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Rating and Reviews: Zoom H5 Handheld

Record onto 4 tracks -- anywhere -- with the Zoom H5's X/Y stereo microphone pair and dual XLR inputs. This recorder also works with any Zoom input capsule!

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"Zoom H5 Handheld Digital Recorder" submitted January 7, 2015

By Roland R in Baltimore, MD
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Musical Background: 48 years, play with local symphony and freelance live and studio
Music Style: Classical, Jazz, various commercial styles
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Overall: Used the H5 with the XYH6 X-Y capsule set to 120 degree separation to record a holiday symphony concert. The recorder was 5 rows into the audience on a tripod. The recorder was set to 24bit 48K. Excellent sound stage width, great clarity to the recording and good bass. Everyone, including the conductor was very pleased with results.
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"Good value for a 96k recorder" submitted June 8, 2015

By Joe G in Chicago, IL
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Musical Background: I've been a guitar player for 40 years, and a sound engineer/designer for 25.
Music Style: Rock, Jazz, Blues, experimental, Sound design for theatre, film and advertising.
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Overall: I purchased the Zoom H5 primarily for sound effects recording and film production. If you don't need the multi-channel capabilities of its more popular sibling the H6, the Zoom H5 is a solid portable recorder and comes at a great price. It's comfortable to hold; I can access many of the vital controls with my thumb while holding the H5 in the palm of my hand. The H5 does actually have multichannel capabilities as well- you can record 4 tracks simultaneously, though the sample rate caps out at 48kHz when doing this. Still, that's fine for indie film shoots where you might have a couple of radio mics as well as your boom. The H5 uses the same interchangeable-mic setup as the H6, so if you don't want to use the provided X-Y module, you can swap out for the M/S module or an extra set of XLR ins (these are sold separately). This is a fantastic feature that really makes the H5 (and 6) a flexible tool that's useful across a number of applications. The H5 uses standard SD cards to store data; I prefer this to the proprietary cards used by the last portable field recorder I used. Sound quality is good; the X-Y mics are shockmounted so that handling noise is minimized. I also purchased the accessory kit which includes a fuzzy "dead cat" windscreen that works very well. My one quibble is that the placement of the gain knob on the X-Y module makes it a challenge to get the windscreen on firmly while still being able to adjust the gain.That's a minor issue, though. Overall I'm very happy with this unit.
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"Just got started with my H5" submitted September 2, 2015

By Julian Robson in Winston-Salem, NC
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Musical Background: Guitar, Voice, Songwriting - Founder of Salem Revival Project
Music Style: Indie folk-jazz
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Overall: I'm using my H5 to record live street performance as well as my solo guitar and voice. I love the clarity of sound I'm getting. It wasn't as intuitive to get started as I might have hoped but watching Golden Spiral's demo of it cleared that up.
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