Zoom H2 mobile recorder with windscreenOur friend David Battino writes from O’Reilly Digital Media site to share the massive reader response they got to the Zoom H2 recorder. (The H2 is a smaller version of the H4, which made a guest appearance of sorts on Morning Edition this week.)

Mark Nelson didn’t manage to make this his fifth portable flash recorder review in Hawaii, but he made up for it in depth. His review of the Zoom H2 is almost 5,000 words and contains surround-sound links galore as well as some nifty audio examples.

What’s especially cool was that it became a collaborative review after I asked readers what features they wanted us to test when the H2 finally shipped. They piled on with questions, driving my blog to #1 on the whole O’Reilly Network. At last count, I had close to 300 comments. One reader even wrote a Mac plugin to convert the H2’s quad recordings to 5.1.

So, there you have it: mobile recording geekery can have mass appeal!



  • Damon

    Dig the Zoom H2 FroMatic…

  • This looks like the device which will cause me to get rid of my minidisc recorder.

  • Nifty… I want to trade in my H4 for this puppy sine I don't need XLR inputs anyway. 🙂

  • Perc

    Is the mic input any use at all if you want to use a different microphone like a contact mic or something? Obviously you'd need something else to amplify it.

  • turboslapper

    mark, i did just that! no more real time transfers to computer from minidisc! joy.

    i've been waiting for this thing for a while. i've had it for a week and it hasnt disappointed yet.

    very worth $200. i just hope i dont drop it. the casing is cheapy plastic.

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