ARES-PII+ - Nagra


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

High quality solid-state audio recorder, the ARES-PII+ was 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.

Key features

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.


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


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.


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


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)



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



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



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



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



2019602150:ARES-PII+ printed user manual English edition
2019602151:ARES-PII+ printed user manual French edition



7019672000NP-MPEGSoftware option for MPEG compression algorithms
7019673000NP-RCXSoftware option for DIGIGRAM RCX Emulation (Requires NS-MPEG option also)
7019674000NP-EDITSoftware option for internal audio editor



2019618000NB-APACAC Power supply, 100-240V~,47-63Hz, 9Vdc/800mA, CH for ARES-P/PII+
2019616000NB-APAWAC Power supply, 100-240V~,47-63Hz, 9Vdc/800mA, World for ARES-P/PII+



2099191000NP-SCC1“Holster” style carrying case for recorder, leather slim line
2099192000NP-SCC2Soft carrying case for recorder and accessories, extra large
2099194000NP-SCC3Leather “holster” style case for ARES-PII+ with neck-strap
2099142000NP-DRAGHand strap for ARES-PII+ (replacement)
2099141000NP-CLIPClip for holster style carrying case (replacement)



2019625000NP-ESMPortable external monitor speaker for ARES-PII+
7019655000NP-MICEPlug-in Electret mono microphone, omni directional for ARES-PII+
7019656000NP-MICESPlug-in Electret stereo microphone, cardioid for ARES-PII+
7019660000NP-TRIPMini tripod for table-top recordings for ARES-PII+



7019670000NP-PCARS232 Adapter for serial PC connection (software download)
2019675000NP-LEMOLine output cable (LEMO to open-end) for ARES-PII
7019665000CP-MICMMicrophone input cable, DIN-12-pin, one  3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
7019666000CP-MICSMicrophone input cable, DIN-12-pin, two  3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
7019667000CP-LINILine input cable, DIN-12-pin, two 3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
2019668000CP-LINOLine output cable, Jack 3.5, two CINCH M  1.5 m (5 ft)
2019669000CP-USBUSB cable (replacement)



2097170000C-ADAPTCompact flash card adapter ATA
2097176000C-ATA-512Compact Flash ATA card 512 MB
2097178000C-ATA-1GCompact Flash ATA card 1 GB
2097180000C-ATA-2GCompact Flash ATA card 2 GB
2097179000C-ATA-4GComapct Flash ATA card 4 GB

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