CES 2018: Zoom Sound Lab releases H1n audio recorder


Released in March 2010, the Zoom H1 has been a popular choice for many videographers, especially in the wedding industry due to its small size, simplicity, and price.

Zoom has now introduced the successor, the H1n. It looks much more refined and much easier to control since the original H1 only had a single record button on the front with buttons on the side.

  • One button controls
  • 1.25 “monochrome LCD display
  • Intuitive menus for easy use
  • 90Ëš X / Y stereo microphones handle up to 120 dB SPL
  • Mini stereo phone jack â…› “Mic / Line In
  • â…› “Phone / Line stereo output jack with dedicated volume control
  • Limiter knob for input signal up to 120 dB SPL
  • Playback speed control, vocal boost filter and stereo bounce functions
  • Auto-record, pre-record and self-timer functions
  • Supports up to 24-bit / 96kHz audio in BWF-compatible WAV format or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Sound generator for making movies with DSLRs and video cameras
  • Records directly to Micro SD and Micro SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Micro USB port for data exchange to and from the computer and use as an audio interface
  • Works with just 2 standard AAA alkaline, lithium or NiMH rechargeable batteries, or with an AC adapter (AD-17)
  • Up to 10 hours of operation with alkaline batteries

The original H1 with its single record button on the front

The built-in X / Y microphones capture high-quality stereo sound, supporting up to 24-bit audio at sample rates of 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz in WAV and various MP3 formats. Just like the original, the H1n features a 1/8 ″ (3.5mm) mic / line input for connecting external microphones or other sound sources, and provides plug-in power (2.5 volts).

Along with improved usability thanks to its plethora of new buttons on the front, a few new functions have been added to the software, including auto-record, pre-record, and self-timer. For video shooters, the H1n now features a sound generator that makes it easy to post sync or adjust your camera’s audio levels. It would have been nice to have the option to create a mitigated safety track from a mono input source. You can work around this problem by using a microphone like the RØDE VideoMic Pro +.

The Zoom H1n chooses to use 2 AAA batteries instead of a single AA battery in the Zoom H1. It can also be powered via an AC adapter or USB bus power. Powered by batteries, Zoom claims 10 hours of recording time.

The Zoom H1n will retail for $ 119.99 USD and is available to order now.


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