Over 65 years of innovation - Nagra

Over 65 years of innovation

In 1951, Stefan Kudelski, a gifted 22-year-old engineer, developed an extremely high quality, miniature, self-contained audio recorder, which he named simply the “Nagra I”. Nagra is a Polish word meaning “will record”. The interest in his invention was immediate. The Nagra II and III followed in the mid to late ‘50s revolutionizing the world of radio broadcasting, cinema and music.

In recognition of his contribution to culture and science, the Nagra Company received numerous awards including Oscars® in 1978 and 1991.

Today Nagra enjoys universal fame, and the word “Nagra” describes either an authentic Nagra recorder or is a generic term for a sound recorder.

The company founded by Stefan Kudelski, has, under the guidance of his son André, become a multinational group with several thousand employees worldwide. In order to develop the audio activity, in 2012 Stefan Kudelski’s children acquired the audio division from the Kudelski Group and formed Audio Technology Switzerland SA.

Audio Technology Switzerland SA is present in three principal sectors: high-end Hi-Fi equipment, professional audio recorders and devices destined for security and law enforcement.

Here is an highlight of the most iconic products Nagra has developed over its rich history. For  more extensive list please refer to historical products, you may also find more documents for some product as well as user manual and guidelines.

1951

Nagra-I

Invention of the first ever portable audio recorder, the Nagra I

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1957

NAGRA-III

Nagra III is released, the unit that will change the world of sound recording, allowing sound engineers to explore new territories

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1969

NAGRA SNST

A Nagra SN is taken on the Apollo mission to the Moon, the Série Noire or Black-Series is designed following a US government agency request for ultra-compact high quality recording

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1971

NAGRA-IV

Nagra IV-S, the first stereo Nagra opens up a new window of opportunity in music recordings

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1981 - NAGRA
1981

NAGRA TA

Nagra TA the first studio recorder, a very smooth dual-capstan drive that offers high stability and respect of the precious tape

1992 - NAGRA
1992

NAGRA-D

Nagra D and D II, the first digital recorder to make 96 kHz 24 bit recordings, and still a reference to this day

1995 - NAGRA
1995

NAGRA ARES-C

The Ares C, a digital recorder for broadcast becomes the absolute reference for major stations around the globe such as the BBC, Radio France, Europe 1, RTL and many others.

1997

NAGRA PL-P

A remarkable entry into the Hi-Fi world with the all-tube PL-P, featuring a built-in phono stage

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1998

NAGRA VPA

An iconic product seen around the world, usually portrayed with a smiling customer listening with joy

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2008 - NAGRA
2008

NAGRA-VI

A very ambitious multi-track for music and film recordings.

2017

NAGRA HD PREAMP

Sets new record specifications and together with the HD AMP becomes the reference for top set-ups around the globe

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Here is an highlight of the most iconic products Nagra has developed over its rich history. For more extensive list please refer to historical products, you may also find more documents for some product as well as user manual and guidelines.