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Zoom has been building innovative, great-sounding products for the past thirty years. But with the revolutionary H6-their most versatile portable rec...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Digital recorder for every situation.

Zoom has been building innovative, great-sounding products for the past thirty years. But with the revolutionary H6-their most versatile portable recorder ever-the bar is raised further still. Four interchangeable input capsules-X/Y, MS, Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo-make the H6 the ultimate chameleon of the audio world, and its advanced preamps make it the best-sounding one too. Whatever your application-live recording, professional film/video work, or broadcast ENG (electronic news gathering), etc.-the H6 can handle it with ease. Comes with X/Y and MS mic capsules. Shotgun and Dual XLR/TRS combo are optional.

Audio connections: inputs
The H6 offers four main inputs (1-4), plus two additional inputs (L, R) that are derived from whichever capsule (X/Y, MS, Shotgun, or Dual XLR/TRS Combo) is plugged into the unit. The supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting an external mic- or line-level signal via a stereo 1/8" Mic/Line In mini phone jack. When a connection is made to that jack, signal from the X/Y microphones is muted.

All four main H6 inputs (inputs 1-4) are combo connectors that can accept either XLR or 1/4" balanced or unbalanced phone cables. They can handle both mic and line-level signals, which means that you can connect either external microphones or line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, electronic keyboards, or electric guitars or basses with active electronics (passive electric guitars or basses can also be connected with the use of a mixer or effects device). Internal switching contacts automatically detect the circuit of choice.

Audio connections: outputs
The H6 Line Out is an unbalanced stereo 1/8" phone jack, located on the bottom of the H6, beneath the LCD display. It carries the analog stereo output signal, as determined by the H6's internal mixer. The H6 USB port, located on the side panel to the right of the LCD display, provides a digital output of either a stereo mix or the six individual input signals, depending upon the setting of the "Audio Interface" function in the USB menu.

In addition, the H6 provides a headphone output with a dedicated volume control, located on the side panel to the left of the LCD display. Connect your headphones to the stereo 1/8" mini phone jack for private monitoring of the stereo output signal. The H6 even has a built-in speaker, located on the underside of the unit, for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections whatsoever. This speaker is automatically disconnected when connection is made to either the Line Out or Headphone output.

FEATURES
  • Microphones
  • Built-in mics: 2
  • Configuration: X/Y, M/S swappable
  • Type: Uni/bidirectional
  • External mic input: XLR/TRS combo x 4
  • Audio quality
  • Bit rate: 16/24
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
  • Formats: WAV/MP3
  • Outputs
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Audio out: 3.5mm
  • Storage and media
  • Type(s): SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Capacity: 128GB
  • Hard drive Not applicable
  • Connectivity
  • USB: Yes
  • Other
  • Number of tracks: 6
  • Phantom power: 12V, 24V, 48V
  • Auto limiter: Yes
  • Width: 3.06"
  • Depth: 6.01"
  • Height: 1.88"
  • Weight: 10oz
  • Battery type: AA x 4
  • Battery life (app.): 21 hours
  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Power supply: Sold separately

Order today for the one of the most versatile handheld audio recorders on the market.

SPECIFICATIONS

H6 Handy Recorder

  • Recording media: 16MB-2GB SD cards
    4GB-32GB SDHC cards
    64GB-128GB SDXC cards
    Inputs Inputs L/R XY mic (XYH-6)
    Mic Type: Unidirectional
    Sensitivity: -41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    Input Gain: -ˆž to 46.5 dB
    Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 136 dB SPL
    [MIC/LINE IN]
    Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Input Gain: -ˆž to 46.5 dB
    Input Impedance: 2 kÎ
    Plug-in Power: 2.5V supported
    MS mic (MSH-6)
    Mic Types: Unidirectional and bi-directional
    Sensitivity: -37 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (unidirectional),
    -39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (bi-directional)
    Input Gain: -ˆž to 42.5 dB
    Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 120 dB SPL (unidirectional),
    122 dB SPL (bi-directional)

    Inputs
    1 to 4 Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks
    (XLR: 2 hot / TRS: TIP hot)
    Input Gain (PAD OFF): -ˆž to 55.5 dB
    Input Gain (PAD ON): -ˆž to 35.5 dB
    Input Impedance 6.8kÎ
    Maximum Input Level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)
    Phantom Power: +12V / +24V / +48V
    Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -120 dBu or less

    Outputs
    Line Out Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Rated Output Level: -10 dBu
    (when output load impedance is 10 kÎ or more)
    Phone Out: Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Output Level: 20 W + 20 W (into 32Î load)

