The Zoom H2N Handy Recorder Portable Digital Audio Recorder combines Zoom's years of experience in portable recording with enhanced technology and features to present a versatile device that can be used for film and broadcast applications, as well as journalism, podcasting, musical performances and rehearsals and much more. The H2n has an unprecedented 5 microphones built in, providing you with 4 selectable recording patterns to choose from.
A simple dial on top of the recorder lets you switch between traditional XY stereo, 2-channel surround, 4-channel surround and a mid-side stereo mode. The mid-side mode allows you to adjust the width of your stereo field for terrific flexibility. When recording in RAW mode, you can even adjust the field after you've made a recording.
The H2n records to widely-available SD and SDHC flash memory cards and supports capacities up to 32GB. A 2GB card is included so you can use the recorder right away. When using a 32GB card, you can capture up to 50 hours of CD-quality WAV files, or up to 555 hours of stereo 128kbps MP3 files. An integrated reference speaker makes it easy to review your recordings to make sure everything has been captured properly. The streamlined and intuitive interface puts critical controls right at your fingertips.
The large 1.8" backlit LCD display makes it easy to navigate through system menus and monitor audio levels. The analog-type mic gain wheel lets you make precise adjustments on-the-fly. If you'd like to connect external equipment, the H2n provides you with a 3.5mm mic/line input, allowing you to hook up your favorite microphones, instruments and other sound sources.
A 3.5mm headphone/line output makes it easy to connect headphones, portable speakers and other devices. A remote jack lets you connect the optional wired remote to start, stop and pause recordings, as well as add marks. It also reduces handling noise for the cleanest possible recordings. A high-speed USB 2.0 port lets you transfer recordings to your Mac or PC.
You can even use the H2n as a live USB mic, terrific for VoIP chats and podcasting. Steinberg WaveLab LE 7 software is included, giving you audio editing and mastering tools to help you turn your recordings into finished masterpieces. The H2n offers a number of versatile powering options. It offers over 20 hours of continuous operation on a pair of standard AA alkaline batteries. It can also be operated via USB bus power, or an AC adapter (sold separately).
In the event of battery failure or accidental power loss, your recordings won't be lost. A data recovery function will automatically restore you data the next time the recorder is powered on, so you don't lose one-of-a-kind audio moments.
Other features of the H2n include a lo-cut filter, a compressor/limiter, auto gain, pre-rec, auto-rec, a tuner and metronome, variable speed playback, key control, A-B repeat, file dividing, normalize, MP3 post-encode, marker and surround mixer to give you useful tools for a variety of applications.
Reviewed by 2 customers
Easy to use, great recordings and very good results
I use the Zoom H2N to record narration for a web slideshow as well as record various ambient sounds/dialogue for video. So far, the Zoom H2N has surpassed my expectations. I really like the different recording modes (XY/MS/4ch/2ch) and the easy menu operation. Sound quality is very good (certainly good enough for my uses).