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Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • True X/Y Stereo Mics
  • Selectable Recording Patterns
  • Records up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Records to SD/SDHC
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • Built-In Speaker
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Uses AA Batteries
  • Accessories Included
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ZoomH4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder
 
4.6

(based on 975 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (654)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (270)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (807)
  • Easy to use (756)
  • Versatile (680)
  • Low distortion (445)
  • Good power output (394)

Cons

  • Unnecessary functions (54)
  • Difficult to use (41)
  • Poor quality construction (28)
  • Weak (12)
  • Short battery life (11)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (559)
  • Outdoor events / games (480)
  • Amateur recording (455)
  • Performances (426)
  • Home studio (366)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (676), Novice (144), Professional musician (82)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4), Business (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Multi-functional

In my opinion, this piece of equipment is a must have for any multimedia professional. But before I rave, lets start first with some cons...

What I was least...Read complete review

In my opinion, this piece of equipment is a must have for any multimedia professional. But before I rave, lets start first with some cons...

What I was least pleased with, was the exclusion of any way to attach this to my body or clothing. Even searching B&H and the rest of the internet I wasn't able to find much besides a case that looked cumbersome and over-the-top. Because I use this as a mobile unit to supplement the shotgun mic for my DSLR, it needed to be attached to me, and not shoved in some pocket where buttons could be pressed if the unit was unlocked. To solve this I ended up going to my local hardware store and constructing myself a belt-clip that screwed into the threads on the back. A bit of work, and hardly ideal, but it works. Also, I find that the menu is a little annoying to navigate (there's a dial that you spin on the side of it to move up and down). Not a deal breaker by any means, but again, when you're the sound guy on a set, it's not fun being waited on because you're adjusting settings between shots. I've also found that the way the files are categorized is upsetting. Simple 01, 02, 03 file names makes it difficult to recall files if not renamed after being upload. But being diligent to date file folders with when the audio was recorded avoids having 20 "01" files floating around. Finally, least of all, there is no lock for the XLR cable like most systems and microphones have, so when hanging from my belt I am always afraid that I will yank out the XLR. Simply something to be aware of.

The pros however, are wonderful. The built-in elements aren't the best, but for a piece of equipment of this price, they pass with flying colors. Great for room tones and background audio. The XLRs are also 1/4th connectors which provides great versatility. The back lit screen works wonders in dark environment such as concert halls, dance recitals, or plays. It is very clear whether or not you are recording. There's a lock function on the side to prevent tampering while recording. The threads on the back make it easy to attach to a mic stand or tripod (granted appropriate thread adapters). Phantom power... oh yes, phantom power, is probably the main reason I bought this little guy. And many people complain that it runs through batteries too quick. Well, you ARE using 48v if you've got phantom power engaged (it also has a 24v option), so of course you're going to run through batteries! I bought 8 rechargeable Pearstone batteries and they will last me all day. I can recharge them at night, and go all day the next day. Stamina mode is also wonderful if 16 bit - 44.1kHz - MP3 is acceptable audio for your purpose. Stamina mode running the attached elements will run for HOURS on two fully charged batteries. The gain is plenty, and pretty darn clean at that. The ability to record the mic elements and XLR/TRS inputs is great as well, and I use it often. The XLR/TRS levels can be adjusted independently of each other or linked together. One XLR channel can be summed to mono to reduce any post work. Built in limiter is better than clipped audio... The list goes on and on (believe me)!

