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Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder

You Pay: $975.00
Product Highlights
  • Compact Aluminum Body
  • Record up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Records Linear PCM, MP2, and MP3
  • Writes to SD Flash Media
  • Interchangeable Clip-on Mics Available
  • 3.5mm Mic and Line Inputs
  • Integrated Loudspeaker
  • Menu-Driven Interface
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Uses 2 AA Batteries

The Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder from Nagra is a professional-quality solid-state audio recorder, ideal for situations where exceptional portability is required. The recorder has a compact aluminum body for lasting durability in the field. It can record linear PCM (WAV) files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz, as well as compressed MP2 and MP3 files. Files are written to widely-available SD flash media, and there is no limit to the capacity of the card that can be used.

The recorder is compatible with Nagra's range of clip-on microphones, which are available in stereo and mono varieties. The Nagra SD is compatible with the accessories from the ARES-M/MII/ML range for terrific versatility. The recorder has 3.5mm mini mic and line inputs, allowing you to connect a variety of devices. An XLR to mini cable is included so you can connect a pro-level device. An internal loudspeaker lets you review your recordings without the need for any extra equipment.

The unit has an intuitive menu-driven interface for quick operation. A variety of switches on the rear panel give you instant access to several important functions without the need to go into the menu system. Other features include instant start-up, 1-button recording, automatic level control, and a low cut filter. A USB 2.0 port lets you connect to a Mac or PC to transfer your files for editing and sharing. The recorder appears as a mass storage device on your computer, so no software or drivers are required. The Nagra SD operates on a pair of standard AA batteries for approximately 10 hours, allowing you to record for a full work day without running out of juice.

Note! External clip-on mics sold separately.

Ideal for applications where portability and versatility are required, such as field recording and radio
The compact aluminum body provides lasting durability in the field
The unit records stereo or mono linear PCM (WAV) files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz, as well as compressed MP2 and MP3 files for longer recordings
Files are written to widely-available SD flash media, and there is no limit to the capacity of the card that can be used
Works with Nagra's range of clip-on microphones, which are available in stereo and mono variations with different polar patterns. The Nagra SD is compatible with the accessories from the ARES-M/MII/ML range for terrific versatility
Standard 3.5mm mini mic and line inputs allow you to connect a variety of devices. An XLR to mini cable is included so you can connect a pro-level device, such as an external dynamic microphone
An internal loudspeaker lets you review your recordings without the need for any extra equipment. A 3.5mm stereo mini headphone/line output jack is provided for private monitoring
The intuitive menu-driven interface allows quick operation. A variety of switches on the rear panel give you instant access to several important functions without the need to go into the menu system
Instant start-up and 1-button recording features let you get rolling at a moment's notice. You can also enable a 3 second pre-record buffer, perfect for capturing those "surprise" audio moments
Automatic level control and low cut filter features ensure that your recordings always sound great. This is ideal for scenarios when you can't always take the time to manually adjust your settings
A USB 2.0 port lets you connect to a Mac or PC to transfer your files for editing and sharing. The recorder appears as a standard FAT 32 mass storage device on your computer, so no software or drivers are required. You can also connect to a Nagra LB for file transfer and editing in the field
The Nagra SD operates on a pair of standard AA batteries for approximately 10 hours, allowing you to record for a full work day without running out of juice
Type Solid-state digital audio recorder
Data Storage Removable SD flash memory card
Recording Method Digital (PCM) or digital compression, stereo or mono
Compression ISO MPEG layer II/MPEG III
AD/DA Conversion 24-bit Sigma-Delta
Sample Rate 24 to 96kHz PCM and MPEG
Bit Rate 32 to 384 kbps
File Format .WAV or .MP2/.MP3
Connectors 1 x Mini 3.5mm stereo mic input
1 x Mini 3.5mm stereo line input
1 x Mini 3.5mm headphone/line output
1 x USB port
Dynamic Range Mic: 40dB for 0dB recording
Output: 80dB
Recorded file: 90dB
Microphone Power 3V, electret
Sensitivity Mic: 1.5mV min for electret capsules (full scale), 650µV min for dynamic mics (full scale)
Line: 33mV to 6.2V for 0dB FS recording
Line Output 0.9V FS
Speaker 0.1W
USB Compliant with USB 2.0
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.025% max
Frequency Response 30Hz - 20kHz (-3dB in EE mode)
Battery Type/Life 2 x AA batteries
Approximately 10 hours of operation
Dimensions (HxDxW) 4.2 x 2 x 2.6" (107 x 68 x 24mm) (without external mic)
Weight 0.5 lbs (250g) (with batteries, without microphone)
Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder
  • XLR to 3.5mm Cable
  • Protective Case
  • 2GB SD Card
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder
     
