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ZoomH6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.7

(based on 225 reviews)

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99%

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Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Portable (9)
  • Ease of use (7)
  • Good audio (7)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Interviews (16)
  • Field recording (13)
  • Video (6)
  • Live music (4)
  • Weddings (4)
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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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4.0

Great external recorder!

By Brian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

This recorder is very versatile for the price range. Lots of functions that you can control within the menus. My only gripe is I wish it could record a backup track for the main XLR input lines instead of just the XY line. Other than that, this is a solidly built recorder with a lot of great functionality, and pretty darn good preamps, especially for the price range. If you want the best preamps, you'll just have to pay for it. At this price point though, you can still get a professional sound, given your microphone and level of expertise :)

#sweepstakes

 
5.0

Amazing quality!

By Mario

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Just wow! Amazing build quality and ease of use. Records great professional audio at a fraction of the cost. Recommended!!

 
5.0

Just wow!

By Mario

from Palm Beach Gardens Fl

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Sold my Tascam dr-70d to buy this and it was a great move. This product is amazing!

 
5.0

Quality blows me away

By Austin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Amazing quality and great mountable accessories. Only complaint is I would like to use larger cards

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A massive improvement

By Karlon

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

The Zoom H6 is a massive improvement over the H4n mainly in these areas:

- Battery Life
- Actual controls knobs
- Modular connectors
- Build quality seems better
- 2  additional inputs
- Screen readability 
- Much more including phantom power.
- Cleaner preamps (less or no his when recording)

A few things I would like to see improved they should add the AC adapter back to the H6 that was on the H4n this one only works with batteries. Also the screen can be hard to read due to the curved body on the h6.

Other than that It would be great if the H6 had some smart phone connectivity so you can monitor and tweak your Zoom without touching it.

Overall I would highly recommend the Zoom H6 for any video or audio professional (on a budget)

 
4.0

Great Prosumer Use

By Tom Bosley

from Pittsburgh, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Video by trade, audio by necessity.

I've used this primarily for post-sync DSLR videos and on-the-fly ambient recording. It's got great sound quality from the XY mic and is very user friendly for non audio professionals. Features are easy to understand, instructions are concise, xlr inputs are easy to control, and I personally love the file structure.

I can only complain about the build quality. It's a solid device, but it is by no means "heavy duty".

Highly recommend it against lesser model Zoom recorders. It's still cheap; go for the extra features.

 
5.0

Excelent Handy Recorder, the best out there

By Anamaria

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

After a faulty Tascam DR-70D, i buyed this recorder and so far it's excelent. Great battery Life, up to 6 channels. Comes with a plastic case. Recommended.

 
5.0

Great pocket sized recorder

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Sounds great! looks great! color screen and 6 inputs! So many pluses!

 
4.0

Versatile recorder, good sound quality for the price

By GJS

from Sydney, Australia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Versatile recorder, good sound quality for the price, good battery life.

5 stars if it also had 3.5mm stereo line in on the recorder body rather than on the X/Y mike.

 
5.0

This is a great product

By ChunkyM

from Holly Springs, MS

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I use this product to shoot double system sound for video production. I'm about to use it for an indie feature. I find the audio quality to be excellent. It's very intuitive if you've ever used any kind of multi-track recorder. The menu system is bulky, but simple. I just wish it had jam-syncable time code. But what do you expect in a product of this price? I rate it 5 stars because it does what it's supposed to, and does it well.

 
4.0

Need wifi connection with phone or tablet.

By Alain

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Nice compact system.

 
5.0

Great product

By Benjamin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Awesome product! The included mic capsules sound pretty good, although there seems to be just a tiny bit of low level noise when the inputs level gets turned way up, but fortunately it's unnoticeable at normal recording levels. Recordings are crystal clear, and the menus and features are well thought out and implemented. Lots of great features like backup recordings, corrupted file repair, timecode (although a slightly outdated format), basic limit/compress/filter effects, and visual feedback. It comes with some basic accessories and it all fits nicely into the hard case that comes with the package. Definitely among the top tier of handheld recorders!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This system works for me!

By Matthew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I am a videographer who films weddings, events and some short films. I love the fact that this recorder has four XLR inputs right out of the box. I also like the fact that there are physical knobs instead of volume rockers. I do wish the noise floor was a little lower but overall it's not bad! This system works for me!

 
5.0

Love it

By Ioana

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

practical, handy
can be used on camera or separately
multi-purpose
light design

 
5.0

Highly recommended!

By Larry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

An outstanding purchase that I have been using to capture the ambient sound during our church services, as well as make live recordings of our choir, and the Zoom H6 recorder does an excellent job at capturing every nuance with it' own 90/120 degree microphones!

I've used other portable recorders but none of them have been able to reproduce the sound stage and dynamic range as well as this one. The larger microphones definitely make a difference and it is obvious that a lot of thought went into the design of this recorder.

To the "Zoom" Team,

Great Job!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love it. Use it constantly.

By Jonathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

A fantastic recorder. I wish the menu was a little more intuitive. But I love it. I use it weekly. If you're considering recorders, make sure you get one with a physical gain control knob. That should be a non-negotiable.

 
4.0

So far so good!

By Arielle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

This is a great tool-- great quality for the price. However, make sure you format the SD card that comes with the case before using it. I didn't, and ended up not being able to transfer the sound files as the card was malfunctioning. The only thing this product needs for documentary film on-the-go production is a perfect case for carrying it visibly with an attached boom pole. The reason that other audio recorders win out for me is that you can see the levels at your side while walking. I don't want to have to touch the recorder to be able to see the levels while booming. There has to be a simple carrying solution for this, I just haven't figured it out yet.

(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Would Not Reccomend!

By Karen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

Very Low Recording Volume

 
5.0

A Great Evolution in the Zoom Line of Digital Audio Tools

By Sharpshooter

from DFW

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

I own the H4N and have been happy with it, but the H6 addresses some of the less user friendly quirks of the H4N. Simple and straight forward to operate and built like a Mac Truck. I look forward to years of successful use with this tool.

 
5.0

Field recording made easy.

By Dean

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

This is a great little product. Portable, lightweight, easy to travel with, and the sound quality is excellent. We were looking for something to take in the field to have more control over recorded sound instead of relying just on the camera. This is it! Very happy with the product and B&H, who made the purchase very simple.

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