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Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom's most innovative hand-held recorder to date. They've packed groundbreaking features into an ultra-portable device that allows you ... Read More

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Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom's most innovative hand-held recorder to date. They've packed groundbreaking features into an ultra-portable device that allows you to record pristine audio anywhere you go. From film and broadcast to journalism, podcasting, musical performance, songwriting and rehearsal, the H2n provides amazing recording quality.

New mics, new sound
The H2n features Zoom's best microphones yet and is the only portable recorder with five mic capsules onboard. This design enables the H2n to offer four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound.

The first portable Mid-Side recorder
The H2n is the first hand-held recorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance and surrounding noise are crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a uni-directional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bi-directional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. If you record in RAW mode, you can even adjust the stereo width after recording.

You still get X/Y
The H2n's onboard 90° 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 and no phase shifting. The result is brilliant stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging.

Completely surrounded
Using the H2n's Mid-Side and X/Y mics together, you can create stunning 360° surround-sound recordings. Choose between 2-channel mode, which combines the Mid-Side and X/Y mics, and 4-channel mode, which records two separate stereo files, allowing you even more post-production capability. No matter which mode you use, you'll get perfectly balanced, surround sound recordings.

Streamline your recording experience
The H2n is remarkably easy to use. With its newly designed user interface, critical controls are right at your fingertips and make studio-quality recording a breeze. The H2n also houses an arsenal of comprehensive functions, including Auto-Gain, a compressor/limiter, time stamping and more.

The H2n has you covered
Never again will you have to worry about losing recorded data to unexpected errors. The H2n has you covered with its new data recovery function. Whether you experience battery loss or an accidental power-down, this feature will automatically restore your data the next time the H2n is powered on.

20 hours of battery life
The H2n provides over 20 hours of continuous operation on just two standard AA alkaline batteries. This astonishing feature enhances the H2n's flexibility and convenience. In addition, the H2n can also operate using an AC adapter (sold separately).

Bigger and brighter
The H2n's 1.8" backlit LCD display (128 x 64 resolution) provides crystal-clear monitoring and makes it simple to navigate all of the unit's functions.

Turning to analog
Digital volume controls offer too much or too little gain, with no middle ground. The H2n's Mic Gain wheel allows you to dial-in the perfect amount of gain for any given application.

Play it back and listen
The H2n's built-in reference speaker lets you know your recordings have been captured. With its 1/8" stereo output, you can also playback your recordings on your home audio system or listen to your masterpiece using your favorite pair of headphones.

Secure your memories
The H2n uses SD/SDHC cards and can accommodate up to a 32GB SDHC card for over 50 hours of recording time using the 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV format. With 128Kbps MP3 format, you get an incredible 555 hours of stereo recording. The H2n comes with a 2GB SD card to get you started.

Transfer and edit at High-Speed
Use the H2n's High-Speed USB 2.0 interface to transfer files to your Mac or PC. Once your recordings are on your computer, you can easily store, edit, playback, and share your favorite creations. You can even use the H2n as a USB microphone, letting you record directly to your computer.

Software included
Steinberg's WaveLab LE 7 can be used for audio editing and professional-quality mastering. By using its precise waveform editing and high-quality processing, you can refine your recordings into finished works.

Remote control
The H2n's wired remote can be used to start, stop and pause recordings, as well as to add marks. It's also useful in preventing handling noise.

  • 5 built-in mic capsules provide Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel recording modes
  • Records in WAV up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 up to 320kbps
  • Newly designed user interface
  • Additional functions include Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Auto Gain, Pre-Rec, Auto-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, Variable Speed Playback, Key Control, A-B Repeat, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker, and Surround Mixer
  • Data recovery function protects against unexpected recording errors
  • Over 20 hours of operation using two standard AA batteries
  • Operates on battery, AC or USB bus power
  • 1.8-inch backlit LCD display with 128 x 64 resolution
  • Analog-type Mic Gain wheel
  • Built-in reference speaker
  • High-speed USB 2.0 card reader function
  • 1/8" Mic/Line Input and Phones/Line Output stereo phone jacks
  • Accommodates up to 32GB SDHC memory cards
  • Includes Steinberg WaveLab LE 7 editing software, 2GB SD memory card and two AA batteries

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Amazing little darn thing

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    Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

    5 microphones and great forsight makes this lil thing just amazing. Reasonably rugged too. I use it as a tool for a live band and practice situations. It doesn't lie, lol. On board limiters and compressors are easy to use and are menu based. MP3 conversion on board too allows for grab and move from SD card to PC to then email etc. 2 GB works fine for *about* 4 hrs of recording on WAV. Haven't played with the software yet, but I use Ableton and I expect no issues. Menu allows for Nickel metal hydroxide rechargeables or alkaline batteries ... figure 20 hrs of use on alkaline. The quality of sound is outta hand!! Surround, stereo, etc, all is spot on. And I mean forget your comparison of horribly dissapointing cell phone recordings, this is light years ahead yet oddly old school. Bought accesory kit and use remote and mic stand adapter out in front to record live. Highly recommended. With a little practice, a live CD could be recorded and mastered with this package in 1 take ... provided musicians are well practiced, etc. Buy now ....

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    OK in a Pinch but don't expect much


    from St. George Utah

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    I bought this to go to a music camp and record classes and concerts. Works well for general recording put it is challenging to go to other folders or get back to the last recording. There is a learning curve on this unit. There are no instructions except a basic manual The real challenge has come with uploading tracks to my computer. There are no good directions and it seems to be all trail and error. Mostly error. The Wave Lab software is challenging to figure out. In fact I have mostly given up. This is not a user friend unit of software. I would take it back but it is too late for me. Save your money and buy something you don't have to fight with.

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    Great Device For Recording/Rehearsal


    from Houston Texas

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    This recording device is excellent for making simple recordings. It is easy to operate and I would recommend buying the Zoom H2n Accessory Pack. I used this device for recording my band's rehearsal to see where we need to make improvements or changes in our songs. Easy to download onto your PC for listening. I haven't used the software as of yet, but it is also included in the purchase.

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    Utilitarian, neat-o, nifty and handy!


    from Beverly Hills

    Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

    Why so many stars? Because this little tool WILL take the place of all types of gear in all types of situations. If you just sit it in the palm of your hand, it seems like just a gimmicky little recorder - perhaps nothing special. But the practical uses for this thing are endless. The multiple mics and record settings allow you to put this tool to work wherever you happen to be, and you can be confident that you are getting clean clear audio with great depth and low noise. I've only had it a week and have become comfortable using my thumb to navigate the menus and make settings. There is only one real design issue, and that is the tiny rotating dial at the top of the unit that is dedicated to choosing your mic configuration: You sort of have to apply a little pressure with the tip of a finger or thumb to get the thing to turn. Other than that, all menu settings and screens are easy to access and make adjustments. Funny story - One GC associate said these (Zoom) devices were proprietary to Sam Ash, and GC carried them because they sold well. Another guy said components were Sanyo. A third guy said Samsung. Actually, the Zoom H2n is made by SAMSON - maker of - what else? - MICROPHONES! Anyway, I bought one, and the accessory kit, and it looks like a toy but works like a champ. I use it with my video recorder and also to make samples that I drag into Ableton Live. Big fun. Pretty cheap!

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