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Zoom H2 Handy Recorder with 4GB Card

by Zoom
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Portable
  • PC Connection
  • Dictation Machine
  • Voice Activation
  • MP3 Encoding
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Zoom H2n Portable Recorded with SD Card 2 GB Black Zoom H2n Portable Recorded with SD Card 2 GB Black 4.7 out of 5 stars (58)
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Technical Details
Model NumberZOO H2
Item Weight109 g
Product Dimensions11 x 3.2 x 6.4 cm
Manufacturer Part Number7391-ZMMH
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 35,515 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available25 Aug 2007
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High Quality Audio Components From Monacor Award Winning German Engineering

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138 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoom H2 8 Sep 2008
I bought this device to aid practice as it's very difficult to judge the overall sound of a duet when you're actually playing one of the parts. I was not disappointed.
This is an excellent recorder providing a superb stereo image. Extremely good recording quality and it works straight out of the box, just load two batteries and away you go.
Very importantly, and unlike MP3 recorders I've tried, the H2 accurately captures the attack of "difficult" instruments like concertinas beautifully and it works equally well with percussion.
The box includes a memory card, headphones, USB lead, stereo jack to phono lead, desk stand, windshield, and a little pouch to keep the recorder in. Basically it has everything you need to start making useful recordings.
If you're looking for a good general purpose semi-professional recorder I'd recommend this one.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Super Internal Mics on H2 Zoom 13 Feb 2010
The Zoom H2 is a decent portable recorder when using the internal microphones. With the 4 internal mics, it's perfect for recording people sitting around a table. It's pocket size means it's great for whipping out to capture ambient sounds when you're out and about.

The Zoom's external mic input, via 1/8" jack socket is extremely noisey. You really need to use it with high impedance mics to get a useable sound out of it. Hiss and noise reduction in an audio editor will help you a little.

The unit also has a 1/8" line input socket, unfortunately it's extremely sensitive, if you are recording off a mixer, you need to drop it's output quite low to avoid clipping and distortion.

You really need a seperate card reader to transfer your audio files to your computer. The H2 Zoom is only hi-speed USB, and not proper USB 2.0 so transfer speeds are only 1 meg per second.

The problem with all of these cheap type of portable audio recorders is that they all have their strengths and weaknesses. If you are looking for one that's good at recording using internal mics, then the H2 Zoom should be your weapon of choice. If line-in recording is a higher priority, then check out the Tascam DR-07 which is at a similar price.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and excellent quality 17 Sep 2008
Excellent little device and very easy to use. The insructions are well written and within a few hours of use you can pretty much understand all of the basic recording functions and have the device connected to a computer to download your first files.

I'm using the recorder to keep a record of rehearsals with a variety of bands from guitar duo to a full 5 piece. The quality is always good with almost no messing around. It doesn't seem possible to make a bad recording.

Recording your rehearsals and performances is the best way to appraise your progress as a muscian. Don't delay and buy one today!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I manage without it? 3 Sep 2008
This little recorder is fantastic. A gizmo geek pal recommended it to us as we are not electronically minded in the slightest. We have a child in a cathedral choir and wanted to discreetly record certain services. This works from inside a handbag, inside a jacket pocket (if you don't move about too much) and from inside a digital camera case - my prefered method - with the top just protruding. It is simple to operate and gives excellent results. Downloading is straightforward and with a programme such as Audacity which can be downloaded free from the web, it is all you need. It isn't really worth upgrading to the H4 as it is only better if you are in very controlled recording siruations. For Press and Go the H2 is perfect
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy little gadget 13 May 2009
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I bought this product as a replacement for a MiniDisc and Microphone setup as the battery in the MD was long since dead and I was tired of the awkward setup and slow workings of the MD. I'm an opera singer and use the recorder to record lessons, my own practice and concerts, and so far the H2 has been exactly what I hoped it would be.
The recording quality is very good (you just have to make sure that you've got the right recording levels) and it's very simple and quick to use. It does eat battery power fairly quickly, but that is not a problem if you have four rechargeable AA batteries that you can keep in rotation.

All in all I'm very happy with this product.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 2 Feb 2009
I bought this recorder as a gift for my husband who is a sound engineer/music producer (i.e. has far better trained ears than I have!) and he has been really impressed with it. The sound quality is excellent and it is easy to use, also lightweight and fairly easy to carry around. Worth spending the small amount extra to get the case and mini tripod stand for it in my opinion.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars v.good 2 Feb 2009
good recorder, great interfase and v. good quality (up to 24 bit, 96hz). screen a bit small for navigation, but alright once you get used to it. also, possibly quite fragile (?) as the casing is in plastic. however, if you are careful with handling it, it is one of the best on the market in terms of recording and is definitely worth the money
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoom Zoom 5 May 2009
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The recorder is easy to use with very good authentic sound reproduction.
The sensitivity of the microphones is excellent giving a faithful stereo split.
The recorder does everything I need of it ie. instruments and voice. One of the instruments being a flute a particularly difficult insrument to reproduce.
I highly reccommend it and feel it is good value for money

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by miss darling
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
This Handy Recorder cable is used at our primary school and it performs very well under the rigours of regular use.
Published 5 months ago by Kiwi Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoom H2 Handy Recorder
This was bought for my husband to record his creations of new songs. It works really well and keeps him happy
Published 13 months ago by Sheila Sumner
2.0 out of 5 stars Good recorder but has a big flaw.
I bought this for using during my work. It's a decent recorder, though wildly over-complicated. It takes a lot of setting up. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Ja macadam
3.0 out of 5 stars Life Has Moved On.
These were great little recorders a couple years ago when I first experienced them in the USA - but things have moved on and now these don't look anything like as competitive with... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Chris Downing
4.0 out of 5 stars Good BUT
Bought our H2 to capture sounds and music while touring. The performance is brilliant, it does all it claims BUT not being a lover of computers or understanding much of the... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by scillygirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good option
This product is amazingly disappointing. The H4n is a much better option if you are considering a 'Zoom'. I own both and they are quite apart in just about every way. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of kit - one or two improvements needed
I'm a minister and was looking for something on which to record sermons so that they can go on the internet. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Mark Loughridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoom H2
Sound quality is amazing. The features are brilliant. It's a little tricky to navigate around the menu and the screen is very small. Overall a brilliant bit of kit.
Published on 18 Sep 2011 by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars ZOOM H2
Very pleased with the quality of the recorder and value for money. Very pleased with what I need to use it for.
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by masems
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