Zoom H2n Handheld Digital Recorder

Record in X/Y stereo, middle-side, or surround with the handheld Zoom H2n. Great for all musicians, this portable recorder offers 20 hours of battery life.

In the digital age, whether you're an independent filmmaker, a struggling funk rock trip-hop group, or a singer/songwriter, you need to make high-quality audio recordings of your performances. Zoom has designed the H2n handheld recorder with blissfully intuitive controls to give you maximum control over how and where you want to work. Record in four different configurations -- mid-side stereo, 90-degree X/Y stereo, and 2-channel or 4-channel surround sound. It's simple to use -- and even easier to carry.

Middle-Side Recording: Variable Stereo Field

The H2n is one of the first hand-held devices to let you record in a middle-side stereo pattern. In this setting, a unidirectional mic records audio directly from in front of the microphone while a bi-directional mic records audio from the left and the right, resulting in an incredibly defined stereo effect. By changing the level of the side mic, the width of the stereo field can increased or decreased in post-production.

True X/Y Stereo, Plus 4-Channel Mode

With the right and left microphones fixed on the same axis so that your source audio travels the same distance to each mic, the H2n can also record in 90-degree X/Y stereo. The resulting audio is captured with impeccably defined depth and rich, broad tonal clarity. For true surround immersion, the H2n can be set for either 2-channel or 4-channel recording. In 2-channel mode, the H2n records in Mid-Side stereo and 90-degree X/Y stereo simultaneously for a stunningly read more textured ambient sound. In 4-channel mode, the H2n records two separate stereo audio files, allowing for greater flexibility in the post-production editing process.

Auto-Save on Convenient SD Card Media

The H2n secures your memory, so that you know your recording will be saved. The H2n features a memory recall function that automatically restores your data upon rebooting should you experience a sudden error or power loss. Storing and organizing your saved data is easy on SD/SDHC cards up to a maximum of 32 GB, for 50 hours of recording time in 44.1 kHz/16-bit WAV format. You can quickly transfer and edit your recorded files using the convenient USB 2.0 interface and included Steinberg's WaveLab LE 7 software or your favorite DAW program.
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Built-in Mics Recording Modes:
- Middle-side (MS) stereo (use Middle only for mono cardioid mode)
- 90-degree XY stereo
- 2-channel surround
- 4-channel surround

Recording Media: SD/SDHC card (up to 32GB)

Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 120 dB SPL

Recording Format:
- WAV PCM 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit
- MP3 44.1 kHz, 48 to 320 kbps

A/D Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times oversampling
D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 128times oversampling

Signal Processing: 32-bit

Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Auto Gain, Pre-Rec, Auto-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, Variable Speed Playback, Key Control, A-B Repeat, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker, Surround Mixer

Display: 128 x 64 pixel, backlit LCD

Input Gain: 0 to +39dB

Mic/Line Input: 1/8" stereo phone jack (Plug-in power supported)

Input impedance: 2kOhms (Input level 0 to -39dBm)

Phones / Line Output: 1/8" stereo minijack

Rated Output Level: -10dBm

Output Load Impedance: 10 kOhms or more
Phones Output Level: 20mW + 20mW into 32-ohm load

Built-in Speaker: 400mW 8 ohm

USB: Mini-B type, Mass Storage Class operation (USB 2.0 High Speed compatible)

Audio Interface operation: 44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit

Power Requirements: AA (LR6) battery x 2 (not included), or optional AC adapter AD-17 (DC5V/1A/center positive)

Battery Life: 20 hours (16-bit/44.1 kHz WAV recording)

Dimensions (WxDxH): 67.6 x 113.8 x 42.7 mm

Weight: 130g (without batteries)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZOO H2N
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 3 x 6 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZOO H2N
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZOO H2N

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-542-5270
Email: info@zoom-na.com
Web: https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/contact/

Zoom H2n Handheld Digital Recorder

Representing a generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom's most innovative handheld recorder to date. They'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.

The H2n features the best microphones yet and is the only portable recorder with five mic capsules onboard. This design enables the H2n to offer four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90* X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound.

