The Batscanner Stereo provides the user with a truly immersive bat detecting experience. The Batscanner Stereo has two FG Knowles microphones; one on each side of its robust case. Each microphone is wired to one of the headphones giving the user a bat like sense of the movement of the bats around them – a bat on the left hand side of the unit will be louder in the users’ left ear and vice versa, likewise the signal from distant bats is quieter but gradually gets louder as they get closer.
Just like the original Batscanner no tuning is required; all ultrasonic sounds are automatically transformed into the audible range and the mixing frequency of this heterodyne detector is determined and readjusted automatically by the call frequency of the bats. The peak frequency and direction of a bat are displayed on the large digital screen after only a brief flyby, leaving you free to concentrate on the bat rather than tuning your detector.
Both Batscanner models feature excellent audio performance. The heterodyne converter is digitally driven, giving it a clear sound and only minimal noise. The Batscanner also minimizes unwanted ultrasound from crickets and rustling clothing but will not miss low frequency bats like noctules. The Batscanner sits comfortably in your hand, is lightweight, and small enough to take with you wherever you go. Whether on an evening walk or a bat excursion, with the Batscanner you are always prepared.
Power supply: 3 x 1.5 V batteries or 3 x 1.2 V rechargeable batteries, type AAA ( LR03)
Operating time: 20-25 hours (approximately)
Sensitivity range:15 - 120 kHz
Microphones: 2 Electret condenser, omni directional
Audio output: Speaker or Headphones (3.5mm mini jack)
Display: 7-segment LED
It's finally been announced and released! I'm very happy to report, that I've had the opportunity to test (and use) the new Stereo Batscanner from Elekon for months now...And, since Elekon AG has announced it - I'm finally able to share my thoughts.
While on-site, at a rather "batty" location, a substantial amount of time was spent testing The Stereo Batscanner. The first half, of this particular test session was devoted to testing the new unit's general abilities, as a hand-held bat detector (before hooking it up to the digital recorder, via a stereo audio cable).
It was a real pleasure to use. Of course, there were many (general) similarities to the original Batscanner. The exciting part, was hearing the bats as they flew from Point A to Point B. This new stereo Batscanner adds a wonderful, new dimension to bat detecting:
A user is able to determine the direction of flight of the bats, as they are being detected.
This can be accomplished by using your ears - And/or your eyes:
- The front-mounted speaker produces enough clear audio, to allow most (experienced) bat chasers to actually determine the origin of the calls, as a bat flies from left to right (or vice-versa).
- The (very clever) LED indicators on the front panel (below the frequency readout) also indicate which (of the two) microphones are detecting ultrasounds. Very neat!
So, if you cannot decide which direction the echolocation's are coming from, using just your ears...You will be able to determine which direction they're coming from using your eyes!
I found, that simply listening to the foraging bats, was very enjoyable with this new stereo Batscanner. I believe that many experienced detector users will also find this new Batscanner a joy to use. It has all been very exciting for me.
I love the small size and weight of this unit. It's very similar to the original (Mono) Elekon Batscanner. It's nice to have such a capable bat detector in such a small, and easy-to-hold enclosure.
Features - The new, Stereo Batscanner from Elekon is a scanning, heterodyne bat detector. As it's predecessor, it automatically scans the detecting area for any ultrasonic bat calls - When it detects the ultrasound of a bat's echolocation, it stops scanning, and displays the peak frequency of the detected call.
During my testing, I found the unit's ability to display peak frequencies of the detected bats to be quite accurate. While simultaneously using high-end bat recording systems, to confirm.
The Stereo Batscanner is super-easy to use: It powers On, by depressing two buttons on the unit: The Power-On -and- Volume Up buttons. This design (also present on the original Batscanner) prevents the unit from being turned-on accidentally. While in transit, in a pocket, etc.
This detector has the potential to suit a variety of different owners: From Beginners just starting-out, to experienced "veterans" (Hobbyists), to even Professional Bat Workers who would like a comfortable, easy-to-use detector for quick listening sessions, etc.
You can tell which direction the bats are flying from, even from the recordings. Very nice. I'm very pleased to know that NHBS has this unit available :)
Happy bat detecting!