Zoom H5 4-Person Podcast Mic Kit with Handy Recorder, Mics, Headphones & Stands

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Zoom H5 4-Person Podcast Mic Kit with Handy Recorder, Mics, Headphones & Stands
Key Features
  • Includes H5 Recorder
  • Broadcast-Quality Recordings on the Go
  • Includes 4 x ZDM-1 Podcast Mic Packs
  • Mics, Headphones & Stands
Packaged together by B&H for your convenience, this Zoom H5 Podcast Mic Kit bundles together everything you need to get started recording a panel-person podcast—or multi-person interviews in the field—nearly anywhere. It comes with the Zoom H5, an industry standard for broadcast and podcast professionals who take their recording setups with them on the go. The unit's long battery life, field-accessible controls, low-noise/high-gain preamps, four-track recording capability, switchable mic capsules, 96 kHz/24-bit audio capture, and USB audio interface functionality make it a boon to those who record audio interviews for a living in a variety of locales.
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Zoom H5 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Zoom H5 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Interchangeable X/Y Mic Capsule
  • 3Zoom ZDM-1 Dynamic Microphone
  • 4Zoom ZHP-1 Over-Ear, Closed-Back Headphones
  • 5Zoom TPS-4 Tabletop Tripod Mic Stand

Packaged together by B&H for your convenience, this Zoom H5 Podcast Mic Kit bundles together everything you need to get started recording a panel-person podcast—or multi-person interviews in the field—nearly anywhere. It comes with the Zoom H5, an industry standard for broadcast and podcast professionals who take their recording setups with them on the go. The unit's long battery life, field-accessible controls, low-noise/high-gain preamps, four-track recording capability, switchable mic capsules, 96 kHz/24-bit audio capture, and USB audio interface functionality make it a boon to those who record audio interviews for a living in a variety of locales.

Also included are four Zoom ZDM-1 Podcast Mic Packs. Each pack comes with a Zoom ZDM-1 microphone, which is a broadcast-style, end-address dynamic mic with a supercardioid pickup pattern; this is useful so that each vocal stays isolated in the recording, making editing in post much easier. Each mic is tuned to deliver a robust tone with smooth highs and tight lows. Thanks to high SPL handling and a broad frequency response, each mic will deliver a mix-ready sound.

Use the supplied windscreens to protect against plosives or wind noise, if you're interviewing someone outside. Mount each mic on a desk with the included tabletop stands. For monitoring, four pairs of Zoom ZHP-1 over-ear headphones are included—one for you, three for your guests or co-hosts.

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

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.

Fast, User-Friendly Operability

The H5's front panel is ergonomically arranged with its most essential and commonly used controls—transport buttons for record, play/pause, stop, back, and forward operations, individual record-arm buttons that double as mute switches during playback, and large gain knobs. For added safety, a hold switch 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 large, monochrome backlit LCD.

Instant Access to Gain Adjustments

Each H5 input has its own dedicated gain control knob, located beneath a protective bar that prevents accidental movement during handling. There's no track selection or button pressing required to optimize your recording levels; just turn the dials (clearly labeled from 0 to 10) anytime you need to adjust the gain. If your XLR-1/4" input source is so loud that you need even less gain than the preamps provide at the "0" setting, use the menu system to activate the -20 dB pad (selectable per input).

Interchangeable Stereo Microphone Capsule

Leave your external mics at home and travel light. The H5 is outfitted with Zoom's XYH-5 interchangeable stereo microphone that provides clear, phase-accurate capture in a classic 90° X/Y configuration for a tight stereo image. The matched unidirectional condensers are housed within a specially designed shockmount that employs rugged external mic wires and rubberized material to minimize vibration and handling noise. With nothing more than the H5, you're set to record speech, practice sessions, concerts, or ambient and environmental sounds, even ear-rattling ones up to 140 dB!

