Hi, I am about to make the same choice. Which one did you go for in the end and how did it perform?Good morning,
I would like to buy a bat detector to use it for a bat survey in Tunisia. Can't make my mind on which one I have to chose between these two: the BAT BOX DUET Bat Detector and the ELEKON Batscanner. What will you recommend? Thanks
It's very true. All my training was about how to tune heterodyne, and identify bats by the peak frequency and the tones as you tune the recorder. It was very satisfying, and sounded great.. but I'm noticing some modern, expensive detectors do have heterodyne, but no dial!!! It just uses it to detect, at which point you switch to recording, or it automatically displays the peak frequency for you.I have recently bought an ultrasonic microphone for a smartphone - EchoMeter Pro. It's my first venture into bats, so I can't compare it with anything, but when I was choosing what to get, it seemed like a no-brainer choice. With such an easy access to full spectrum detection, all the other methods like heterodyne don't seem to make sense anymore as they basically existed just because full spectrum recording was too expensive. It however may be different for surveys, because the smartphone dependency is clearly not practical for "leave it and trigger" way of surveying.
That's strange. I haven't had any connection problem. I carry mine around recording whilst I walk transects all over mountainsides and haven't ever had it disconnect. The USB connection for me is firm and snug.I found only one flaw with the EchoMeter and that's the wonky mechanics of the USB - I can't walk around with it basically, because if not held still, it will disconnect.
I think it must be in the Software/App, simulating Heterodyne and Frequency division.Are the computerised detectors simulating heterodyne sounds; digitally doing heterodyne style processing or do they have actual analogue heterodyne circuitry?