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Zoom H1n 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Microphone (Gray)

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Zoom H1n 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Microphone (Gray)
Key Features
  • Speech, Sound Effects & Music Recording
  • Onboard Stereo Mic, Built-In Speaker
  • 3.5mm Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
  • Simple Layout of Common Controls
An ideal fit for solo musicians and podcasters, as well as a terrific entry point into the world of audio for video and sound design, the gray Zoom H1n portable recorder features an onboard stereo microphone that lets you easily record two tracks of high-resolution audio in the palm of your hand. Songwriters will appreciate unlimited overdubbing for building songs layer by layer, while filmmakers and podcast producers will enjoy the H1n's ability to capture clean, distortion-free speech.
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Zoom H1n Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2What's New on the H1n
  • 3Simple Layout of Common Controls
  • 4Onboard Stereo Microphone
  • 53.5mm Microphone/Line Input with Plug-In Power
  • 6Powered via AAA Batteries or AC Adapter
  • 7Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
  • 8Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
  • 9Special Recording Functions
  • 10Tone Generator for Calibrating Levels
  • 11Overdub Unlimited Layers
  • 12microSD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 133.5mm Output for Hookup to a Camera or Headphones

An ideal fit for solo musicians and podcasters, as well as a terrific entry point into the world of audio for video and sound design, the gray Zoom H1n portable recorder features an onboard stereo microphone that lets you easily record two tracks of high-resolution audio in the palm of your hand. Songwriters will appreciate unlimited overdubbing for building songs layer by layer, while filmmakers and podcast producers will enjoy the H1n's ability to capture clean, distortion-free speech.

Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H5 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). Springing from the foundation of the original H1, the H1n packs an array of workflow and performance upgrades into a rugged body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of videographers, musical artists, podcasters, and more. From its plentiful battery life to its multiple audio-enhancing functions, the H1n is well equipped for tracking live performances, rehearsals, and demos, or for recording sound effects, interviews, and ambience. It can supply plug-in power for a condenser lavalier mic, or accept a direct line-level connection from a mixer or wireless receiver. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and pre-recording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take.

What's New on the H1n
  • Operability is simplified via one-touch buttons, a dedicated gain dial, and an improved display.
  • A built-in limiter protects against distortion caused by overloads.
  • Auto-record, pre-record, and self-timer functions enhance your workflow and prevent cutting off the start of recordings.
  • Unlimited overdubbing allows layering new performances on an existing recording.
  • Playback speed is adjustable for transcribing, studying, and learning pieces of music or quickly scanning through long takes.
  • An integrated tone generator makes it easy to calibrate your H1n and camera audio levels.
  • Two AAA batteries (alkaline, NiMH, or lithium) can power the H1n, whereas the H1 utilized one alkaline or NiMH AA battery.
  • Additional protection around the microphones inhibits extraneous noises caused by physical contact with the capsules.
Simple Layout of Common Controls
The H1n's front panel is arranged to ensure simple, straightforward access to its most commonly used controls—transport buttons for record, play/pause, stop, back, and forward operations, one-touch buttons for the low-cut filter, limiter, and auto-level functions, and a large gain knob (clearly labeled from 0 to 10). Of course, the selectable Auto Level mode makes setup even faster by automatically adjusting the input level according to the input signal.

For added safety, the power switch offers a hold position that disables all front-panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording. Day or night, view vital information such as audio levels, recording time, battery status, and more on the 1.25" monochrome backlit LCD.
Onboard Stereo Microphone
Record in true stereo without external microphones; the H1n is outfitted with an onboard stereo microphone that provides clear, phase-accurate capture. The capsules are arranged in a classic 90° X/Y configuration for a tight stereo image. With nothing more than the H1n, you're set to record speech, practice sessions, concerts, or ambient and environmental sounds—even intensely loud ones up to 120 dB!
3.5mm Microphone/Line Input with Plug-In Power
Thanks to a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input that supplies 2.5V plug-in power, the H1n can accommodate an external condenser microphone such as a clip-on lavalier for crisp, close-miked speech reproduction. Plugging in an external source to the 3.5mm jack overrides the onboard mic input, so no manual input selection is required. Since the 3.5mm input also supports line-level signal, you can route the output of a wireless microphone receiver into the H1n.
Powered via AAA Batteries or AC Adapter
Power the H1n via two AAA batteries, or plug it into a wall outlet with an AD-17 AC adapter (available separately). Alkaline batteries can keep the H1n recording the onboard X/Y mic at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz resolution for up to 10 hours. When using the H1n as an audio interface, USB bus powering is possible.
Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
The compact, durable, ergonomic body lends itself naturally to being handheld or stashed in a pocket. Should you need to mount it on a mic stand or tripod, a threaded hole on the back of the H1n obviates the need for stand adapters. Obtain a hot shoe adapter (available separately) to attach the H1n directly to a DSLR.
Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
The H1n's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. The limiter can prevent distortion by controlling input signals that have excessively high levels, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low-frequency rumble. Also, you can adjust playback speed and choose from multiple tone-enhancing sound effects.
Special Recording Functions
The H1n offers selectable recording functions designed to prevent you from accidentally missing the start of a performance. By keeping the previous two seconds of audio whenever you press the record button, the pre-record option ensures that you'll never cut off the beginning of a great take. Auto-record can automatically start recording when a user-set sound level is detected, making it great for voice-activated recording. You can even set a timer to make the H1n automatically start recording after up to 10 seconds.
Tone Generator for Calibrating Levels
An internal tone generator makes it easy to calibrate your H1n and camera audio levels. When the H1n is connected to a DSLR camera or other external device, a test tone can be played to match their output levels.
Overdub Unlimited Layers
Not only can the H1n record two channels at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution, but it also supports unlimited overdubbing for layering new sounds over existing recordings. Since a new file is created and the original file is left unchanged, you can overdub without worrying about mistakes.
microSD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Maximize portability by recording directly to a separately available microSD/microSDHC card (up to 32GB capacity). A 4GB card will yield approximately over six hours of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz stereo recording time using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility.

