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Zoom H6 Handy Recorder

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  • Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
  • Six-track simultaneous recording
  • Four mic/line inputs with xlr/trs combo connectors
  • Gain controls (real knobs!) and -20db pads for each input
  • Records directly to sd, sdhc and sdxc cards up to 128gb

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: H6
  • ASIN: B00E0HAQOE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 July 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,978 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Here at Zoom we've been building innovative products for the past thirty years. But with the revolutionary H6 six-track recorder, 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, live broadcast or electronic news gathering - the H6 can handle it with ease. The most versatile portable recorder ever.

Box Contains

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 Windscreen USB Cable Case


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By Kit De Luca TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2013
I've been an owner of an H4n for the past three years or so. For anyone familiar with that model, you'll know the pros and the cons. The pros were having an extremely portable little unit that packed a punch with phantom power, onboard effects, and more options than you could shake a stick at. The cons were noisy preamps, the infamous noise floor and fiddly ways to get to the screen or folder you wanted.

 I was very excited to see the H6 released, especially when I heard of the improvements with regard to the much quieter background noise it produces. In this respect, I have not been disappointed. In fact, I've been very pleasantly surprised. There is noticeable difference in the amount of background hiss with this model. The sound is not as true as the H4n and it can give quite a hard edge to things. I'm trying to find out what I would need to do in post production to give it a warmer, rounder sound.
 The machine feels good quality. Gone are the internal buttons and knobs to control things--the H6 has the gain control as four physical dials for each of the XLR jacks, plus another on the XY mic attachments and Mid-Side mic.

 There is no three mode option as with the H4n... Zoom have scrapped the Stereo/4 Channel/Multi-track modes. Now everything you get, you see. One screen for everything. So, selecting just the LR input lets you record to stereo. Selecting another input allows for multi-track recording (so long as you have 'overdub' selected in the options).
 Other good things that I like about it is the battery life. On alkaline batteries, the unit has yet to die on me, and I've used it for probably around 8 hours and it's now down from the maximum three bars to two. I hope to use NiMH rechargables but I haven't needed them yet so can't comment on life.
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By Antoine HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2014
As soon as the Zoom H6 hit the market I was sold by the specs of the unit and bought it without hesitation.

As the title I gave suggests, this unit is not suited for dSLR users. Yet to be fair it is not really marketed for such use. The Tascam DR-60D is a better solution for dSLR due various reasons which I cannot cover in this review as it is meant for the Zoom. I will write another review for the Tascam.

Pros:
- Robust build quality, with lots of metal rather than plastic
- Awesome sound quality
- Easy intuitive button and dial layout
- 2 Mics are included with own level control. (Metal mics)
- 4 XLR phantom powered inputs with potentiometers to control gain. Inputs can also accept jack plugs.
- Option to have 6 XLR inputs via
- 3.5mm jack input
- Tripod mount
- Line out which can be fed into any recording equipment ie: camera.
- Offers many recording options. WAV files to mp3
- Nice colour display
- Comes with everything you need to get started plus a travel case (yet no power supply)

Cons:
- When colour display backlight goes off screen becomes unreadable. (Unlike normal LCD displays which remain viewable)
- Jog dial used for scrolling through the menu is a bit fiddly.
- When mounted on a tripod, battery access is tricky. Yet battery life is really great.
- Vocals recording could sound slightly nasal. (On my unit at least)

So is this the recorder for you?
Ultimately we buy these recorders for sound quality and ease of use. And this unit performs well in both departments. On my unit I notice that vocals sound slightly nasal.
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By Rolo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2015
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I upgraded from a Tascam-DR40 to the Zoom H6 - it's a fabulous portable recorder. Here's its features:

- The top internal X/Y stereo mic unit can be unplugged and replaced with a (supplied) M/S mic. I have not seen this before on a portable recorder.M/S (mid/side) recording, although it seems to have gone a little out of fashion in recent years has two advantages - the stereo spread can be adjusted in post and one channel (the mid mic) is a regular mono signal on its own. Zoom also sell two other modules to replace the X/Y mic - a directional gun mic and a unit that adds two more XLR channels in place of the mic. The X/Y mic module also has a stereo minijack input with 'plug-in power' - great if you want to use binaural mics (obviously the minijack disconnects the X/Y mics). The X/Y mics also swivel adjusting the angle of the heads from 90º to 110º for a wider stereo image.

- You can select a 'back-up' mode for the top stereo mic inputs that lays down an additional stereo pair a lower level than the original as a safety copy in case you peak on the original (effectively meaning it possible to record 8 tracks at once). This is a great feature.

- The remaining for channels have individual gain pots (the stereo internal mic channel shares one). Each channel has individually switchable phantom power, low cut, limiters and compressors. Although the pots are quite small and fiddle, it's great to have individual, physical gain controls. These four channels all have combined XLR/jack inputs. Channels 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 can be switched to stereo pairs.

- An angled colour LCD display shows all 6 channels and their settings together. The screen is small and might be difficult to see in bright light but it is great to have all this information together.
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