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Zoom H2n Handy Recorder
Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

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Filled with power that exceeds expectations for a portable recorder, the H2n has 5 built-in microphones and 4 recording modes: X/Y, Mid-Side, 2-channel surround, and 4-channel surround. Two microphones are configured in an X/Y pair, and the remaining three are used in a Mid-Side (MS) pattern. These features make the H2n great for live concert recording, location videography, and other audio production uses.

The microphone set-up perfectly matches the corresponding recording mode. Mid-Side is recommended for film, video, and television projects since you can adjust the stereo image width after recording without influencing mono compatibility. X/Y creates a natural-sounding stereo, excellent for gathering sounds from a wide area while sources in the center remain clear and focused. Surround sound modes combine both microphone types for a truly immersive sound capture; 4-channel surround provides spatial audio for VR and other 360-degree experiences.

The H2n recorder has a host of advanced features, such as automatic gain control and onboard MS decoding. Popular effects include compression, limiting, and low-cut filtering. There’s almost no chance of missing a candid moment thanks to pre-recording and auto-record functions. The H2n has a data recovery feature that repairs corrupted files automatically.

Record long sessions without worry: the H2n uses 2 AA batteries (sold separately) and can run for more than 20 hours of continuous recording. The H2n records directly to SD cards. Both WAV and MP3 audio formats are supported with the H2n, and you can convert WAV files into MP3.

Work the H2n into your current gear for additional uses. A 1/8” mini phone jack line-in can accept two channels of mic/line-level signals, such as a condenser mic that requires 2.5 volts of plug-in power. Connect headphones using the stereo 1/8” phone jack line out with dedicated volume control. Repurpose the H2n as a USB microphone or send data to and from a computer via the USB port.

Zoom H2n Features

  • Five built-in microphones and four recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, and both 2-channel and 4-channel surround
  • Analog-type input gain control
  • Auto Gain provides three preset recording levels
  • Stereo 1/8" Mic/Line In mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
  • Stereo 1/8" Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
  • Built-in reference speaker for fast monitoring
  • Large 1.8 inch backlit LCD display
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Auto-record and Pre-record features
  • WAV to MP3 conversion
  • Internal mixdown: four-track surround to stereo
  • Up to 99 marks per recording
  • Built-in effects, including compression/limiting and low-cut filtering
  • Onboard MS decoding
  • Loop playback with user-defined start and stop points
  • USB port for data exchange to and from computer and use as a USB microphone
  • 4-in/2-out USB audio interface for PC/Mac computers
  • SD card reader function
  • Data recovery function automatically saves data if power fails or card is removed
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  • Recording media16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards
  • Built-in memoryup to 1 minute in 96kbps MP3 format (recording overwrites any previous recording in memory)
  • Mic arrangements90˚ X/Y stereo, MS stereo with adjustable side mic level
  • Recording modesMS, XY, MS+XY (2ch), MS+XY (4ch)
  • Microphone typesDirectional (XY, MS mid mics), Bidirectional (MS side mic)
  • Max SPL120dB (directional), 122dB (bidirectional)
  • File formats
    • Stereo uncompressed PCM: 44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, 16 / 24bit WAV (BWF)
    • Compressed MP3 (recording): 44.1kHz, 48kHz; 56 /64/80/96/112/128/160/192/ 224/256/320kbps (not compatible with MS-RAW recording)
    • Compressed MP3 (playback): 44.1kHz, 48kHz; 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps
    • 4 CH uncompressed PCM: 44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, 16 / 24bit WAV (BWF) (two stereo files for each recording)
  • Digital processing
    • A/D conversion: 24-bit 128× oversampling
    • D/A conversion: 24-bit 128× oversampling
    • Signal processing: 32-bit
    • Recording time (2 GB card): 3:08:00 (44.1kHz/16bit WAV), 34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)
  • Lo cut80Hz high-pass filter
  • Comp/limiter3 types of compressors and 3 types of limiters
  • Auto gainautomatic input gain adjustment (3 levels)
  • Pre rec2 seconds of pre-recording
  • Auto recautomatic recording start/stop, continuous standby
  • Tunerchromatic, guitar, bass and alternate (A/E/G/D/DADGAD) tunings with automatic string detection
  • Metronome40–250 BPM range, five tones, pre-count
  • Speedplayback speed adjustable between 50–150%
  • Key controlplayback pitch adjustable ±6 semitones (cannot be used with 96kHz files)
  • AB repeatrepeats playback between selected points in a file
  • File dividedivdes a file into two
  • File normalizemaximizes file volume (cannot be used with MP3s)
  • File MP3 encodeconverts WAV files to MP3 formats at fixed bit rates
  • Markup to 99 marks (WAV files only)
  • Surround mixeradjusts mix balance when playing back 4ch surround recordings
  • Display graphic128×64 pixels backlit LCD
  • Input gain0 to +39 dB
  • Input jackline/mic stereo mini jack with plug-in power; 2 kΩ impedance at input levels of 0 to –39 dBm
  • Output jackline/headphone stereo mini jack
  • Rated output level-10 dBm (output impedance 10 kΩ or more)
  • Headphones20 mW + 20 mW (into 32 Ω load)
  • Built-in speaker400mW, 8Ω, mono
  • USBMini-B type, card reader operation
  • USB 2.0 high speedaudio interface operation
  • USB 1.0 high speedsupports 44.1 / 48kHz sampling rates and 16-bit rate; USB bus power operation supported
  • Power2 AA batteries OR AD-17 USB to AC adapter
  • Dimensions (WxHxD)2.66x4.48x1.68"
  • Weight without batteries4.58 oz (130 g)

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