Supports Interchangeable Zoom Mic Capsules

The Zoom mic capsule input on the H5 accommodates Zoom's line of separately available interchangeable capsules, which can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera. With mid-side, X/Y, and shotgun mic capsules to choose from, you can be ready to record music, dialog, or sound effects without carting an external microphone setup. Opt for the EXH-6 combo input capsule to accept two additional mic/line signals via XLR-1/4" jacks.

2-Channel Microphone/Line Inputs

Equipped with two XLR-1/4" combo inputs and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input, the H5 can accommodate condenser microphones, +4 dB balanced line-level sources, or signals from unbalanced instruments with active electronics. Turn on 12, 24, or 48 VDC phantom power to the XLR jacks, or 2.5V plug-in power to the mini jack. Whether you plan on recording studio condenser mics, a stereo feed from a mixer or wireless receiver, or a lavalier mic for an interview, the H5's preamps (identical to those found in the H6) are ready to deliver low-noise (-120 dB EIN) performance.

If you happen to setup external microphones in a mid-side configuration, the integrated MS decoder allows adjustment to the perceived width of the stereo image, which is beneficial for sound design, broadcasting, or general stereo-to-mono compatibility.

Record up to 4 Channels Live or Overdub Layers

The H5 boasts multiple recording modes, and is capable of up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution. Record in stereo from the X/Y mic capsule or input jacks, or use Multi File mode to simultaneously record the X/Y mic and two external sources (great for getting the room sound and a stereo feed from a mixer). Alternatively, Multi File mode can be utilized for overdubbing in case layers of instruments need to be added after an initial recording. The H5's internal mixdown function lets you adjust levels and pans as you blend four tracks down to stereo.

SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality

Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD card (up to 2GB capacity) or SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity). A 2GB SDHC card will yield approximately three 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. Note that media cards are available separately, and larger capacity cards will increase startup times.

Alternatively, use the H5 as a 4-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 24-bit / 48 kHz. For audio interface operation with an iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required and available separately), select USB Stereo mode, which offers two channels in and out at up to 16-bit / 48 kHz. The USB port also enables fast file transfer and firmware updates.

3.5mm Outputs for Simultaneous Hookup to a Camera and Headphones

The H5 boasts 3.5mm line and headphone mini-jack outputs for simultaneously feeding your camera/DSLR and a pair of headphones. In addition to the dedicated side-panel headphone volume control, the level of the line output can be adjusted via the menu, allowing you to optimize the signal level being sent to your camera without the need for an attenuator cable. For quick playback reference, a built-in monophonic speaker is also provided.

Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter

Power the H5 via two included AA batteries, or plug it into a wall outlet with an AD-17 AC adapter (available separately). Alkaline batteries can keep the H5 running for up to 15 hours of continuous 16-bit / 44.1 kHz recording using the built-in X/Y mic. When using the H5 in the stereo USB audio interface mode, USB bus powering is possible.

Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted

The rubberized, ergonomic body lends itself naturally to handheld use. Should you need to mount it on a mic stand or tripod, a threaded hole on the back of the H5 obviates the need for stand adapters. Obtain a hot shoe adapter (available separately) to attach the H5 directly to a DSLR.

Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish

The H5's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. Compression and limiting compensate for fluctuations in input level, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low-frequency rumble. Normalize files for maximum gain, split them into smaller chunks, and even insert up to 99 marks per recording.

There's an onboard metronome and tuner, and you can loop playback and adjust pitch and speed independently, making the H5 an ideal tool for phrase training.

Special Recording Functions

The H5 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.

Backup record enables the H5 to automatically record a duplicate set of stereo tracks with 12 dB less input gain. Even if your original track is distorted, chances are the backup version will be fine!

Supports External Remote Control

Use the RCH-5 remote (available separately) to control the transport, arm tracks, and adjust volume at a distance while eliminating handling noise.

