First let me say I have owned and used the Zoom H2 for a couple of years, having recorded dozens of podcast interviews, tuned my Martin guitar with it, recorded meetings with a room full of participants, captured 360˚ background audio files in the woods or a crowded restaurant, and on and on with superb results and never…not once…a surprise ending (if you know what I mean).
It is truly a one stop audio shop for my needs.
Basic outstanding features:
- Small and light
- Exceptional battery life
- Uses removable SD card media
- Accepts 1/8 mic inputs
- Monitor capability with headphones or external speaker
- Four microphones providing full surround sound option for meetings or jam sessions.
- Several microphone set-up options depending on your need (front, back, both, etc)
- Intuitive interface. After all what is the use in having a lot of features if you can’t easily access them.
This is not a review as my use of the H2 Zoom and yours may vary, It has dozens of possible set-ups. For example if you want a great background sound file of activity in a coffee shop, put it in surround sound mode, turn it on and you will get 360˚ of full stereo/hi-fi of plates clinking, doors opening, people chatting, espresso machines pulling shots and so on.
Here are some user specific review links though you may want to check out:
The bottom line for me is that so often, tech gadgets generally run their course and disappear into the nether world quickly. Yet the Zoom H2 has actually grown in popularity the past two years since I bought mine and has become ubiquitous for those who need serious audio recording horsepower that won’t break the bank (ala Marantz PMD661 Portable SD Recorder at $600+).