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Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

by Zoom
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  • 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
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 1.7 x 4.5 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B005CQ2ZY6
  • Item model number: H2N
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 14, 2011

Product Description

The Zoom H2next Handy Recorder
Groundbreaking features in an ultra-portable device to record pristine audio anywhere you go

Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom's most innovative handheld recorder to date. We'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 our 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-degree X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound.

The H2next Handy Recorder
The only portable recorder with five mic capsules onboard. View larger

The H2next Handy Recorder The H2next Handy Recorder
Offering four unique recording modes including Mid-Side and 90-degree X/Y stereo. View larger

The H2next Handy Recorder
The H2n can provide up to 20 hours of continuous operation on two standard AA batteries
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.

X/Y Pattern

The H2n's onboard 90-degree 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-degree 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.

Data Recovery Function

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, which is included in the optional APH-2n Accessory Pack (sold separately).

The H2next Handy Recorder
1.8" backlit LCD display is crystal clear and simple to navigate

Zoom H2n Recorder
Combine with a 32GB memory card and save over 50 hours of recording time
Bigger and Brighter

The H2n's 1.8-inch 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 Back and Listen

The H2n's built-in reference speaker lets you know your recordings have been captured. With its 1/8-inch 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.

Accessorize with Ease

The H2n accessory package (APH-2n, sold separately) is also available with a variety of accessories that make it easier for you to capture your recordings. The accessory kit includes a wired remote control with an extension cable, windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and mic clip adapter.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The internal mics are very sensitive, with the gain turned up.
I like the software a lot, but I think Magix or Audacity will probably work as well for you.
Russ A.
Happy with H2n, great product, very high quality results for my purposes.
Anthony F

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

404 of 413 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Aski on September 13, 2011
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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.
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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Dave on September 16, 2011
The sound quality is EXCELLENT with all of the XY and MS Mic settings.

The display is good, Navigation is fairly logical, and it has lots of excellent software features for editing/manipulating/converting the audio, right inside the H2n unit (without external computer).

It is very fast/easy to turn on and start a new recording. You will never miss that special musical performance, baby's first words, bird call, etc.
Time/date stamping makes it easy to match up sound recordings with photos/movies, taken at the same day/time.

The H2n would be worth the price if you only used it as a high quality electret condenser studio mic/USB to computer interface, for recording with Logic Audio or Garage Band. Add the 2/4 channel SD card recording capability, and it is an amazing value!

My only (small) gripe is with the Jog wheel.
When you press it down to select something, it has to be centered (not tilted in either direction) or you can not push it down. This makes it more difficult to use than it needs to be. Might become easier with use/practice.
Owners manual is ok, but could be a little better, with a some more information about, and recommendations for how to use, the many features.

Recorded some live performances (including my own) at the local Coffee shop, last night.
Vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, Saxophones, piano, all sounded superb when played back through my Mackie HR824's back in the studio. Not a hint of noise or distortion.

Very glad I purchased the H2n, it is the best portable/field recorder I have had the pleasure to use (and I have used quite a few in the last 40 years).

Edit #1:
I have had this for 3 months, and have mostly gotten used to the jog wheal.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By J. Burks on October 17, 2011
I primarily use the H2n to capture my band's rehearsals and live performances. It's also a highly useful sketchpad for capturing ideas with a minimum of setup and fuss, particularly when compared to a computer based recording system.

Until recently I owned a Zoom Q3 (their handheld recorder with audio/video) which was either stolen or lost, and I replaced it with the H2n. Without getting into a lot of comparisons between the two, I can safely say that the H2n captures a deeper and wider sound field due to the additional mics and their orientation within the unit (Mid-Side and XY). The clear, detailed quality of the mics is about the same and I wouldn't be surprised if they are exactly the same in each device.

From here on, I'll talk only about the H2n. If you're not familiar with Mid-Side and XY mic patterns, I suggest a visit to the Zoom website where you can find detailed information on the patterns and features of the H2n.

There is a 4 channel surround mode which records in both MS and XY (the front and rear mics) and allows mixing of the two stereo tracks after recording. This is a great feature! You can adjust the width and depth independently by changing the level of each set of stereo tracks. This means you can dial in a more pinpointed sound when needed or capture a larger sound source like a band with very good results. The 2 channel surround mode records all 4 mics to a stereo track without the option of mixing the MS and XY mics separately after recording. This is handy when you don't want to mess around with mixing later, but still want a deep, wide recording. The other two modes are MS or XY only. All mic patterns are selected by rotating a dial on top of the unit.
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