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Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder

You Pay: $3,399.00
Product Highlights
  • 5 Analog Inputs
  • Analog and Digital Outputs
  • Built-in Stereo Recorder
  • Records to SD/SDHC Cards
  • Uses AA Batteries or External DC Power

The Sound Devices 552 Production Mixer combines professional-quality analog and digital technologies in a robust metal housing to provide a compact and lightweight mixing and recording solution for a variety of applications. The unit features 5 transformer-balanced XLR mic inputs, each with its own limiter and sweepable high-pass filter. Each of the inputs also has its own pre-or-post-fader direct output. It also features 3 sets of master outputs and several unbalanced outputs, allowing you to connect to a variety of recorders, cameras, and more. The master XLR outputs can be set for analog or digital operation, and are capable of sending 4 channels of 24-bit AES/EBU signals.

The 552 also features an internal stereo recorder, which can capture WAV or MP3 files at either 16-bit or 24-bit; with sample rates from 44.1kHz all the way up to 96kHz. The unit accepts SD and SDHC flash memory cards, which are widely-available and feature no moving parts for exceptional reliability. A simple joystick control on the 552's front panel lets you take command of recording functions.

All of this technology is packed into a compact unit that weighs less than 5 pounds. The top and bottom chassis panels are constructed from molded, metalized carbon fiber for exceptional durability. The front panel is gasketed for excellent moisture resistance. The unit can operate on a set of 4 AA batteries, or an external 10-18VDC power supply.

Lightweight and Portable
The unit has a lightweight design that uses metalized, molded carbon fiber top and bottom panels for strength and durability. It also has a gasketed front panel for resistance to moisture
5 Input Channels
The mixer features 5 XLR inputs, each with 2-stage gain control, a limiter, a sweepable high-pass filter, and solo monitoring. Each input also has its own dedicated pre-or-post-fader TA3 direct output
Analog and Digital Outputs
The mixer has 3 sets of balanced master outputs, as well as several unbalanced connectors for versatile connectivity to complex and multi-camera setups. The XLR outputs can be set for analog or digital operation, and are capable of outputting 4 channels of 24-bit AES/EBU digital audio
Built-in Stereo Recorder
The internal recorder can write WAV or MP3 files to SD or SDHC cards at rates as high as 24-bit/96kHz. Recording controls are accessed by an easy-to-use joystick on the front panel
Flexible Metering
The bright LED meters offer accurate level metering, including a zoom mode for high-precision monitoring near 0dB
Time Code Capability
The mixer can accept time code input in order to time-stamp your files
Setup Menu and Voice Confirmation
When accessing and navigating the Setup Menu, voice confirmations are played back in your headphones to supply you with critical operational information
Powering Options
The mixer can be powered with a set of 4 AA batteries, or by an external 10-18VDC power supply for terrific flexibility
Inputs 5 x Balanced XLR Inputs
1 x DC Power Input
Outputs 5 x TA3 Direct Outputs
2 x Analog/Digital XLR Outputs
1 x 10-Pin Hirose Mic/Line "Return A" Output
1 x 3.5mm "Return B" Output
1 x 3.5mm Tape Output
1 x 3.5mm Mono Mic Output
1 x TA3 "Return B"/Time Code In Connector
1 x TA3 Balanced Stereo Output (2 Jacks, L/R)
1 x TA3 Tape Output
1 x TA5 Output
1 x 3.5mm Headphone Output
1 x 1/4" Headphone Output
Impedance Input:
XLR Mic: 2 kOhms
XLR Line: 16 kOhms
Return A/B: 20 kOhms
Output
XLR Line: 85 Ohms
XLR -10 Setting: 3.2 kOhms
XLR Mic: 150 Ohms
10-Pin Hirose Line: 85 Ohms
10-Pin Hirose -10 Setting: 3.2 kOhms
10-Pin Hirose Mic: 150 Ohms
TA3 Mic/Line: 1 kOhms
TA3 Direct Outs: 1 kOhms
Tape Outs: 1.8 kOhms
Mono Mic Out: 150 Ohms
Headphones: 50 Ohms
Gain 93dB (Mic In to Line Out)
53dB (Mic In to Mic Out)
79dB (Mic In to Tape Out)
107dB (Mic In to Headphone Out)
THD & Noise 0.09% Max (50Hz - 20kHz, +18dBu at Line Out, Fader Fully Up)
Frequency Response 20Hz - 30kHz (+0.2, -0.5dB)
Metering LED Meters
Control Voltage Out Not Specified by Manufacturer
Phantom Power 12V and 48V Phantom (Each Mic Selectable)
Operating Temperature -20°C to 60°C, 0 to 90% Relative Humidity
Power Internal ±16V (Bi-Polar) Regulated Audio Rails
3.2-8V Range Internal Batteries
Isolated (Floating) External DC Input Jack, 5-18V
Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.1 x 11 x 6.6" (53 x 279 x 168mm)
Weight 4.4 lbs (2kg) (Without Batteries)
Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sound Devices552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (2)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (20)
    • Excellent sound (17)
    • Good power output (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Low distortion (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (18)
      • Outdoor events / games (11)
      • Performances (7)
      • Amateur recording (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (18), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great, but could be better

