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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... Read More

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Overview

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.

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
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 = 1kÎ balanced / pin 2 hot, unbalanced input = 480kÎ 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: 2kÎ, Input level: -7 to -47dBm)
    Phones/Line Output: 1/8" stereo phone jack
    Output Load Impedance: 10kÎ or more
    Rated Output Level: -10dBm
    Phones Output Level: 20mW + 20mW into 32Î load
    Built-in Speaker: 400mW 8Î
    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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ZoomH4N Portable Digital Recorder with Accessory Pack
 
4.5

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4.0

Good sound quality, "free" software

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from Austell, GA

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Comments about Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder with Accessory Pack:

The sound quality of this device is good, with almost NO noise (especially when you turn down the mic level). The user interface is not very intuitive, so keep the manual in case you need to do something like effects. Also it is not very rugged, but what audio equipment is? OK, OK, Shure SM57/58, but not very much else. It is more rugged and portable than other recording systems, though. When you turn Phantom power on, it supplies power to both inputs, which might be a problem with ribbon mics (Not modern dynamics though). I think it does well enough for acoustic guitar that you don't need an external mic, but you might feel differently, or you might want a mono recording. Also, this thing will save you a LOT of time and effort. When you go to buy mics at GC or somewhere else, you can test the mics and NOW YOU KNOW EXACTLY how the mic sounds, so instead of buying something that you will hate or never use, you will end up buying something you like on the first time. Now for the bad part. The "FREE" software that the H4n comes with (Cubase LE, not sure about Wavelab LE though) is NOT FREE. The SOFTWARE ITSELF is free, but in order to OPEN THE FILE, you need WinZip, which is $25. You can get a free program to do that, so whatever, but you also need an e-licenser TO USE THE SOFTWARE, which is another $25. Absolutely evil, marketing "Free" when you have to spend at least $25 to use it. That is my only big complaint. Overall rating of the device itself is 8/10 Overall rating of the accesseries 1/10 (It comes with batteries. No SD card) I am going to keep it, and I think the quality is good enough for a first decent recording system.

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4.0

Good sound quality, ""free"" software

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from Austell, GA

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Comments about Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder with Accessory Pack:

The sound quality of this device is good, with almost NO noise (especially when you turn down the mic level). The user interface is not very intuitive, so keep the manual in case you need to do something like effects. Also it is not very rugged, but what audio equipment is? OK, OK, Shure SM57/58, but not very much else. It is more rugged and portable than other recording systems, though. When you turn Phantom power on, it supplies power to both inputs, which might be a problem with ribbon mics (Not modern dynamics though). I think it does well enough for acoustic guitar that you don't need an external mic, but you might feel differently, or you might want a mono recording. Also, this thing will save you a LOT of time and effort. When you go to buy mics at GC or somewhere else, you can test the mics and NOW YOU KNOW EXACTLY how the mic sounds, so instead of buying something that you will hate or never use, you will end up buying something you like on the first time. Now for the bad part. The ""FREE"" software that the H4n comes with (Cubase LE, not sure about Wavelab LE though) is NOT FREE. The SOFTWARE ITSELF is free, but in order to OPEN THE FILE, you need WinZip, which is $25. You can get a free program to do that, so whatever, but you also need an e-licenser TO USE THE SOFTWARE, which is another $25. Absolutely evil, marketing ""Free"" when you have to spend at least $25 to use it. That is my only big complaint. Overall rating of the device itself is 8/10 Overall rating of the accesseries 1/10 (It comes with batteries. No SD card) I am going to keep it, and I think the quality is good enough for a first decent recording system.

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5.0

Amazing

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from Rhythm

Comments about Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder with Accessory Pack:

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!

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5.0

Excellent Field Recording Device

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from Merrit Island, FL

Comments about Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder with Accessory Pack:

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.

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