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Overview

  • 5 built-in mic capsules provide Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel recording modes
  • Records in WAV up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 up to 320kbps
  • Newly designed user interface
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      Quality stereo recording in a convenient, user-friendly package that fits in your pocket.

      Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom’s most innovative hand-held recorder to date. They'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 Zoom's 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° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound.

      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.

      You still get X/Y
      The H2n's onboard 90° 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° 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.

      The H2n has you covered
      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 (sold separately).

      Bigger and brighter
      The H2n's 1.8" 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 it back and listen
      The H2n’s built-in reference speaker lets you know your recordings have been captured. With its 1/8" 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.

      Remote control
      The H2n’s wired remote can be used to start, stop and pause recordings, as well as to add marks. It’s also useful in preventing handling noise.

      Features

      • 5 built-in mic capsules provide Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel recording modes
      • Records in WAV up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 up to 320kbps
      • Newly designed user interface
      • Additional functions include Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Auto Gain, Pre-Rec, Auto-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, Variable Speed Playback, Key Control, A-B Repeat, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker, and Surround Mixer
      • Data recovery function protects against unexpected recording errors
      • Over 20 hours of operation using two standard AA batteries
      • Operates on battery, AC or USB bus power
      • 1.8-inch backlit LCD display with 128 x 64 resolution
      • Analog-type Mic Gain wheel
      • Built-in reference speaker
      • High-speed USB 2.0 card reader function
      • 1/8" Mic/Line Input and Phones/Line Output stereo phone jacks
      • Accommodates up to 32GB SDHC memory cards
      • Includes Steinberg WaveLab LE 7 editing software, 2GB SD memory card and two AA batteries

      Capture important audio with ease. Order the H2n today!

       
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      by PowerReviews
      ZoomH2n Handy Recorder
       
      4.6

      (based on 14 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (10)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      75%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Excellent sound (7)
      • Compact (5)
      • Easy to use (5)
      • Low distortion (4)
      • Versatile (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur recording (6)
        • Home studio (4)
        • Outdoor events / games (3)
        • Performances (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Professional musician (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Not Too Shabby

        The enclosed software is straightforward for mastering to create a nice consistent recording. It's capable of recording but I haven't used it as such but may soon. The sound of the microphones are great...Read complete review

        The enclosed software is straightforward for mastering to create a nice consistent recording. It's capable of recording but I haven't used it as such but may soon. The sound of the microphones are great when used as a line in mic to my computer (into garageband) but there seems to be a real sizable lag when doing any dubbing. The amount of lag changes too making it out of sync with the first track, just creates another step of recording onto the recorder, moving onto the computer and synching the new track with the old. The step up in sound quality is totally worth it thought to have a nice stereo track. From what I've read this might be more of a problem with USB as a whole and not the hardware itself.

        Really where it think this will shine is in live recordings. It's small enough to go to rehearsals and make a nice reference, but clear enough for shows and create something of pretty releasble quality. I think this little gadget will be see a lot of travel in its day, I might even get into field recording now.
        I will be using this soley for music and it seems well suited for live application with compression and limiters to keep from clipping and distorting your recording. A little ding though with the Autogain function, I used it at a practice and was pretty conisently clipping (it's pretty new to me so maybe user error) the resulting recordings were certainly still listenable. Aslo while the remote in the accessory pack would be great, something with out a wire would be better, but this things well packed regardless. Lots of options I've had it a few weeks and am excited to try out the Auto start/stop just to know what this thing is truly capable of.
        Seems pretty solid, anyone who is capable of reasonable care of their gear shouldn't have a proablem with this. No super ugly seams, jagged edges or the like. Overall pretty stylish and compact.
        Good price on a very versitile product I have no qualms about where my money went.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Built like a cheap remote control

        I've owned and used a fre ZOOM pieces in the past, and they've always delivered performance and quality beyond specifications. This one came out of the box lighter than the packing. I was...Read complete review

        I've owned and used a fre ZOOM pieces in the past, and they've always delivered performance and quality beyond specifications. This one came out of the box lighter than the packing. I was expecting something with at least the weight and quality of a cheap mic', but this unit is lighter than a generic toy remote. Knowing ZOOM, the the unit is likely up for anything in it's spec's, but I was so disgusted with the whimpy light-weight cheapo construction that I didn't even bother to go any further. Of course it LOOKS good, it's easy to do anything with plastic! A very capable TOY, if that's what you're looking for.

