Zoom H2
Zoom H2

H2, Pocket Recorder/Multitrack from Zoom in the H2 series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 74 reviews )
 41 reviews55 %
 25 reviews34 %
 2 reviews3 %
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Editorial review
  • 03/26/08The Zoom H2 Test

    The Zoom H2 Test - Zoom H2

    Out of all the digital recorders that have come out recently, the Zoom H2 is definitely one of the best sellers at the moment. It’s sold at a very affordable price (around 199 euros), but does the Zoom H2 live up to all of our modern day expectations?

Users reviews

MGR/Billy's review"Zoom H2"

Zoom H2
This is the H2 hand held recording put out by Zoom and Samson Technologies. It offers all sorts of recording options in one unit. I believe their are 4 microphones inside of it. You can even record in 5.1 Surround Sound.

I needed a recorder quickly so that I could do an interview for a blog that I write. I had an MP3 player that could record by wanted something better. Every search hand held recorders around $100? Yes, TONS of them out there.

I was looking for easy to use and good sound quality. The Zoom looked like it offered the best recording quality at a fair price. I paid $199 which included a bundle pack of the much appreciated wall plug, a 2 gig memory card (plenty of recording time) and a gig bag (protects decently)

It sounds great! I a/b'd it with my MP3 player's recorder. I knew it would crush it but I was impressed by how much better the sound was. I was using it to interview someone and the audio was crystal clear. I recorded it as an MP3 file.

I was impressed with the stereo spread. Listening back through headphones it feels like I'm actually there. I can't wait to record a band with this.

It takes a bit of a learning curve to use it. This can be frustrating and could lead you to losing valuable information.

They could have made it a bit more user-friendly.

Fits nicely into my hand as well is into my pocket. It feels adequate construction. I could easily break this (not that I want to throw away $200!) but it does not feel flimsy or cheap.

Make great sounding recordings with this budget-friendly, handy recorder.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/ShackMan's review"Zoom H2"

Zoom H2
It's a complete kit, with the recorder, stand, microphone stand, A/C adapter, pop filter, carrying case, headphones, USB cable, and a 1 GB SD card to store your songs. Also, the headphones that come with it are decent.

I use it to record samples of myself, shows that I play or attend, or to record scratch demos.

I got it because I wanted to not have to lug my computer and DAI setup to wherever I was recording. I wanted an easy way to record whatever was going on around me, especially shows I was performing in to keep for potential CDs, demos, or just to send out as part of my resume for future gigs. I got it from Best Buy at $169.99, which isn't the cheapest for one of these, but I had $50 in gift cards. If you don't, I recommend going somewhere else.

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It's metal and heavy duty, not plastic, unlike some of ZOOM's other products. The kit literally contains everything that I could possibly need to do some solid recording, other than a PC. I also like that there is absolutely no software to move the files from recorder to PC. It just turns into a USB drive, and you move them to your own directory. No clutter, no mess. The microphone selection options are pretty sweet too, and being able to have a surround sound option really surprised me. Also, there's a port for an external microphone. Sound quality is solid.

The external microphone jack is only an 1/8' jack, not an XLR. Sure it'd be hard to put an XLR on something this small, but I hoped at least for a 1/4'. Now I need another attachment. Note that this doesn't hurt the quality of the sound or the unit, but it's something I would have liked to have spelled out for me, as this requires an attachment and would likely come as a surprise to many.

Like I said, it's heavy duty and solid. I'd like to see the stand that comes with it not made out of plastic, though. I think it's odd to make everything heavy duty and then make a dinky stand without felt pads or anything, especially when the goal is to minimize vibrations from outside sources, such as through the table it's sitting on. Bad call, ZOOM. That alone loses you one star. And I'm going to make myself a new stand for this. Out of metal and felt.

Fantastic unit. great sound quality. Surround sound is a really cool and unexpected option on it that makes the unit well worth the money. The learning time is less than 10 minutes; ZOOM is well known for easy to use products. The stand and the unexpected 1/8' microphone jack cut it back from a perfect score, though. I'd give it a 4.5 if I could, but I don't have that option, so it rounds down to a 4.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Audiofanzine FR03/08/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Zoom H2
(Originally written by FredDup/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
I bought an H4 almost one year ago and after reading the reviews about the H2 I bought it too.

I liked the difference in size: I was disappointed by the size of the H4 but very satisfied with the sound quality of the recordings I made with it. Considering the price, I hesitated a bit.

The H2 is much smaller and easier to hide for concert recordings.