      Extremely robust, high-quality pre-amps, built in recorder is invaluable. Overall this is a great product, as one would expect from Sound Devices.

      However, as was mentioned before, the...Read complete review

      Extremely robust, high-quality pre-amps, built in recorder is invaluable. Overall this is a great product, as one would expect from Sound Devices.

      However, as was mentioned before, the gain knob on channel 1 can be a bit difficult to manage if you have fat fingers. Also, a quick read of the manual is a must. The first time I ever used a 442 I was able to figure out every function I needed in just a few minutes of fiddling with it while the rest of the crew was setting up the scene, but the 552 is a little less intuitive in some of its features, thanks to the new menu system.

      My biggest complaint, though, is SVEN. Good lord is he obnoxious, and hard to understand. Especially when you're trying to navigate the menu while an AD is yelling in your ear or some other distracting noises are preventing you from focusing your full concentration on deciphering his ridiculous accent. There are PLENTY of speech synthesizers in the world which are clear, intelligible, and capable of pronouncing English words without sounding like a Swede who's playing [rotund] Bunny (profanity filter won't let me use the right word here... it's the game where you stick marshmallows in your mouth til you can't say the phrase any longer). For that matter, how hard would it have been to hire a VO artist to record all of SVEN's lines and just stick them in some on-board memory for playback? SD is, after all, a company devoted specifically to creating products intended to record the sounds of human beings speaking.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      watch out

      I have had nothing but problems with this mixer. It proves to be utterly unreliable and if you need sound devices to fix the mixer it takes them forever to bumble around and get...Read complete review

      I have had nothing but problems with this mixer. It proves to be utterly unreliable and if you need sound devices to fix the mixer it takes them forever to bumble around and get it back to you. Dont try recording with the mixer because it is utterly unreliable. Takes are missing the timecode stamp is very unreliable and the mixer tends to fail. I have spoken to many mixers with the same results. Hold out and buy something else. I have many sound devices products and they have been reliable. The 552 is no good. I have had a few 552's for a while and they are bad. Buy something else. I own a 744 works fine, 788 sd that has issues, 3x 442, 2x 302. I would say sound devices best products are behind them. I have work in this business consistently since 1992. The 552 will compromised your proffessionalism

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      5.0

      Fantastic!

      By VidoeGuy

      from Eugene OR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

        We have only had the SD552 for a few weeks, but already love it. Built like a tank, tons of functions, but more importantly it sounds great! Sound Devices makes great stuff! We bought this to replace the venerable Shure FP33. The Shure was a workhorse, but the Sound Devices blows it completely out of the water.