In all, this really is a must have. There are so many uses, and it has saved me numerous times. It's small enough to fit in my camera case along with my shotgun mic and a short coiled up XLR cable. Fits the bill perfectly. Get one!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

More than disappointment

I rated this product as I did at 2 stars because of a complex of draw backs and cons which prevented me from hailing this unit and praising it as I hoped I would be...Read complete review

I rated this product as I did at 2 stars because of a complex of draw backs and cons which prevented me from hailing this unit and praising it as I hoped I would be able to. Let us see why step by step but first let me assure you that I am not one of those negative people who has generally negative outlook at life and whom it is virtually impossible to please. I rated other things very high and in some cases gave other products on other sites the highest ratings too. I am a videographer and purchased this unit in hopes to get professional grade sound for my videos. Reasoning was its compact size combined with ability to record at 24bit/96kHz as well as XLR inputs which are critical to me. I intended to use this unit as a backdrop environment sound for back channels in 5.1 or as a backup for main sound pattern in some cases.I will start with topmost star rating of 5 as permitted on this site and go from there. I will explain each problem that Zoom H4n exposes and subtract corresponding value for each.First thing first: the sound quality. While built-in microphones provide sufficient sound clarity and recording at 24/96 produces sufficient frequency spectrum, the level of self-noise is simply overwhelming to me. Do not be confused although, it is not overly loud for most consumer-related needs and will probably work quite well for most of the tasks which all other reviewers here seem to mention, but in my case the expected result is compared to a production level and it does not withstand even moderate criticism. I was able to get by only when I hooked up one of my studio mics (Audiotechnica 4033 to be specific) via phantom-powered XLR inputs, recorded voice-over narrations this way and then used software on my PC to apply noise gate at -40dB followed by voice compressor. Then only my recordings became more or less acceptable in quality for production. Forget "perfect" as many people here say and I am not even talking about decent, the quality reached mere acceptable status: the noise, removed from the pauses between speeches was still layered over the voice and you could hear it quite distinctively. To be fair although, many people may not notice it because they listen to the text and their attention is usually drawn to the context but since my job was making it sound right, I was paying attention to the sound itself and I could hear every flaw loud and clear while computer signal analysis visualizes the noise for me.I decided to give it another try and attempted to record something which is quite hard to capture very clearly: a cat purr. This time I used built-in mics and chased my little kitty when she was purring in gratitude for food. I shoved this thing right in her face which made my pet scared for a while but eventually the job was done. Imagine my frustration when I looked at my sound in Sound Forge and heard it in my speakers. Forget computer hardware issues, I have highest quality 24 and 32 bit processing sound card and excellent sound system and I look at the sound in analyzer rather than relying on cheap speakers as many do. My recording went straight to trash. The job wasn't handled at all.Again, if you are nothing more than an average person who never heard of 24bit DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD and spent no more than $1000 for your home sound system or do not work in audio/video production, you have nothing to worry about: you may not notice any issues with noise. But if you are a professional who needs quality above all, be forewarned. For this very significant and probably most critical issue with Zoom H4n I am taking one star off of the highest available rating. This is quite moderate subtraction in my opinion by the way. So far we are at 4 stars.Next, it allows 24bit at 96kHz recording in Mono and Stereo mode only. For 4 channel recording you are limited to 24bit at 48kHz only and if you hoped to use MTR mode, forget 24 bit, you are back to basics and that is 16bit at 44.1kHz only. Too bad, I wish it allowed 24 bit across the board. In my dreams in case with Zoon H4n although. Subtracting one more star and we are at 3 now.Next, Zoom H4n ASIO driver is not meant to work with 64bit operating systems. This means that if you have Vista 64 or Windows 7 64 bit, forget about connecting your Zoom and using included Cubase LE4 directly. Not going to happen. All you can do is get your SD card, copy files via card reader and work with files this way. This also means that all promised native support in inclosed Cubase LE4 is gone. If you wish it worked as promised, get yet one more PC or make you computer multi-boot and install 32bit OS. This means additional draw back which makes me very disappointed. Visit this forum and see what user Guyatone who seems to be working for Zoom Corporation says about not being interested even in making their product 64bit OS compatible: [@]I want to be moderate and I subtract half a star at this time. Therefore we are at 2.5 stars now.Next issue is with included Cubase LE4. While this software is supplied by Steinberg ([@]) rather than Zoom Corporation, it is still sold together with Zoom and therefore becomes part of the deal. As such it affects the general perception of the product and therefore Zoom folks should pay very close attention to this piece as well in order to keep their face up. Unfortunately, there is a huge problem here too. You cannot use CubaseLE4 more than 30 days or 3000 launches without activation but Steinberg's software activation web page does not work. First, you create an account on their site which works ok. Then you are forwarded to a page where you select Cubase LE4 for activation and registration and that's when you get "Error 404: not found page" message. Excuse me? Yes, you bought this product legitimately, you wish to register and activate it and instead you get "404" garbage. I don't know about you but this makes me very mad. Steinberg is yet to fix their issues, I am still not activated yet: we will see how long it would take them to fix their poor design issues. But because I am such a nice and cool guy, I am subtracting another half a star only. And that brings us to 2 stars only.I hoped to sing praises to this unit when I ordered it based on feedback of all other reviewers on this site but after encountering all mentioned above issues I am contemplating on returning my unit for refund. I still need some compact low noise recorder with 24 bit capability and XLR input as Zoom didn't stand up to its reputation.

