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I'm interested in a product D500X Grab and Go Kit. Could you please tell me the difference between the standard and special edition FD. Best regards.
Hello- the Special Edition is a special request made for BCM. It contains a frequency-division chip and headphone jack for live monitoring of the bat activity. The intended use of this is when doing manual recording of specific bats or events...such as only the really "good" passes, or when collecting voucher calls from known bats. You listen with the headphones and press the manual record to simply start+stop, recording at any length of time. Our success rate in capturing voucher calls...and multiple voucher calls... went up exponentially using this tool. We would keep a notepad on the back of the D500x to record what file number went with which species, then cleaned up these records in post processing, throwing out the duds.
This system has been now superceeded with the SonoBatLIVE app which makes everything even faster by doing all the note taking on the tablet, thereby reducing the post processing even further. The D500x SE is still a great option for those wanting a passive detector that can also make manual recordings on a whim. The FD chip does use slightly more power, so if you have no need to ever make manual recordings, get the standard version as the battery will last slightly longer.
Do you offer any bundle discounts for ordering detectors and sonobat software?
Hi Jon we do not have a product setup for such a package but could provide a quote. Email email@example.com with the number of Grab and Go Kits you need and SonoBat licenses. The SonoBat license is per use on multiple devices, includes free incremential updates, and now has a ZC version. The D500x has truly stood the test of time; it still has the best sound quality among devices in it's price range, uses locally sourced microphone and external power cables, has cables that can be seperated from the microphone, and has a decent noise rejection system.