Zoom H2 Handy Recorder with 4GB Card
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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.
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!
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.
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.
The only criticism is that, becasue it is a FAT 32 filing system, it does not record files that are larger than ca. 2 GB, even if the SD card is larger. This in itself is not particularly problematic, except for the fact that the operating system of the ZOOM does not have a mechanism for stopping the recording once this limit has been reached. As a result, the file content will be lost and it micht be necessary to reformat the SD card in order to recover the memory used in the recording. Nevertheless, if one is careful, this can be avoided.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sound recording is marvellous and the files easy to manage. I have had a good deal of trouble with the small print on the LCD screen which I have found really awkward to read.Published on 8 Dec. 2014 by The Mouse
This is a great little machine for recording indoors or outside. Outdoors find I need to put on high setting for mike gain - and best to have a fitted windshield over the mike.Published on 30 Oct. 2014 by Steve Regis
This Handy Recorder cable is used at our primary school and it performs very well under the rigours of regular use.Published on 7 Feb. 2014 by Anthony
This was bought for my husband to record his creations of new songs. It works really well and keeps him happyPublished on 25 Jun. 2013 by Sheila Sumner
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 morePublished on 16 Mar. 2012 by Jacky Cowper
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 morePublished on 7 Mar. 2012 by Chris Downing
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 morePublished on 15 Oct. 2011 by scillygirl