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Zoom H1 Handy Recorder   (Open Box)
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Product# H70244
OVERVIEW

Brilliant stereo recording in your pocket.

Don't let its size fool you. The H1 Handy Recorder has Zoom's renowned recording technology and studio-quality microphones in their easiest, most portable device ever.

Now Zoom recording technology is available to everyone. And with an infinite variety of applications, you'll want to take your H1 everywhere. From musical performances, songwriting sessions and rehearsals to seminars, conferences, journalism or capturing audio for video, the H1 gives you clean, clear stereo sound effortlessly.

What sets Zoom apart?
Like all Zoom recorders, the H1's onboard microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern, for stunning stereo imaging. Because both mics are arranged on the same axis, they are equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is great stereo recordings with natural depth and accurate imaging.

Under your thumb
With its newly designed user interface, the H1 is also Zoom's easiest recorder to use. All its functions are at your fingertips, such as track marker, auto record, low cut filter, level and volume controls with on-board buttons No menus required.

Intuitive controls make it easy to capture the audio you need with ease. But Zoom still provides the versatility you've come to expect. So you get total recording format flexibility from 16-bit/44.1 kHz to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV, or MP3 from 48 kbps to 320 kbps and enough tools onboard to make impeccable recordings.

Everything you need to get started recording is included. Your H1 comes with an AA battery for 10 hours of operation and a 2 GB microSD card.

In addition, an H1 accessory package (APH-1) is also available (see sku # H70260) with an array of accessories that make your recordings even more pristine and easier to capture. The accessory kit includes a windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter.

Combining powerful recording capability with elegance and simplicity, the H1 Handy Recorder is our smallest, most affordable recorder ever.

FEATURES
  • Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
  • Same frequency and SPL handling as popular Zoom H2
  • Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
  • Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
  • Built-in reference speaker
  • Includes 2GB microSD memory card and one AA battery
  • One AA size battery (included) allows 10 hours operation
  • Accommodates up to 32GB microSDHC memory cards
  • Track marker function
  • Low-cut filter
  • Built-in tripod mount
  • 1/8" external mic input
  • 1/8" stereo line output

Be ready. Anywhere. Anytime. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

H1 Handy Recorder

  • Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
  • Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 2
  • Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Auto REC Level, Marker
  • Recording Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz) MP3 (Bit Rate:48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)
  • Playback Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24-bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz), MP3 (Bit Rate: 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz)
  • A/D Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling
  • D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling
  • Signal Processing: 32-bit
  • Recording Media: microSD card (16MB - 2GB), microSDHC card (4GB - 32GB) Display: 127 segment custom LCD (with backlight)
  • Built-in Stereo Mic: Unidirectional condenser microphone
  • Gain: 0 to +39dB (Minimum gain with digital attenuation: -28dB)
  • Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 120dB SPL
  • Mic/Line Input: 1/8" stereo phone jack (Plug-in power supported)
  • Input impedance: 2kΩ (Input level: 0 to -39dBm)
  • Phones/Line Output: 1/8" stereo phone jack
  • Output Load Impedance: 10kΩ or more
  • Rated Output Level: -10dBm
  • Phones Output Level: 20mW + 20mW into 32Ω load
  • Built-in Speaker: 400mW 8Ω
  • USB Interface: Mini-B type (USB2.0 high-speed compatible), Mass Storage Class operation
  • Power Requirements: (LR6 or Ni-MH) AA battery x 1, or AC adapter (AD-17, USB to AC type)
  • Battery Life (LR6 batteries): 10 hours (MP3), 9.5 hours (WAV)
  • Dimensions (mm): 44(W) x 136(D) x 31(H)
  • Weight: 60g (without batteries)
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ZoomH1 Handy Recorder
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Low distortion (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Not so great

    I would not buy it again. In fact, this is the 2nd and last product I'll ever buy from this company.
    I've owned one of these for a while, and used...Read complete review

    I would not buy it again. In fact, this is the 2nd and last product I'll ever buy from this company.
    I've owned one of these for a while, and used it for dozens of interviews. The sound quality is good, and I like the XY pattern but there are few pretty big flaws that prevent me from giving it a better rating.

    1. TONS of noise from just holding it. They didn't do any work at all to insulate the case, so you need to hold it very carefully, or put it on the desk. And then why not just use a USB mic?
    2. Must be used with optional wind screen. Otherwise it picks up plosives and every passing light breeze.
    3. No setting to record in mono, so you need to do that in post. Which is no biggie, but still.
    Cheap plastic. I was hoping that the optional kit with a screw-on mic stand attachment would help the noise problem from holding it, but it's also cheap plastic, and transmits sound to the mic very efficiently. Bad.
    It is only $99, which is cheap.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bad Sound

    I bought the ZOOM H1 for field recording for my business. Bottom-line, the sound was horrible. Lots of clicks and pops throughout the audio tracks. I wonder how this has gotten good...Read complete review

    I bought the ZOOM H1 for field recording for my business. Bottom-line, the sound was horrible. Lots of clicks and pops throughout the audio tracks. I wonder how this has gotten good reviews. I find the product to fall well short of my expectations. Unfortunately, I didn't try it until it was past 30 days so I can't return it now.