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5.0

Seriously Handy!

By Howard

from Mount Laurel, NJ

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

    This mobile recorder basically gives me the ability to record podcast interviews on location without having to rely on a computer or need an external mixer. After a few times getting the hang of things, it is very simple to control.

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    5.0

    Excellent product!

    By Mauricio

    from Miami, Fl

    Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

    Clear audio. Easy to use. Very helpful tool for sound recording.

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Ale

    from Uruguay

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

      A great recorder!

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      5.0

      Great recorder -- exactly as I expected

      By The Comm Team

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

        This is our first audio recorder, and it came highly recommended. It's made a huge difference in the audio quality of our videos, and it was immediately apparent that we had made the right choice with the H4n.

        Maybe in the future we'll need more features, but we were looking for high quality sound that was easy to sync to our videos and grab from the device.

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        5.0

        Really good

        By Carpop

        from Florida

        Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

        This recorder was suprisingly awesome for the price. I would recommend it to any of my friends.

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        4.0

        Solid Recorder

        By Dr. A

        from Stephenville, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

          I use this product for interview recording and I also have students using it to record direct from a mixing console to music performances.

          For interviews, it works great! Being able to adjust the input gain and monitor the signale visually with the digital VU meter is pretty nice.

          When recording from a mixer, we actually have to use a work around since the mixer signal is too hot and the resulting audio is distored. So, we have beeing running a line from the boards tape out RCA jacks into the 1/8" stereo mic input and that seems to work OK.

          We are looking for a better way to use the combo inputs (XLR|1/4") but so far the line level from teh board seems to be too hot and distorts.

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          5.0

          This performs better than expected

          By JBNY

          from New York, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

            I previously owned the Zoom H2 and wanted to upgrade. This device provides a better sound quality and is easy to use. Highly Recommended.

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            5.0

            Zoom H4N Mobile 4- Track Recorder

            By Tim

            from Ca

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

              This is the one item missing from my arsenal.

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              4.0

              Handy Device

              By Ryan the Rhino

              from Wichita, KS

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Batterymount Proximity
              • Battery Mount Proximity

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Dslr External Audio
              • Events

              Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

              It is a very versatile piece that I am using primarily as an external audio recorder for DSLR video. It is also great for recording meetings, phone conferences, etc. The multi-track recording is a bit cumbersome but for what it is - it packs a lot of punch!

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              5.0

              Easy Audio

              By Aquadai

              from Los Angeles, Ca

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                It gets accurate sound with minimal effort. You can link XLR cables to the bottom and link it to a shot gun mic as well.

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                5.0

                Amazing addition to your arsenal

                By Fairchild Films

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                  I love the H4n because it helps make sure that get the best audio when recording a live performance. In some venues, I'll have to tape somewhere near the back, and my audio will be quiet and hard to hear. Having a H4n planted close to the action, or connected to a boom mic helps make sure I get the audio clear so that I can offer the best product available. I was uncertain about buying there right mic item, and I don't regret buying the H4n one bit. Its a must buy for professional videographers.

