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Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder
From Zoom

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Average customer review:
( stars, based on 325 reviews)

Product Description

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2074 in Musical Instruments
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Zoom
  • Model: H2N
  • Published on: 2014-03-12
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 4.50" h x 1.68" w x 2.66" l, .29 pounds
  • Battery type: Alkaline
  • Display size: 1.8


  • Over 20 hours of operation using two standard AA batteries
  • Key Control, A-B Repeat, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker and Surround Mixer
  • Additional functions include Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Auto Gain, Pre-Rec, Auto-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, Variable Speed Playback
  • Records in WAV up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 up to 320kbps

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

491 of 505 people found the following review helpful.
5LOADED with AWESOME features for musicians and filmmakers
By Jeff
[[VIDEOID:mo3IHBLQSWB64S0]]I am extremely impressed with the Zoom H2N. I have owned other Zoom audio recorders: H1, H2, H4, H4N. I've also owned Tascam DR-05, DR-08, Sony PCM-M10, Edirol R44, and Fostex FR-2 LE audio recorders. I am both a musician and videographer and for the price of the H2N, it is BY FAR the most versatile audio utility device I have ever owned (until the next latest and greatest technology comes out).

As a videographer/Indie filmmaker, I got the H2N because:

*It has 20hrs of battery life - longest of all Zoom recorders to date.
*The user interface is well designed and easy to adjust during shooting. I love the analog gain wheel.
*It has a REMOTE port (remote comes with accessory pack).
*Internal mics & preamp are super crisp, amazing quality up to 96kHz/24bit Wave. Great for room tone or foley.
*Doubles as USB microphone for Skype, iChat, Logic Pro, Garageband, etc. I'll use to record voice over for my videos.
**The H2N can record both external mic input AND onboard mics at the same time in multitrack mode. Similar to Zoom H4N.

If you already own an H4N, you might still want the H2N to add to your gear. It's a different type of tool. If you absolutely need XLR inputs for everything you do, then don't bother getting the H2N. BUT if there are times when you only need to capture ambient audio, or only use a 3.5mm wireless lav or 3.5mm stereo Rode mic, then I strongly recommend the H2N. It's a better tool for those types of situations.

As a musician, I got the H2N because:
*I wanted to record my band rehearsals and some of my gigs. Put this in the middle of the room, picks up the whole band.
*Has built in Tuner, Metronome, slow playback with pitch control -- so I can learn bass lines by slowing down music.
*I use it for Logic Pro 9 to record vocals. Also makes a great mic for quick demos.
*The Zoom can convert files in the recorder. Converts 4 track to stereo, Wave to MP3, etc.

The few negatives:
-The mics are too sensitive to wind. I don't understand why they couldn't build a windscreen INTO the mic frame.
-The tripod mount is plastic and will wear out over time.
-It's a little too thick to actually put in your pocket. Definitely less portable than the older H2.

If you are a musician, indie filmmaker, or event videographer and you want better audio for your projects, GET THE ZOOM H2N. You also definitely need the purchase the Accessory Pack.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Compact recorder that works well
By K. R.
I've been using this little recorder for about six months now (purchased it back in Aug. 2016) and I really like using it. I also purchased this accessory pack to use with it. Both the recorder and the accessories have been more than adequate for my recording needs. While I don't use it on a daily basis, I have used it about a dozen times over the past six months - mainly to record outdoors, but also some recording inside. I like having the different sound scape configurations - I've mainly only been using the two basic 2 channel settings and I like the recordings that has created. I also purchased two of the full size Sony 32GB Class 10 Memory Cards to use with the recorder and those have worked well for me. The H2n came with a memory card - I had thought it would be a full-sized SD card, but instead it turned out to be one of the micro-SD cards in an adaptor. No big deal, but that is why I bought the full sized cards like I did.

I'm pretty happy with my purchase, this recorder is pretty simple to use and small enough that I can carry it around in my backpack with all my other gear. It did seem a bit plasticy to me at first, but it's seems pretty road-worthy to me now.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Easy to use, works great
By lester boswell
I've owned recording equipment since the 60s. Analog to digital. The H2n is the easiest and best sounding recorder I've owned. All the information is there for you to process post-production. The mid/side configuration is wonderful for live recording of larger groups.

I use the H2N for double duty. I have a 9 Piece 1920s style Orchestra. In addition to recording with the mid side configuration, I also run a line out to the PA system and capture the band's live sound for the PA front of house. This one mic covers all the bases both live and recording.

I would buy this mic again or something similar to it from Zoom should anything ever happen to it.

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