Zoom H2n Handy Recorder Portable Digital Audio Recorder


  • Ultra-Portable Design
  • 5 Integrated Microphones
  • 4 Selectable Recording Patterns
  • Records to SD/SDHC Cards
  • 3.5mm I/O
  • Reference Speaker
  • 1.8″ Backlit LCD Display
  • High-Speed USB 2.0
  • Battery, USB, or AC Power
  • WaveLab LE 7 Activation Card Included

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The Zoom H2n Handy Recorder Portable Digital Audio Recorder combines Zoom’s years of experience in portable recording with enhanced technology and features to present a versatile device that can be used for film and broadcast applications, as well as journalism, podcasting, musical performances and rehearsals, and much more. The H2n has an unprecedented 5 microphones built in, providing you with 4 selectable recording patterns to choose from. A simple dial on top of the recorder lets you switch between traditional XY stereo, 2-channel surround, 4-channel surround, and a mid-side stereo mode. The mid-side mode allows you to adjust the width of your stereo field for terrific flexibility. When recording in RAW mode, you can even adjust the field after you’ve made a recording.

The H2n records to widely-available SD and SDHC flash memory cards, and supports capacities up to 32GB. A 2GB card is included so you can use the recorder right away. When using a 32GB card, you can capture up to 50 hours of CD-quality WAV files, or up to 555 hours of stereo 128kbps MP3 files. An integrated reference speaker makes it easy to review your recordings to make sure everything has been captured properly. The streamlined and intuitive interface puts critical controls right at your fingertips. The large 1.8″ backlit LCD display makes it easy to navigate through system menus and monitor audio levels. The analog-type mic gain wheel lets you make precise adjustments on-the-fly.

If you’d like to connect external equipment, the H2n provides you with a 3.5mm mic/line input, allowing you to hook up your favorite microphones, instruments, and other sound sources. A 3.5mm headphone/line output makes it easy to connect headphones, portable speakers, and other devices. A remote jack lets you connect the optional wired remote to start, stop, and pause recordings, as well as add marks. It also reduces handling noise for the cleanest possible recordings. A high-speed USB 2.0 port lets you transfer recordings to your Mac or PC. You can even use the H2n as a live USB mic, terrific for VoIP chats and podcasting. An activation card for Steinberg’s WaveLab LE 7 software is included, and once downloaded, it will give you audio editing and mastering tools to help you turn your recordings into finished masterpieces.

The H2n offers a number of versatile powering options. It offers over 20 hours of continuous operation on a pair of standard AA alkaline batteries. It can also be operated via USB bus power, or an AC adapter (sold separately). In the event of battery failure or accidental power loss, your recordings won’t be lost. A data recovery function will automatically restore you data the next time the recorder is powered on, so you don’t lose one-of-a-kind audio moments. Other features of the H2n include a lo-cut filter, a compressor/limiter, auto gain, pre-rec, auto-rec, a tuner and metronome, variable speed playback, key control, A-B repeat, file dividing, normalize, MP3 post-encode, marker, and surround mixer to give you useful tools for a variety of applications.

Compact Design
5 Internal Microphones
4 Selectable Recording Patterns
Mid-Side Stereo Recording
XY Stereo Recording
2-Channel and 4-Channel Surround
SD/SDHC Recording
Multiple File Formats
Reference Speaker
Intuitive Interface
Analog-Type Mic Gain
Backlit LCD
3.5mm I/O
Wired Remote Control
High-Speed USB
Software Included
Power Options
Data Recovery
Automatic Recording and Pre-Recording
Automatic Gain and Lo-Cut Filter
File Dividing, Normalization, and MP3 Post-Encode
Tuner and Metronome
Variable Speed Playback and Key Control
A-B Repeat
Markers and Mixing
Accessories Available
Package Weight 0.9 lbs
Package Dimensions 6.2 x 5.9 x 2.7 in

Hand-held stereo digital audio recorder

Recording/Reading Methods

SD/SDHC card (up to 32GB supported, 2GB card included) USB connection to PC/Mac

Recording Bit Rate

WAV: 16 and 24-bit MP3: 48 to 320kbps

Sampling Frequency

WAV: 44.1/48/96kHz MP3: 44.1kHz

Number of Channels

2 or 4, Depending on mode

Recording Time

All times are for a 1GB memory card Stereo Mode: MP3: 17 hours 21 mins (128kbps), 6 hours 56 mins (320kbps) WAV: 1 hour 34 mins (16-bit/44.1kHz), 1 hour 26 mins (16-bit/48kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/96kHz) 4-Channel Mode: WAV: 47 mins (16-bit/44.1kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/48kHz)

AD/DA Conversion

24-bit, 128x oversampling

Signal Processing


Microphone Type

Mid side stereo and 90° XY stereo


120dB max

Input Gain

0 to +39dB


1 x 3.5mm mic/line stereo input 1 x 3.5mm headphone/line stereo output 1 x Remote jack 1 x High-speed USB 2.0 port, mini-B type

Input Impedance

2k ohms

Output Impedance

10k ohms or more

Output Level

-10dBm rated 20mW + 20mW phones output level @ 32 ohms


400mW @ 8 ohms


1.8″ (128 x 64) Backlit LCD


2 x AA or LR6 Batteries (Up to 20 hours operation) USB or AC power (AC adapter sold separately)

Dimensions (WxDxH)

2.7 x 4.5 x 1.7″ (68 x 114 x 43mm)


4.6 oz (130g) (without batteries)


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