Seen at the Podcast Expo; Shipping soon! $299 street. Samson’s new offering will cost $100 less than the flash memory recorders I just mentioned. People, we have a new contender in the digital recording market! H4: I’ll try to puzzle out what means what: H stands for handy recorder, and as you can see, it does fit nicely into my hand. 4, I guess, stands for the 4-track recording you can do.
I checked it out at the Samson booth at the Podcast expo, and got to see how it works.
Memory and Power
The Zoom H4 uses an SD flash memory card—secure digital (see Steve’s Flash memory primer to understand what’s what). The current maximum size card is 2GB. Buttons along the left let you select which record format—MP3 format, or WAV Audio CD quality, 16bit 44.1kHz, and two higher quality settings that range up to 24 bit, 96 kHz. I’m told that it will record in mono, to stretch that 2 GB card longer—using CD-quality mono, you can record 6 hours of conversation on a single 2GB memory card. The two AA batteries last around 4+ hours for playback and/or recording.
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