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Zoom H5 Four-Track Portable Recorder
- Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
- Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5) with extended signal capacity and shock mounted mics for reduced handling noise
- Four-track simultaneous recording
- Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
- Runs on 2 AA batteries and records directly to SD / SDHC cards up to 32GB
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From the manufacturer
In the box
The H5 comes with everything you need to capture great-sounding audio.
- XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule
- SD card (2GB)
- AA size (LR6) battery x 2
- USB cable
- Foam windscreen
- Operation manual
- Steinberg WaveLab LE software download
- Steinberg Cubase LE software download
The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
Evolved Recording for Creators
The compact and portable H5 gives you everything you need to create professional quality audio. It comes with a detachable stereo X/Y microphone and utilizes a system of interchangeable input capsules that allow you to choose the best mic for every situation.
Ideal for live concert and rehearsal recording as well as audio for video, the H5 is equally well-suited for podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.
- Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules
- Includes detachable stereo X/Y capsule with shockmounted mics and extended signal capacity
- Four tracks of simultaneous recording
- Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
- Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
- Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
- Requires just two standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries (over 15 hours of operation with alkaline batteries)
Add superior audio to your video
The H5 can be mounted to any DSLR. Its dual combo inputs can handle both mic- and line-level signals. There''s even a dedicated Line Out for direct connection to your camera without the need for an attenuator cable.
XYH-5 shockmounted X/Y mic capsule (Included)
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.
Available Capsules (Not included)
XYH-6 large diaphragm X/Y mic capsule
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.
MSH-6 MS (Mid-Side) mic capsule
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 H5''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.
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 H5. 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.
EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule
The EXH-6 adds two more mic- or line-level inputs to your H5, allowing you to connect up to four discrete signals from external microphones, instruments, mixers, or portable music players and fully realize your creative vision.
|Number of simultaneous tracks||6||4||2|
|Number of inputs||4 (expandable to 6)||2 (expandable to 4)||2|
|Uses interchangeable capsules||Y||Y||N|
|Provided microphone(s)||XYH-6, MSH-6||XYH-5||Built-in X/Y Stero|
|Maximum SD card size||128 GB||32 GB||32 GB|
|Separate line out||Y||Y||Y|
|USB audio interface in/out||6/2||4/2||2/2|
|Battery life (Alkaline)||20 hrs||15 hrs||6-10 hrs|
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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
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* Simple operation once you RTFM. The number of options can be overwhelming to a new user, but defaults work fine for most settings. A little time in the manual, and it quickly becomes intuitive.
* The little menu wheel with its integrated pushbutton switch is very intuitive to use with just your thumb.
* Audio quality is amazing. I honestly thought it would not be very good, with those two tiny microphones, but they are much more directional and of much higher quality than I expected. This isn't the way to record audiophile-level music, but for meetings or similar applications the quality is excellent.
* Dynamic range is good. If the person speaking is a little off-mic, you will still get a decent quality recording and can easily amplify their voice in post processing.
* Voice activated recording with a retroactive feature so you don't lose the couple of seconds before the recording started.
* Can look like a USB storage device when connected to a computer, so compatible with any operating system. No special drivers needed.
* Threaded mount on the back of the unit works with a standard camera tripod.
* Lots of customization settings, if you need them, but sensible defaults allow you to be productive right away and learn the details later.
* Ruggedly built, with a solid and professional feel. I have taken it on about a dozen business trips by train, car, and plane, and have even stuffed it into checked luggage. It comes with a protective plastic shell case, which is nicely sized to the device and not overly bulky.
* This thing gobbles battery power. I invested in a set of 4 rechargeable AA batteries which work nicely. I get about 3 or 4 hours of continuous use, maybe more, on one charge.
* It is a little bulky to carry around, but the positive counterpoint to its size is that it is ruggedly built for mobile use.
I needed to replace a Marantz 671 that fell off a motorcycle and on to a busy freeway while recording :( Let's just say it after being run over by about a dozen cars, it was well beyond repair.
Did the research, went with the H5, and I'm pretty happy, especially considering it's considerably cheaper, offers far more capabilities and sounds at least as good or better as what it replaced.
Love the record level dials. Thank you for that Zoom. Operation is fairly straightforward. The menus are less confusing than most, and operated with a little toggle switch that's pretty easy to use. I'm not fully sold on the mic capsules; they are adequate, but not stellar. I purchased the option MS (mid side) mic and was a bit disappointed in the quality of the recording when compared to my Shure VP-88, but then the Zoom mic costs almost exactly 1/10th the price, so...
The standard X/Y mic that comes with the recorder is very wind and pop sensitive. And the included foam windscreen doesn't help much. If you decide on this unit, get a fuzzy windscreen. I bought the Zoom model, it fits nicely and makes the recorder look like a smurf. Or Don King. But it does the job, and is a must for pretty much any recording, inside or out.
There is an option to add compression to recordings. The 'general' setting is set at a whopping 9/1 ratio, excellent if you want to capture every bit of background noise in your recording, useless otherwise. There is a 'vocal' setting with a much lighter touch that could prove useful, but for the most part, I intend to limit my compression to post.
Others have complained about battery life, but I have found it to be pretty good. I've been using a battery-powered external mic rather than phantom power, so perhaps that's why.
Biggest drawback for me, so far, is that the machine feeds a monitor signal to the headphones even though it's not recording. Maybe I am just getting old, but more than once I have set levels, checked to make sure things are looking and sounding good, and then failed to hit the record button, only to realize minutes later (or not at all) that nothing is recording. I wish there were a way to toggle the monitor so that you can only hear audio when you are actually recording, which would help pitiful recordists like me. Haven't found it - if it's there and you know about it, please educate me.
But overall, a good machine that will serve me well. If I can remember to press record.