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ZoomH6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.8

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Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Portable (7)
  • Ease of use (6)
  • Good audio (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Interviews (12)
    • Field recording (9)
    • Video (5)
    • 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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    Best Zoom Yet

    By EthanW910

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dslr Shoots
        • Interviews

        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        I've been using it for interviews and dSLR shoots, and it has been working great for me so far. I only wish that there were a way to lock the dials. Otherwise, I'm loving it.

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        5.0

        Excellent recording quality and ease of us

        By stevo

        from Maryland

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Should Come With The Ac A
        • Should Sell With Ac Adaptor

        Cons

        • Doesn't Include Ac Adaptor

        Best Uses

        • Lectures
        • Quick Concert Set-ups
        • Rehearsal Recordings

        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

        I used the H6 for a rehearsal recording, a lecture/performance recording and a concert in a small recital space. I was pleased with the quality of the recordings. I was able to record at 96k/24b for over an hour with no battery or memory limitations.

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        5.0

        Great Reliable Reliable Field Recorder

        By Calebh

        from Bismarck, ND

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Intuitive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            Was originally debating between the Zoom h6 and the Tascam DR 44 and ended up going with the h6 and am extremely happy that i did. Coming from the Tascam DR 40 I found the h6 much more intuitive and quick. The physical dials are a huge plus as well. 6 track recording is probably a little more than ill need but its a nice feature to have just in case.

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            5.0

            Me likey

            By Thunder Dan

            from Minooka, IL

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            Purchased this recorder along with the Sennheiser MKH 16 and absolutely love it. Easy to use recorder with a lot of great features.

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            5.0

            Amature film maker

            By Jason

            from Redding

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            If you want to take your game to the next level this potable recorder is where it's at. When I opened the box I knew right away that I had spent my money on the right audio equipment. We use this item for a lot of backcountry audio and love the fact that you can go from a shotgun mic to a true stero mic without having to carry two different recorders. Not to mention this h6 it built like a tank, when it comes to audio this recorder is a game changer.

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            5.0

            Very useful

            By DJ

            from Oklahoma

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            I use this so I can record clean audio from a board and have the cameras located around the room. Or you can use several mics and monitor/adjust them o a single unit. The microphones on it also work extremely well.

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            5.0

            Looks the part. Increases capability.

            By Med Rose

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Affordable Expandable

            Cons

            • NO DOWNSIDE

            Best Uses

            • Interviews Field Work

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            Familiar interface means this is a super easy way to run more lines without dealing with new, unfamiliar gear.

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            5.0

            Amazingly perfect

            By Leo

            from NYC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Rigging
            • easy to use
            • Portable
            • Quick set up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Filmmaking
              • Performance
              • Pro video
              • Video

              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              I fell in love with Zoom products from my first H1, now I own this bad boy and can't say enough about it. But it!

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              5.0

              Excellent Field Recorder

              By Mackrecording

              from Cedarville, Ohio

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                    I use this as a field recorder to get sound effects and then also as part of portable interview rig. It has excellent noise levels and clear preamps. I highly recommend this recorder.

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                    5.0

                    Great upgrade

                    By John K

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Field recording
                        • Interviews

                        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                        Having used the Zoom H4 several times I was impressed with upgraded features and ease of use of the new Zoom H6. While I am still learning to use the device I know I am, and will continue to be, pleased with this purchase.

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                        5.0

                        The New Standard

                        By Party Ghost

                        from Los Angeles, ca

                        Pros

                        • Works perfectly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Anything Sans Underwater

                          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                          This is the best. Incredibly high quality audio. The stereo mics that come with it are great, often beating out my $ Sennheiser shotgun when I get down to editing. Safety record is a lifesaver. Long Battery. Super Portable. Light, but rubberized and feels tough. Knobs are easy to adjust on the fly. Built in compressors are solid. If you're using with a DSLR its great, you just put the manual audio all the way down on your camera, then up 1 and the output from the zoom will match perfectly. Makes syncing a breeze. I love this thing.

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                          4.0

                          Solid Systen

                          By Wilson

                          from Athens, GA

                          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                          Tons of settings. Good quality. Interchangeable heads makes this thing able to do just about anything you could possibly want a handheld system to do. The computer mixer is a cool touch and the playback and other musical settings make it very versatile.

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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

                            Verified Reviewer

                            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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