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        5.0

        works great

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

          i just bought this product--i believe its user friendly--the sound quality is crystal clear and completely satisfied with the product and what its meant to do.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Built like a cheap remote control

          By fretsong

          from Cheyenne, WY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Feels Cheap But Works
          • Looks Cool But

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Construction

          Best Uses

          • Cheap Remote Control
          • Door stop
          • Toy

          Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

          I've owned and used a fre ZOOM pieces in the past, and they've always delivered performance and quality beyond specifications. This one came out of the box lighter than the packing. I was expecting something with at least the weight and quality of a cheap mic', but this unit is lighter than a generic toy remote. Knowing ZOOM, the the unit is likely up for anything in it's spec's, but I was so disgusted with the whimpy light-weight cheapo construction that I didn't even bother to go any further. Of course it LOOKS good, it's easy to do anything with plastic! A very capable TOY, if that's what you're looking for.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Excellent buy.

          By musicienne

          from New York, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • High Sound Quality
          • Low Distortion
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • A Little Unwieldy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • High-quality Recordings
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

          I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase. Love it!

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice at home and concert

          By Calvin Snow

          from Rome, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • A Wonderful Machine
          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

          A friend of mine had a less expensive model which he let me borrow for several months and was good enough in my opinion to record music practices, stories told by neighbors, etc.

          The main reason I purchased this model was for the power supply. To save battery use when I am working at home. I am very happy with this!

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          H2n Works Great

          By Martin,MD

          from Chesapeake,Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Software Doesn't Right

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

          The software is my only hang up..Other then that,Its a killer unit.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I don't like it -- YET !

          By jazzydrjim, naplesdixieland jazzband.com

          from Naples Florida

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Unnecessary Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

          I don't like it today, but intend to love it SOON. Can't figure out how to get the recordings onto my computer, or burn CDs. Two of my friends will help me, and HOPEFULLY we'll get it going.
          Once understood, I expect this to be a wonderful recorder.
          I want to record my band's concerts and rehearsals, put them into computer storage, and burn CDs -- that's all I need. But I sure can't do it right now !

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Recorder

          By Braidy

          from Santa Fe, NM

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion

          Cons

          • Unnecessary Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

          Not bad recording for the price. Close to professional results. Good for home and serious home recording

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great recorder!!!! but.....no AC?

          By Matthew

          from Columbia, SC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • No Ac Power Connection

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

            Everything good said about the recorder is true. I love it in almost every way.

            The one problem--no AC power supply.

            Batteries are great when you have to use them, but when they are not necessary, they only cause problems. I have thrown away many batteries that still had 20% left when I needed more time than they would allow for.

            If you know you will need to use batteries, then I have no qualms about recommending this product highly; but if you will have access to AC power regularly, I would think hard about it.

            Comment on this review

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Not Too Shabby

            Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

            The enclosed software is straightforward for mastering to create a nice consistent recording. It's capable of recording but I haven't used it as such but may soon. The sound of the microphones are great when used as a line in mic to my computer (into garageband) but there seems to be a real sizable lag when doing any dubbing. The amount of lag changes too making it out of sync with the first track, just creates another step of recording onto the recorder, moving onto the computer and synching the new track with the old. The step up in sound quality is totally worth it thought to have a nice stereo track. From what I've read this might be more of a problem with USB as a whole and not the hardware itself.

            Really where it think this will shine is in live recordings. It's small enough to go to rehearsals and make a nice reference, but clear enough for shows and create something of pretty releasble quality. I think this little gadget will be see a lot of travel in its day, I might even get into field recording now.
            I will be using this soley for music and it seems well suited for live application with compression and limiters to keep from clipping and distorting your recording. A little ding though with the Autogain function, I used it at a practice and was pretty conisently clipping (it's pretty new to me so maybe user error) the resulting recordings were certainly still listenable. Aslo while the remote in the accessory pack would be great, something with out a wire would be better, but this things well packed regardless. Lots of options I've had it a few weeks and am excited to try out the Auto start/stop just to know what this thing is truly capable of.
            Seems pretty solid, anyone who is capable of reasonable care of their gear shouldn't have a proablem with this. No super ugly seams, jagged edges or the like. Overall pretty stylish and compact.
            Good price on a very versitile product I have no qualms about where my money went.

            Comment on this review

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            H2n...VERY Handy Recorder!

            By Steve Vaughan

            from Brampton, ON., Canada

            Comments about Zoom H2n Handy Recorder:

            I have owned this unit for six months or so, and use it as a sound check for my solo gigs. Just placing it in the room give nice stereo image plus gives a good idea of how the audience response is.
            I work with self produced tracks, and by connecting a stereo cable to the line in I can get a feed of what is coming out of my mixer on two tracks while recording a stereo ambience track on the other two tracks. This is a great way of getting a controlled recording which can be synced up to video of the same performance. (Or a different one!)
            The line in also gives me the oportunity to isolate vocal performances, which can be synced up to video or the to the origonal band track.
            All in all avery useful recorder!

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