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Zoom H2Small in size yet packing some impressive features the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder has become a very popular device for band directors, choir directors, and music teachers in general.  Whether recording large ensembles, small groups, or individuals, this review of the Zoom H2 recorder touches on the most important considerations a buyer should look for regarding this device.


Features of the Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder

  • Multiple recording patterns. Select from 90, 120, or 360 degree recording patterns. Useful for recording small ensembles close up as well as for recording large groups from a distance.
  • Records in 96kHz WAV format down to 64kbps MP3 format. Use WAV for best quality, MP3 for increased capacity.
  • Easy recording start/stop and LED recording indicator.
  • Adjustable microphone gain selector.
  • Line level input.
  • External mic input
  • Headphone/line output
  • Records to SD cards. Includes 512MB card but can accept up to 32GB SDHC.
  • Integrated Tuner and Metronome
  • Runs on 2 AA batteries
  • Guest - Chad Criswell

    For the budget conscious the Zoom H2 will do nicely as long as the user is not in need of more advanced features such as multitrack recording, multiple XLR microphone inputs, phantom power that the Zoom's big brother the H4n provides. The Zoom H2's recording quality seems very good, and at the highest recording quality produces recordings that are more than adequate for day to day rehearsals and performance recordings. The downsides to the Zoom H2 include the very small capacity of the included SD card (512MB) and the lack of any internal speaker. While the unit does have an adjustable mic level selector it only has three settings, versus the ten position dial of many other portable recorders. Still, for under $200 the Zoom H2 certainly does the job and is very easily transported from place to place. Don't look to keep it in your pocket however, while the overall size of the unit is quite small it is very deep, about the size of 2-3 packs of playing cards stacked together.

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