Checkout my 1 year Zoom H4n Review for 2011
October 14 2010 UPDATE: I just dropped my Zoom H4n Recorder off my desk on to the hardwood floor microphones first… I’m pleased to report No Damages It’s definitely standing up to the abuse that is bound to happen to a piece of gear like this
The Zoom H4n Recorder is one of the best new portable units on the market today. Zoom put the product together after listening to their customers likes and dislikes regarding their previous unit the Zoom H4. They couldn’t have done a better job researching and fixing the issues found in the first generation and this unit truly stands out above all the other portable recorders available today. The H4n even out competes units that are a few hundred dollars more expensive such as the Sony PCM-D50.
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I have been using my Zoom H4n recorder for approx 6 months now (Feb, 2011 update: almost 1 year!) and have recorded everything from solo classical guitar to live symphony performances and it has stood up to every challenge that I have presented it. I wanted to make sure that before I wrote my Zoom H4n review that I had taken the time to really become familiar with the unit. The included accessories and features make the unit incredibly easy to use and you never feel like it is getting in the way of your enjoyment of the recording process.
Here is a sample of one of my classical guitar recordings (YES this is actually me):
First of all, the sound quality of this unit is excellent! Very crisp life like recordings of whatever you capture. If you put the unit outside just to capture ambient noise it provides an amazingly life like experience when listening back through headphones. The recording level is adjusted easily by a dial on the side and has a very usable range. I have noticed the same thing mentioned in various other Zoom H4n Reviews.
Ease of use is paramount with a device like this and the Zoom H4n is definitely easy to use. All you have to do is power the unit on, make a few adjustments to the recording level and you are ready to record. If you want to change the format that you are using to record this can be done very simply by accessing the menu and since this is probably one of the most common features it is located front and center on the menu. The rest of the controls are very easy to understand however it can be a little bit time consuming since there are so many features to figure out!
The features on this unit are unbelievable! There is a tuner for all your stringed instruments, true 4 track recording, XLR/Quarter Inch jacks, Mini Stereo Jack, Speaker for playback, headphone output, digital guitar effects, great big bright screen, rubberized coating, and it includes a mic stand adapter, case and windscreen! There is also an optional remote control and unlike the previous generation H4 this portable recorder will mount to a tripod with no extra accessories necessary!
As far as dislikes go, the load time of this unit is very long and I’m hoping that Zoom can possibly fix this with a firmware upgrade in the future. It would have been very nice to have them put a cage around the microphones like Sony did with the PCM-D50 as well. These are minor issues however and if you make sure to use the included case while transporting the Zoom H4n you will have no problems with busted microphones.
If you enjoyed reading my 6 month review please check out my original Zoom H4n Review!
I would highly recommend the Zoom H4n to anyone looking for a good portable recorder. Personally I purchased the bundle package with the tripod, larger memory and remote control and couldn’t be happier! Happy searching and I hope you enjoyed this Zoom H4n review.