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Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

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Expert Review

Musician's Friend
11 June 2014
  • Excerpt: When I phoned to order the ZOOM H-4, the salesman asked me what uses I would make of it (recording voice lessons and rehearsals)and told me that I didn't need so high-powered a recorder and recommended the H-1 instead. I was pleased by the lower price. But now that I've (managed to) set up the H-1 ZOOM, I find it inferior in quality of sound to the OLYMPUS digital voice recorder (VN-5200PC) upon which I was trying to improve.
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Samson Zoom H1 Handy Recorder Review

The Gadgeteer
25 February 2011
  • Excerpt: Recording microphones are common place these days.  They are on our phones, iPods, mp3 players and even on pens .  But usually these microphones don’t result in the best audio quality from their built-in mono microphone.  That’s where Samson’s Zoom H1 Handy Recorder comes in. The package includes the Zoom H1 Handy Recorder with a preloaded 2GB microSD card, a AA battery and instruction manuals. The Zoom H1 is made of plastic and feels extremely lightweight.
  • Pros: Stereo microphones, High bitrate recording, Uses only 1 AA battery
  • Cons: Audio recording quality not recommended for professional usage
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Overall 8

Samson Zoom H1 Handy Recorder Review

1 February 2011
  • Conclusion: The H1 makes a great companion to a video camera, as well as a standalone recorder for capturing lectures, band practice, or your interviews. Just make sure you budget for the Accessory Pack.
  • Pros: Small and extremely portable. Easy-to-use interface. Takes one standard AA battery. Can record in either WAV or MP3. Standard tripod mount.
  • Cons: Optional Accessory Pack is almost mandatory.
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Zoom H1 Handy Recorder review

28 January 2011
  • Summary: The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder is unquestionably a bargain. Whether it’s a good fit for you depends very much on your need for extra features found on more expensive recorders such as the H4n and your ability to treat plastic gadgets with some respect. The Auto Level feature needs some work, but you can easily work around it by switching it off and manually setting levels. Do so and you can record some impressive-sounding audio.
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Overall 8

H1 Handy Recorder

30 November 2010
  • Excerpt: (1 items) Zoom (distributed by Samson), with its line of portable digital audio recorders, has made high-quality handheld recorders more affordable than they once were. With the H1 Handy Recorder—a $160 device available for $99 just about everywhere—the company has gone from more affordable to downright inexpensive.
  • Pros: All controls accessible from buttons and switches, Records high-quality 24-bit/96kHz WAV audio, Affordable
  • Cons: Plastic design a little delicate, Auto Level feature produces unmusical results
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Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

3 June 2010
  • Excerpt: Zoom has announced the new H1 Handy Recorder. Priced at $99, the H1 is one of the most affordable professional recording solutions available.
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