Voice or audio recorders can be said to be a niche device, but they can come in handy at times, this is for sure. After all, students will be able to attest to the usefulness of a voice recorder in a lecture hall, especially when they return back to their dorms and need to reflect on what had been taught earlier in the day. While none of us possess a mind like Professor Xavier, this doesn’t mean we are at a distinct disadvantage, not especially when you have something like the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder as your ally.
The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder is a smaller version of its flagship H6 model, where it will make use of a system of interchangeable input capsules, hence enabling the best microphone to be used regardless of the current recording situation. Apart from that, it will also play nice with just about every single Zoom input capsules, although the H5 Handy Recorder does arrive with a spanking new X/Y stereo capsule, which will boast of extended signal capacity—up to 140 dB SPL—and shockmounted microphones for reduced handling noise.
In addition, the H5 Handy Recorder will also enable four tracks of simultaneous recording straight to SD memory cards of up to 32GB in size, in a range of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, where among these include 24-bit/96k high-resolution audio. Thanks to an optional adapter, it can also be mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder, where it will then subsist on just a couple of AA batteries for its power requirements, as alkaline batteries ought to deliver up to 15 hours of juice.
As for the rest of the features, they include a stereo Line Out for connection to camcorders; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record functions, and a USB port. Those who are interested will be able to pick up the Zoom H5 this coming June for $269.99 a pop.