    5.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Excellent sound (7)
    • Low distortion (5)
    • Compact (4)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Performances (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
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      5.0

      Nagra SD

      By xhpmex

      from Mexico City

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

      • A Plastic Battery Cover

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

      The Nagra SD is a fairly priced, discreet, well built, remarkable hand held PCM recorder. When matched to the top end stereo MIC is capable of capturing stereo sound with a good delta and very low inherent noise. The full & clean natural sound captured positions this machine truly apart, it goes beyond the much acclaimed Sony PCM-D1. The sound quality contrast with the PCM-D1 is easily discernible. The reproduction of a recorded performance through good headphones can almost transport you to the live listening experience,. It is that good! Nagra impresses with their fine expertise in professional sound recording.
      There is a useful SD card speed test feature that allows you to determine adequate SD card write/read speeds for a chosen sampling frequency and data density. Can be useful to determine minimum essential SD performance, avoid overkill and save money. It is also very easy on two NiMH batteries, which easily last over five hours of continuous recording.
      It is clear, when it comes to hand held PCM recorders, the Nagra SD is "La Jefa."

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      5.0

      Fantastic

      By stvk

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Ambience
      • Events

      Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

      Extremely well built, easy to use, and great stereo sound with the green capsule. Very good preamps.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Naagra solid-state recorder

      By Street Singer John

      from New York City

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

          I bought the Nagra because my Sony PCM recorder had begun (again) sporadically dropping one channel. I recorded choral a cappella singing with both machines. Both are very good, but on repeated listening I decided that the Nagra sound was somehow warmer, more natural. It's also smaller and lighter, uses batteries more efficiently and has more memory.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very small, very effective

          By Fighting Bill

          from Hillsborough, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

            The most discrete and completely portable hand-held recorder. Paired with Nagra's green band microphone (or my Sennheiser ME 64, it delivers excellent results once you understand both its strengths and limitations. The pre-amps set it apart from the lower priced competition. I was willing to pay the price for superior sound quality in an extremely portable package.

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            (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Professional Quality & Very Compact

            By El Shaguerini

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clean Quiet Preamps
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Build
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Powerful
            • Professional Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Plastic Battery Door

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording
            • Sound effects
            • Stealth Recording

            Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

            I haven't found too many reviews for this amazing little gem of a recorder. Nagra blows me away again. I own several Nagras, and to be honest, I was concerned that maybe the SD would't be able to compete with some of their other recorders... I was completely WRONG!Hands down- this recorder is the best in it's class. The preamps are full, clean, sensitive, and amazingly detailed. IMHO - no other handheld unit comes close to the SD's sound quality. I use the "Green Band" clip on mic mostly to capture ambient sounds, cityscapes, and sound effects. (the mic is not included w/ the SD) The results are stunning and delicately detailed. It fits perfectly into a pocket and is super stealth for those "recording from da hip" moments..This is not some Prosumer recorder. The SD is strictly pro and puts pro sound in the palm of your hand.The only issue I have is with the flimsy plastic battery door. The rest of the unit is finely finished metal... It's not a big deal, but I'd have preferred a more solid material (metal) battery door.I know the SD is expensive, but I'm glad I took the plunge... The sound is purely amazing and surpasses any other handheld PCM recorder I've used. Hope this review helps.

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            (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The fantastic NAGRA SD

            By GARY

            from HONG KONG

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

              Hand-held audio recorder / player with all functions and controls at your fingertips.

              The unit is powered by two "AA" batteries, offering in excess of 10 hours operation

              The plug-on microphones (mono, stereo, hi quality) are optional extras and are not included

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              (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              portable and useful

              By Simon

              from HK

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

                  Easy to carry. It is very convenient to use and has a very good recording quality.

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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
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                  Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                  • You Pay: $14.50
                   

                  Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                  Nagra -  CM-MICM - Mono Microphone Input Cable For ARES-M/MII
                  • You Pay: $79.95
                  Usually ships in 7-14 business days ? This is a special order item and is non-cancelable and non-returnable. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment.
                   

                  Wind Protection

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                  • You Pay: $39.95
                   

                  Store and read data with the proper media.

                  Lexar -  4GB SDHC Memory Card Class 4
                  • You Pay: $5.95
                   

                  Headphones

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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
                   

                  Microphones

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                  Capture your audio at the source with a microphone.

                  Nagra -  NM-MICMII - Omni-Directional Mono Microphone for ARES-M/MII (Blue Band)
                  • You Pay: $184.95
                   

                  Cases & Protection

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                  Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                  Nagra -  NSD-WC Working Case for Nagra SD Audio Recorder
                  • You Pay: $45.00
                   
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