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ZOOM H4essential



H4 Handy Recorder


With four tracks, 32-bit float recording, advanced X/Y mics and 2 XLR/TRS inputs, creators have more ways to record their music, podcasts, and audio-for-video.

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 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs feature Zoom’s ultra-clean preamps that supports phantom power and +4dBu professional line level input. The onboard X/Y microphones can capture sound up to a thunderous 130 dB SPL, equivalent to a rock concert.

Stream in 32-bit float while simultaneously recording to an SD card. When connected to a PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device using the USB-C port, the H4essential can be used as a 4-in/2-out audio interface.

Use the built-in mixer to easily adjust each track’s audio level. It also has a waveform display so you can see your audio as it records.

The H4essential is perfect for recording music. With 2 XLR/TRS inputs and the stereo X/Y microphones it's easy to record live shows, rehearsals and songs.

The XLR inputs can be used to capture on-set dialogue and audio for sound design. The onboard X/Y microphones are perfect for recording ambience.

Podcasters can use the H4essential’s XLR inputs with external mics for one-on-one conversations and the X/Y mics for interviews on-the-go.


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  • Main Features:
  • 4-track 32-bit float recorder with Dual A/D Converters
  • Clip-free recording with no need to set gain
  • Records up to 96kHZ sample rate
  • Color LCD Screen
  • 130 dB SPL XY Mic
  • 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs with locking connector
  • 3.5mm mic/line input for lavalier mics and line level sources
  • Built-in mixer to adjust each track’s audio level
  • Built-in speaker for quick reference playback
  • 3.5mm line output for headphones or to connect to a camera
  • 32-Bit Float audio interface for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices via USB-C port
  • Use as an interface and record to SD card simultaneously
  • Using the BTA-1* Bluetooth Adapter, sync with wireless timecode devices via bluetooth
  • Use the BTA-1* Bluetooth Adapter to pair with the H4essential Control App for iOS
  • Record to SD cads up to 1TB
  • 10 hours of battery life on AA battery (2x) or USB-C Bus Power
  • Specifications:
  • Built-in Mic:
    -90º XY stereo format
    -Directionality: Unidirectional
    -Sensitivity: –43 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
    -Maximum sound pressure input: 130 dB SPL
  • Input 1-2:
    -Connector: XLR/TRS combo jacks ×2(XLR:2 HOT TRS:TIP HOT)
    -Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary
    -Input impedance: MIC: 3.8 kΩ or more, LINE: 39 kΩ or more
    -Maximum input level: MIC: +4 dBu, LINE: +24 dBu
    -Phantom Power: +48 V, Channel total 10 mA or less
    -Equivalent input noise: MIC: -120 dBu or less(IHF-A) @150 Ω input, LINE: -95 dBu or less(IHF-A) @600 Ω input
  • Mic/Line In (supports plug-in power):
    -Connector: Stereo mini jack
    -Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary
    -Input impedance: 2 kΩ or more
  • Headphones Output:
    -Connector: Stereo mini jack
    -Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW(into 32 Ω load)
    -Output impedance: 15 Ω or less
  • Built-in Speaker:
    -Type: 20 x 30mm elliptical dynamic speaker
    -Effective maximum output: 250mW
  • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 4
  • Maximum simultaneous playback tracks: 4
  • Recording Formats:
    -44.1/48/96 kHz
    -32-bit float mono/stereo
    -BWF and iXML formats supported
  • Recording Media:
    -4-32GB cards compatible with the microSDHC specification
    -64GB–1TB cards compatible with the microSDXC specification
  • 2.0-inch full-color LCD Display: 360 x 240
  • Connector: USB Type-C (Use a USB cable that supports data transfer)
  • USB Mic:
    -USB 2.0 High Speed
    -44.1/48 kHz
    -24-bit /32-bit float
  • File Transfer: USB2.0 High Speed
  • Power:
    -2 AA Batteries: Alkaline, lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries
    -AC Adapter: ZOOM AD-17:DC 5V / 1 A - USB bus power is supported.
    -Alkaline batteries: About 9 hours
    -NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): About 9 hours
    -Lithium batteries: About 19 hours
  • ESTIMATED CONTINUOUS OPERATION TIMES USING BATTERIES : 4-track recording (built-in XY mic with INPUT 1-2):
    -Alkaline batteries: About 2 hours 30 minutes
    -NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): About 4 hours
    -Lithium batteries: About 8 hours
  • ESTIMATED CONTINUOUS OPERATION TIMES USING BATTERIES : 4-track recording (plug-in power mic with INPUT 1-2):
    -Alkaline batteries: About 40 minutes
    -NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): About 1 hour 30 minutes
    -Lithium batteries: About 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Power consumption: 3 W maximum
  • Dimensions: 66.9 mm (W) × 156.1 mm (D) × 38.0 mm (H)
  • Weight (including batteries): 243 g