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Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder

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  • Direct recording to SD cards up to 128GB
  • Gain knobs, pads, and phantom power for each input
  • Newly redesigned preamps with an ultra-low noise floor, up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in wav or MP3 format
  • Multichannel USB Audio interface
  • Includes: owners manual, SD card (2 GB), XYH-6 X/Y capsule, MSH-6 MS capsule, AA size LR6 battery x4, USB cable, sponge windscreen, cubase LE software, case
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 1.9 x 6 inches ; 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • Item model number: H6
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,894 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 20, 2013
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Product Description

Zoom H6 6-Track Portable Digital Recorder

From the Manufacturer

In the Box

The H6 comes with everything you need to create amazing audio.

  • XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
  • MSH-6 MS mic capsule
  • SD card (2GB)
  • AA size (LR6) battery x 4
  • Cubase LE Software
  • Windscreen
  • USB Cable
  • Case
  • Operation manual

The Zoom H6 Handy Recorder

Change the Way You Think About Recording… Forever

Zoom's flagship H6 is the most advanced portable recorder ever. It utilizes a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera and comes with both X/Y and Mid-Side stereo mics.

Great for live recording as well as studio-quality music production, the H6 offers six tracks of simultaneous recording and four mic/line inputs.

  • Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules
  • Includes detachable stereo X/Y and Mid-Side capsules
  • Six tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards up to 128GB
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with dedicated volume control, selectable phantom power, and -20dB pad
  • Requires just four standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries (over 20 hours of operation with alkaline batteries)

How Do You Want To Record Today?

The H6 is the most versatile portable recorder ever, which means it can handle virtually any kind of recording job, from live concert recording to location videography, from electronic newsgathering to music production.

Included Capsules


The XYH-6 allows you to do stereo X/Y recording and provides dual large diaphragm mic elements with adjustable width—choose 90 degrees for a more focused sound or 120 degrees for a wider stereo image. It's great for recording classical music and for capturing sound effects in the field.


Step up to a whole new level of precision sound-shaping with the MSH-6, which contains a forward-facing, unidirectional mic (the “Mid”) and a side-facing, bi-directional mic (the “Side”). In conjunction with the H6's onboard MS decoder, it allows you to capture a fully mono-compatible stereo image that can actually be adjusted after recording—ideal for film, video, and television projects.

Available Capsules and Accessories (Not Included)

SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule

Get all the pickup with half the length by connecting an SGH-6, which adds a professional-quality, highly directional shotgun microphone to your H6. Three elements, combined with digital signal processing, give you the highly directional pickup power of a conventional shotgun in a unit only half the size, making it optimum for recording dialogue and narration with no intrusive mic in the scene.

XYH-5 shockmounted X/Y mic capsule

The advanced XYH-5 provides dual matched unidirectional condenser microphones housed in an advanced shockmount to minimize vibration and handling noise—ideal for location videography and broadcasting/podcasting. In addition, the XYH-5 is designed to handle extremely loud sounds, making it the perfect choice for capturing the sound of live rock concerts and for electronic newsgathering (ENG) applications.

EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule

The EXH-6 adds two more mic- or line-level inputs to your H6, allowing you to connect up to four discrete signals from external microphones, instruments, mixers, or portable music players and fully realize your creative vision.

APH-6 Accessory Pack

Professional hairy windscreen

Wired remote control

AC power adapter

USB cable

Professional hairy windscreen

Wired remote control

AC power adapter

USB cable

H6 H5 H4n
Number of inputs 4 (expandable to 6) 2 (expandable to 4) 2
Phantom power +12/+24/+48V +12/+24/+48V +24/+48V
Uses interchangeable capsules Y Y N
Provided microphone(s) XYH-6, MSH-6 XYH-5 Built-in X/Y
Maximum SD card size 128 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Separate line out Y Y N
USB audio interface in/out 6/2 4/2 2/2
Battery life (Alkaline) 20 Hrs 15 hrs 6-11 hrs

Customer Reviews

Additionally, having 4 onboard XLR inputs is awesome.
Danny Boy
The product is easy to use and quality of recording is excellent.
I would recommend it to anyone serious about their sound.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Smoothbassman on August 7, 2013
Zoom H4n is now obsolete with the release of this device.

