Category:Super High Fidelity (Reserved for top-end recorders)
Country of Manufacture:Switzerland
Release dates:1971 - 1975
Original Price: $1735
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:( 2dB): 15 ips: 30Hz - 20 kHz 7½ ips: 30Hz - 15 kHz 3¾ ips: 30Hz - 10 kHz
Wow and Flutter:15 ips: 0.05%. 7½ ips: 0.07%. 3¾ ips: 0.15%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:15 ips: 71 dB, 7½ ips: 68 dB
Sound quality rating:7 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7 / 10
The Nagra 4.2 was a professional,
portable, mono full track recorder designed for radio, cinema and television
applications. First launched in 1971 it was considered (along with the
model 4 SL), an industry benchmark for 30 years, being finally replaced
by the Nagra 5 in 2002.
Features included three speeds: 38, 19 and 9.5 cm/s (15, 7½ , 3¾ ips), NAB or CCIR standard, separate recording and playback heads, a built-in
monitoring speaker switchable to source or tape, a reference generator,
modulometer, alarm indicator for power supply and tape transport.
Speed tolerance: better than 0.05% / Harmonic distortion: 1% at maximum peak level / Rewind speed: 600ft per minute / Inputs: two microphone inputs (switchable to dynamic, T or P (48V) condenser) one voltage or current line input one direct mixer input / Outputs: 4.4V or 1.55V balanced line output, (depending on the transformer installed) / Dimensions: 12½ x 8¾ x 4¼ ” (317.5 x 222 x 108mm) / Weight: 11½ lbs (5.2kg) / full track mono