Zoom H5
Zoom H5
RGAlix 03/02/2016

Zoom H5 : RGAlix's user review

« Great performances, but lack of ergonomics »

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Anyone
The H5 is super powerful; great built-in mics, great preamps, and the gain control knobs are a great step up from the H4n.
I highly recommend it, it offers a great quality and can be used in almost any situation.

The only concerns that I have are about ergonomics. My main issue is about powering it; on batteries, it doesn't last long at all when phantom powering an external mic. And the only option to plug it to a power source is using the mini-USB port. This is a shame, because it can be very easily get unplugged, either when moving the Zoom around, or because of the weight of an USB/AC power adapter + extension cord.

My workaround
I have found a way to power the Zoom that keeps things easy and handy; through power banks. They are cheap, lightweight and last forever (even when using phantom power). Here is a little explanation : http://rgalix.com/audio/power.png