Lectrosonics has introduced the SPDR Stereo Portable Digital Recorder, a stereo version of its PDR micro digital recorder. The dual channel unit is designed for use in news gathering, film and video production, or any and all field recording duties. It stores recordings on a micro SDHC memory card in .WAV format with iXML metadata at 24 bits and sample rates of 48kHz or 96kHz.
The SPDR also handles inputs from line level and AES digital sources, as well as lav microphones wired for Lectrosonics 5-pin servo bias inputs. Time code can be fed to the unit via the industry-standard 5-pin Lemo connector. Lectrosonics have also included a temperature-compensated time base crystal oscillator for clocking. The device syncs with a mobile application called PDRRemote for remote control and is able to run on external power input with internal battery switchover should a loss in external power occur. There’s also a headphone output for playback and monitoring.
The SPDR has rugged aluminium casing and has an official runtime of 13 hours on a pair of AA batteries. Priced USD 1495, it’s on the very high end of field recorders so out of reach for most hobbyists. Many professionals, however, would probably love a unit like this. The field recorder market is very competitive, with ZOOM and Roland’s mid-range offerings already boasting superb recording quality and features. But we assume Lectro knows what it’s doing offering the SPDR’s at this price point.
More information is available on Lectrosonics’ web page