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ZOOM H1essential



H1 Handy Recorder


With the push of a button the H1essential captures perfect audio for musicians, podcasters, filmmakers, and content creators. Simply hit record and discover the power of 32-bit float.

With 32-bit float recording, you never have to adjust levels. The H1essential captures every nuance of your sound ensuring high-quality audio with every take.

The Essential Series was designed with Accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. Navigate the menu with audible descriptions through the built-in speaker or headphones. Creators can choose English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian or Chinese.

The onboard X/Y microphones capture clean audio up to 120 dB SPL, equivalent to the sound of a high-performance engine.

The H1essential is great for filmmakers. Record and send audio directly to your camera or use it to record sound effects to complete your scene.

Podcasters can mount the H1essential on a tripod for sit down conversations or use ‘mono mode’ for on-the-go interviews.

The H1essential has advanced features such as overdubbing, pre-record, auto record, and playback speed adjustment.


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  • Main Features:
  • 32-bit float recording: perfect audio with no need to set gain
  • 120 dB SPL 90º XY Mics
  • Records up to 96kHZ sample rate
  • New OLED Display
  • Overdubbing, auto record, pre-record and timer functions
  • USB Microphone Function
  • Audio guidance function for the blind and visually impaired
  • 10 hours of battery life on 2 AAA Batteries or USB-C Bus power
  • Specifications:
  • Built-in Mic:
    -90º XY stereo format
    -Directionality: Unidirectional
    -Sensitivity: –37 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
    -Maximum sound pressure input: 120 dB SPL
  • Mic/Line In jack:
    -Connector: Stereo mini jack
    -Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW(into 32Ω load) -Output impedance: 10 Ω or less
  • Built-in Speaker:
    -Type: 20 x 30mm oval dynamic speaker
    -Practical maximum output: 250mW
  • Recording Formats:
    -44.1/48/96 kHz、32-bit Float
    -Stereo / Mono
    -BWF and iXML formats supported
  • Recording Media:
    -4–32GB cards compatible with the microSDHC specification
    -64GB–1TB cards compatible with the microSDXC specification
  • OLED Display: 128 x 64
  • Connector: USB Type-C (Use a USB cable that supports data transfer)
  • USB Mic:
    -USB 2.0 High Speed
    -48 kHz, 24-bit
  • File Transfer: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Power:
    -2 AAA batteries: Alkaline, Lithium, or Rechargeable NiMH
    -AC Adapter: ZOOM AD-17: DC 5 V/1 A (USB bus power is supported)
    -Alkaline batteries: About 10 hours
    -NiMH batteries (800 mAh): About 9 hours
    -Lithium batteries: About 18 hours
  • POWER CONSUMPTION: 5 W maximum
  • DIMENSIONS: 53.9 mm (W) × 136.6 mm (D) × 29.0 mm (H)