My Review Of The H2 Zoom Recorder

By: joaomanuelsmith | Posted: 23rd May 2011

While the Zoom Recorder isn't the very best handheld stereo recorder you can get I've seen a few professional models selling for 2 to 3 times as much. And even though its smaller in size (2.5 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches) the H2 Zoom has twice the number of onboard microphones as the others. Those are two reasons why they're selling a lot of them.

The Price

It's list price was a little over $300 when it came out and places have been selling it for well under $200 lately and sometimes even cheaper.

The best things about it are:

Dollar for dollar it really beats all other comparables.

Surround sound capability due to the multiple onboard microphones.

Small in-your-hand size - small in-your-wallet price

The disappointments are:

The display screen could have been a little larger.

Built-in limiter is a little slow to react

One of the most useful features for me with this Zoom Recorder is that it records both MP3 and WAV formats… and in several different resolutions. So, for those important events you can select the pro audio setting of 24-bit/96kHz. For a rehearsal you can use an mp3 setting so it's nice to have the option and save some memory if you want to.

H2 Zoom is for:

1. Seminars and conference goers.

2. Professional media groups

3. Blog Podcasters

4. Any music event

5. Sessions for songwriters

6. Band rehearsals

7. Drama groups

The front grill on the Zoom Recorder is retro looking and very [reminiscent It's got enough of the [important but if you can find use for a metronome and guitar tuner then you're in for a pleasant surprise.

You can download audio from it as well. On a small device such as this it can be difficult to do some of the editing... just plug it into your usb and you can access it's editing functions on your computer.

What they call the W-XY mic patterns, 4 mics and signal processing allows Front 90 cardioid, Rear 120 cardioid and 360 polar patterns.

Now that's the Zoom Recorder's unique multi microphone feature we're talking about, the 4 mics that can produce various kinds of surround sound recordings. Put the H2 Zoom in the middle of a 3 piece band for instance and you would get a nice surround sound mix, drums in the back and guitars all around.

To complete this H series of small hand held recorders are Zoom's H1 which is the little brother with less features and a lower price tag and the big brother of the three being the H4 Zoom digital recorder.

You can rest assured that this handy little hand-held will give you some very nice results.

Also check out my video review of the H2 Zoom Recorder and other digital recording devices for your home studio.
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