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Nagra PICO


Featherweight handheld dictaphone-style recorder

The Nagra PICO is designed as a compact device for any ultra-portable recording situation.

This high quality solid-state audio recorder is ideal for linear  PCM recordings or MP-3 for web applications. Its built-in microphones and internal 4GB flash memory make it a compact and convenient solution for a wide range of applications.

Key Features

Product description

The PICO records to an internal 4GB flash memory in linear PCM Mono or Stereo audio wav files, as well as MPEG compression MP3 for longer recording times. The unit is powered by two “AA” batteries, offering in excess of 40 hours operation. It offers an automatic gain control system, a noise cut low frequency attenuation input filter and VOR (Volume Operated Recording). It is also fitted with several pre-programed equalzer settings to enhance playback. Very easy to operate and comfortable in-the-hand the PICO is an ideal pocket sized recording device. Designed for radio journalist applications, and other hand-held recording opportunities the Nagra PICO offers instant start-up, one button recording, automatic level control, internal loudspeaker and a low cut filter. Three switches on the rear of the recorder give the user rapid acces to several important functions without the need to enter the menus. All other settings are programmed through the comprehensive menu system, where many features of the recorder can be adapted according to the users requirements.


The Nagra PICO has a miniature USB 2.0 port. Through this connection, the internal memory appears on the “desktop” as a mass storage device (external drive) of the PC / MAC and requires NO additional software or drivers.


Solid-State recording Menu driven
Internal 4GB memory Long battery life
USB 2.0 port Lightweight Ultra- portable
High sensitivity built-in microphones Built-in loudspeaker, AGC and Low cut filter
Line input FAT 32 format
External Microphone connection Linear PCM and MP3 formats

Special features

  • Built-in loudspeaker
  • Stereo Line In / Out
  • Linear PCM and MP3
  • Different playback EQs
  • Variable speed playback

Technical specifications



Data Storage medium   Internal 4GB Flash memory
Recording Method   Digital (PCM) or Digital compression (MP3)
Compression type   ISO MPEG III
Sampling Rate   48 kHz PCM and MPEG
Playback formats   WAV, MP2, MP3, WMA
Frequency response   20 Hz – 20 kHz ±0.5dB
Dynamic range adjust   >40dB
MIC S/N ratio   90 dB (ASA “A” weighted
Dynamic range (recorded file)   >94 dB (Line input 3.5V)
Microphone EIN   >122 dB (ASA “A” weighted)
THD+N at 1 kHz   >0.02% (20Hz – 22 kHz ASA “A” weighted)
Mono/Stereo   Switchable


Mic. filter   100Hz
Input sensitivity   620µV to 76 mV for 0 dB recording
Mic gain   0 – 40 dB
Mic. Inputs   Miniature  3.5mm stereo Jack connector
Internal Microphones   2 x Cardioid
Mic powering   3V electret
A.G.C.   Switchable (On/Off)
Line Input   Miniature 3.5mm stereo Jack connector


Headphone   Miniature 3.5 mm stereo Jack connector
power   2x30mW (16Ω)
Built-in speaker   0.1W
USB   2.0

Power supply

Battery pack   2 x “AA” cells
Consumption   170mW
Autonomy   >40 hours


Dimensions   138 x 41 x 19 mm (5.4 x 1.7 x 0.5″)
Weight   71 g without batteries
Operating temperature   0 – 70°C
Working humidity   20 – 80%



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