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Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder

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Nagra Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Compact Aluminum Body
  • Record up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • 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
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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/96 kHz, 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/96 kHz, 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 96 kHz PCM and MPEG
Bit Rate 32 to 384 kbps
File Format .WAV or .MP2/.MP3
Connectors 1 x Mini 3.5 mm stereo mic input
1 x Mini 3.5 mm stereo line input
1 x Mini 3.5 mm headphone/line output
1 x USB port
Dynamic Range Mic: 40 dB for 0dB recording
Output: 80 dB
Recorded file: 90 dB
Microphone Power 3 V, electret
Sensitivity Mic: 1.5 mV min for electret capsules (full scale), 650 µV min for dynamic mics (full scale)
Line: 33 mV to 6.2 V for 0dB FS recording
Line Output 0.9 V FS
Speaker 0.1 W
USB Compliant with USB 2.0
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.025% max
Frequency Response 30 Hz - 20 kHz (-3 dB 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 24 mm) (without external mic)
Weight 0.5 lb (250 g) (with batteries, without microphone)
Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder
  • USB cable
  • USB Memory Key
  • Working Case
  • Wrist Strap
  • 2GB SD Card
  • Plastic Support Stand
  • Mono Microphone Input Cable with XLR Plug
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder
     
    4.9

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Excellent sound (9)
    • Low distortion (7)
    • Compact (6)
    • Good power output (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Professional recording (4)
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      4.0

      Stellar Playback, Very Good Capture

      By Benjamin

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Construction

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

      First, the bad: the moment I unboxed the SD the center power button fell off. This wasn't a problem as a little super glue made it good as new -- better even.Overall the build quality is very solid. As others have noted, the all metal construction gives the unit some heft and structural integrity. With the exception of the buttons, which seem to be made of thin aluminum and do not match the body in terms of build quality, the SD is a well built unit. The DAC is nicely paired with the headphone/line out. As a playback device the SD is stellar. It drives my Sennheiser HD 25 ii and 600 really well. Do note that the unit lacks gapless playback. As a capture device, the SD is very good. I've only tested the ext mic in with a Schoeps CMBI, the battery powered mic body for the Collette capsules. I've been running this setup for nature recording and sound effects. Even in very quiet situations, the SD has just enough gain to secure a good capture. Nagra recommends the hi gain setting for ext mics, and I've found that this holds. By my non scientific experience, 24bit/96Khz produces the best results.

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      5.0

      Excellent sound quality

      By Dan at Vigorotaku

      from Washington DC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder:

        This is by far the cleanest audio I have heard for a portable recorder. The green band microphone gives great stereo background sound. The white band is great for interviews.

        If placed directly in line with the camera, the stereo sounds clearly travel in the direction of movement in the camera. It is clear and the motion is clean and clear.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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        (3 of 3 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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            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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              (15 of 15 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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              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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                (4 of 13 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.

                    Duracell - AA 1.5v Alkaline Coppertop Battery (4-Pack)
                    • You Pay: $2.79
                     
                    Watson - 4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                    • You Pay: $17.95
                     

                    Cables

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                    Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                    Nagra - CM-MICS - Stereo Microphone Input Cable For ARES-M/MII
                    • You Pay: $159.95
                     

                    Wind Protection

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                    Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                    Rycote - Rycote Mini Windjammer for Zoom H4 & Nagra Ares-M
                    • You Pay: $39.95
                     

                    Store and read data with the proper media.

                    SanDisk - 4GB SDHC Memory Card Class 4
                    • You Pay: $4.95
                     

                    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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