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    4.0

    Good all Purpose Recorder

    By Howlin Jack

    from Missouri

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Low Distortion
    • Overall Good Little Recor
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • First One I Ordered Didn'
    • Poor Quality Construction

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events

    Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

    The first one I ordered didn't work at all, thank God I purchased the insurance plan, Musicians Friend promptly sent me another which did work. Overall it's a good little recorder, you get what you pay for. But it does have some nice accessory's that come with it ie: Tripod, windscreen, and nice carrying case. Good little recorder on a budget.

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    4.0

    handy recorder

    By gsy123

    from Virginia

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

      This is a handy little recorder for home recording use. I use it mainly for recording acoustic guitar at home, and it reproduces the sound of my guitar (seagull coastline spruce with elixir nanoweb light medium strings) accurately. I do recommend purchasing the accessory pack, as it has some essential and useful items. I usually set the recorder about a foot away for so (on a mini tripod that comes in the accessory pack), pointing at the 14th fret. My gain is set anywhere from 60-70, as this setting allows me to strum very hard without distorting. My gain is set to manual mode, lo-cut filter on and recording in WAV format (24 bit/48 kHz), and these settings give me good results.

      *note: your zoom h1 will probably require a firmware upgrade. Instructions are included in the manual and there are some good videos on youtube that walk you through the steps.

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      5.0

      It does everything I need it for.

      By Songbird

      from Henderson, Tex

      About Me Novice

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

            It helps me record new songs at a moments notice. That way I can remember the song easier.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Alternative To USB Soundcard

            By Greg

            from Florida

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Compatible
            • Great sound
            • Record Anywhere

            Cons

            • Battery Life
            • Volume Control

            Best Uses

            • Instrument Recordings
            • Vocals Recordings

            Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

            This product is a great alternative to all those chords and wires of the USB interface soundcard. Just import the vocals / Instruments from sd card to DAW. Don't need expensive microphone / Interface. Only downside , don't keep battery inside of it after use. It will drain it. At least for me , it does. Also , put input volume down , it's very sensitive to sound.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            REGRETS

            By Jerry

            from Lyndeborough, NH

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

            When I phoned to order the ZOOM H-4, the salesman asked me what uses I would make of it (recording voice lessons and rehearsals)and told me that I didn't need so high-powered a recorder and recommended the H-1 instead. I was pleased by the lower price. But now that I've (managed to) set up the H-1 ZOOM, I find it inferior in quality of sound to the OLYMPUS digital voice recorder (VN-5200PC) upon which I was trying to improve. So I am now sorry to have been persuaded to buy the cheaper recorder and wish I weren't stuck with it.

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            3.0

            Good. Not great.

            By Yolhanson

            from Orange, NSW, Australia

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Construction

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

            It is poorly constructed. When recording, almost any movement of the hand will be picked up. Forget about hand-held recording (unless you're really not fussy about noise); you'd need to set it down on a surface that was guaranteed not to be touched or bumped, such is the propensity for exterior noise to come into the recording.
            It's useful for home recording when you don't want to set up your entire rig. You might just want to hit record and then jam for a while. The input level adjustment is handy, but the higher the level, the greater the problems mentioned above.
            Sound quality: quite good. You can set the recording quality for a wide range: the better the quality, the less recording time you get. With a 32gb card, it should not be a problem.
            It is easy to use. I've only been on it for an hour or so, and I can do everything. It downloads to my iMac with no issues; the computer just reads it as an external drive (which it becomes, when loading to the computer) and you can copy and save wherever. I imagine PC would be as effortless.
            It's just the construction that gets me. They must do better next time.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very nice except for internal speaker

            By kingfishrgm

            from Sandpoint, ID

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Recordings
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Great Headphone Sound
            • Lots Of Recording Options
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Too Much Noise When Moved
            • Worst Onboard Speaker Eve

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Easy To Takeuse Anywhere
            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

            They must fix the dreadful onboard speaker. It cannot be heard under most conditions. If I had known it was this bad I would have opted for another unit, possibly the Hn2. The quality of the headphone plugin is very nice.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Using it all the time

            By Wolfsaiden

            from Provo, UT

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances
              • Spoken Word

              Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

              I use the zoom for recording song snippets I don't want to forget, class lectures, personal sound archive samples, and really anything.
              This little guy turns on plenty quick in my opinion (about 4s). The USB data transfer works like a charm, and play back is great too.
              The only thing to watch out for is handling it during recording - you'll get major storm-sounds during your recording.
              You can't expect a studio condenser mic sound, but it really does deliver incredible sound across low and high frequencies.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Value for money

              By doslape

              from miami, fl

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Gigs
              • Jams
              • Rehearsal

              Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

              I bought one of this like a month ago, and its totally value for money, with my band we use it to record our rehearsals, and our gigs and then upload it to facebook, its pretty cool and very easy to use!.
              go for it

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Not good for USB - GREAT overall

              By Musical Director

              from Bridgewater, MA

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Poor USB sound

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Zoom H1 Handy Recorder:

              I've been using the H1 Handy to record some songs at home, the sound quality is excellent except when trying to use this as a USB mic. There is a popping sound that only shows up when recording via USB. It's much better to record the songs and then transfer the files afterwards. Overall the quality and ease of use are awesome.

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