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ZoomH6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.7

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  • Easy to use (12)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Ease of use (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Good price / value (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Interviews (10)
    • Field recording (8)
    • Video (4)
    • Weddings (4)
    • Live music (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    New Standard for quality and versatility

    Zoom H6 review

    This versatile flash card recorder has been available for a few months and sets a major standard for economy and performance in a handheld unit. In brief, it allows...Read complete review

    Zoom H6 review

    This versatile flash card recorder has been available for a few months and sets a major standard for economy and performance in a handheld unit. In brief, it allows three different microphone capsules to be used with the recorder as well as room for six inputs via XLR/TRS connectors and line-in. It can also be used as an audio interface via USB.

    The three microphone capsules include an XY stereo unit, as well as a Mid-Side one that allows mono recording as well as varying the stereo spread, and a short shotgun (SGH-6) that must be purchased separately. They allow many choices for recording without an external microphone. The Mid-Side microphone is slightly noisier than the XY unit.

    Many different use situations can be imagined. My interest is in field recording so configuring the H6 to cope with wind and handling shocks required some innovation described here. The recorder with an attached microphone can be mounted in a Rode Blimp suspension body by using elastic hair ties around the front of the unit as well as through the strap attachment slots all connected to the thumbscrews on the suspension hoops. I find a crochet hook about size F/5 or 3.75 mm helps place and remove the elastics easily. This way the recorder can be carried with a shock mount. The blimp and wombat cover acts as a substantial wind screen. When used this way, the accessory H6 remote control (part of APH-6 package) allows control of the recorder from outside of the blimp setup. It comes with an extension cord as well allowing use from an extended distance. An earphone cord can also be routed out of the blimp for close monitoring of the recording. If you use the short shotgun mic (SGH-6), you would best use a boom pole to position the shotgun mic as you would for good recording technique.

    Using either of the XY or MS microphone modules allows recording at -12 dB as a back-up in case the levels are set too high. This option is not available for the six other XLR or TRS inputs. There is also a limiter/compressor option available with three separate settings. No automatic level control is available but the compressor can act as an ALC. There is an auto-record capability for which you can set the activation start threshold so the recorder could be left unattended to capture evanescent sounds. You can also set a stop level.

    There are some limitations in this versatile unit. If you want to use an existing microphone with a 3.5mm (1/8 inch) plug and require plug-in power this is available only when the XY microphone is mounted. This jack also functions as a line-in input. If you want phantom 12 or 48 volt power, this is only available on the four built-in XLR/TRS jacks. The accessory EXH-6 external input, attached where the XY or MS mics would go does not provide phantom power.

    Combined with a video camera, or DSLR, there are great extended sound recording capabilities. For musicians requiring more than six inputs use of an external mixer will be needed. It takes some time to navigate the controls but they become intuitive with use.

    With a wide range of usage and a reasonable price the Zoom H6 system can't be beat.

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    Still have noise compared to Tascam DR-6

    This is a well thought out device, it has a lot of usage, and iLife many reviews, it's good for general purposes.

    For DSLR filmmakers, you may find it...Read complete review

    This is a well thought out device, it has a lot of usage, and iLife many reviews, it's good for general purposes.

    For DSLR filmmakers, you may find it very hard to view the screen or adjust the dials when it is mounted on top of the camera, you CAN use additional supporters like a cage or a hotshoe mount, but it will add more stuff around the camera making it less portable.

    I have been using both extensively and tested both the Zoom H6 and the Tascam DR-60D and between all my filmmaker friends that had used both devices, the Zoom renders more noise even though it is better than the H4N.

    Don't get me wrong, it IS a good device but it has its application. I do love the fact I can use 4 XLRs but I hate the menu and option buttons they make it hard to change the settings.

    Also, the backup recording options ONLY applies to the front modules L/R input not the 4 XLRs.

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    5.0

    Recording music underscores for videos

    By Vermont Videographer

    from Vermont

    Pros

    • Excellent Quality Audio
    • Manageable Learning Curve

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording Acoustic Music

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      I bought the Zoom H-6 as an economical way to work with local, talented musicians who are creating original musical underscores for about 15 videos. The subject of the videos are farmers who make cage free and organic eggs. The Zoom H-6, in this application is a cost effective alternative to using a recording studio. We have been successful with the learning curve to operate it, and use the manual constantly as we need to use various features. We are getting great quality recordings and have successfully done multitrack with up to 4 tracks- so far. I re-name and I bring all tracks into my Video Editing system, and find the best song, or sections of songs to add to the various videos as i create them. I choose the H-6 for a few reasons but key ones were the large color VU meters, and the microphones. I love the feel of the H-6, the buttons, dials, readout and controls. It will be a very valuable tool in my field production toolbox.

