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Choosing between the SM3 and SM4?

Choosing between the SM3 and SM4?

You may have noticed that we not only have a new Song Meter recorder, the SM4, but we are also continuing to the offer the SM3. That's because while we recommend the SM4 for most cases, the SM3 has some unique features that you may require for your recordings. Answer the questions below to find out if you should be buying an SM3 or an SM4. 

How to choose a bat detector

How to choose a bat detector

With our new SM4BAT Full Spectrum and Zero Crossing recorders shipping soon, you may be wondering how to choose the best bat detector and recorder from our product line up.

What they all have in common

All of the Wildlife Acoustics bat detectors have the ability to record bats. They are all equipped with the low noise FG microphone element, making for superior recordings in a variety of climates and conditions.

Passive vs. Active

Our SM3BAT and SM4BAT are weatherproof passive bat detectors, meaning that you may leave them unattended while they record, sometimes for weeks or months at a time.

What's new in the SM3M?

What's new in the SM3M?

Our new SM3M marine recorder is full of improvements on our popular SM2M model.

Wondering what’s changed?Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the features we’ve added to make this our most intuitive and dependable marine recorder and noise logger yet!

Reliability Improvements

  • Heavy duty hydrophone cage offers greater protection
  • Hydrophone waterblock prevents leakage into the device
  • New heavy duty carrying case for the SM3M submersible

Ease-of-Use

  • Easier to program
  • Alerts you when you’ve made a mistake in loading, editing, or running a program
  • Complete control over all internal parameters
  • Automatic set up--simply connect your hydrophone(s), load a program, and press start
  • Status button lets you quickly check usage, battery voltage, and more
  • Metadata embedded in the files and enhanced self diagnostics

Advanced Technology

  • New circuit design
  • Improved battery life
  • Temperature-controlled clock crystal maintains clock accuracy at extreme temperatures
  • Native SDXC support, meaning no re-formatting needed
  • Nap mode allows recorder to improve battery life by up to 50%
  • Record on 2 channels up to 256 kHz or one channel up to 384 kHz
  • ...and more!

If you have any questions about our latest marine recorders, don't hesitate to contact us and we'd be happy to help!

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Bat Conservation International Bat Conservation Trust Wildlife Habitat Counsil