    Built-in Speaker: 400 mW/8 Î mono speaker
    Recording Formats: [WAV setting]
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
    Bit Rate: 16/24-bit (Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant)
    Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 8 tracks (6 tracks + L/R backup)
    Backup recording: 12dB lower than set L/R input gain
    [MP3 setting]
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz Bit Rate: 48-320 kbps
    Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2 tracks
    Recording Time
    (with 2GB card) 03:08:00 (44.1kHz/16-bit WAV)
    34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)
    Display 2.0-inch full-color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
    USB [Mass Storage Class operation]
    Class: USB2.0 High Speed
    [Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode]
    Class: USB2.0 High Speed
    Inputs / Outputs: 6 / 2
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
    Bit Rate: 16/24bit
    Note: Use with Windows requires a driver, but Macintosh does not.
    [Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode]
    Class: USB2.0 Full Speed
    Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz
    Bit Rate: 16 bit
    Note: iPad operation supported in stereo mode only.
    Battery Life (with alkaline battery) XY mic, 44.1kHz/16-bit (stereo x 1): 21 hours
    XY mic and Inputs 1, 2, 3 and 4 used, 96kHz/24-bit (stereo x 3): 9 hours 45 minutes
    Note: The above times are estimates. Approximate continuous recording times when using battery power were calculated using our own testing method. They may differ greatly depending on operating conditions.
    Power AA size (LR6) battery x 4
    AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)
    USB bus power
    Dimensions H6: 77.8mm(W)x 152.8mm(D)x 47.8mm(H)
    Weight H6ï¼ 280g (without batteries)
    Included Accessories Operation manual, XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule, MSH-6 MS mic capsule, SD card (2GB), AA size (LR6) battery x 4, Cubase LE Software, WSH-6S Foam Windscreen, USB Cable, Case
    Optional Accessories SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule
    EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule
    HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount
    APH-6 Accessory Pack (includes RCH-6 wired Remote Controller, AD-17 USB-type AC adapter, WSH-6H Hairy Windscreen)
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ZoomH6 Handy Recorder
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (10)
  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
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5.0

Awesome!

By Jeff

from Ephrata PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Low Distortion
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

    I can't believe how easy the zoom h6 is to use. I was recording right away. The sound quality is amazing. I love the fact that it's so portable. It's Just Awesome!

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    unbelieveable quality and so easy to use.

    By George

    from Tacoma

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

      I have had mine for a week and have not done any recording except thru a old handheld recorder, This thing actually excited me and still does, the quality is fantastic, the ease of use is fantastic, it looks wild but also adds to simplistic design, this is not a just got it in the mail glow, I put it to work right off the bat, it was opened box and someone kept the camera strap, it is a great product for me and I will continue to review.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Highly reccommend

      By dry creek

      from Oregon

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

          I had help setting the features I would use most. After that it was a breeze to use. The mics are sensitive enough to pick up even a weak voice so that it can be understood. We will be able to give this to a tech reluctant user to use successfully with just a quick lesson.

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good little Unit

          By DVDmike

          from Norcross, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Features
          • Low Distortion
          • Sizefeaturesflexibility
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Battery
          • File Naming
          • Software

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

          With off brand new AA batteries, battery time was short with Phantom power going to two channels.

          The file naming does not work properly when you select it to name by date and time and are not using cubase software. It simply uses a sequential naming system and then has a sidecar file with the time name. This is useless inside other editing applications.

          The Cubase software is only a trial (or so it says when you insert the CD) and as such is worthless. I'm not installing new trial software when I already have audio editing software. I thought that the software included was simply a LE or light version before I read the install note. don't get fooled by that assumption.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome

          By Thieves67

          from Houston

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Noisy When Handling

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

          It's great to have a portable recorder that has so many inputs & the fact that you can record in high def is sweet. Perfect for film audio & live performances.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One fantastic recorder!

          By keithn

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Film
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Film
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

            This recorder is extremely versatile for film and music recording. I love the control and display improvements over the previous HN4 and the additional inputs they added make it a true professional tool that can cover 99% of my work. I bought it mainly for film work but I also use it for demo recording with a small group of musicians. Its super easy to use in all those situations. I like the idea of the mic modules that you can swap out but I hope I am not too rough with it when I take it on the road. The connectors on the modules look solid but I am going to try to treat it gently.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            So far, so good

            By Nate

            from Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

              This is actually a very powerful and reliable product, despite its negative reviews in many places. Unless you are producing a professional pop album or Hollywood movie, there is not really a need to overbuy, spending 2k or more, until you really know mid-level machines and have a real need to upgrade.

              The startup time is short, unless you are too impatient to wait 5 seconds. It comes with a sweet case, but that's a little small, so the accessory pack barely fits and only after removing a bunch of stuff. The noise levels of the preamps are relatively quiet if you know how to record audio properly. Can't say much for anyone who only records with the gain up to 10. There are great extra features too, such as a tuner and the ability to have a backup recording at -12 db in case you clip. That's just the beginning. So far the battery life is safe, so I'm very happy all around. Even with its big size, it's much more mobil than an entire studio setup.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great product from Zoom

              By Spaceman Bassman

              from Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Cost Effective
              • Easy On Batteries
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Huge Step Up From The H4n
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Small Size And Weight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • None So Far After 1 Month
              • None Yet After A Month Us

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording
              • Serious Homepro Studio

              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

              Buy it now if you can!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Sophistication in a small package

              By Deacon Pete

              from NYC area

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

                I use this to record sermons and scripture readings in various venues, with the included mics or large diaphram condensers. Has performed flawleesly to date.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                PERFECT AUDIO RECORDER FOR VIDEO SHOOTS.

                By rmoodoggy

                from North-central Alabama

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Highest Quality Audio
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder:

                  THE AUTO START RECORD/STOP RECORD is a very good feature for video shots. Mounts to camera accessory shoe. Is heavy enough to be durable but light enough to be practical.The ability to use as a audio interface for a DAW is a great bonus! Lots of editing functions built-in. Best "bang for the buck" for location recording A must have for the serious videographer!

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