Tascam vs Marantz Recorders
Thanks for the info! When I reviewed the Marantz user reviews on B&H, I saw a couple of problems to SDHC problems being solved with a firmware update, could be worth checking into.
For now, I've still got the Tascam as I try to decide, and it had SDHC problems as well, saying there was a file error the first time I put the card in, and only accepting it for formatting later. The Tascam manual is problematic, as it says to check the website for compatible cards, but when I check the website, none of the codes match with what is here, they all have "J"s which I think means for the Japanese market. In some areas, I am getting the feeling that this relatively new portable recorder with XLR terminal market is still quite rough around the edges, not polished products just yet.
I just rented a PMD661, with an option to buy the used unit for $175(!).
I can compare it to the Tascam DR-100 (version 1), the Zoom H2, Zoom H4n, and the Zoom R16. The Marantz is easily the most user friendly, and the quality was excellent.
That said, mine was a rental, and I could not get it to record to SDHC cards, trying 32GB, 16GB, and 8GB cards. I have not had a standard SD card in some time, but the rental shop loaned me one when I showed them my problem.
I had an option to buy it at a really good price, and I think I probably should have - however, between a lack of funds for such a purchase and the problems I had getting it to record to SDHC, I decided to pass. If someone could demonstrate that the unit I rented as defective, or that a firmware upgrade would allow it to use SDHC, I would jump on it in a heartbeat - I really liked it a lot - much better than anything Zoom makes, and easily more usable than the small Tascams.
You might also consider a Tascam HD-P2, which supposedly has video sync capability. It's a bit more than the Marantz, but I've seen them for under $700 before...