal in quality to a DAT recorder (according to the reviews), which is fantastic.

All of my research indicates that this is a good product, and worth the money and effort (I'll have to manually sync the sound now...).  I was just hoping that someone on this board had actual experience with it, so I could get a better idea of actually working with it.

 

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