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Zoom H5 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Interchangeable X/Y Mic Capsule

Zoom H5 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Interchangeable X/Y Mic Capsule
Key Features
  • Live/Location Recording & Podcasting
  • Swappable Stereo Mic, Built-In Speaker
  • Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs
  • Fast, User-Friendly Operability
Ideal for documentaries, podcasting, audio for video, and professional sound design, the Zoom H5 portable handheld recorder lets you quickly record up to four input signals regardless of your audio experience. With a swappable stereo microphone capsule, versatile 2-channel inputs, and up to 4-track recording, the H5 is both user-friendly and easily expandable.

Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H4n Pro and H6, you can hold it in your hand, attach it to a mic stand or tripod, or mount it to a camera (shoe mount available separately); the H5 packs an impressive array of features into a rugged, rubberized body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of musicians, videographers, sound designers, content creators, and news shooters.

From the plentiful battery life to the powerful audio processing functions, the H5 is well equipped to handle anything from tracking live performances and podcasts to recording interviews, dialogue, and sound effects. It can supply phantom or plug-in power for condenser mics, or accept direct connections from synths, keyboards, drum machines, or +4 dB line-level mixers. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and pre-recording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take, and stereo safety track recording provides duplicate tracks at a lower level to avoid distortion.
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Can the back-up recording be used for any inputs or does it have to be only for the L/R mix?
Asked by: Richard B.
The back-up recording is only for the L/R mix.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-25


When taking of the capsules, what is the best way to protect the contacts? Is there a product for this particular purpose? Thanks.
Asked by: Paul
I don't know of any aftermarket accessory that will protect the contacts. Nor do I know how many 'duty cycles' it is rated for. My guess is, that unless you're doing this daily, it should be of little concern. I keep the capsule in the original case, and put the recorder in a smaller case when I want to travel smaller/lighter. Otherwise, I suggest leaving the capsule attached.
Answered by: Oren A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Will recording a dual wireless mic receiver via ...

Will recording a dual wireless mic receiver via XLR plus the capsule stereo mics in multi-track give me 4 separate audio tracks?
Asked by: Diane
When you are using the mic capsules and have channels 1&2 linked to accommodate a stereo input, you would receive 2 stereo audio tracks that have 4 separate channels (Left and Right channel on each track).
Answered by: Zoom Customer Support
Date published: 2022-10-24

Is there and an external power cord so I do not ...

Is there and an external power cord so I do not have to rely on batteries like the Zoom h4n does?
Asked by: Vanessa
No, the unit does not come with an external power cord. Only batteries.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-11-06

What is the frequency response?

What is the frequency response?
Asked by: Louie
I'm sorry, but Zoom does not list frequency response specs for the H5 or for the XYH-6 microphone capsule.
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2020-11-02


can I use my H4n recorder without batteries using an ac adapter?I purchased an AD-17A/d but not sure how to us it ?? Help pls
Asked by: Daniel R.
The H4n does not power from the USB connection. It requires a DC adapter, the AD-14.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Does the H5 compressor/limiter send a live compressed signal to the line output? For example: when connected to a camera, does the H5 compress the line out to prevent a clipped in-camera recording?
Asked by: Andrew
If the compressor/limiter on the H5 is engaged, your output signal will be compressed. However, clipping in the camera is not determined by this alone. If one connects a line-level output into a mic-level input, distortion in the camera is inevitable. Also, if the input level is set too high on the camera, one runs the risk of clipping as well. If plugging into a mic input, using a cable with built-in attenuation is ideal; B&H # SEL2MZH4N6.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


using a XLR splitter from channel 1& 2 to a mic, do i use power from both channels or just 1? Any risk of damaging your microphone? i am looking to use 1 channel as back up -16
Asked by: kay
Turn off phantom power, but splitting the input is not recommended. Signal loss and noise might result.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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