I have been a long term user of the H4n and I swore by it in the field to record solid audio for my DSLR video work as well as quick mix downs when doing live audio recordings for my business. This device was a godsend when it released and I have been using it for years. I always thought, how could you make it better than it is today, and the H6 addressed all of my issues that I had.


* The mic pre-amps in this device are far superior to the H4n. The noise floor is lower and my post work after shooting video with my DSLR is much better, the audio sounds warmer and clearer and it appears that the signal is a lot cleaner at low dBs

* 4 channels of XLR right out of the box! I love it! Now I can do a backup recording or record 4 XLR's at the same time! I can't tell you how many times I would have loved to push up the pre-amp just a bit to drive out the noise but I couldn't becuase of clipping. Now this is not a concern as you have individual compression on each channel and the ability to do a dual recording with a backup with less gain.

* Yes this does fit in the H4n SKB waterproof case. As soon as I got the device, I pulled the H4n out of the case and put this right into it, with all of the accessories with no problems. The H6 without the mics attached is exactly the same size as the H4n

* The gain dials are smooth and a perfect addition. Much better than the push button gain control on the H4n

* Pad switches right on top. Perfect

* Full Color Display is way better on the eyes and great in low light, and now the display dims to save battery versus turning off the backlight completely.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gadget on February 26, 2014
I've felt the need to do a review on the H6 as I purchased one after reading all the reviews. I really didn't get the feel from the reviews I read that I would be getting anything different from the other recorders I've owned through the years. True reviewers said it was intuitive, and it's nice to have some attachments, (which were probably plastic, easy to knock off, made noises when you moved the unit while recording, etc.) and been less than impressed with "simple" operation that essentially meant that it was easy to use if you spent 20 hours mastering the manual, that is if you understood what the writer who probably was Chinese who had the manual translated into Japanese and then into English...

You see, I've been to the dance before and been less than impressed. I've owned a number of portable recorders through the years, knew enough about how to operate them to be dangerous and still didn't know what some of the buttons were for. Getting the unit out of the box caused deer in the headlight syndrome with fundamental questions such as "how do I turn the thing on" and then after finally figuring out how to run it, getting audio transferred to my computer without it seeing a blank SD Card...which has happened with some other "great", "foolproof", "easy to operate" and "drop dead outstanding" recorders. (I'd have about as much success landing the Space Shuttle).

None of the above is true of the Zoom H6...it truly is amazing...and yes, this one really is built well and is so easy to use I probably could hand it to my wife and she'd figure it out...which is saying something as she complains that such things "don't like her".

I've owned a number of fairly higher end hand held audio recorders.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Inspired Imaging on December 9, 2013
Great Recorder and big step up from the H2n! I've had several different models of Zoom recorders and they have really improved over the years. I didn't bite on the H4n because the battery life on phantom and the noise were just not acceptable. This H6 solves the problems!

In an informal test using brand new 2400Mah NiMH batteries, I got 7 hours and 42 minutes of stereo recording on an AT BP4025 at 48v phantom. That's >7.5 hours on batteries. Awesome!

Another thing to mention is the usb input for power. You can attach an external power source (wall plug, external battery, etc) and the recorder will keep recording without a hitch. Remove the power, and it drops right back to battery. Awesome! For long days, you could easily power this off a high capacity usb battery.

Well designed, low noise, great options and 6 channel (4 phantom) recording. If you're looking for a good portable recorder, this is it. Also, ASIO drivers for 6-in/2-out to your pc.

------Edit, additional info about not having locking connectors

I've used this quite a bit over the last few days, and I don't see how a lack of locking connectors is a problem on the H6. My cables (of which I've tried several) all fit snugly and take a bit of effort to detach. I suppose that the connectors may wear over time, but from what I see right now, this is a non-issue. I've seen the juicedlink video that mentions non-locking connectors as a down side, but I see no reality in that. My cables stay in without any kind of problem.
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