Although this isn’t the cheapest portable stereo recorder around, the Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder is an excellent device for recording just about anything. Whether you’re in a seminar and want to remember what’s being said or, say, a press conference then this device is the ideal way to record those vital bits of information. The device can record in a number of different formats whilst there is also the option to cut out any of that undesirable background noise that so often hinders any recording.
The Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder has many very good features to talk about that make this worth the retail price. To start with, the device has 2 sets of microphones. Where one is placed at the front, the other is at the rear which only optimizes the quality of the sounds being recorded. When using all four of the microphones, this gives the user an incredible 360 degree angle at which to record.
In order for the user to play their footage back and edit much more efficiently, the device is incorporated with the standard Broadcast Wave Format. This format is employed by many broadcasting studios and, to the user’s advantage, this means that there is the opportunity to stamp files with a timestamp. The user can thus easily go back to certain points in the recording without the need to keep rewinding. The memory capacity is more than generous and thus should not be a problem whatsoever. The recorder is sold with an 512 mb SD card which in turn can be upgraded in to a 32 GB card. This is some impressive space and more than enough for recording those vital bits of information in seminars etc. Furthermore, any recording made can easily be transferred on to a laptop or computer. The ability for the Zoom H2 to perform as a USB microphone means that podcasts and other broadcasts can be very easily made.
The user can make use of an automatic function too. Put simply, if the Zoom H2 detects some audio then it will start to record. When the audio ceases, the recording ceases. Smooth recording and elimination of background noise such as bad weather or chatting are also benefits from the built in auto gain and low cut filter features.
Overall, this recorder is extremely popular with previous users who have all commented upon the beneficial built in features supplied with the Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder. Conversion from WAV to MP3 files is an added bonus for many as people can truly get the most out of this recorder. It’s small size and amazingly light weight are an added incentive for people to buy this product. Nobody wants to clunk around a large, obtrusive recorder and with this device they don’t have to. When not being used the Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder can just be put inside a pocket or a drawer for another day.