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  The ARES-PII+  
 
    
Handheld audio recorder/player with all functions controls at your fingertips.

Features

Solid State recording Menu driven
PCMCIA Compact Flash cards Long battery life
USB port Lightweight Ultra portable
Phantom powering Built-in loudspeaker
Optional Internal editor FAT 16 / 32 format
Optional MPEG Compression Reliable


Product description
High quality solid-state audio recorder, the ARES-PII+ is principally designed for journalists. Its recording media is PCMCIA of Compact Flash cards (Capacity unlimited), for the recording of PCM Mono or Stereo audio. Optional MPEG compression allows for longer recording times. The unit is powered by 5 “AA” (LR6) batteries or rechargeable cells, offering in excess of 10 hours operation.
  Ares-PII+
Documentation: Get the Ares-PII documentation  English

A 12 pin DIN connector serves as both the microphone and line inputs. The recorder will work with the NAGRA mono (NP-MICE # 70 19655 000) or stereo (NP-MICES # 70 19 656) electret microphones or with standard dynamic microphones. +48V powering is also provided allowing the use of any commercially available condenser microphones.

Really designed for radio applications, the ARES-PII+ offers instant start-up, one button recording, “takes” directory, large back-lit display, powerful vortex filter, automatic level control and internal loudspeaker. Optional internal software authorizations allow the machine to record MPEG compressed audio, to emulate a Digigram PCX sound card via USB and do internal audio editing in the field.
A large choice of accessories are available, such as power supply, carrying cases, cables etc to meet specific requirements.

Compatibility
The ARES-PII+ offers a USB port. Through this connection, the internal PCMCIA card appears on the “desktop” as n external drive of the PC / MAC. Naturally the card can be removed from the machine and directly inserted into the workstation if required. The FAT 16/32 file system has many advantages over the previous LFS system, meaning that individual takes can be removed at any time and MARKERS can be added to recordings during both record and playback.

PCMCIA Cards
The ARES-PII+ works with ATA PCMCIA cards, Strata Flash cards, compact flash cards and Microdrives (The last two require card adapters).

Special Features
Automatic Level control
Remote Start / Stop feature
Automatic voice activated recording
Lockable menus and keyboard
Menu templates
Built-in charger circuit
Built-in loudspeaker
Stereo monitoring on mini Jack
Line output connector
Internal audio editor (optional)
MPEG compression (optional)

Technical Specifications  

General
   
Data Storage medium   PCMCIA ATA cards, Compact flash cards
Recording Method   Digital (PCM) or Digital compression
Compression type   ISO MPEG Layer II
A/D & D/A conversion   20 Bit Sigma-Delta
Sampling Rate   16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Bit-Rates   64, 128, 192, 256, 384 kb/s
Mono/Stereo   Switchable and input routing
Recording Capacity   21 minutes on a 256 MB card Stereo 48 kHz, PCM
Max. Recording Capacity   132 minutes on a 256 MB card Stereo 48 kHz, 256 kb/s
PCMCIA Slot   Single type I & II
Dynamic Range Adjust   40 dB for 0 dB record (manual), 40 dB for 0 dB record (ALC)
Filters   “Flat”, “LFA”
File Format   Broadcast Wave Format (.wav)

Inputs
   
Mic. Inputs   12 poles DIN  connector
Microphone Powering   48 V Phantom
Sensitivity   From 2 mV to 10 mV for 0 dB recording
Line Input   Symmetrical transformerless
Line Input Sensitivity   0.44 V to 1.4 V for 0 dB recording

Outputs
   
Headphone   Jack 3.5 mm stereo connector
Line Output   Lemo connector
THD at 1 kHz   0.1 %
Frequency response   30 Hz – 20 kHz (-3 dB in EE mode)
Total dynamic range   80 dB

Power supply
   
Battery pack   5 x “AA” cells
Consumption   300 mA during record (no display light)

Physical
   
Dimensions   188 x 80 x 28 mm (7 x 3 x 1 inch)
Weight   450 g, (1 lb)

Options/Accessories
   
2019602150   ARES-PII+ printed user manual English edition
2019602151   ARES-PII+ printed user manual French edition

Software options
   
7019672000 NP-MPEG Software option for MPEG compression algorithms
7019673000 NP-RCX Software option for DIGIGRAM RCX Emulation (Requires NS-MPEG option also)
7019674000 NP-EDIT Software option for internal audio editor

Powering options
   
2019618000 NB-APAC AC Power supply, 100-240V~,47-63Hz, 9Vdc/800mA, CH for ARES-P/PII+
2019616000 NB-APAW AC Power supply, 100-240V~,47-63Hz, 9Vdc/800mA, World for ARES-P/PII+

Cases/Strap
   
2099191000 NP-SCC1    "Holster" style carrying case for recorder, leather slim line
2099192000 NP-SCC2    Soft carrying case for recorder and accessories, extra large
2099194000 NP-SCC3    Leather "holster" style case for ARES-PII+ with neck-strap
2099142000 NP-DRAG Hand strap for ARES-PII+ (replacement)
2099141000 NP-CLIP Clip for holster style carrying case (replacement)

External accessories
   
2019625000 NP-ESM Portable external monitor speaker for ARES-PII+
7019655000 NP-MICE    Plug-in Electret mono microphone,
omni directional for ARES-PII+
7019656000 NP-MICES Plug-in Electret stereo microphone, cardioid for ARES-PII+
7019660000 NP-TRIP Mini tripod for table-top recordings for ARES-PII+

Adapters/Cables
   
7019670000 NP-PCA RS232 Adapter for serial PC connection (software download)
2019675000 NP-LEMO Line output cable (LEMO to open-end) for ARES-PII
7019665000 CP-MICM Microphone input cable, DIN-12-pin, one  3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
7019666000 CP-MICS Microphone input cable, DIN-12-pin, two  3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
7019667000 CP-LINI Line input cable, DIN-12-pin, two 3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
2019668000 CP-LINO

Line output cable, Jack 3.5, two CINCH M  1.5 m (5 ft)

2019669000 CP-USB USB cable (replacement)

Compact Flash cards
2097170000 C-ADAPT Compact flash card adapter ATA
2097176000 C-ATA-512 Compact Flash ATA card 512 MB
2097178000 C-ATA-1G Compact Flash ATA card 1 GB
2097180000 C-ATA-2G   Compact Flash ATA card 2 GB
2097179000 C-ATA-4G Comapct Flash ATA card 4 GB
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