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Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

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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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Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Product Details

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 1.7 x 4.5 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B005CQ2ZY6
  • Item model number: H2N
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Date first available at July 14, 2011

From the Manufacturer

In the box

The H2n comes with everything you need to get started right away.

  • 2GB SD card
  • 2 x AA battery
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE software
  • Operation manual

The Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Five microphones, four ways of recording

Zoom's H2n Handy Recorder is the only portable device to come with five built-in microphones and four different recording modes: X/Y, Mid-Side, 2-channel surround and 4-channel surround. The H2n can handle just about anything from live concert and rehearsal recording to location videography. It's also a great choice for generating lasting audio documents of important events like lectures, meetings, weddings, and parties.

  • Five built-in microphones and four recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, X/Y stereo, and both 2-channel and 4-channel surround
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96kHz WAV audio as well as a variety of MP3 formats
  • Analog-type mic gain knob
  • Onboard effects, including compression/limiting and low-cut filtering, plus chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto Gain, Auto-record, and Pre-record features, plus Data Recovery function
  • Requires just two AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable battery, with up to 20 hours of battery life

Convert and mix

The H2n allows you to easily convert WAV files to MP3 format, plus you can use its internal mixer to mix down four-channel surround files to stereo, with independent control over level and panning.

Flexible inputs and outputs

The H2n offers a variety of inputs and outputs for flexibility in recording.

There's a Line In jack that can accept two channels of mic- and/or line-level signals (including microphones requiring plug-in power), as well as a stereo line out / headphone jack with a dedicated volume control. There's even a built-in speaker for fast monitoring without the need to make any connections.

In addition, the H2n's USB port allows recorded files to be imported into computer editing software such as the supplied WaveLab LE. You can even use the H2n as a 2-in/2-out audio interface or as a USB microphone.

H2n Microphone configurations


X/Y recording provides a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition. The H2n's built-in X/Y microphone provides two matched unidirectional mic elements set at a 90 degree angle relative to one another.


The 'Mid' microphone element in the H2n's MS mic picks up signal coming from directly in front, while the 'Side' mics capture the sounds coming from the left and right. You can then adjust the relative level of each, either during recording or during post-production, to alter the stereo width while still maintaining perfect mono compatibility.


The H2n allows you to combine the signals from both the X/Y and MS microphones in order to create two- or four-channel surround sound recordings that capture everything you hear, not just those sounds coming from in front of you, but from all directions.

H2n H1
Recording modes Stereo X/Y, Stereo MS, 2-channel surround, 4-channel surround Stereo X/Y
Provided microphone(s) X/Y, MS X/Y
Number of external inputs 2 2
Plug-in power (2.5 V) Y Y
Recording media SD/SDHC, up to 32 GB microSD/microSDHC, up to 32 GB
Auto-Record, Pre-Record, tuner, metronome, compression/limiting, variable playback pitch/speed Y N
USB audio interface in/out 2/2 2/2
Battery life (Alkaline) 20 hours 10 hours
Weight 130 grams 60 grams

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428 of 439 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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106 of 110 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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57 of 59 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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