Zoom H4n Pro Black

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Portable MP3 / Wave Recorder

  • Up to 24 Bit / 96 kHz
  • Recording in WAV, MP3 and BWF format possible
  • Built-in stereo microphones can be positioned between 90 and 120 degrees
  • Peak SPL: 140 dB
  • Optimised noise floor (-120 dBu ON) for improved low-volume recording
  • 2 XLR microphone inputs with +24 V and +48 V phantom power
  • Microphone inputs can be used parallel to the integrated stereo microphone
  • Integrated multi-effects - with the Zoom G5n as its model: re-tuned effects, guitar amp simulation, phrase trainer and tuner
  • Variable playback speed from 50% to 150% with pitch correction
  • USB port
  • New rubberised and ergonomic case with improved LCD display
  • Supports SD or SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Integrated speaker
  • Limiter
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 73 x 157.2 x 37 mm
  • Weight: 294 g
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes protective cover made of plastic
  • Includes download licenses for Steinberg Cubase LE and WaveLab LE, 2x AA batteries, manual
  • Suitable accessories: Remote Control Zoom RC04 (article no. 226592), Fur Windshield (article no. 233103), power adapter Zoom AD-14e (article no. 229745) (all not included)
available since September 2019
Item number 472877
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 4
Microphone Inputs 2
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 2
Storage Medium SD, SDXC
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker Yes
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter Yes
Max. Memory 32
Recording Format BWF, MP3, WAV
Power Feed Power adapter, 2x LR6 (AA) batteries
Dimensions 73 x 157,2 x 37 mm
Weight 294 g
Included In Delivery Protection Cover, 2x AA Batteries
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Great results, almost idiot-proof but don't drop it!
Emlyn K Helicopter 22.01.2022
Bought this for field recordings (rain, storms, seashores etc) and also band rehearsals. Chose the H4 over the cheaper H1 as from the Youtube tests it sounded like the larger mics had the edge in terms recording quality. Also, the two extra mic inputs should be really useful when it comes to band rehearsals and, I'm hoping, to record a drum kit using the on-board mics as overheads and separate mics for the kick and snare.

Tested at a rocky beach on a calm day. The mics are astonishingly sensitive - picked up conversations of passing walkers from 20 meters away as though they were next to me. Not that I was snooping ;) but its almost like aural binoculars.

With the mics set at 90 degrees (can be twisted to 120 degrees for wider field) it gave great stereo imaging and a sense of space, albeit with an occasionally strange telescoping effect of far away things sounding near.

Really impressive sound results in terms of just how much detail, clarity, dynamic range and frequency range there is. Low bass, crisp lower-mids, smooth upper-mids and highs. For want of a better term, what you hear with your ears when recording is more or less what you get on this Zoom. That said, I think it'll take a lot of practice to get the field recordings I'm looking for.

Upon advice of a seasoned Zoom-user friend of mine, I used a pair of earbuds to monitor any wind noise as this can ruin a recording, but I found that on a fairly still day there was extremely low noise and, with the record level set at 80% there was no clipping - although it wasn't a loud environment. I made sure to test this as far away from any roads as possible, not easy as I live in a city where traffic noise is everywhere.

As I haven't yet bought a dedicated wind sock I used instead a pair of spongy pop filters that came with a pair of Behringer overhead mics (useless on their own when tested against a fan), and a child's mitten tucked over the mics. When used together that gave, I'd say, around 75% protection against wind noise without a noticeable drop in response. Not a scientific test, obviously, but good enough for me.

There are a ton of other features on this that I doubt I'll ever use, such as four-track recording and (apparently, but I can't find it) a guitar amp-sim.

Two downsides so far: I haven't yet worked out how to connect this to my 2011 iMac via USB. Bit frustrating as theres no readily available information as to why - maybe the iMac is too old? Plus the Zoom formats the SD card with it's own proprietary format, so not a case of simply pulling the SD car out and sticking it into the iMac. Will try it with a PC instead.

Also, the case itself feels slippery - hence one star less for 'Handling'. Some product descriptions mentioned a 'rubberised' case but it isn't at all. When mounted on a stand this won't be an issue, but generally you have to hold the Zoom rather gingerly when recording to avoid handling noise, so the risk of dropping the thing and smashing those protruding, fragile-looking mics was a constant worry. Maybe I should make some kind of shock-mounted gimbal?

One last thing - it comes with batteries (that don't look like they'll last long) but no SD card. An SD card is vital to operation, so bare this in mind when ordering.

Apart from those little niggles I'm very happy with it. Stay tuned for hours of ambient Hippy music on my Bandcamp page.
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Perfect first recorder
Minsk 11.09.2020
I'm a hobbyist musician/producer using this great device for field recordings (ambience, nature, industrial sounds) and quickly record some musical ideas with my acoustic guitar or just have fun and record own foley samples, hit some things in the kitchen with drum sticks to create a "kitchen drum kit" :)

The preamps are surprisingly clear and quiet, I tried them with external condenser microphones - Rode NT2000 large diaphragm and T.Bone EM 9900 shotgun - both worked great for their own purposes.

Overall it's an awesome recorder packed with tons of features. The only minor issue is its strange finish which looks like a painting process gone bad.
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Hmmm ?
IS5000 30.03.2020
As a filmmaker/videographer I needed a mixer or recorder as small, light, portable - and rugged as possible : the zoom was a third choice behind the Centrance mixerface R4R and Sound Devices mix pre 3.

I was recording with a sennheiser k6/me64 and soundman binaural (OKM II) mics

road test : after three days recording - in the desert - the zoom performed sufficiently … the built in mics were fine for immediate or spontaneous use but I found the sound flat, without depth.

The zoom is not the most intuitive to navigate,
recording to the xlr inputs is not as clear as it could be,
whilst battery power was sufficient without being especially outstanding.

The inability to customize file names is slightly frustrating and the load/start up time is also inconvenient, whilst the protective housing is useful for rugged conditions : ie dust/sand

Comparisons and previous experience :
comparable with a 302 or 663 sound devices : not really but it’s not in the same price range, superior to Tascam DR 40 etc - yes definitely
- is it worth the 50 € extra for the black version ? ( well I can’t complain, it was my choice )

But in reality it didn’t fit my needs : a light and extra portable 3 x XLR input mixer-recorder : a Centrance mixerface R4R / mix-pre 3 II ‘Hybrid’ - for under 500 € ? (anyone ?)

(Note : product was supplied at very short notice and the service and communication from Thomann was really super !! )
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Great quality, compact and robust.
Hooter 17.10.2020
I’m employed as a full time brass teacher in the UK. I wanted to create good quality recordings for my pupils as in these Covid-19 times we are currently unable to blow in the same room as the pupils. The recordings produced are of excellent quality and the ability to add a touch of reverb to warm the sound enables me to produce good quality materials for the pupils regardless of the room I’m recording in.
The unit comes with a good case to protect it when shoved in my bag with all the other things I need for my teaching day.
I would recommend this to anyone looking to make decent recordings on a small, robust and portable device.
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