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      4.0

      Easy to use

      By Rhino Huang

      from Taiwan

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • cheap

      Cons

      • Noise

      Best Uses

      • Amb

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      it's cheap, and easy to use,
      but with some bottom noise via the XLR connector

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      4.0

      Best investment I've made!

      By SNS Pro Audio Visual

      from Nashville TNT

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      This is by far the best audio recorder in quality and features I've had to work with my DSLR. yes I used to own a Tascam DR60D and it was very good. However, this unit feels and is built like a tank. The pres are great and I like the external controls plus the ice case. If there are any cons (and they are minor) is that it would be great if there were external switches for the Phantom power instead of going into the menu and it would be great if it could mount under the camera. The Tascam has both of these features but I'm not complaining. Love the zoom H6!

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      5.0

      Astonishing

      By Michael

      from Chicago

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comprehensive Facilities
      • Lightness And Small Size
      • Phantom Power On All Chan
      • Versatility

      Cons

      • Limited Safety Recording

      Best Uses

      • Diary Recording
      • Location Interviewing
      • Sync Recording With Dslr
      • Voice Overnarration

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      I plan to use this for sync video shooting using a DSLR. I am astonished at all the facilities crammed into its small size. and with the thought that has gone into making it easy to use.

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      5.0

      Great audio device

      By Small Wonder Media

      from Alexandria, VA

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      Pros

      • 4 Xlr Channels
      • Expandable Options
      • Relatively compact
      • USB power

      Cons

      • Menu Button Design

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      I use my H6 to record concerts, receiving a feed from XLR mics. It's great that such a small device can power 4 XLR inputs with instantly accessible level adjusters. I really like the color screen. I do wish it had a 4-way controller for navigating the menus. I find the little rocker panel on the side a bit slippery. So far, I've used the H6 on USB power, using an old Apple charger, with batteries in the recorder for backups. So far I've had good experiences with it.

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      5.0

      Compression

      By Rebeca

      from Lima, Perú

      Verified Buyer

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            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            Using the H6 I realized that the compression works better in the interchangeable capsules than in the XLR inputs. I'm not saying that doesn't work well in the XLR inputs, just that I was gratefully surprised while I was recording in the X/Y capsule.

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            5.0

            Excellent recordings and intuitive use

            By KijangGede

            from Quang Binh, Vietnam

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Complete And Versatile
            • Intuitive operation
            • Quick Mic Change Leveli
            • Very Good Recordings

            Cons

            • File Naming System
            • Susceptibility To Rain

            Best Uses

            • Bird Song Recording

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            I dreaded the 104-page manual, fearing a weekend's study, but operating the Zoom H6 turns out to be straightforward and intuitive. You'll master the basic operations after 30 minutes 'playing around' with the recorder. In addition to the XY and MS mics that come with the recorder, I've bought the SGH6 shotgun mic and the EXH6 inpout module.Changing the mics and adjusting recording levels is a breeze. Versatile and quick transfer of recordings to computer (SD card and USB cable). Max. storage capacity on SD card more than enough for even highest quality recordings. Mics and recordings very good quality (to my ears). The shotgun maybe a bit limited in focus and reach.With the H6, the Zoom H-series has reached its size and weight limits as a 'portable' digital recorder.Zoom should make it possible to have user-named folders (now a fixed FOLDER01 to FOLDER10), and projects/recordings (now either ZOOM0001 to ZOOM9999, or date-time: YYMMDD-HHMMSS). Zoom should make its recorders rain/splashwater-proof, esp. the connectors when nothing is connected and dials, to allow out-door use.The case that comes with the recorder is OK, but a bit flimsy. I'm much more happy with the SKB iSeries Waterproof Case for Zoom H6 Recorder and Mic Modules. Very robust and also protects against tropical humidity (provided some silica gel is put in it).

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            4.0

            OK but changes could improve it

            By andrewn51

            from Santa Fe, NM

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                  Seems to function well. Sound recording excellent. Simple usability enhancements would make it a 5 star product...a small raised red led at the back to show that it's recording - hard to see the panel when mounted on a camera or rig; larger on/off switch.Very well made; good manual of instructions. They should also make a small table-top stand!

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                  5.0

                  Everything and Then Some

                  By Shepherd

                  from Kentucky

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • The Carrying Case Is Weak

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      I decided on the Zoom H6 for my podcast work. After reviewing the various options and learning fro the You-Tube snippets. I decided to purchase the Zoom H6. WOW! WOW! if is more than I could have imagined and I absolutely have no buyers remorse! What are you waiting on. The XY and Mid-Side miss are incredible. I am one satisfied customer!