I had big expectations regarding the mic input, I bought an old Sony mic to record concerts. The sound of the first recordings using the H2 was exciting. It was not the case with the small Sony mic, which worked much better with my Minidisc player (not enough lows with the H2!).

But I'm very happy with it, the sound with the integrated mic is very good.

I like most of all the surround mode. But I've been testing the H2 for only one week.

I've noticed several nice surprises with respect to the H4: files with hour and date. Easy setting of recording levels (which I miss on th H4). The forward and backward buttons (used for almost all settings...) allow you to set everything, even while you're recording.

I haven't compared recordings made with both devices.

I will keep them both: the H2 doesn't allow multitrack recording but its size, configuration (W mode is great for ensembles; 360° is also good), and easy settings are great for mobile recordings.

cboude's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

Zoom H2
My group used for several years.
I use it regularly repeat the recordings are top (for the recording conditions).

Acoustic recording, the result is stunning.

farid601's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good price / quality ratio"

Zoom H2
I use it for over 2 years, this is my first recording and I'm pretty satisfied.
What is the most valuable sue the H2 is very correct quality recordings I use it mainly during rehearsals of my group and the return of all instruments is really great! among its main flaws I cite a certain fragility of the housing (the station falls) plastic is really "cheap" and navigate the various menus and sub-programs is a bit laborious for my taste ...
I think the value for money is quite correct in view of the quality of enregistrements.Je think I probably remake the same choice if it were to be remade.

McREMY's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A gem of simplicity"

Zoom H2
And well I must say I was surprised by the simplicity of the device, easy to use and relatively accurate level sound quality.

The advantage is the config with 2 microphones microphones side of the unit are 90 ° or 120 °.

I recommend it, very convenient for all occasions.
However for use with AC power supply for battery autonomy very disappointing ...

Mreg's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The Zoom H2 faithful companion"

Zoom H2
Purchased in 2007! There was no real equivalent to the price at that time. (MicroTrack was more expensive).
Still going strong in 2012!
The +: small, practical travel
The -: mic preamps

Be careful not to confuse the H2 and H 2 N (new model)!

I use the H2 to record atmospheres (choose 90 ° or 120 ° is handy but beware the doc made a mistake on the stereo as 90 ° angle stereo recording is actually larger than 120 ° !).
I also use it for music lessons, recordings in a hurry etc.
The problem of the red record button mentioned in the previous novel is painful. But can be set using the "automatic trigger" for registration. No need then to press it twice!
Do not rely directly use the Zoom H2 mic inputs as they blow too. on the other hand, one can use a preamp to use an external microphone as the input line of H2 is not blowing too. I tested and the first dual USB (ART preamp cheap) and the result is correct.

Given the current competition, I think 150 euros is the maximum price of H2. Beyond that, it's abuse.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Small but effective"

Zoom H2
I was looking for a digital recorder to make various statements sound without needing a computer at hand, mainly for the song (I can not register with me so I am forced to move away from isolating myself) but also for the field recording.

I hesitated between the H1 and H2, but it really seemed too fragile, I opted for the H2 that is affordable in light of its performance, it takes a lot of functions more or less interesting but the real plus is the possibility of varying configurations of microphones in different contexts.

Concretely, the device has 2X2 microphones that pick up sound in front and (or) the back, it opens up a lot of opportunities, especially when it comes to recording groups, Repeat '.

I mostly use the Config 2 microphones before (taken at 90 °) for 2 microphones and singing back (taken at 120 °) to capture ambient sound, the sound quality is impeccable for the price, we hear all kinds same details regarding the acquisition of sound in nature with low noise.

Management input level is fairly intuitive, it selects Low / Mid / High depending on the volume of the sound recording is then adjusted in finesse with the + / - depending on what the readout display (backlit).

Only defect of the device, the plastic shell is pretty cheap, the cover comes with the recorder is irrelevant, so I bought a silicone case which should enable the craft to survive a fall.
dj huacos12/12/2010

dj huacos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good product"

Zoom H2
3 years after that we often correct record of quality, with 2 gigabytes a good time recording, nice ergonomics, easy to use.
good product

Geo la bidouille11/28/2010

Geo la bidouille's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good camera"

Zoom H2
I bought it about two years ago, I have not tried many other models but it has the advantage of being compact, cheap and easy to use, lightweight and rugged enough though plastic . estlivré it with lots of accessories: foot, windscreen, bag, transformer, ...
In addition it offers a lot of formats, playback and recording (mp3 48 kbps to 320 kbps, VBR and wav 44khz 16 bit 48khz 24 bits).
With the experience I would do this choice without hesitation.