Includes Audio Software

The H5 comes with free download licenses for Steinberg's Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software, representing a complete audio production toolkit.
UPC: 884354013196

Zoom ZDM-1 Dynamic Microphone

Tuned to deliver a robust vocal tone with smooth highs and tight lows, the Zoom ZDM-1 is an affordable dynamic microphone that's ideal for podcasters, radio show announcers, rappers, and singers. Thanks to its high SPL handling and broad frequency response, this end-address mic makes it easy to capture your voice with mix-ready broadcast quality.

The large-diaphragm dynamic capsule utilizes a supercardioid pickup pattern to effectively reduce ambient sound such as room noise at the sides of the mic. To isolate the pickup element from handling noise, vibrations, and rumble, the ZDM-1 employs an integrated shock-absorbing mechanism. The ZDM-1's integral humbucking circuit improves the signal-to-noise ratio by inhibiting electromagnetic interference from common sources such as wireless devices, power lines, computer displays, and more.

The all-metal body and grille afford ruggedness and durability for reliable use session after session. The ZDM-1 includes a pivoting mic stand mount for easy positioning and a custom windscreen for attenuation of plosives and breath noise.

  • Large-diaphragm dynamic design captures smooth, broadcast-quality sound
  • Classic end-address style
  • Supercardioid polar pattern provides focused pickup and excellent isolation
  • High 135 dB SPL handling ensures clean recordings every time
  • 50 Hz to 18 kHz frequency response with tight bass and smooth highs enhances vocal tone for radio, podcasting, and more
  • Internal shockmount provides isolation from bumps and handling noise
  • Built-in humbucking circuit rejects electromagnetic interference
  • Balanced XLR output connector
  • All-metal body and grille stands up to daily use
  • Includes pivoting mic stand mount, threaded adapter, and custom windscreen
UPC: 884354023928

Zoom ZHP-1 Over-Ear, Closed-Back Headphones

The Zoom ZHP-1 are over-ear headphones designed to deliver a neutral, transparent sound for music tracking, editing, and mixing applications, location recording, and monitoring film sound on set. The 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers provide high sensitivity and a wide frequency response of 10 Hz to 20 kHz while the closed-back design enhances acoustic isolation.

Thanks to the self-adjusting headband and replaceable leatherette earpads, the ZHP-1 offer comfort and a fit that accommodates a variety of head sizes. The earcups are rotatable to allow easy single-ear monitoring for vocal sessions and quick signal checks.

The detachable single-sided cable is terminated with a 3.5mm TRS mini plug for compatibility with mobile devices and portable audio recorders, and a 1/4" adapter is included for hookup to audio interfaces, headphone amps, and mixers.

High-sensitivity neodymium dynamic drivers provide a neutral, transparent sound and a frequency response of 10 Hz to 20 kHz
Self-adjusting headband and leatherette earpads ensure comfortable wearing and help your ears stay cool and dry
Over-ear, closed-back design prevents sound from your headphones bleeding into your microphone, keeping noise out so you can critically focus on editing and mixing
Long single-sided cable attaches to the earcup, and an included clasp keeps the cable securely in place
Rotating earcups allow for easy single-ear monitoring
Replaceable leatherette earpads extend the life of the headphones
Sturdy, lightweight construction
Includes a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter

Zoom TPS-4 Tabletop Tripod Mic Stand

The Zoom TPS-4 is a tripod mic stand offering a compact and lightweight solution for positioning your favorite microphone on a table or desk. Its universal 5/8"-27 thread is made of metal to ensure durability while accommodating most mic clips, shockmounts, and integral mic threads. The height of the TPS-4 can be adjusted from 3.85 to 5" via a simple twist clutch for optimal placement.