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        4.0

        Close to perfect ,but not perfect

        By thebigo

        from Os, Norway

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • More Complicated Than 442

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

        I already own a 442, a 302 and a T 744. This is the most versatile mixer I have ever used. The mic pre is totally different from the 442, thus more aggressive (higher output) and quieter than its predecessor the SD 442.
        The limiter, which is always essential when working in live recording situations , is smooth, and is almost unnoticeable even at hot signal levels.

        I really loved the digital output option, since I often often work with cameras that have two AES/EBU inputs, giving you 4 tracks to tape unmixed.

        A drawback is the input number 5, that cannot be sent to a digital output as far as I have experienced. A routing option matrix, for routing in and outputs should have been possible. Also, the mixer provides 3 balanced analog outputs. However, the same signal is accessible at all 3 output stages. Why not provide us with a switching function, Mix A, Mix B, Mix C. This would a made this mixer a killer!

        The recording option is not a reliable tool and can not be considered a replacement for 2 trck recorders that are available on the market. I would only use this as a tool to record stereo atmospheres/ambience. Also, why not have the option to record 5 tracks? Th SD 552 is only able to record stereo, following the pan pot.

        And finally, the voice guide Sven, adds more confusion than help. Thus, never leave the config. sheet at home. There surerly most be better voice synthesizers available today?

        Sonically this mixer sounds better than the 442 in my opinion. The mic. pre is transparent and extremely low noise.

        The in and outs are very flexible, and I loved the option of setting the direct outs either pre or post fader.

        A good buy, and I would recommend this product.

        Oystein Eide, sound recordist , Norway

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        5.0

        552: satisfied

        By Sage

        from San Carlos, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

          I am a sound mixer based in San Francisco; the 552 easily meets my needs for live recording, especially with documentary work. It's especially simple to adjust levels and inputs on the fly to get the best sound. I need more cables to my job, and as I understand it this device has the capability to do everything I need it to.It's not the simplest learning curve, but everything is very open and accessible once you figure out the system. I'm also very excited to use it to mix events and performances

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          5.0

          The best field mixer on the market...

          By John Sealander

          from Dallas, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Superb quality
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Music Videos
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

          The 552 is a bit too complicated for my taste. This is definitely not a mixer that you would want to take on a critical job without reading the manual first. I'd read the manual twice! It's well worth the effort to learn what this versatile mixer can do though. The sound quality is fabulous. The built-in recorder is extremely useful, even if you are using the unit primarily as a mixer. I like the fact that it runs on AA batteries too. Much easier and less expensive than keeping a bunch of rechargables handy.

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          5.0

          Best field mixer out there

          By PW

          from Boston

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

            Very high quality field mixer

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            5.0

            Solid and Versatile

            By Mark

            from Santa Cruz, CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

              Beautifully constructed piece of gear.

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              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              watch out

              By NFL FILMS NASCAR SHOWTIME HBO MLB NBAE

              from mount laurel nj

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                    I have had nothing but problems with this mixer. It proves to be utterly unreliable and if you need sound devices to fix the mixer it takes them forever to bumble around and get it back to you. Dont try recording with the mixer because it is utterly unreliable. Takes are missing the timecode stamp is very unreliable and the mixer tends to fail. I have spoken to many mixers with the same results. Hold out and buy something else. I have many sound devices products and they have been reliable. The 552 is no good. I have had a few 552's for a while and they are bad. Buy something else. I own a 744 works fine, 788 sd that has issues, 3x 442, 2x 302. I would say sound devices best products are behind them. I have work in this business consistently since 1992. The 552 will compromised your proffessionalism

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                    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    good mixer but tight battery compartment

                    By go georgia

                    from afghanistan

                    Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                    i loved the mixer but now that a couple of pearstone rechargeable batteries got stuck in it, i hate it because i'm in afghanistan and it will take forever to send the mixer back for repair and then back here. so stupid. the battery tube is just too tight and how would i know? it's only now i'm reading online that some batteries are fatter than standard. not a single word about that in the manual. and what should i do? so upset by sound devices

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                    5.0

                    Love this mixer!

