Enjoy the new standard Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom's most innovative handheld recorder to date. We've packed groundbreaking features into an ultra-portable device that allows you to record pristine audio anywhere you go. From film and broadcast, to journalism, podcasting, musical performance, songwriting and rehearsal, the H2n provides amazing recording quality. No matter the application, the H2n brings the very best in stereo recording to a convenient, user-friendly package that fits in your pocket. Zoom H2n Handy Recorder. The new standard in portable recording.
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Storage Capacity: 2 GB Secure Digital (SD) Card (Included)
Display Screen: 1.8" LCD 8.2 Kilopixel
Recording Time: 34.56 Hour @ 128 Kbps
Interfaces/Ports: 1 x Mini Type B USB 2.0 USB, 1 x Mini-phone Headphone, 1 x Mini-phone Microphone, 1 x Remote Connector
Weight (Approximate): 4.59 oz - (Without Batteries)
Overall Customer Rating
4.7 (16 Reviews)
100% of customers recommend this product.
Posted by: Hardin9 from: Minneapolis, Minnesota on
I'm glad to see Best Buy is still carrying this recorder, and that the manufacturer is still producing it, it's a great recorder. The thing to be aware of is this is a professional recorder and is priced accordingly (this after all is the cancerous economic system called the monetary system we live under). So if you are a student looking for a recorder just for recording professor's lectures, and what not, this recorder might be more of a monetary investment than you would necessarily want to make for a simple application of that kind of nature.
I have had the H2 Recorder since 2009. I am an independent journalist so I use it when I am interviewing someone locally in person or recording an event like a protest or something, and it produces awesome recordings in high gain mode even in large spaces in a building. I use it for all kinds of other applications as well such as making audio recordings of documentaries off the internet, and one's I own copies of for my personal use, and it produces professional quality audio recordings for every single application I use it for.
The good points:
1. It records in MP3 format up to 320 kbps
2. It uses an SD memory card so it's universally compatible with all operating systems, Windows, Apple, Linux, and possibly Android (I would check on that if you're using an Android device). The reason I bring that point up is because most voice recorders will only work with Windows. Keep in mind though this is a field recorder, not a voice recorder, there is a difference. A field recorder is a professional level recorder. If you are looking for a recorder that's less expensive than this one's price point, I suggest looking for a voice recorder that uses a memory card, those will always have universal compatibility.
3. Very portable for a professional recorder, you could carry this in your pockets though I would not recommend it.
4. It comes with a detachable stand for setting it on a table or on the ground.
5. It has surround sound which makes it great for recording a concert or any other type of event including a protest, the kind I like to cover!
6. It has 3 different gain levels which is very advantageous, if you're recording a high decibel level event, you can set it at low gain level and not get distortion.
7. It has a line in port so you can record off a computer, or a multi media sound system.
8. It has a headphone port so you can listen while you're recording to monitor your recording if you need to.
9. It comes with a foam wind breaker, a nice one for outside recording and if you're going to be recording anything outside, I highly recommend using that foam windbreaker, it will make all the difference in the world.
1. Battery meter on this recorder has a technical flaw as of the 2009 model that is which is the one I have. You can put in fully charged batteries and it will not register full battery capacity, so the battery meter does not read the batteries accurately, now keep in mind mine is the 2009 model so by now the manufacturer might have fixed that particular problem.
This recorder does not come with a power adapter. It does have a port for a power adapter so you could use a universal power adapter with it, make sure it has the appropriate amperage, voltage, and pin.
This recorder uses a lot of electricity! For Real! I strongly recommend getting HIGH CAPACITY AA RECHARGEABLE batteries for it, and a smart charger. DO NOT USE DISPOSABLE BATTERIES WITH THIS RECORDER! I'm emphasizing that because if you use disposable batteries for this recorder you will seriously end up wasting a lot of money on batteries. I recommend rechargeable batteries of at least 2100 milli amp. This recorder uses 2 AA batteries. I recommend using the hybrid kind because those don't drain in a week like nickel metal hydride, and nickel cadmium do, they last a year on a full charge when idle.
Conclusion: The price is high (Average for a professional level audio recorder) keep in mind though this is a professional recorder, if price is an issue for you check out voice recorders however, I recommend strongly a voice recorder that uses a memory card because those will work on virtually any operating system except maybe Android. Next time you’re shopping Best Buy for a recorder, ask about voice recorders that use memory cards instead of internal memory. Ones with internal memory all use a software, and the software will only work with Windows.
If you do decide to get this recorder, I recommend Best Buy's warranty just incase the unit quits working in 3 years which is possible with anything electronic due to planned obsolescence from manufacturers, the good thing about their warranties is they are renewable, especially with something like this recorder, it's worth that little extra money to be able to have it under warranty for 6 or 7 years which is way beyond what you get from the manufacturer.
