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Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder

B&H # ZOH1 Mfr # ZH1
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Free Next Day Delivery (USA)
You Pay: $99.99
Product Highlights
  • X/Y Stereo Mic
  • Records WAV and MP3 up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Records to microSD/SDHC
  • 3.5mm I/O
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Uses 1 AA Battery
  • Threaded Tripod Mount Socket

The H1 Handy Recorder from Zoom is an easy-to-use, versatile stereo digital audio recorder that fits into the palm of your hand. Following in the footsteps of the popular H2 and H4n, the H1 brings pro-level recording to a more compact and affordable design. Perfect for musicians, journalists, podcasters, and more, the H1 records high-quality WAV and MP3 files to meet any professional need. The H1 has a stereo X/Y microphone configuration that captures perfect stereo images. A built-in speaker lets you listen to your recordings right away.

The H1 records your audio onto easily-found microSD or microSDHC flash memory cards, supporting capacities up to 32GB. A 2GB card is included so you can begin recording right away. The H1 records WAV audio at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz, and MP3 audio at rates up to 320kbps and VBR. The pocket-sized device runs on a single AA battery to provide up to 10 hours of continuous operation.

The simple, intuitive interface provides you with 1-button recording, while a backlit LCD display shows vital information. The rear of the recorder features controls for the low cut filter, automatic level control, and format selection. Physical controls are provided for input level and record/playback functions, so you don't have to navigate through complicated menus in order to find the features you want.

A 3.5mm mic/line input lets you connect an external microphone or music player, while a 3.5mm headphone/line output lets you connect your favorite headphones or small external speakers. A high-speed USB 2.0 port allows you to easily transfer data to your Mac or PC. A threaded tripod mount socket makes it easy to mount the H1 on a tripod or stand.

Recording Time
The H1 records on microSD cards and comes with a 2GB microSD card. Using a 32GB microSDHC card allows over 50 hours of recording time at 16-bit/44.1 kHz.
Compact Form Factor
This tiny recorder slips easily into your pocket or bag for the ultimate in portability
High-Quality Audio
The recorder can record WAV (BWF) files at up to 24-bit/96kHz or MP3 files up to 320kbps and VBR. Broadcast Wave Format allows you to add track markers to your recording
X/Y Stereo Mic Configuration
The X/Y stereo microphone configuration captures crisp, true stereo recordings for incredible accuracy and realism
Reference Speaker
A built-in speaker lets you listen to your recordings immediately
microSD/SDHC Card Recording
The H1 records to easily-found microSD and microSDHC memory cards with capacities up to 32GB. A 2GB card is included to get you started
Easy-to-Use
The simple interface provides 1-button recording and offers physical controls for playback functions, input and volume levels, low cut filter, and auto level control; eliminating the need for complicated menus. The backlit LCD screen makes it easy to see vital information
Automatic Gain and Low-Cut Filter
An advanced Auto Gain Control (AGC) and low-cut filter allow the H1 to record audio at the most appropriate level while minimizing unwanted noise without having to adjust settings
AA Battery
The H1 uses a single AA battery to give you up to 10 hours of continuous use
Input/Output Options
A standard 3.5mm mic/line input lets you connect external microphones and sound sources such as MP3 players. A 3.5mm headphone/line output let you connect headphones or small external speakers
High-Speed USB 2.0
A high-speed USB 2.0 port allows you to quickly transfer your audio files to your Mac or PC
Tripod Mounting
A standard threaded tripod socket lets you mount the H1 to a tripod or stand
Optional Accessory Kit
The APH-1 accessory package (sold separately) offers a windscreen, AC adapter, USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded case, and mic clip adapter to maximize the H1's capabilities
Type Hand-held stereo digital audio recorder
Recording/Reading Methods microSD/SDHC card (2GB included)
Recording Bit Rate WAV: 16 and 24-bit
MP3: 48-320kbps, VBR
Sampling Frequency WAV: 44.1, 48, and 96kHz
MP3: 44.1/48kHz
Number of Channels 2
Recording Time All times are for a 1GB memory card
Stereo Mode:
MP3: 17 hours 21 mins (128kbps), 6 hours 56 mins (320kbps)
WAV: 1 hour 34 mins (16-bit/44.1kHz), 1 hour 26 mins (16-bit/48kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/96kHz)
AD/DA Conversion 24-bit, 128x oversampling
Signal Processing 32-bit
Connectors 1 x 3.5mm mic/line input
1 x 3.5mm headphone/line output
1 x High-speed USB 2.0 port, mini-B type
Microphone Type Unidirectional condenser microphone
Gain 0 to +39dB (Min gain with digital attenuation is -28dB)
SPL 120dB max
Input Impedance 2k ohms (0 to -39dBm)
Output Impedance 10k ohms or more
Output Level -10dBm rated
20mW + 20mW phones output level into 32 ohms
Speaker 400mW @ 8 ohms
Display 127-segment custom LCD with backlight
Battery Type/Life 1 x AA or LR6 battery
Up to 10 hours MP3, 9.5 hours WAV
Dimensions (WxDxH) 1.7 x 5.4 x 1.2" (44 x 136 x 31mm)
Weight 2.1 oz (60g) (without batteries)
Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder
  • 2GB microSD Card
  • AA Battery
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    ZoomH1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 382 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (189)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (157)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (261)
    • Excellent sound (218)
    • Versatile (166)
    • Compact (116)
    • Low distortion (116)

