Excerpt: This may be more digital recorder than you need for simple vocal content, given there’s so many more features here than any of the devices on our list. The H4n comes with a pair of X/Y stereo condenser mics designed to be equidistant from your source of sound.
Summary: I thought that probably the best way to "test" out the H4n Handy Recorder is to use it for a lot of different applications and find out how it handles and performs. The overall construction is quite sturdy and the button placement on both sides is quite well thought out.
Pros: Professional audio quality with stereo microphones, Support for two additional XRL or 1/4" powered mics, Provides phantom power even when powered by "AA" batteries, SD Card supports 32GB cards for extensive recording capability, USB interface works as a USB Audio Interface on compatible OS', Mult...
Cons: SD Card can be ejected by pressing on the slot cover, Volume and jog dial makes enough noise to be heard by the recorder
Conclusion: Like many guitarists, you’ve probably put off buying a portable digital recorder because a) you’re lazy and b) you knew that an improved version would come along in a few months. Whereas many earlier portable recorders were more of a convenient compromise, the H4n overcomes most of those drawbacks...
Summary: At its heart, the Zoom H4N is a serious two‑track recorder, where it is amongst the best in its class. The multitrack mixing and four‑track recording functionality — as well as the huge number of other 'bells and whistles' — make it the most versatile, too.
Pros: Class‑leading feature set., Better preamps than the H4., XLR inputs and phantom power., Capable of surround‑sound recording.