This recorder has it's good points, and bad points like anything else, do the good points outweigh the bad, from my experience with it, yes!
80 out of 81 found this review helpful.
Superb Digital Recorder
Posted by: Rembrandt from: USA on
Having used the ZOOM H2 for years, I picked up the H2n, which is a nearly identical machine in terms of quality and functionality. First of all, the recording quality, with the built-in microphones, is nothing short of amazing. The quality is far beyond anything I have ever found in the little hand-held Olympus and Sony memo recorders. This is a professional-quality instrument. Who is it for? I would say that anyone wanting amazingly high-quality recording will enjoy this device. It will capture the voices and sounds around you for future enjoyment. It is excellent for the musician wishing to get a high quality recording of jam sessions. With an input jack, it is easy to record directly from countless sources, creating mp3 or wav files of any bit rate you select. With the ability to use a 32GB SD card, you can record countless hours without the worry of running low on memory. In addition, the fact that it is powered by two AA batteries, means that you never have to wait while the device recharges. You never have to worry about an internal rechargeable battery losing its ability to recharge. I wish the unit was just a bit thinner and a little more rugged but cannot complain. Amazing device worthy of anyone's gadget bag.
21 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Almost Indespensible Tool for Video
Posted by: TomDM from: Kensington, MD on
I started capturing sound with the Zoom H2n for an outdoor concert video. The capture was amazing and I've since used it for every single video I've produced. The fact that it gives you a choice of sound coverage patterns is particularly useful.
In addition to music videos, I now use it as my microphone when recording Camtasia screen captures for training videos. I'm very, very happy with the quality and versatility of this microphone/recorder..
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Good features and sound
Posted by: seanature from: Seattle, WA on
For the money, it's a pretty good digital recorder. I've used it as a field microphone for videos and the sound quality and stereo separation is quite good. It's very sensitive to wind, though, so you'll want a wind screen. For narration, I think the sound quality is a little tinny, but it's easy to adjust for that in post.
It's very easy to use for the most part, though the sensitivity pattern indicators are a little confusing. The diagram on the microphone for the X+Y setting points the wrong direction. The manual is correct and is worth reading.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Excellent Recorder for Musical Performances
Posted by: Whirly45s from: Boulder, Colorado on
I purchased this recorder to take on a road trip to a guitar camp. We were allowed to record the workshops. The sound quality and clearness of the recording was amazing. It took a little practice to learn all the controls, but it was worth it. The recorder is compact in size but does a great job. I recommend getting the accessory pack since it have a hard shell case and a tripod. Recording to MP3 format, the 32GB SDHC card can record forever. I recorded over 10 hours of workshops on the same set of batteries, so it's pretty efficient. But it's always good to carry extras. I did not use the AC adaptor yet since I used this for field recordings. Transferring files to my laptop was easy. Overall a great value
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Easy to use.
Posted by: FGCK from: AZ on
I bought this on the spur of the moment to record a Christmas concert. The singing was multiple harmonies and the playback stereo through the headphones is great. The instructions were a litlle complicated but once I started using the recorder it all made sense.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Easy to use audio recorder, perfect for podcasting
Posted by: mandyg from: Middletown, OH on
The H2N is highly recommended for any mobile recording situation from simple interviews for pod casting to recording some riffs from you acoustic guitar. Low noise, high quality recording is easy as pushing a button. Great for the novice or professional. Super device!
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Realy great mic.
Posted by: RiceSauce from: Northern VA on
This is a very nice mic. All 5 mics on this piece record in great quality. All of the settings and options are very easy to use and maneuver. The guitar tuner on it could be fine tuned a bit better, but I think the fact that it has one at all is pretty amazing. It hooks up to my DAW w/ no problem. Field recordings are synch and sound fantastic. The batteries never seem to run out. This is a fine Condenser and Dynamic mic combo unit. The body of the mic does seem as if it could break easy, but I have yet to confirm that as a problem because mine is still working fine. I will update my review if I ever run into any issues. Until then I would say look no further. This thing rocks for multitudes of uses. It gets my award for sound quality and versatility.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Proffesional Quality Sound
Posted by: JonGurgul from: Wyandotte, MI on
The Zoom H2n is a great portable audio recorder for beginners and professionals alike. I use it mostly for recording piano and it reproduces the sound exactly as I hear it. I even used it for recording a Lamborghini Gallardo, and it worked amazingly well. I would recommend this recorder to anyone who is looking for great sound at a good price.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Anthony from: on
It's a really good recorder. It can be used to record to 2 files for the surround recording, which means that you can have each microphone as a separate channel. Also, you can connect to your computer via USB to use as your computer microphone (also as a USB sound card)