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Re: Portable field recorders (again)

Hi Andy,

I read that article too. But I have not heard any such tone in  
recordings I've made with my H4. If you buy one in a music store you  
may certainly ask to do a check on it before making up your mind.  
Spend five minutes with the unit to put in batteries, record  
something and listen back to the recording using closed headphones.  
Then you should stay free from picking up a bad unit (as I expect  
that particular reviewer did). A big part of the cost saving when  
manufacturing such inexpensive gear is gained by cutting out on  
quality assurance ;-)

I always run it on batteries. And I have recorded live audio to 128  
mbps mp3, to 24 bit at 4100 Hz and to 24 bit at 96000 Hz. All fine!  
An interesting finding was that working at 96 kHz did not improve  
anything. Probably the built-in mics does not stretch into that  
territory and I didn't do enough digital processing to take advantage  
of the higher sample rate. So, 24/41k is my fav.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen

On 12 dec 2007, at 10.10, andy butler wrote:

> hi Per,
> I read that there was tone recorded with low volume audio if it's  
> used with batteries.
> That put me off from getting one.
> ...but if you can confirm this is not the case...
> thanks
> andy butler
> Per Boysen wrote:
>> On 12 dec 2007, at 02.47, Art Simon wrote:
>>> I've got the Zoom H2 and I'm happy with it.
>> I'm totally happy with Zoom H4
>> As portable field recorder that is. I think It's crap as "sound  
>> card", cumbersome as guitar pre amp and I have not bothered to  
>> test the four track recording "studio" options.
>> The H4 gives a good stereo image by the built-in mics. Mine has  
>> well recorded such different ambience as my manual cappuccino  
>> brewer in action and a noise EAM band playing through a full blast  
>> PA - excellent results, thanks to the few coarse mic input levels  
>> to chose from.
>> Greetings from Sweden
>> Per Boysen
>> www.ilike.com/artist/Per+Boysen