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                      5.0

                      Great Recording Device

                      By Marshall Arts

                      from Dallas

                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      I love the build quality and multiple channels for recording. Great sound quality too.

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                      5.0

                      Blows H4N Away

                      By Mr Photo, now Mr Cinema

                      from Roseland, NJ

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Simple and elegant
                      • Very fast

                      Cons

                      • No Ac Adapter Bundled

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      I've only had the H4N and (2) of H6 and the simplicity of adjusting it on the fly is a tremendous asset. The capability of recording 6 separate tracks is really nice and all the accessories and case it comes with... there is no question.also boot up time is seconds not MINUTES like H4n... not to mention the format card time... also the -20db pad that is built in.well Nuf said...

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                      5.0

                      Worth the $

                      By Chris

                      from Dallas, TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Ease of Use
                      • Interchangeable Mics
                      • Sound quality

                      Cons

                      • Kind of bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Interviews
                      • Voice over

                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      I got this package and also bought the shotgun mic. The sound quality is just fantastic and it's incredibly easy to use. So far, I've used this for camera-mounted interview audio (shotgun), studio recorded voice-over work (mid-side mic), and round table discussion capture (xy mic). It excelled in each area and the results have more than exceeded my expectations.

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                      4.0

                      Great gear

                      By Graham

                      from Cape Town South Africa

                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                      This is a great piece of gear that we use on location all the time.

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                      5.0

                      Product is great! Battery is whack

                      By FishtailMedia

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      Verified Buyer

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                            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                            The product itself works like a charm, only if you put another battery that is not supplied in the pack. I trusted the battery and it wouldnt even turn on. Dont make the mistake of not taking 4 extra AA batteries!

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                            5.0

                            Great Purchase

                            By B. Rad C.

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good sound quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                Just purchased this baby a few weeks ago. Stress tested it at a live concert (XY and mid-side adapters) with uber loud music. It did better than anticipated, some EQ will help a lot in post. Sounds great under ideal conditions as well.

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                                5.0

                                Beware the wind!

                                By Jonathan

                                from Boston, MA

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                                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                      I posted a glowing review of this recorder earlier but I would like to add an update. The built-in microphones are insanely sensitive to wind noise. You CANNOT use this thing outside without a very good wind screen on the built-in mics. I mean the slightest movement of air is death to the sound quality of the built-in microphone. The AGC will pump and the rumble makes the audio worthless.

                                      Also, it absolutely cannot be hand-held while recording with the built-in mic. The handling noise transfers right to the mic. You need to have it on a tripod.

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                                      5.0

                                      Superb!

                                      By n4cnk

                                      from Georgia

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • 4 Xlrs Standard
                                      • Easy
                                      • Gain Knobs
                                      • Phantom power
                                      • Portable
                                      • Powerful
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                          This little guy is AMAZING! You can use it as an audio interface for your mac/pc, you can rum phantom power to condensers. The only slight problem is that it does not come with a power plug for the wall, but you can pick one up at a local store for under $ or $. It also does not include the microphone holder to allow you to put it on a microphone stand, but B&H has those as well. This was, for me, an upgrade from the Zoom H4N and it was worth every penny. I saw one reviewer lament the screen functionality, but I cannot see any problems with the menu/interface. It is intuitive and easy to use. You'll love this thing! It also doesn't seem to be quite as much of a power hog as the H4n (although this one has 4 AA batteries whereas the H4n has 2).

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Sound Recorder

                                          By MatthewMPP

                                          from Mesa, AZ.

                                          Verified Buyer

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                                                Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                I love this recorder. It is really well designed and is of the highest quality. I have 2 of them.

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                                                5.0

                                                Awesome and essential tool

                                                By Joe

                                                from Memphis, TN

                                                Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                I work in video, mostly consisting of interviews, short film and documentary. The first audio device I bought apart from using shotgun or lavs into the camera was the Zoom H4n. It was a game changer for me, instantly making my work much more professional from an audio standpoint. Now I've graduated to the H6. This is the Cadillac of Zooms as far as I know, and I love the ease of use, options and the sturdiness of the structure. It's phenomenal. You'll never regret making the Zoom H6 a part of your video arsenal.

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                                                5.0

                                                AMAZING

                                                By sound freak

                                                from LA, CA

                                                Verified Buyer

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                                                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                      GREAT FUNCTIONALITY AND AMAZING SOUND, IT BEATS PRODUCTS 4 TIMES ITS PRICE. VERY UNHAPPY WITH ZOOM 4H BUT THEY SERIOUSLY IMPROVED ON THIS ONE.

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