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ZOOM H6essential



H6 Handy Recorder


Our most robust handheld recorder, the H6essential is a recording powerhouse. With 6 tracks of 32-bit float recording, the H6essential provides unprecedented quality and unmatched versatility.

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 4 XLR/TRS combo inputs feature ultra-clean Zoom preamps, and the included X/Y microphones can capture up to a booming 135 dB SPL, equivalent to a jet taking off.

The H6essential’s 3.0 capsule system has been updated to support 32-bit float and gives creators more options to use the right mic for their recording.

Use the USB-C port to connect to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android device to use the H6essential as a 32-bit float interface while simultaneously recording all 6 tracks to an SD card.

The H6essential is a portable studio. Mic up to 4 instruments using the XLR inputs and use the X/Y microphones to capture the full ensemble in beautiful stereo.

32-bit float recording gives filmmakers confidence with every take. The interchangeable capsules, 4 XLR inputs and wireless timecode make the H6essential invaluable on any set.

When everyone wants to be on your podcast, the H6essential has you covered with 4 XLR inputs. For two additional XLR inputs, connect the optional EXH-6e capsule.


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  • Main Features:
  • 6-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
  • Interchangable Mic Capsule System 3.0 with 32-bit float support
  • Included X/Y Mic Capsule captures up to 135 dB SPL
  • 4 XLR/TRS combo inputs with locking connector
  • Color LCD Screen
  • Built-in mixer to adjust each track’s audio level
  • Built-in speaker for quick reference playback
  • 3.5mm headphone output plus 3.5mm line output
  • Voice Guidance accessibility for the visually impaired
  • 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 H6essential Control App for iOS
  • Record to SD cards up to 1TB
  • 10 hours of battery life on AA battery (4x) or USB-C Bus Power
  • Specifications:
  • XY mic: XYH-6e Input:
    -90º XY stereo format
    -Directionality: Unidirectional
    -Sensitivity: −42dB/1Pa at 1kHz
    -Maximum sound pressure input: 135 dB SPL
  • MIC/LINE Input (mono):
    -Connectors: 4 XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR:2 HOT TRS:TIP HOT)
    -Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary (dual A/D converter circuits used)
    -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 32 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
  • Line Out:
    -Connector: Stereo mini jack
    -Maximum output level: +1 dBu
    -Output impedance: 110 Ω or less
  • Headphones Output:
    -Connector: Stereo mini jack
    -Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW(when 32 Ω load)
    -Output impedance: 10 Ω or less
  • Built-in Speaker:
    -Type: 20 mm x 30mm elliptical dynamic speaker
    -Effective maximum output: 250mW
  • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 8
  • Maximum simultaneous playback tracks: 6
  • 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)
  • Audio Interface:
    -USB 2.0 High Speed
    -Input and output channels: 6 in / 2 out (Multi), 2 in / 2 out (Stereo)
    -Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz (AIF only), 44.1/48 kHz (AIF + onboard recording)
    -Bit depth: 24-bit, 32-bit float
  • File transfer: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Dedicated Wireless Adapter: ZOOM BTA-1
  • Power:
    -4 AA Batteries: Alkaline, lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries
    -AC Adapter: ZOOM AD-17 (DC 5 V/1 A) - USB bus power is supported.
    -Alkaline batteries: About 18 hours
    -NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): About 14.5 hours
    -Lithium batteries: About 30 hours
  • ESTIMATED CONTINUOUS OPERATION TIMES USING BATTERIES : 6-track recording (XYH-6e and inputs 1–4)
    -Alkaline batteries: About 3.5 hours
    -NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): About 4 hours
    -Lithium batteries: About 9 hours
  • Power Consumption: 5 W maximum
  • Dimensions:
    -Recorder: 78.1 mm (W) × 160.1 mm (D) × 42.8 mm (H)
    -XYH-6e: 69.1 mm (W) × 50.8 mm (D) × 43.0 mm (H)
  • Weight:
    -Recorder: 381 g (including batteries)
    -XYH-6e: 42 g