    Cons

    • Poor quality construction (60)
    • Weak (20)
    • Not durable (8)
    • Difficult to use (6)
    • Battery life (5)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (172)
    • Outdoor events / games (133)
    • Professional recording (95)
    • Home studio (91)
    • Performances (88)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (193), Novice (54), Professional musician (22), Tech savvy (16), Movie enthusiast (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (66)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A pretty great little recorder

    So you are probably like me, sorting products by price - low to high and you found the H1 right there at the top. Your next question will probably be if going cheap will...Read complete review

    So you are probably like me, sorting products by price - low to high and you found the H1 right there at the top. Your next question will probably be if going cheap will take you all the way to heavenly field recordings. Then you start imagining what the size will allow you to do. It fits nicely in your pocket and is light enough that you can actually keep it in your shirt pocket. At least these were some of the things I wondered about before getting mine.

    First of all, anyone who ever thought of getting one of those voice recorders - you should all get this one, because it gives you superior sound quality and is just as small. Having said that, depending on what you plan to record, you might want to compare the sound quality with other products. I use mine mostly for voice recordings, field recordings for music and to record rehearsals and concerts. As I just mentioned, voice recordings come out perfect and a conversation with several people in a big room, such as a conference room or even a lecture hall is no problem. For my field recordings, the H1 does indeed lack some detail, especially in the higher frequencies, slightly altering the sense of room space, transparency, depth and distance, both indoors and outdoors. But the noise level is very low, which allows you to do more detailed work on the recordings on the computer. Rehearsals at very high volume do sound a bit compressed and distorted and obviously you are going to lose dynamics and clarity, but it still does a pretty good job of separating highs, mids and lows, leaving you with a fairly accurate description of what was actually going on during the recording.

    What I really don't like is the clicking sound that seems to be impossible to avoid at the beginning and the end of each recording. This forces you to edit every single file by hand, regardless of how the actual recording came out.

    What I do like is the size versus sound quality and the price. It really leaves you no excuse to not bring it with you to record any sound that you might encounter during a day. This kind of flexibility, at least for me, almost always leads to more creativity. Although be careful with recording sounds close to a police officer, it does look a lot like a taser.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent compact unit. Forget superlatives

    declaration: B+H lured this review with a competition incentive.
    2nd declaration: this review will not sound like the generic zoom press release as many others ive read do!
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    declaration: B+H lured this review with a competition incentive.
    2nd declaration: this review will not sound like the generic zoom press release as many others ive read do!

    I'd had my eye on smaller solid state recorder for a little while when this came on the horizon, the other main contenders were Sony IC internal memory units. H1 won over on paper with the better mics and recording to card instead of internal memory.

    As many others have mentioned, the wind noise is very very sensitive. I wouldn't ever have the small windsock off unless it was really safe indoors. The mics already bulge out of the top of the unit so a windsock and certainly a windjammer add significant size to the unit. All this leads to more 'poking out of your pocket; rather than pocket sized recorder. This makes me think how the H2 is in many ways more suited to the 'pocket sized' tag as its pop filter mesh handles light breeze well and the whole unit is a rectangle.

    Also the "cheap plastic" feel which has been well covered is pretty accurate. But it feels like an AV remote, not a phone or something solid. The main impact of this apart from peoples 'quality perception' is that it makes handling noise really sensitive as the plastic case creaks into the mics.

    In the first few weeks of use ive had the flimsy card door dislodge and get lost, lost one recording which didn't save, juggled a few outdoor interviews trying to block the wind with my or the interviewees bodies and only drop it a couple of times (should attach a strap soon)

    The sony IC recorders still win out for the minimalists as they are significantly slimmer + small, have their own slide out USB plug and charge a single battery thru that plug. Poor metering though. Important considerations for a cycle touring sound ethnographer / field recordist - but this unit is very decent. Just don't believe the ipod style "this is the new very best thing, in the smallest package for the cheapest price" spiels! enjoy.

