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Nagra SD


2-channel hand-held recorder

High quality solid-state audio recorder, the Nagra SD is designed initially for journalism, but can be used in any ultra-portable recording situation, and can replace MINIDISK©. Its recording media is a removable SD memory card, there is no limit to the card size allowed.  It records PCM Mono or Stereo audio wav files or MPEG compression allowing for longer recording times (e.g. 278 hours on a 4 GB card 32 kbits/sec). The unit is powered by two “AA” batteries, offering in excess of 10 hours operation.

Key features

Interchangable microphones

The Nagra SD accepts a range of Nagra-made extra high quality Mono (omni-directional / cardioid) and Stereo (cardioid) clip-on microphones and is also delivered with an external mono XLR microphone cable allowing an external dynamic microphone to be used. Designed for radio applications, the Nagra SD offers instant start-up, one button recording, automatic level control, internal loudspeaker and a low cut filter. A set of switches on the rear of the recorder give the user rapid access to several important functions without the need to enter the menus.


The Nagra SD 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. It can also be connected to the NAGRA LB for file editing and transfer operations in-the-field if desired.

Feature list

  • Built-in monitoring loudspeaker
  • Stereo Line In / Out
  • Linear PCM, MP2 and MP3 formats
  • Interchangeable microphones
  • Rugged metal chassis

Technical specifications



Data Storage medium   Extractable SD memory card
Recording Method   Digital (PCM) or Digital compression
Compression type   ISO MPEG Layer II / MPEG III
A/D & D/A conversion   24 Bit Sigma-Delta
Sampling Rate   24 to 96 kHz PCM and MPEG
Bit-Rates   32 to 384 kb/s
Mono/Stereo   Switchable
File Format   (.WAV) or (.MP2) / (.MP3)




Mic. Inputs   Miniature  3.5mm stereo Jack connector
Dynamic range adj.   40 dB for 0 dB recording
Mic powering   3V electret
Sensitivity   Min 1.5mV for electret capsules (full scale)Min 650µV for dynamic microphones(full scale)
Line Input   Miniature 3.5mm stereo Jack connector
Line Input Sensitivity   33mV – 6.2V for 0 dB FS recording
Headphone   Miniature 3.5 mm stereo Jack connector
Line Output   0.9V FS
Total dynamic range   80dB
Built-in speaker   0.1W
USB   2.0
Recorded file    
THD + N at 1 kHz   0.025 % Max
Frequency response   30 Hz – 20 kHz (-3 dB in EE mode)
Total dynamic range   90 dB
Power supply    
Battery pack   2 x “AA” cells
Autonomy   >10 hours
Dimensions   107 x 68 x 24 mm (4.2 x 2 x 2.6″)(without external microphone)
Weight   250 g (0.5lb) including batteries(without microphone)



English / French

User Manual

English / French


Nagra SD V1.2.0.16(Latest version)


Software bulletins

Software Bulletin V1.2.0.15_EN

Software Bulletin V1.2.0.15_FR


External Microphones and accessories


7070121000   NM-MICMII   High Quality Mono clip-on microphone (Blue)
2070120000   NM-MICS   Standard Stereophonic clip-on microphone (Red)
7070125000   NM-MICSII   High Quality Stereo clip-on microphone (Green)
2070124000   NM-MWS   Foam windshield for the clip-on microphones.
7070122000   NM-MICMC   High Quality Mono Cardioid clip-on mic


Powering options


2098301000   PDS   Set of 2 “AA” cells


Case / Strap


2070005020   TRIPOD   Tripod for tabletop use
2070114000   NM-WS1   Wrist stap (replacement)
2070220000   NSD-WC   Working case for NAGRA SD




2070122000   CM-MICM   Mono microphone input cable with XLR plug (Pale yellow band)
7070123000   CM-MICS   Stereo microphone input cable (2 x XLRF) (Voilet band)
7070127000   CM-MICL   Mono Line input cable (white band)
7070128000   CM-MICLS   Stereo Line input cable (dark yellow band)
2070116000   CM-USB   Miniature USB cable

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