Zoom H4n Pro Black

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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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