Marantz Professional PMD-326C | Commercial CD Player with Remote Control and USB and 3.5mm Aux Inputs

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The Marantz Professional PMD-326C is a multi-input, commercial-audio CD player that brings high-end features to the budget installation market.

This player is perfect for retail, education, and hotel/conference use when you need to be able to utilize a variety of audio sources and keep control of all of them.

The PMD-326C has USB and 3.5mm auxiliary inputs, Front Panel Lock, Power On Play, direct access to tracks, memory of settings after loss of power, and balanced XLR output.

You won’t find anything better under $200.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What inputs and outputs are available on the PMD-326C?

The PMD-326C contains the following inputs and audio playback options:

  • CD Slot: Insert a CD into this slot.
  • USB Port: Connect a mass-storage-class USB device to this port. 
  • AUX In: Connect an optional device to this input using a 1/8” (3.5mm) TRS cable.

It also has the following output options:

  • Unbalanced RCA: These outputs send the audio signals from a CD, USB device (mass storage class), and device connected to the Aux In.  Use RCA cables to connect these outputs to external speakers, sound system, etc.
  • Balanced XLR: These outputs send the audio signals from a CD, USB device (mass storage class), and device connected to the Aux In.  Use XLR cables to connect these outputs to external speakers, sound system, etc.

 

What kind of CD's can the PMD-326C play?

The PMD-326C can play Music CDs and CD-R discs.  Both are usually marked with a Compact Disc Digital Audio logo.  Additionally, it can only play back finalized discs.  Finalization is the process that makes recorded CD-R discs playable on compatible players.

When playing CDs with audio files, note the following:

  • The writing software format must be ISO9660 Level 1.
  • You can have up to 300 folders and up to 8 folder levels, including the root directory.
  • You can have up to 300 audio files. If the CD contains more than 300 files, some audio files may not play or appear correctly.
  • File names, folder names, and text characters can use up to 255 characters. Only uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols can be displayed. Japanese file names will not be shown.
  • Copyright-protected files might not play properly and/or may appear a Unknown File.
  • Depending on the software used to burn a CD (or other conditions), some files may not play or appear correctly.
  • When playing audio files on a CD, PMD-326C supports the following tag data:
    • ID3 tags: Version 1.x and 2.x
    • META-tags: compatible with title, artist, and album names
    • Sample rate: 1 kHz
    • Bit rate: 32 kbps to 320 kbps
    • Format: MPEG1 Audio Layer 3
    • File extension: .mp3

 

What types of USB drives can be used and what files can be played from them?

Note the following with regard to the USB drive:

  • The PMD-326C supports a USB drive up to 2TB and a single file size of up to 2GB.
  • The PMD-326C does not charge any connected USB device and does not support USB hubs or USB extension cables.
  • It supports USB devices that are mass storage class or compatible with MTP.
  • It supports FAT16 or FAT32 file systems only.
  • You can have up to 999 audio files. If the USB device contains more than 1000 files, some audio files may not play or appear correctly.
  • File names, folder names, and text characters can use up to 255 characters. Only uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols can be displayed. Japanese file names will not be shown.
  • Copyright-protected files might not play properly and/or may appear as Unknown File.

When playing audio files on a USB device, PMD-326C supports the following tag data:

  • ID3 tags: Version 1.x and 2.x
  • Sample rate: 1 kHz
  • Bit rate: 32 kbps to 320 kbps
  • Format: MPEG1 Audio Layer 3
  • File extension: .mp3

 

What types of playback options are available?

In CD or USB Mode:

  • Repeat One - the same track will repeat indefinitely
  • Repeat All - the list of all tracks will repeat indefinitely
  • Repeat Off - no tracks will repeat
  • Normal - the CD will will play from the current track to the end of the CD and then stop
  • Single - the current track will play until the end of the track and then stop
  • Random - the tracks will play in random order (up to 256 tracks)

 

Is there an option to lock the controls on the PMD-326C?

Yes!  This is called Panel Lock.  

To activate or deactivate Panel Lock, press and hold the Text/Lock button.  When activated, an icon will appear in the display indicating the panel is locked.

 

Will the PMD-326C automatically start playing audio when it is powered on?

You can toggle the PMD-326C to automatically play upon powering the unit on or not.  This is called Power-On Play.

Use the Power-On Play feature to set the unit to automatically start playback of the last media it was playing when it was turned off.  Playback will start from the first track or audio file of the media.

Note: Power-On Play will not work if the previously played media was in Aux Mode.

 

My CD will not eject.  What do I do?

Press and hold the Eject button while powering on the unit and it will force eject the disc.

 

What are the dimensions and weight of the PMD-326C?

The PMD-326C weighs about 6 pounds and its dimensions are 19" x 10" x 1.75" (L x W x H). 

 

Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Marantz Professional product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Marantz Professional technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: phone support, email support.

  • marantzpro.com/support 

 

Technical Specifications

  • Playable Formats / File Systems
    • CD: CD-DA (CD-TEXT), CD-ROM (ISO9660), CD-R, MP3-CD
    • USB: FAT16 / FAT32
  • MP3 Format Supported
    • Extension: MP3
    • Bitrate: 32 to 320 kbps and VBR
    • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz\16-bit
  • Number of Channels: 2 (stereo), 1 (mono)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20kHz (± 1.0dB)
  • S/N Ratio: > 95 dB (A-Weighted)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 0.01%
  • Dynamic Range: > 85 dB
  • Channel Separation: > 80 dB
  • Output
    • Balanced XLR
    • Unbalanced RCA
    • Maximum output level: 3 Vrms
  • Input
    • Aux in: TRS (3.5mm)
    • Input impedance: Over 10k ohms
    • Maximum input level: 1 Vrms
  • USB Thumbdrive Specs
    • Max storage capacity: Up to 32 GB
    • Max file size: 2 GB
  • Power Supply
    • USA & Canada: AC 120V, 60 Hz
    • EU, UK, APAC: AC 230V, 50/60 Hz
    • Japan: AC 100V, 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption: 30W
  • Operating Environment
    • Operating temperature: 5-35 degrees Celsius (41-95 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • Operating humidity: 25-85%, no condensation
  • Dimensions
    • 00” x 13.66” x 1.73” / 483 x 347 x 44 mm (with rack ears)
    • 09” x 13.66” x 1.73” / 434 x 347 x 44 mm (without rack ears)
  • Weight: 7.94 lbs. / 3.6 kg

 

Box Contents

  • PMD-326C
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • RCA Cable
  • User Guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual

Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
3.5mm aux input for playback of other audio devices
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
3.5mm aux input for playback of other audio devices
10-key direct track access buttons
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
3.5mm aux input for playback of other audio devices
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
3.5mm aux input for playback of other audio devices
10-key direct track access buttons
Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA line outputs
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
3.5mm aux input for playback of other audio devices
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
3.5mm aux input for playback of other audio devices
10-key direct track access buttons
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
3.5mm aux input for playback of other audio devices
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
Slot-in CD player with USB input for MP3 files on thumb drive
3.5mm aux input for playback of other audio devices
10-key direct track access buttons
Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA line outputs
Infrared remote control included