Portable Audio Recorder

  • Uses a system of interchangeable microphone capsules
  • Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5)
  • Compatible with all Zoom input capsules
  • Records up to 24-bit / 96 kHz
  • Recording format: WAV (BWF compatible) and MP3
  • 4-track simultaneous recording
  • Large backlit LCD display
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • 2 mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20 dB pad
  • Gain control knob on each input, with protective 'roll-bar' that prevents accidental movement during handling
  • Plug-in power (2.5 V)
  • Built-in effects, including high-pass filter, compressor and limiter
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto-record, pre-record and backup-record functions
  • M/S decoding
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Normalize, divide, and trim editing
  • A/B loop playback
  • Integrated loudspeaker
  • Variable playback speed and pitch (without tempo change)
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC, Mac and iPad (requires optional camera connection kit)
  • 1/4" attachment screw-hole on the back side
  • Powered by 2 Conventional AA alkaline batteries or NiMH rechargeable battery packs
  • Operating time (with alkaline batteries): approx. 15 h
  • Dimensions of H5: 67 x 135 x 42 mm
  • Dimensions of XYH-5 capsule: 66 x 82 x 41 mm
  • Weight H5: 176 g
  • Weight XYH-5: 94 g

Includes:

  • XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsules
  • 2x AA (LR6) batteries
  • USB Cable
  • Foam windscreen
  • Case
  • Steinberg Cubase LE software (download)
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE software (download)
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  • Drumset
  • Nature
  • Gongs and Tamtams
  • Percussion Room-1
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  • Storage Hall
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Further information

Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 4
Microphone Inputs 2
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 4
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker Yes
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter Yes

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Light, Flexible, Dynamic... Fairly noisy? OK!

Evy09, 16.01.2018
Zero Handling noise thanks to the material the unit is made, XLRs just make the job with no complaints at all.
The software is really ok, makes the job too.
Possibility to switch over different capsules makes this unit worth the price both really, really durable and versatile.

Maybe some uncertainty on the capsules recording quality, they just didn't convince me completely 'cause for a hundred bucks less you get the H2n and the quality gap is not that high (I compared them with a consistent re-amping test).
Zoom's preamps seem to be all slightly noisy on their own, Not that much to say "this mic is scam", but you know, high enough to say "ok, I know you're there, I'll just fix you if needed".
Obviously, if you use a premium external phantom-powered mic this problem is easily bypassed.

THAT SAID, the recording quality on the H5 is remarkably higher than the previous brothers, the sound is just more naturally "in your face" and easily verges on a studio-like sound.
This is becoming a standard for sound-design solutions.

Zero-handling noise is an important feature and here is your friend. This is not granted on all devices on the market.

All of this balance revealed itself as a crucial point and is exactly where I decided to bank on it, with tremendous satisfaction!
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Upgraded sound, some downgrades in usability, for me

VilleV, 19.08.2014
I now have the H5, I ordered it first thing and I?ve now tested it out the first time. After the H4 using it is a breeze, no real need for manual, it sounds great, BUT I?ve had 1) one serious problem and 2) another annoyance that I didn?t think of until using it in real life.

1) I use the recorder mainly to record my DJ sets, both the record out (of a Pioneer DJM900nexus DJ mixer) and the crowd/ambience, which I did the other night, but the recording is somehow messed-up. My set was a bit over two hours long and while the first hour was fine, starting around the two-hour mark (not exactly, though) there are digital glitches thru out the rest of the recording, making it unusable. I don't know what causes it and I?ll have to go back to the H4 until I figure this out. The SD card is the same 16GB one I've used without any issues with my H4 for several years, so shouldn't be that.

EDIT: I contacted Zoom support and was adviced to get a new (SanDisk) class 10 SDHC, which I did and now the recording is flawless. I don't understand this, as the old H4n was and is working just fine with my old memory card with the same sampling frequency and bit depth (44,1k/24bit), but I guess some specs have changed and the new one needs a newer spec card.

2) The H4 gain settings are done via the +/- buttons on the side vs. the actual gain pots on the H5. Most of the time I record a line level stereo signal out of a DJ mixer and it is REALLY hard to set the levels of both line channels exactly the same by turning the H5 dials/knobs, which affects the integrity of the stereo recording. Also, it was REALLY fiddly to adjust the gains to a level where it wasn?t way too hot or dead quiet, and even though you have the numbers on the dials, setting them up seemingly even yielded to a 1-2dB difference between the channels. It shouldn?t be that hard, I hope I missed something.
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