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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: 2 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 20, 2013
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Zoom H6 6-Track Portable Digital Recorder

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Customer Reviews

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I love the sound quality and ease of use.
Y. Pronk
I have only scratched the surface of what this Recorder can do... I just needed it for a Staged Reading and it was easy to get working right out of the box.
George K Rady
Additionally, having 4 onboard XLR inputs is awesome.
Danny Boy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 56 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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15 of 17 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M S on November 8, 2013
I had some difficulty figuring it out when I was using it as an audio interface. On the device, the mic inputs are labeled 1,2,3,4. And then there's the capsule stereo mic.
On the computer, the capsule stereo mic is routed to 1/2 stereo. The device's Mic input 1 is routed to the DAW software's Audio input 3, 2:4, 3:5, 4:6.

Regarding the device's own multitrack function, I'm still trying to figure it out. On the H4n, it was quite simple. You could easily select the track and record as an overdub into the device. On the H6, you actually have to go into the software menu and select Overdub. It's a bit more complex, but the guys at Zoom assured me that the H6 can do everything the H4n does, and much more. It does allow for multiple takes, which is a cool function.

On the upside, the recording quality sounds awesome, especially with the included MidSide mic. The H6 feels sturdy and is quick to start. It looks big in the pictures, but is only a little bit bigger than the H4n. However, it is considerably heavier (also from the added weight of extra batteries which, by the way, are much more efficient in this machine than the H4n), and is considerably bulkier with the addition of the extra parts. It comes with an awesome compact slim case.

And to top it off, it looks stealthily cool!!
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6 of 8 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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