Nagra SNST-R - Nagra

Nagra SNST-R

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Precision miniature analog stereo tape recorder

The SNST-R is a miniature analog recorder for music recordings. It’s a special version of the historical SN “Série Noire” originally ordered by President JF Kennedy for the American secret services and was even taken to the moon on one of the Apollo missions.

The SN family of recorders has been regarded by many as Nagra’s finest achievement in miniature engineering. Its unique appearance has become instantly recognizable as an icon of Swiss precision. One would really wonder whether the undeniable appeal of the Nagra SNST-R lies in its mechanical precision and small size or its superb performance.

Key features

The Nagra SN miniature analog recorder was created specifically to satisfy the stringent requirements of recording during the 1970s. As its reputation of superb sonic performance and unrivalled mechanical reliability grew, the Nagra SN became the machine of choice for many security agencies around the world and was even featured in numerous motion pictures both on-camera and as a production tool. Nagra brings this high technology jewel, situated between tradition and innovation, to music lovers. This is what the SNST-R is all about, musical emotion and rediscovering the true analog sound.

Precision in the finest detail

The SNST-R and its miniature jewel-like construction is a perfect reflection of the engineering and manufacturing expertise at Nagra. The SNST-R is milled from a solid block of metal, with top and bottom covers drawn from a light metal alloy. Its stunning look and superb engineering allow analog enthusiasts to maintain the values of Swiss crafting. Nagra-made heads, the meter, equipped with two scales, giving the recording level and indicating the status of the internal batteries, the manual rewind crank, offer the famous Swiss-watch precision. Measuring 146 x 101 x 26 mm and weighting just 590 g, the SNST-R becomes a discreet high-end miniature recorder.

High-quality recording and sonic excellence

The Nagra SNST-R has a frequency response of 50 Hz to 15 kHz ±2 dB. The wow and flutter performance of 0.05% is also state-of-the-art. Its small size renders it an ideal candidate for all portable, location or discreet recording applications. The machine uses 0.15” (3.81 mm) tape on special open reel spools. Operating at a tape speed of 3.75 inches per second (9.5 cm / S), it yields duration of approximately 40 minutes per reel of tape. The Nagra SNST-R uses two “AA” size batteries or rechargeable cells. This enables more than 5 hours of operation.


Two connection sockets on the left-side allow the connection of either the two accompanying Beyer dynamic microphones or the line input cables. The outputs are available on the two 3.5 mm jack plugs, located on the front edge of the SNST-R. They can be used either for connecting the headphone (with an impedance of 2 x 600 Ω) or the line output cable.

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