                    By blocktek

                    from San Francisco Bay Area, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                      I can't say enough good things about the 552. As a long time user of the 442, I'm familiar with Sound Devices reputation and well thought-out and designed products. The 552 is no exception. Build quality is amazing, and I'm constantly finding new features hidden in its treasure trove of a menu system. Just integrating the 2 track digital recorder would've been enough to justify upgrading my system - having new features like adding an additional channel, split monitoring, talkback & foldback monitoring, and a timecode input just insure that I won't outgrow this mixer for a long time.
                      My only complaint is the lack of 12T mic powering, but a 48v-12T adapter took care of that handily.

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                      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Good recorder but with flaws

                      By Beatworms

                      from Ny ny

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                            Robust, great features, good battery economy. Yes sven is a little hard to understand but that's not a deal breaker. However what is a deal breaker is that you can only record internally to a stereo track. This to me is a huge flaw. I had to record a scene in which 4 people had radio mics and a boom. Panned the boom to the left and radios to the right. Radio mic channel had too higher noise floor because all people were live on one channel. At least have a gate option or something to eliminated unwanted noise. To be fair you can actually run direct outs to a different recorder but that kinda just turns it in to a really expensive pre mixer.

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                            5.0

                            Best Production Sound Mixer Out There

                            By ChrisSound

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Low Distortion
                            • Powerful
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                              Once you figure out the shortcuts to access the menus it is an amazing mixer. Great preamp, limiter, etc. Very versatile for various uses. The only downside is "SVEN", the voice that tells you system info. It is nearly impossible to understand.
                              Sound Devices is the standard for production sound, and for good reason.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Rolls Royce of Field Mixers

                              By TruSound

                              from Granada Hills, Ca.

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Everything about it
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Low Distortion
                              • Powerful
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                The 552 is one fantastic field mixer, tons of features and built like a tank, expect to see years of service from this machine.Another beautiful Sound Devices product...If your in the market for a 5 channel mixer, don't hesitate to purchase one, [$] is a steal considering the feature set.

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                                5.0

                                Durable, all in one

                                By H Man

                                from New Mexico

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                  This product is an all in one mixer and recorder, and suitable for my needs in the field. The sweepable high pass/low cut filter is great! Accompanying instructions are clear and easy to follow.

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Not as hard to use as I thought

                                  By Soundmavin

                                  from Pikesville, MD

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Low Distortion
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • SVEN needs to be replaced

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                  This mixer is the Swiss Army Knife of mixers. It should be the last field mixer that you will ever need unless they start making one with a USB or firewire out. That would be the only improvement for the user other than getting another SVEN voice. It is hard to understand in a noisy environment but you get use to it,"cause you have to. I use this product in high end productions and the multitude of outs and ins makes this the best field mixer I have ever used.

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                                  (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great Amazing

                                  By cp

                                  from garden grove, ca

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Low Distortion
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                    I use this on documentaries and film shoots. I love the sound quality and the things it does. I love the five channels and the controls to work everything. It records to an sd card on board if you want it but it mixes everything down to 2 channels and I need all channels separate. I wish it recorded all channels separate.

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                                    5.0

                                    Amazing mixer, recorder

                                    By Speed

                                    from Asheville, NC

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • 5 inputs
                                    • 5 outputs
                                    • Built in recorder
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Low Distortion
                                    • Powerful
                                    • Time code options
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • SVEN

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Commericials
                                    • Corporate Videos
                                    • Events
                                    • Films
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                    I used this product for Film, TV and Corporate videos and it smoked my sound devices 302 mixer. The 302 is a great mixer but the 552 is a monster.
                                    It has 5 inputs, direct outputs for all 5 channels, time code options, built in recorder, tons of headroom, quite mic pre's, return to listen to the camera audio, tape out to send to my other field recorder, you can link another mixer for more channels, link it to the 744T. The built in record is great, really clean sound.
                                    The thing I like least about the mixer is the automated voice SVEN. He's a little hard to understand at first but you get used to him.