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    4.0

    Good recorder in cheap-o package

    By The producer guy

    from Owego, NY

    Pros

    • Easy to use controls
    • Good audio quality

    Cons

    • Cut Corners On The Shell

    Best Uses

    • Demo Songs
    • Record band practice

    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

    The audio quality is really quite good, especially at this price, and it's easy to switch formats. I like the manual controls so much better than pages of menus. Quick start Rec and easy to see when it is recording. Stereo imaging is good. Handling noise is an issue, so be careful. The accessory package is nice, though the tripod is a bit lightweight, even for the price. My biggest grumble is the plastic-molded screw hole instead of a steel insert. The tripod and mic-style mount don't go in all the way and it'd be so easy to strip the threads. I wish Zoom had put another 15 cents into it and charged me another buck.

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    5.0

    Great digital recorder

    By Jay

    from Jersey Cit, NJ

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

          as a wedding videographer, these zooms are very helpful in capturing audio throughout the event and very simple to use.

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          5.0

          Great Simple Audio Recorder

          By Miss Nelson

          from Shawnee, KS

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great audio
          • Simple to use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

              I bought three of these for my Video Productions class so that I could teach my students some Audio basics. This is perfect because it is easy to use but it still picks up great quality sounds.

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              3.0

              H1... Handy little recorder

              By Nancy

              from Cypress, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Size
              • Easy to read display
              • Great price
              • Great sound
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Horrible Handling Noise

              Best Uses

              • Field recording
              • Idea Capturing

              Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

              I use the Zoom H1 as a backup audio source when shooting video interviews. The sound quality is GREAT even at 16/44.1. The battery life is good, but I'd suggest having extra batteries on hand just in case. The biggest problem is the handling noise... HORRID!!! As long as the device is on a tripod you'll be completely satisfied with the H1's performance... DO NOT TRY TO HOLD IT WHILE RECORDING. Since I have only had the H1 for a month, I don't know how durable it will be, but the construction is pretty cheesy... very light weight plastic... which could be fine if you'll be traveling with it. All in all I love Zoom products. The sound quality is great, and isn't that what we really want.

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              5.0

              Good!

              By Kristian

              from Dallas, Tx

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                    For the price you can't beat this. The built in onboard mic will definitely need a windscreen of some sort because it is extremely sensitive to wind. I use this primarily as a recorder for weddings but have also toyed around with the built in mic with vocals and guitar.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent piece of Kit - well priced

                    By Zed

                    from New Zealand

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                    Excellent piece of Kit - well priced
                    Small in size, Simple to use..

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                    5.0

                    Great With Lavaliers

                    By Dare

                    from NYC

                    Verified Buyer

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                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                          Easy for talent to use use in packet

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                          4.0

                          Compact backup recorder

                          By Allan the Videographer

                          from Nashville, TN

                          Verified Buyer

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                                Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                I used this as a backup recorder for a multi-camera setup, taking the headphones out of my mail camera, which was receiving a board feed, and monitoring out the H1's headphone jack. Putting the input level down to 15/100 resulted in a clear, distortion free recording. i've also been using it to capture ambient sound for use in editing. Only issue is it's very sensitive to handling noise, so I put it on a tiny tripod mount and get my hands away from it while recording.

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                                5.0

                                A good chose

                                By Cap Fozz

                                from Montréal, Ca

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                                      Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                      Work pretty well and easy to transporte

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                                      5.0

                                      Good product, especially with lavalier

                                      By Eve

                                      from California

                                      Verified Buyer

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                                            Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                            I use this in conjuntion with lavaliers for interviews, although it also has its own mics on board. As an interview recording device, it give me good, clean sound and is extremely portable. Like it, like it, like it.

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                                            5.0

                                            Simple and effective

                                            By Ollie

                                            from Brooklyn, NY

                                            Verified Buyer

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                                                  Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                  Records great audio, ability to adjust levels while recording, mic input

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great Recorder

                                                  By Bira Brasil

                                                  from São Paulo, Brasil

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy to work with
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Small

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Recording On The Go

                                                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                    Great recorder, fulfills all of my needs!