The first portable Mid-Side recorder

The H2n is the first handheld recorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance and surrounding noise are crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a uni-directional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bi-directional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. If you record in RAW mode, you can even adjust the stereo width after recording.

You still get X/Y...

The H2n's onboard 90* X/Y stereo condenser mics are arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design ensures that the mics are always equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is brilliant stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging.

Completely surrounded

Using the H2n's Mid-Side and X/Y mics together, you can create stunning 360* surround sound recordings. Choose between 2-channel mode, which combines the Mid-Side and X/Y mics, and 4-channel mode, which records two separate stereo files, allowing you even more post-production capability. No matter which mode you use, you'll get perfectly balanced, surround sound recordings.

Streamline your recording experience

The H2n is remarkably easy to use. With its recently designed user interface, critical controls are right at your fingertips and make studio-quality recording a breeze.

The H2n also houses an arsenal of comprehensive functions, including Auto-Gain, a compressor/limiter, time stamping and more.

Zoom's got you covered

Never again will you have to worry about losing recorded data to unexpected errors. The H2n has you covered with its data recovery function. Whether you experience battery loss or an accidental power-down, this feature will automatically restore your data the next time the H2n is powered on.

20 hours of battery life

The H2n provides over 20 hours of continuous operation on just two standard AA alkaline batteries! This astonishing feature enhances the H2n's flexibility and convenience. In addition, the H2n can also operate using an AC adapter, which is included in the optional APH-2n Accessory Pack.

Bigger and brighter

The H2n's 1.8" backlit LCD display (128 x 64 resolution) provides crystal-clear monitoring and makes it simple to navigate all of the unit's functions.

Turning to analog

Digital volume controls offer too much or too little gain, with no middle ground. The H2n's Mic Gain wheel allows you to dial-in the perfect amount of gain for any given application.

Play it back and listen...

The H2n's built-in reference speaker lets you know your recordings have been captured. With its 1/8-inch stereo output, you can also playback your recordings on your home audio system or listen to your masterpiece using your favorite pair of headphones.

Secure your memories

The H2n uses SD/SDHC cards and can accommodate up to a 32GB SDHC card for over 50 hours of recording time using the 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV format. With 128kbps MP3 format, you get an incredible 555 hours of stereo recording.

Transfer and edit at High-Speed

Use the H2n's High-Speed USB 2.0 interface to transfer files to your Mac or PC. Once your recordings are on your computer, you can easily store, edit, playback and share your favorite creations. You can even use the H2n as a USB microphone, letting you record directly to your computer.

Software included

Steinberg's WaveLab LE 7 can be used for audio editing and professional-quality mastering. By using its precise waveform editing and high-quality processing, you can refine your recordings into finished works.

Next generation

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 standard in portable recording.


- Five built-in mic capsules provide Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90* X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel recording modes
- Records in WAV up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 up to 320kbps
- Recently designed user interface
- Additional functions include Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Auto Gain, Pre-Rec, Auto-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, Variable Speed Playback, Key Control, A-B Repeat, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 - Post-Encode, Marker and Surround Mixer
- Data recovery function protects against unexpected recording errors
- Over 20 hours of operation using two standard AA batteries (not included)
- Operates on battery, AC or USB bus power
- 1.8-inch backlit LCD display with 128 x 64 resolution
- Analog-type Mic Gain wheel
- Built-in reference speaker
- High-Speed USB 2.0 card reader function
- 1/8-inch Mic/Line Input and Phones/Line Output stereo phone jacks
- Accommodates up to 32GB SDHC memory cards
- Optional accessory package (APH-2n) includes remote control with extension cable, windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. (7 ratings)
Submitted March 30, 2012 by Allen V in winterville, NC
"Very nice for the money"
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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I would say a 200.00 recorder is a mid priced item. I have owned the H2 for four years and just got the H2N.This is a simple to use recorder that sounds great..The are no XLR inputs but this unit has most everything else.A word to the wise get the accessory pack. You will use it. The only drawback is the lack of accessories without the accessory pack.It doesn't even come with a computer cord and you really need one to get the most of what the recorder can do but this is the best unit under 250.00 bucks..Zoom makes good stuff but needs to a little more generous with the accessories like they were with the H2 a few years ago.
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