Alternatively, use the H1n as a 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 16-bit / 48 kHz. The USB port also enables the H1n to be used as a card reader for fast file transfers.
3.5mm Output for Hookup to a Camera or Headphones
The 3.5mm line/headphone mini-jack output features a dedicated volume control, making it capable of feeding your camera/DSLR or a pair of headphones. For quick playback reference, a built-in monophonic speaker is presented on the bottom of the front panel.
UPC: 884354019747

Zoom H1n Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks2
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneBuilt-In Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration
Built-In SpeakerYes, 500 mW Mono
Display1.25" / 3.17 cm Monochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportmicroSD, microSDHC (Up to 32 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Recording
Audio File FormatsBWF, MP3, WAV
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
Bit Depth24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
32-Bit (Internal DSP)
Bit Rates48 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FXAuto Gain, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode SupportNo
Recording TimeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 34 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
57.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
28.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 128 kb/s:
17 Hrs 21.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 256 kb/s:
8 Hrs 40.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 320 kb/s:
6 Hrs 56.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Connectivity
Analog I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone/Line Output
Digital I/ONone
Phantom PowerNone
Plug-In PowerYes, 2.5 V
System Connection1 x Micro-USB (2.0)
Performance
Gain/Trim RangeX/Y Mic Capsule:
Up to +39 dB
Mic/Line Inputs:
Up to +39 dB
Headphone Output Power20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
ImpedanceMic/Line Inputs:
≥2 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
≥10 Kilohms
Microphone Max SPL120 dB SPL
Power
Power OptionsBattery
Battery Type2 x AAA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery LifeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
10 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Physical
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions2 x 1.3 x 5.4" / 50 x 32 x 137.5 mm
Weight2.1 oz / 60 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.505 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.7 x 4.25 x 1.7"

Zoom H1n Reviews

I bought two ...

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-30

Bought one for a photo/interview project I've been working on since August, bought a second for my daughter and her husband so they can record their young kids doing cute verbal things. Works great, super lightweight, but still seems durable. Has an auto-gain function, or shut that off and you can adjust the gain manually, without messing with menus. Very nice

Great little recorder

By Pedro
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-03

Does his job really well. Nice and affordable.

Works nicely

By Hanh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-03

Bought it on sale during Black Friday. Works really well! Easy and small enough to fit in pocket.

As an old broadcaster, even I was surprised

By Arthur
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-28

The quality of the recording set me back on my heels. I took old 50 year old reel to reel tapes and recorded them to stereo with this little digital gem. The quality and reproduction was outstanding. I even used the recordings as part of our church's Christmas morning service. I was very impressed. Don't hesitate to purchase. Plus [email protected]'s customer service is the best.

Great value and great quality.

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-21

This recorder is perfect for 2 tasks of mine. The first is for mystery shops where I have to record audio during entire visit to a car wash. So much better than a smartphone. The second is in conjunction with a video camera. The camera does not have a good microphone. The recorder produces high resolution stereo mp3 files.

It has its problems but I guess it's okay, for the price.

By Richard
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-15

I haven't had the Zoom H1n long but I've already noticed a few problems. To start with, it sounds a little tinny. Also, it picks up any movement of the unit itself, so I would only suggest using it for stationary applications. Additionally, the unit is made of plastic, which includes the screw mount, so you need to be very careful with the threads, so as not to strip them. And finally, the buttons feel flimsy, like those found on an ancient cut-rate cell phone. All of that being said, you get what you pay for and it was cheap.

Small and handy

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-24

I actually bought this to do dictation for research. I love the compactness of it. Sound quality is great as well.

Handy Recorder

By Nathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-13

Being a resident of the UK, I had the pleasure of visiting the awesome B&H Store - what a place. Whilst in New York, I wanted to capture the sounds on the street & I have been meaning to purchase a small recorder (I have the Zoom H6). This recorder was extremely easy to set-up & use & the only recommendation I can give, is to screw in some kind of handle so you are not physically holding the recorder when recording, as the body of the recorder can pick up noise.

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