Zoom H6 now available

July 30th, 2013
Zoom H6 now available

Zoom H6 audio Recorder

The newly announced Zoom H6 is now available for order.

The device is Zoom’s first handheld audio recorder offering an interchangeable mic system; with 4 XLR inputs (up to 6 optional), a digital colour display, and powered by 4 AA batteries.

As a H4N user, the above 3 features are significant upgrades. The H4N suffered terribly from poor power management. A phantom powered shotgun mic like the NTG-3 could deteriorate the battery life in minutes. The H6 boasts up to 20 hours operation. If it’s half of that in the real world, this is great news.

The manual dials per channel are also a nice feature. No more fiddling around with side buttons that are assigned to all channels.

Here are a few more features:

• The world’s first handy recorder with interchangeable mic system
• XY mics capture remarkable stereo depth and clarity
• Mid-side mics provide continuously variable stereo width
• Four XLR/TRS inputs for external mic/line connections
• Up to six channels of simultaneous recording
• High-definition audio of up to 24-bit/96kHz
• 6-in/2-out USB audio interface
• Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA batteries
• Supports SDXC memory cards up to 128GB
• Optional Shotgun mic and external XLR/TRS inputs available
• Optional Hot Shoe Mount to attach your H6 to a DSLR video camera

This device looks very promising, with the many more input options it already makes a worthy upgrade to it’s predecessor . I can see this being a big player in the wedding industry.

The Zoom H6 is available now for $399.99 from B&H

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Pooya
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June 20th, 2013

This sounds like a good news for those in an endless search for the perfect sound from a handheld recorder. But the article looks just like a promotion and not a very accurate one at that. Nagra SD has probably stolen the mouthful title of “the world’s first handy recorder with interchangeable mic system” long time ago! anyway, miss the old cinema5d site… used to check this site a few times everyday. But now, just out of chance stumbled upon this… Promotions aside, It would be useful to see how the preamps will hold up to an industry standard machine like any recorder in the 7th series by Sound Devices or Nagra VI. (as a reference to understand the signal-to-noise ratio.)

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