If you were looking at the Zoom H4n, save a little bit more for this HD-P2!
10 July 2011
Summary: Sound quality and features are really good for those that are just starting out in filmmaking. For people on a budget, I recommend saving a little bit extra to get a used HD-P2 instead of a brand new Zoom H4n and bypass Zoom altogether because their preamp is extremely weak for most shotguns and other microphones, even at the highest setting.
Summary: Will keep it short. Awesome recorder with great features. If you're considering one against an H4N; take the p2 for sure. It's 1000 times more functional in the field. Only suggestion I'd make is to get a rechargeable battery pack for the unit.
Summary: I used to lug an old mono Webcor reel to reel recorder around to record the Racket Squad when I was in high school and college in the 1950's. Then audio cassette recorders came out around 1970 and would run for more than an hour on a set of batteries. A few years ago I began accumulating used DAT recorders - cheaper to buy a used one than to repair a broken one. This Tascam HD-P2 is the recorder I have wanted my entire life.
Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Versatile
Summary: If your looking for a flash based stereo recorder that can lock to time code, this unit is it! I wish it had a remote control, but I got around that by using the PS/2 keyboard input and a wireless keyboard. Excellent choice for running a safety recording at the same time as recording into a DAW.
Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Powerful, Versatile
Summary: Stay away from this unit unless you want to be stuck using 8GB or smaller Compact flash. This recorder can not in it's current state and most likely will not ever record pass 8 gb on any compact flash card. (We only been asking tascam for two years now) For example I purchased a 16gb San Disk III card back when they first came out.
Summary: Stay away from this unit unless you like carrying a lot of CF cards and you want to be stuck using 8GB or smaller Compact flash. This recorder can not in it's current state and most likely will not ever record pass 8 gb on any compact flash card. (We only been asking tascam for two years now) For example I purchased a 16gb San Disk III card back when they first came out.
Summary: I use the HD-P2 primarily for recording live stereo piano using two mics. The set-up takes virtually no time. So I can sit down, turn the unit on, and hit play/record. The audio quality is great. I use a dbx tube pre-amp, but the unit also works well with its own mic pres. Very useful.
Summary: Very well built, with ergonomics and ease of use obviously taken into account. I use it mostly for interview recording and ambient sound on video shoots. The only criticism I have is that I'd like to see backlit buttons for use in low light situations.