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                  5.0

                  It's the standard for good reason....

                  By Eddie The Head

                  from Los Gatos, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Low Distortion
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                    Great quality sound. Excellent features. This is the one to get.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent addition to my video hobby

                    By J'Rome

                    from Alabama

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Ease of use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                      I use the H4N as a backup audio component when I video live events. This model is easy to use and records in many formats.

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                      5.0

                      Powerful tool!

                      By Mike

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Powerful
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Unnecessary Functions

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                      I do interviews and needed an easy to use but powerful recording device. I am very pleased with the H4N device on both scores, It delivers on what it promises. Extremely pleased with the sound quality. I was also pleased to when I was interviewed myself the other day by a professional team, and they were using the exact same device.

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                      5.0

                      Excelent!

                      By Caro

                      from Argentina

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                      Es un producto de alta calidad

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                      5.0

                      Amazing digital recorder

                      By MC

                      from North Carolina

                      Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                      Bought this for recording interviews, making recordings of myself playing mandolin and for audio recording my DSLR videos. It's well constructed, easy to use and the sound quality is excellent. Not sure you could find anything better for the price.

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                      4.0

                      Test run zoom h4n

                      By Grievas Starlord

                      from San jose

                      Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                      Although the recorder is a bit too large to use with a lavier mic, it's sturdy cover and adjustable mic allow a starting film maker like myself to have options!

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                      5.0

                      Awesome gadget!

                      By Pdub

                      from Williamsburg, VA

                      Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                      I'm very pleased with the sound quality! Its idiot proof. Goes a long way on two AA batteries, the display is nicely lit and easy to read. The menus are easily accessible. Everything about this thing is awesome. It makes for a great primary recorder or it can be used as a backup. Great little tool to have for videography, podcasts, musicians, the business professional looking to record conferences or meetings, live sound etc etc B&H has always been great and you won't find it cheaper anywhere else. Super fast shipping too which is always great. From what I hear the H6 is even better but I love this thing, I'll probably get the newer version layer on down the road but for now I'm sticking with what I got. I use this for interviews with a audio technica A897 and the sound is just perfect. Thanks B&H

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Affordable Recorder

                      By Video Ollie

                      from Boston MA

                      Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                      The H4N zoom is an excellent portable four-channel audio recorder. This remarkable device has all the bells and whistles, like XLR, 15mm, and Headphone inputs. It is worth every single penny. This recorder is ideal for recording dialogue and sound effects and I would highly recommend it to anyone who was in the market for a new recorder. It comes with licenses for two audio softwares, Cubase LE7 and Wavelab LE8. These programs are essential in editing and processing the audio produced by this point and shoot camera sized audio recorder.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent quality, easy to use

                      By Mike from Brooklyn

                      from Bed-Stuy

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Powerful
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder:

                        The controls and menus are well thought out and easy to use. The quality and range of features is excellent. My uses are modest, mostly one-on-one interviews, but I have heard many people say that it is great for film sound and performance recording. Accommodates external microphones nicely and interfaces smoothly with computers.

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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-4n Accessory Pack for the H4n Recorder
                        • You Pay: $49.99
                         

                        Batteries & Power

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                        Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                        Watson - 4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                        • You Pay: $17.95
                         
                        Duracell - AA 1.5v Alkaline Coppertop Battery (4-Pack)
                        • You Pay: $2.79
                         

                        Cables

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                        Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                        Kopul - Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 6' (1.8 m), Black
                        • You Pay: $16.99
                         

                        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-H4N Custom Windbuster for Zoom H4n
                        • You Pay: $45.00
                         

                        Store and read data with the proper media.

                        SanDisk - 32GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
                        • You Pay: $17.95
                         

                        Headphones

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                        Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                        Sony - MDR-7506 Headphone
                        • Price: $99.99
                         
                        Senal - SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
                        • You Pay: $89.99
                         

                        Cases & Protection

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

                        SKB - Custom Fit iSeries Waterproof Case for Zoom H4N
                         

                        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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