I don't recall where I read it and I could be wrong, but it sounded to
me that the noise was being introduced by the DC-to-DC converter that
was used to generate the 48 V phantom power. I tried a DC-DC converter
once in a mic circuit and quickly realized that off-the-shelf units were
FAR too noisy...it was for the Sennheiser MKH-804 that I came up with an
alternate scheme for powering and I've posted that in in my blog.
www.richardhess.com/notes/ search for MKH-804.
The menu system on every Zoom (except the H1 which has dedicated
switches) is annoying--the H2 has a teeny tiny screen. The H2n's is a
bit better. I am used to the H2 and either I use my reading glasses or a
pocket magnifier I've taken to carrying.
I'm not saying I've tried everything, but the Zoom H2 was a pleasant
surprise overall. Similar in concept to a good digital camera compared
to a digital SLR system.
On 2013-04-15 11:29 AM, Timothy Wisniewski wrote:
> I love my Zoom H4n, just be sure to hold on extra tightly when recording
> bodies of salt water (as discussed on this list a few months back).
> Interesting, and a bit worrisome, to hear Richard's comment about the XLR
> inputs. I haven't had a chance to test them (the built in condenser mics
> sound great), though I have used the 1/4" inputs for digitizing, which do
> not seem to suffer from the same reported problem. Overall, I find it a
> great versatile low-tech solution for digitizing as well as recording. I
> agree that its a bit bulky as a portable device, especially if you don't
> carry a bag with you everywhere like I do. Some have also complained about
> the menu system being difficult to navigate.
> On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 5:05 AM, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 15/04/2013, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>>> If you don't want to have the iPhone for the sake of a
>>> phone/PDA/browser/whatever, I would not go the iPod Touch route.
>>> The Zoom H2 takes about a minute (or a bit less) to boot. The H1 is
>>> faster. I don't recall about the H2n. I would think the Tascams are
>>> faster, but we've heard issues with battery life on at least one of
>>> them. I agree about the handling noise on the H1, but it, too, has a
>>> tripod socket. I would make sure that any machine I bought had a
>>> tripod socket. I carry a now-discontinued Rowi "clamp pod" to clamp
>>> the Zoom to a variety of things from lecterns to others' mic stands (I
>>> also have a wad of folded over duct tape that I use to avoid
>>> scratching things).
>> A Gorillapod would do that job too.
>>> One unit that was well received a little while ago was the Olympus,
>>> but I do not know the current status of Olympus or the unit.
>>> Sony also makes units, but they tend to be more expensive than the
>>> Tascam or the Zoom.
>>> One thought about instant on is that with the 20-hour battery life of
>>> the Zoom H2n, you could turn it on when you entered the "possible
>>> recording zone" and then take it out and double punch the record
>>> button and you're in (the first punch puts it in record standby with
>>> the meters running...at least that is how the H2 works).
>>> Whatever you do, do not get a "voice recorder" or "dictation
>>> recorder". Make certain it will give you WAV and MP3 files. I normally
>>> record WAV though for long things I have used MP3 on occasion.
>> Don Cox
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