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Zoom-h4n-handy-recorder.26862140
9.1 out of 10

Zoom H4n Handy Recorder

Great Deal: $199.99

Reviews and Problems with Zoom H4n Handy Recorder

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Overall 4
4.0

Headphone port very weak!

PDMokry, Amazon
4 February 2014
  • Summary: Well after a few uses i noticed the audio cutting in and out. The headphone port seems to be damaged and causing signal loss. After a google search of this issue, i have come to learn it is very common. Pretty annoyed at this, pretty much makes the unit worthless to me.
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Overall 4
4.0

Save your money

C. Inglese, Amazon
29 January 2014
  • Summary: This recorder is overly complex for today's technology and comes with a terrible user manual. Terrible user manual. Yes, I actually read those! The manual does not address basic mode issues. The diagrams of menus are not the menus that actually appear when you enter certain feature modes. Online tutorial videos have the same problem. Soooo frustrating.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not as promised

Kim F., Amazon
6 July 2013
  • Summary: not all of the accessories as described in this product were shipped. No USB port to connect device to computer. REALLY? That's a pretty important piece of equipment. Very disappointed. The shipping company this seller uses too is garbage. They leave packages out in the open, don't knock, don't require a signature. Hundreds of $$$ spent and someone could take it off your front step.
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Overall 4
4.0

Buy your own accessories!!

Spencer Smith, Amazon
2 May 2013
  • Summary: I received this package as a gift. I've worked with H4n, and it is a great quality product. However the accessories that come in the Bundle are cheap, flimsy, and low quality. The headphones have horrible sound. The tripod is incredibly flimsy. I would highly recommend buying the H4n, but buy your own accessories.
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Overall 4
4.0

Returned shortly after opening

PhotoChick, B&H Photo
16 March 2013
  • Excerpt: I never really got to use the product. The first time I opened the compartment where you put the batteries the very tiny pieces that hold the cover on broke off! However, I did play with it for a few minutes and found the menu fairly easy to navigate after reading the directions. I did a test recording or 2, but I never listened to it on anything but the zoom. Didn't sound that great there, but I think it is the speaker.
  • Pros: Compact, Easy To Use
  • Cons: Poor Quality Construction
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Overall 4
4.0

Good but Be Careful - Data Loss

Steadiman, B&H Photo
20 December 2012
  • Excerpt: This is a good product when it works but there are a few things you need to be careful with and keep in mind 1. If the battery dies when it is recording the audio is lost. Unlike the 5D Mark ii video camera which cuts the clip and saves the clip up to time of power loss, the clip will either be corrupt or non-existent 2. There is no switch to go from mic input to line input so I had to buy an XLR line to pad adapter to use when I am feeding from a line source 3.
  • Pros: Excellent Sound
  • Cons: Limited functionality
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Overall 4
4.0

Good, but I'm a Tascam guy.

Adorama
5 November 2012
  • Excerpt: While it is not a bad recorder by any means, I will no longer be recommending it since I bought my Tascam DR 100MkII. I used the H4n extensively for a few months when I was working for a friend who already had it and I found it to be very usable, but just not as professional as it should be for the price. It is very plasticy and somewhat cheap feeling, my iPod feels like it is more durable than this recorder.
  • Pros: Affordable, Bright Display Backlight, Decent sound Quality, Easy To Use, Lightweight
  • Cons: Lack Of Proper Controls, Noisy, Poor Battery Life, Poor Construction Quality
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Overall 4
4.0

very disappointed

David, B&H Photo
23 October 2012
  • Excerpt: Wanted to use this to record speech/dialouge with an XLR mic. The external mic input preamps are set up for guitar with a -10db setting which creates a problem for recording speech only. The built in mics worked fine, I just had no need for them. I returned this unit.
  • Pros: Compact
  • Cons: Poor Sound Quality
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Overall 4
4.0

Very low battery time

Kai Kai, B&H Photo
11 June 2012
  • Excerpt: I have the Zoom H4N and there are many good things I can say about it, but the deal breaker for me is the battery life. When using phantom power, it eats batteries in 20-30min. I was running a Sennheiser wireless mic in channel one and a Sennheiser 416 shogun into channel two. With this comobination, the battery life was about 30 mins. I decided to buy the Tascam Dr 100 Mk11 to use instead. It has a rechargable battery and a slot for two AA batteries.
  • Pros: Easy To Use
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Overall 4
4.0

Live Events with lots of sound

Horace the Borace, B&H Photo
10 May 2012
  • Excerpt: i reviewed the dr100-mk2 on b&h you can see the comparison review there. in short, the preamp is too noisy on this device for me. the dr100-2 is much quieter. if you are recording bands, live events, or anything with lots of sound and no quiet spots, this will work just fine. also, the biggest advantage of the h4n (imho) is the 4 channel recording capability, which the dr100-2 cannot do. basically, i would only recommend this for the above uses.
  • Pros: Compact, Powerful, Versatile
  • Cons: Poor Sound Quality, Unnecessary Functions
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