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                                                    4.0

                                                    USB recognition problem

                                                    By Cliff Hanger

                                                    from Bend, OR

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                                                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                          Great little recorder for it's size. Great clarity. We wanted to transfer the audio files to PC. Purchased the extra kit with USB cord but PC will not recognize the recorder. Since there were no 'drivers software' we assumed it was 'plug & play'. Running Win7 pro/64 bit processor.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Very good product for my audio needs

                                                          By Tony

                                                          from South Jersey

                                                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                          Have used this Zoom H1 several times and I'm satisfied with its performance of capturing clean audio. Low cost and light weight.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Great quality sound

                                                          By Nate

                                                          from Wilson nc

                                                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                          I tested this item a few times before using this in a event. Sound quality is pretty good for two small condenser mics. Also line input is great with the option to adjust the volume on that input. Another great thing is that you could monitor sound with the headphone output. Its cheap but its something you must have if your into low budget filming/production

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Handy gear for great price

                                                          By chsvid

                                                          from Charleston, SC

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy to use
                                                          • Good audio

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Needs Minor Post Edit

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Close-up Audio Recording

                                                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                          The Zoom H1 is great for easy use and portability. It works much better than I had expected. I originally wanted to buy the Zoom H4N or Tascam DR-40 but we all know that filmmaking only works on a budget. So I decided to do some research and the Zoom H1 was definitely a great choice. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because it's not as great as the H4N. Of course, that's to be expected though. You get what you pay for.

                                                          I also recommend that you don't bother connecting it to your DSLR. It'll only diminish the quality.

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Greatest portable audio recorder!

                                                          By Gunnar Curry

                                                          from Chicago

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy to use
                                                          • Great portability
                                                          • Simple design

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Doesnt Come With Lav

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Hidden Lav Recording
                                                          • Small Portable Audio Reco

                                                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                          - great for portable lav
                                                          - quick and easy access and recording
                                                          - fast set up
                                                          - simple structure

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Great sound great price

                                                          By Acbproductions

                                                          from Grand Blanc,MI

                                                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                          Love this pocket recorder!!

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                                                          4.0

                                                          High Quality Audio at Reasonable Price

                                                          By Ben

                                                          from Philadelphia, PA

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Ease of Use
                                                          • Lightweight
                                                          • price
                                                          • Sound quality
                                                          • Transportable

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Audio Separate From Video

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Interviews
                                                          • Voiceovers

                                                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                          I was split between this and the Rode Videomic (not the Videomic Go or Pro) - I understand some would argue that's comparing apples to oranges. Ultimately, the quality of the sound seemed much higher, according to various indoor and outdoor tests I found on Youtube. Even with buying a windscreen, a shockmount for the camera, batteries, and a 16 gb microSDHC memory card, it was still roughly $ cheaper than the Rode (which is priced at $, I believe). The only real downside? Because the Zoom H1 does not plug directly into your camera like the Rode models do, you have to sync up the audio and video in post. I do this simply by turning both devices on and clapping in front of the camera, to generate an easy visual/aural cue.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder

                                                          By Nico

                                                          from trinidad and Tobago

                                                          Verified Buyer

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                                                                Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                                Using this for getting clean audio from audio mixers

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                                                                Accessory Packages

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                                                                An accessory kit is a great way to get multiple accessories your system.

                                                                Zoom -  APH-1 Accessory Package for H1
                                                                • You Pay: $24.99
                                                                 

                                                                Batteries & Power

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                                                                Always keep spare batteries or a power supply handy so you won't get caught without power.

                                                                Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                                                • You Pay: $17.95
                                                                 
                                                                Zoom -  AD-17 AC Adapter for R8, H6, H2n, H1, & Q2HD Recorders
                                                                • You Pay: $18.99
                                                                 

                                                                Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                                                Hosa Technology -  Stereo Mini Angled Male to 3-Pin XLR Female Cable - 5'
                                                                • You Pay: $6.95
                                                                 

                                                                Wind Protection

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                                                                Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                                                Zoom -  WSU-1 Hairy Windscreen
                                                                • You Pay: $39.99
                                                                 
                                                                Auray -  WRW-H1 Custom Windbuster for Zoom H1
                                                                • You Pay: $43.00
                                                                 

                                                                Store and read data with the proper media.

                                                                Sony -  32GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with microSD Adapter
                                                                • Price: $18.15
                                                                • Instant Savings: -$1.00
                                                                • Offer ends DEC 27 '14
                                                                • You Pay: $17.15
                                                                 

                                                                Headphones

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                                                                Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                                                                Tascam -  TH-02 Studio Headphones (Black)
                                                                • You Pay: $25.89
                                                                 
                                                                Senal -  SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones
                                                                • You Pay: $49.99
                                                                 

                                                                Cases & Protection

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                                                                Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                                                Gator Cases -  Micro Recorder Pack
                                                                • You Pay: $33.24
                                                                 

                                                                Stands & Support

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                                                                Mount your recorder with the appropriate hardware.

                                                                Pearstone -  Accessory Shoe Adapter with 1/4"-20 Stud Connector
                                                                • You Pay: $14.95
                                                                 
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