UPC: 884354023836

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

Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks4
Max Sample Rate/Resolution96 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneInterchangeable Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration
Built-In SpeakerYes, 400 mW Mono
DisplayMonochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportSD (16 MB to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 to 32 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Audio File FormatsBWF, MP3, WAV
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Stereo)
44.1 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24-Bit
Bit Rates48 to 320 kb/s
Signal ProcessingCompressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Pitch Control
Timecode SupportNo
Recording TimeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 30 Min per GB (Stereo)
MP3 320 kb/s:
7 Hrs per GB (Stereo)
Analog I/O2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Balanced/Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/ONone
Phantom Power+12 / 24 / 48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Plug-In PowerYes, 2.5 V
Host Connection1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)
Gain RangeX/Y Mic Capsule:
Up to +52 dB
1/8" Inputs:
Up to +52 dB
Mic/Line Inputs:
Up to +55 dB
Max Input LevelMic/Line Inputs:
+22 dBu (Pad On)
Headphone Output Power20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
≥2 Kilohms
Mic/Line Inputs:
≥1.8 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
≥10 Kilohms
EIN≤-120 dBu
Microphone Sensitivity-45 dB/Pa
Microphone Max SPL140 dB SPL
Power OptionsBatteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type2 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery LifeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
15 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels)
WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
7.2 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions2.6 x 1.7 x 5.3" / 66.8 x 42.1 x 135.2 mm (Recorder)
2.6 x 1.6 x 2.4" / 65.5 x 41 x 62.2 mm (X/Y Mic)
Weight6.2 oz / 176 g (Recorder)
3.3 oz / 94 g (Mic)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.25 x 6.6 x 3.4"

Zoom ZDM-1 Dynamic Microphone Specs

Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording, Broadcast
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Capsule1 x Dynamic
Polar PatternSupercardioid
OrientationEnd Address
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Frequency Range50 Hz to 18 kHz
Maximum SPL135 dB SPL
Impedance200 Ohms
Load Impedance200 Ohms (Minimum)
Sensitivity-54 dBV/Pa
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male
Headphone ConnectorNone
Mounting3/8"-16 Female, 5/8"-27 Female (with Included Hardware)
Included CaseNone
Included FiltersNone
Construction MaterialMetal
Dimensionsø: 2.12 x L: 5.19" / ø: 5.38 x L: 13.18 cm
Weight14.11 oz / 400 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.31 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 5.1 x 3.5"

Zoom ZHP-1 Over-Ear, Closed-Back Headphones Specs

Earpiece DesignOver-Ear (Circumaural), Closed-Back
Earpiece Connection / Wearing StyleHeadband
Driver TypeDynamic
Driver Size1.57" / 40 mm
Magnet TypeNeodymium
Impedance68 Ohms
Active Noise CancellationNo
Contact Pressure4.5 N
Frequency Response10 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity102 dB SPL at 1 kHz / 1 mW
Maximum Power Handling200 mW
Wired Connectivity
Audio Connector to Source1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male Straight
Adapter (Included)1/4" TRS
Cable DesignSingle-Sided, Detachable
Audio Connector to Earpiece1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Male
Cable Length9.84' / 3 m
Cable ColorBlack
Water ResistanceNone
Material of ConstructionLeatherette
Weight6.7 oz / 190 g

Zoom TPS-4 Tabletop Tripod Mic Stand Specs

Height3.85 to 5" / 9.78 to 12.70 cm
Base TypeTripod
Adjustment TypeTwist Clutch
Mounting Thread5/8"-27 Male
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.3 x 1.5 x 1.5"
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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.
Unfortunately at this point (at least on mine), you can only record backup files on the L/R mix
Answered by: Alan L.
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

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
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: Jacob P.
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


I tried using the Rode Videomic Pro with my Zoom H1 in a DIY boom setup. H1 maxes out (100) to hit -12db, which obviously isnt a good way to record and evidently sounds hissy/hummy/noisy. Would Zoom H5 be a significant improvement over H1 in that regard? Are its amps more powerful? Would it record much better/cleaner audio (hitting -12db) at maybe 60-70 as opposed to 100 on the H1, which would be kinda ideal I guess?
Asked by: Debasis R.
The Zoom H5 would definitely be a huge improvement. Not only are you getting xlr inputs, but Zoom made better quality/cleaner/less noisy mic pres in those xlr inputs. Even comparing the H5 to the old H4N which has xlr inputs as well, you can clearly hear a difference in sound quality. Less gain is required before noise starts.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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