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Zoom H4n

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Item Weight281 g
Product Dimensions15.6 x 7 x 3.5 cm
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Item model numberZH4N
Screen Size1.9
  
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ASINB001QWBM62
Best Sellers Rank 1,554 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight816 g
Date First Available2 Feb 2009
  
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Custom designed, onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics allow variable recording patterns at either 90° or 120°. Our unique design lets you rotate each mic capsule from 90° (standard) to 120° (wide-angle) stereo for the ultimate versatility in any recording situation. Now your recordings can be richer than ever before. Its onboard 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 an equal distance from the sound source for perfect localization without phase shifting. Frequency response remains uniform throughout your recording. The result is great stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging every time. Choose up to 24-bit/96-kHz linear PCM WAV files for audio resolution that surpasses CD quality. Or, when maximum recording time with smaller file size is desired, select a variety of MP3 formats to produce smaller files suitable for web or e-mail distribution. - Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2 - Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 2 - Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Mono Mix, M/SStereo Decoder, Auto-Rec, Pre-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, A-B Repeat, Variable Speed Playback, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker - Recording Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz), MP3 (Bit Rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps/VBR, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz) - Playback Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz), MP3 (Bit Rate: 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps/VBR, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz) - A/D Conversion: 24bit, 128times oversampling - D/A Conversion: 24bit,128times oversampling - Signal Processing: 32bit - Recording Media: SD memory card (16MB - 2GB), SDHC memory card (4GB - 32GB) - Display: 128 x 64pixel, 1.9-inch backlit LCD - Balanced / Unbalanced Input: 2 x XLR-1/4phone combo Jack - Input Impedance: balanced input = 1kΩ balanced / pin 2 hot,...

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Alison Harmer on 9 Nov 2010
I've been using my Zoom H4n for well over a year now, to replace my DAT machines (yes!) - and in that time I've done a good many different recordings with it, so I hope my experience is useful for you.

I originally got one of these because I wanted to capture musical ideas on the fly. When you wish to note down a musical idea, it's a lot easier to just fire this thing up than to find your microphones, connect them to your sound card, then to your computer, etc, etc. So straight away, this is useful just because it's available and very quick to set up.

Recording-wise I've put it through its paces and made some amazing recordings - of our choir in a large concert hall, of a Colombian harpist at a concert, of my own performances to sync to video, all using the built-in microphones, plus some experimental multitrack and stereo recordings using external mics. In all of these cases, this thing was flawless.

The XLR sockets can provide phantom power. The one note of caution I'd offer is that you won't get the quality with external mics that you get with a really good outboard soundcard. With the right mics it can sound very good indeed but (and I'm being ultra-critical here) not if you are really trying to get the last ounce of quality or signal-to-noise ratio out of good mics and instruments with wide dynamic ranges (for example, singing bowls or other more unusual instruments). I tried it with a range of Rode, AKG, Neumann and Sennheiser mics and came to the conclusion that if you're trying to do the best recording possible, you will already know that a recorder at this price level really won't cut it.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By B. GAN on 28 Mar 2010
Easy to use, Very powerful and wonderful sound. Working light and low budget is important for me, as is quality. With the H4N and Canon 7D I am producing broadcast quality video and sound for a very small cost. The H4N is small enough to mount on camera or carry in a coat pocket. The in-built mics are surprisingly good. The battery life is good for very long sessions. The product is quite rugged and very versatile. For live musicians the included tuner can be particularly useful. Lastly the H4N easily hooks up to a Mac or PC to share files or as an Audio I/O device.

I've recorded a few live sessions with the H4N and the performers have been consistently impressed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BoogieBear on 31 Oct 2009
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I had my eye on one of these solid state recorders for a while and when the Zoom H4n was announced it seemed to tick all the boxes for me
Well it does tick all the boxes and then some!
Not only a stereo recorder but a 4 track recorder as well - it also is seen by a computer as a mass storage device (ie a USB memory stick) and this makes mananging the tracks and folders a breeze
As well as all this the unit acts as a USB audio interface with your computer - amazing
Totally recommended. the best purchase I've made in a long time
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Los Angeleno on 16 Mar 2012
I bought the Zoom H4n a little over eight months ago and have been using it constantly since then, so I thought it was time to write a proper review. I did plenty of research before taking the plunge on this one, looking at some of the Sony models, Marantz etc. before settling for the Zoom. Why? Two things: sound quality, and functionality.

I'll address those two items shortly, but first of all, what do you get when you purchase the H4n? Well, obviously you get the recorder itself, and also in the box is a rigid plastic carrying case to protect it, a 1GB SD memory card to get you up and running, a mic stand adapter, a USB cable to connect it to a PC, an AC adapter so you can run it off the mains, and a windscreen. The recorder itself feels solid and well-built, with a tactile rubberised finish that makes it sit comfortably in the hand. There's a tripod mount at the back so you can rig it up in a live environment, and you can purchase a little remote control that lets you operate everything without touching the Zoom, which can be handy if you're using the mics and don't want to pick up the sound of button presses etc. Oh yes, there's a comprehensive manual in the box, which is much better than a CD with a PDF on it, let's be honest.

Now, sound quality - it is, in a word, stunning. I've been using the H4n mainly for field recordings (ambient sounds, the rhythm and hum of cities, etc.) and the recording quality is absolutely amazing, with every nuance subtly picked out and placed in the stereo field.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Lomas on 17 Aug 2013
Check the age of other reviews, as I feel the Zoom H4n should no longer be the `go to' digital recorder that it has become. I've owned mine for about six months, and have become progressively disenchanted with it. If you just want to record your band's practice room or capture acoustic demos it is fine, there is no need to read on: as an audio `sketch pad' it is very serviceable. If you want to use it to expand your recording horizons however:

* The X/Y mics are exposed so that you can rotate them, to vary the `pick-up' angle between 90 and 180 degrees. The principal is fine, but the average quality of the microphones doesn't justify the functionality. My 15 year old DAT actually sounds better (it cost £300.00 at the time). For me this is a cynical exercise on the part of Zoom - rather like the graphic equalizers on 80's hi-fi's, which were intentionally made to give the allure of a mixing desk (Bang & Olufsen stayed with tone & bass knobs). Having the mics exposed in this way is a big down-side, once you start plugging in external mics. You are left with a `fragile' feeling recorder that you can't just plunge into a bag and forget about

* Probably the greatest criticism I can lay on the H4n is the poor quality of the headphone amplifier - it's got a ton of hiss on it, which doesn't appear on the recordings, but is a cause of annoyance (detailed monitoring is somewhat limited)

* The interface is poor - specifically recording and monitoring volumes. Up-down `blister' switches do not cut it - a knob or dial where you have tactile feedback and the ability to make fast changes, would be a vast improvement.
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