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                                    5.0

                                    Works Great!

                                    By Catch-A-Sound-Wave Guy

                                    from Rockville, Maryland

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Digital path
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Low Distortion
                                    • Powerful
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording

                                      Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                      I am an ignorant amateur that is slowly, carefully moving to becoming a more experienced amateur. I read many blogs of professional soundmen that were using the Sound Devices 442 Mixer, and that were happy with it. It came time for me to upgrade my equipment to include a portable mixer, and I chose the Sound Devices 552. I do not have any regrets in my purchase of this product.

                                      I agree with the earlier more-experienced reviewers here. I won't repeat their points.

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Flexible Pro Machine

                                      By Metis Ikon

                                      from New Canaan, CT

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Excellent Sound
                                      • Powerful
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                        Long term investment, a bit complicated at first, built in recorder excellent backup recorder and usable sound for general recording. Will be coupling it with a 7 series recorder or Nagra LB in the near future.

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        FAntastic A++++++

                                        By Aaron

                                        from Richmond, VA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Excellent Sound
                                        • Low Distortion
                                        • Powerful
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Events
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                          How could I not love my purchase!!! This mixer/recorder opens my capabilities immensely. It works flawlessly. I love it. B&H had the best price [...]How could I be happier? impossible. Thanks B&H and thanks PSC!!!!!

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                                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Great, but could be better

                                          By OEG Music

                                          from Mesa, AZ

                                          About Me Professional Musician

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Excellent Sound
                                          • Powerful
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                          • Difficult To Use

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events
                                          • Film Sound
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                                          Extremely robust, high-quality pre-amps, built in recorder is invaluable. Overall this is a great product, as one would expect from Sound Devices.

                                          However, as was mentioned before, the gain knob on channel 1 can be a bit difficult to manage if you have fat fingers. Also, a quick read of the manual is a must. The first time I ever used a 442 I was able to figure out every function I needed in just a few minutes of fiddling with it while the rest of the crew was setting up the scene, but the 552 is a little less intuitive in some of its features, thanks to the new menu system.

                                          My biggest complaint, though, is SVEN. Good lord is he obnoxious, and hard to understand. Especially when you're trying to navigate the menu while an AD is yelling in your ear or some other distracting noises are preventing you from focusing your full concentration on deciphering his ridiculous accent. There are PLENTY of speech synthesizers in the world which are clear, intelligible, and capable of pronouncing English words without sounding like a Swede who's playing [rotund] Bunny (profanity filter won't let me use the right word here... it's the game where you stick marshmallows in your mouth til you can't say the phrase any longer). For that matter, how hard would it have been to hire a VO artist to record all of SVEN's lines and just stick them in some on-board memory for playback? SD is, after all, a company devoted specifically to creating products intended to record the sounds of human beings speaking.

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                                          Batteries & Power

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                                          Required item: Batteries (not included) are required to power this device.

                                          Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                                          • You Pay: $2.99
                                           
                                          Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                          • You Pay: $17.95
                                           

                                          Power Supplies

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                                          Sound Devices -  XLNPH NP Type Battery Cup for Field Mixers
                                          • You Pay: $88.99
                                           
                                          Kopul -  Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 6' (1.8 m), Black
                                          • You Pay: $17.99
                                           

                                          Digital Cables

                                          Cable Techniques -  CT-PTC-318 Timecode In Cable (18")
                                          • You Pay: $29.99
                                           

                                          Cases & Protection

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                                          Sound Devices -  CS-5 Nylon Production Case for 552 or 788T
                                          • You Pay: $257.50
                                           
                                          SanDisk -  8GB SDHC Memory Card Class 4
                                          • You Pay: $5.95
                                           

                                          Adapters

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                                          Sound Devices -  XL2 TA3-F to XLR Connector Cable Pair
                                          • You Pay: $74.16
                                           

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                                          Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                                          Senal -  SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
                                          • You Pay: $89.99
                                           
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