I have the original H2 and it's definitely not good for a blind person. The touch buttons are that 
film-screen type that are very non-tactile, and the screen is hard to read for a sighted person 
who's near-sighted like me. The sound quality is not nearly as good as the higher-end Zooms, too.

Looking at the H5:
I agree with Richard that the interface is even more tactile and straight-forward than the H4n.

Hmmm, that's a mighty appealing little unit!

For Paul's friend, I thought more about it and I really think she should investigate iPhone options. 
Especially if she has a recent-vintage iPhone. There are really great little plug-in mics (check out 
especially the Rode because it apparently includes true 96k/24-bit appware). If she is 
"song-catching" she'll probably want a higher-end option like the Rode. If she's "story-collecting," 
she'll do fine with a less-costly option like the Tascam. This is assuming her iPhone has a robust 
special interface for blind people. If not, then I think something with larger, tactile controls 
like the Zoom H5 is her best bet.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:43 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Recorder for blind user?

> Take a look at the Zoom H5 I think it might be even easier to use, but please check it out first. 
> I don't have one here to play with, but we bought one for some oral history work and young people 
> with no previous audio experience got good-enough recordings. We did use on lav mic (it has two 
> XLR inputs as well as the built-in mics).
> If I did have the H2, I'd consider getting one, except the H2 is about half the size, but no where 
> near the quality.
> Cheers,
> Richard
> On 2015-03-27 7:57 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Why did you suggest she avoid Zoom recorders? My experience with my Zoom
>> H-4n is that it makes much better recordings than a friend's
>> comparably-priced Tascam. I was going to suggest the H-4n because the
>> buttons are tactile and rubber-coated and she could either memorize the
>> layout (the record button is alone on the right side, the stop button is
>> the largest top left button in a cluster of 4 in the center, the
>> play/pause button is the top right), or she could tape brail tags or
>> whatever else is helpful to improve the tactile foolproof-ness. The
>> recorder is menu-driven, so she'll need setup help, but it holds menu
>> options even when the batteries are removed (unlike some older Zoom
>> models). My experience is, the mics are quite good and if you monitor
>> with headphones you can set levels well. Also, the peak-limiter is fast
>> and effective, so you can get a decent average level on interviews and
>> conversation without annoying pumping compression. There are also
>> push-button selectors for the record mode (stereo, line, 4-channel
>> surround) right on the front panel.
> -- 
> Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.