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      Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder (H70237)
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World-class recording for everyone.

Representing the next level of professional recording performance, the H4n delivers superior audio quality and dramatically improves the user experience. Zoom's most sophisticated handheld recorder to date will amaze, no matter the application.

Unique X/Y mic design captures perfect stereo images
The H4n's onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics are arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design ensures that the mics are always equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization with no phase shifting. Frequency response remains uniform throughout your recording. The result is great stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging every time.

The mics also adjust for variable recording patterns at either 90° or 120°. Our unique design lets you rotate each mic capsule from 90° (standard) to 120° (wide-angle) stereo for the ultimate versatility in any recording situation.

Why four channels are better than two.
Everyone knows that proper miking is essential to making a great recording. The H4n is the only handheld recorder that allows you to record on four channels simultaneously by using its onboard mics with either external mics or direct inputs. You can then use its built-in mixer to blend the channels for perfectly balanced recordings. Now your recordings can be richer than ever before.

Or, to get a great recording of a live performance, use the H4n's onboard mics to get a room mix while simultaneously recording a stereo mix from the mixing board for a live recording that is easily one of the best you've ever heard.

And for media and filmmakers, the H4n makes it easy to record "high definition" audio at 24-bit/48kHz with booms, handhelds or lavaliers while gathering atmospheric audio with the onboard mics. The H4n also supports Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) so your recorded files carry time stamp information. You can even set markers (cue points) during recording or playback.

The H4n is the epitome of sophistication made simple. For anyone who needs professional recording capability with extraordinary versatility, the H4n will give you the ability to capture everything with the clarity and resolution previously found only in the world's finest recording studios. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to make world-class recordings, wherever you are in the world.

Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder Features:

  • Built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90° or 120°
    Four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics
    Digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp for improved audio quality
    Large 1.9-Inch LCD screen and improved user interface for easy operation
    24-bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording for pristine recording
    MP3 recording for increased recording time
    Built-in reference speaker to check recordings
    Shock resistant rubberized body for improved chassis protection
    Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compatible time stamp and track marker
    Records on SD/SDHC media of up to 32GB for maximum recording time
    Auto-record and pre-record feature so you never miss a moment
    Variable speed playback capability for "phrase training"
    Stamina mode enables 10 hours of continuous battery life
    Onboard mid-side matrix decoder for additional miking possibilities
    Built-in mounting joint for tripod and mic stand mounting
    USB 2.0 port for faster file transfer
    XLR inputs with phantom power allow recording with any mic
    Supports plug-in power type external mics
    Hi-Z Inputs for recording guitar and bass
    Studio effects onboard, including guitar and bass amp modeling
    USB audio interface capability
    Low-cut filter to reduce noise
    Normalizing and file splitting functions
    Mono mix function
    Onboard tuner and metronome
    Optional remote control (RC4) available

    Included Accessories
    Includes 1 GB SD card, wind screen, mic clip adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, protective case and Cubase LE recording software


Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder Specifications:

  • Stereo Mode
    Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
    Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 2
    Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Mono Mix, M/SStereo Decoder, Auto-Rec, Pre-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, A-B Repeat, Variable Speed Playback, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker
    Recording Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz), MP3 (Bit Rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps/VBR, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)
    Playback Format: WAV(Quantization: 16/24-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz), MP3 (Bit Rate: 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps/VBR, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz)

    4-Channel Mode
    Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 4
    Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 4
    Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, M/S Stereo Decoder, Auto-Rec, Pre-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, A-B Repeat, Normalize, Marker
    Recording Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz)
    Playback Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz)

    MTR Mode
    Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
    Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 4
    Effect: 50 types, 2 Modules, 60 patches
    Functions: Tuner, Metronome, Punch-In/Out, Bounce
    Recording Format: WAV (Quantization: 16-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)
    Playback Format: WAV (Quantization: 16-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)

    Stamina Mode
    Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
    Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 2
    Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Auto-Rec Recording Format: WAV (Quantization: 16-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)
    Playback Format: WAV (Quantization: 16-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)

    Common Specs
    A/D Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling
    D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling
    Signal Processing: 32-bit
    Recording Media: SD memory card (16MB-2GB), SDHC memory card (4GB-32GB) Display: 128 x 64 pixel, 1.9" backlit LCD
    Balanced / Unbalanced Input: 2 x XLR-1/4" phone combo Jack
    Input impedance: balanced input = 1kO balanced / pin 2 hot, unbalanced input = 480kO unbalanced
    Input Level: balanced input = -10 to -42dBm, unbalanced input = +2 to -32dBm
    Phantom Power Supply: 48V,24V, OFF
    Built-in Stereo Mic: Unidirectional condenser microphone (Gain: +7 to +47dB)
    External Mic Input: 1/8" stereo phone jack (Plug-in powered, Input impedance: 2kO, Input level: -7 to -47dBm)
    Phones/Line Output: 1/8" stereo phone jack
    Output Load Impedance: 10kO or more
    Rated Output Level: -10dBm
    Phones Output Level: 20mW + 20mW into 32O load
    Built-in Speaker: 400mW 8O
    Phantom Power: 48V, 24V, OFF
    USB Interface: Mini-B type (USB2.0 High Speed compatible), Mass Storage Class operation / Audio Interface operation (16-bit, 44.1kHz / 48kHz)
    Power Requirements: AA size (LR6) battery x 2, or AC adaptor (DC5V/1A/center plus)
    Battery Life (with alkaline batteries): 6 hours (Normal mode), 11 hours (Stamina mode)
    Dimensions (mm): 70(W) x 156.3(D) x 35(H)
    Weight: 280g (without batteries)


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  • Excellent Field Recording Device

    As reviewed by Stephen Testa on 12/14/2011

    I just got my H4N and I love it. I don't normally write reviews but I had to because I have really been pleased with the performance. I really like that fact that it has plug-ins for instruments or XLR mics (located on the bottom of the unit). The other cool thing is a small handle that can be screwed into the unit. The handle is designed to fit mic stand mics holders. The sound is very good and the manual is easy to follow. The unit is also simple to operate. Its a little more expensive that some units but its worth it in my opinion.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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  • Amazing

    As reviewed by Alex Canlione on 4/22/2014

    Bought this with high hopes and it still surprises me. I've used it fror almost all its worth to the exception of the meter mode. I have no use for that but it seems like a great little feature. Where this thing shines is the microphones. They are superb. I've recorded guitars, vocals, a double bass, mandolins, violins, and overheads for drums. Seriously great sound! I was blown away! quick set up as well and for such a little device very versatile. Another note worthy thing if your considering purchasing this, when i got it i thought it would take some time to learn to work it. I expected along confusing manual full of back tracking and review. NOPE! Simple and clear directions! they even have little thumbnails of the buttons used in the steps. I had it working and testing sound out in less then an hour. Once i had more sources to test it on and spent more time with it using the different features improved of course but still its got a very quick learning curve. Awesome device. If mine breaks Im definitely buying another. At that point i would consider trying the H6 but that might be overkill for my purposes. Either way cant express it enough, if you want a portable recorder with great sound and versatility this is it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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