In 1951, Stefan Kudelski, a gifted 22-year-old engineer, developed an extremely high quality, miniature, self-contained audio recorder, which he named simply the “Nagra I”. Nagra is a Polish word meaning “will record”. The interest in his invention was immediate. The Nagra II and III followed in the mid to late ‘50s revolutionizing the world of radio broadcasting, cinema and music.
In recognition of his contribution to culture and science, the Nagra Company received numerous awards including Oscars® in 1978 and 1991. Today Nagra enjoys universal fame, and the word “Nagra” describes either an authentic Nagra recorder or is a generic term for a sound recorder.
Audio Technology Switzerland has been created in 2012 from a spin off of the Audio division from the Kudeski group. The members of the Kudelski family are the main shareholders of this new entity. Audio Technology Switzerland SA is present in three principal sectors: high-end Hi-Fi equipment, professional audio recorders and devices destined for security and law enforcement.
Here is an highlight of the most iconic products Nagra has developed over its rich history. For more extensive list please refer to historical products, you may also find more documents for some product as well as user manual and guidelines.
MADE IN SWITZERLAND
The reputation of Switzerland for quality and precision is proverbial. Actually the Nagra Company was the first in Switzerland to use CNC machines and was always at the cutting edge of innovation in design and manufacturing.
Our factory is located in Romanel, some 5 km from Lausanne, the main city of the canton of Vaud on Lake Geneva.
The magnificent and peaceful view of the lake and the Alps offers a perfect setting for our team members to outperform themselves.
To make outstanding products, components are sourced from the best manufacturers around the world. Many key components are made upon special request and exclusively for Nagra. Assembling and testing are carried out in our factory as is all the winding of our unique transformers.
Each Nagra component is thoroughly inspected, tested and of course listened to in our testing room, individually by a golden-ear to hear the slightest nuances even the best measuring equipment won’t detect.