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Item #: H99728
Mfg #: H6

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Product Overview

Digital recorder for every situation.

  • Microphones
    Built-in mics: 2
    Configuration: X/Y, M/S swappable
    Type: Uni/bidirectional
    External mic input: XLR/TRS combo x 4
    Audio quality
    Bit rate: 16/24
    Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
    Formats: WAV/MP3
    Outputs
    Headphone: 3.5mm
    Audio out: 3.5mm
    Storage and media
    Type(s): SD, SDHC, SDXC
    Capacity: 128GB
    Hard drive Not applicable
    Connectivity
    USB: Yes
    Other
    Number of tracks: 6
    Phantom power: 12V, 24V, 48V
    Auto limiter: Yes
    Width: 3.06"
    Depth: 6.01"
    Height: 1.88"
    Weight: 10oz
    Battery type: AA x 4
    Battery life (app.): 21 hours
    Built-in speaker: Yes
    Power supply: Sold separately
Product Details

Zoom H6 Handy Recorder

Zoom has been building innovative, great-sounding products for the past thirty years. But with the revolutionary H6—their most versatile portable recorder ever—the bar is raised further still. Four interchangeable input capsules—X/Y, MS, Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo—make the H6 the ultimate chameleon of the audio world, and its advanced preamps make it the best-sounding one too. Whatever your application—live recording, professional film/video work, or broadcast ENG (electronic news gathering), etc.—the H6 can handle it with ease. Comes with X/Y and MS mic capsules. Shotgun and Dual XLR/TRS combo are optional.

Audio connections: inputs
The H6 offers four main inputs (1-4), plus two additional inputs (L, R) that are derived from whichever capsule (X/Y, MS, Shotgun, or Dual XLR/TRS Combo) is plugged into the unit. The supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting an external mic- or line-level signal via a stereo 1/8" Mic/Line In mini phone jack. When a connection is made to that jack, signal from the X/Y microphones is muted.

All four main H6 inputs (inputs 1-4) are combo connectors that can accept either XLR or 1/4" balanced or unbalanced phone cables. They can handle both mic and line-level signals, which means that you can connect either external microphones or line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, electronic keyboards, or electric guitars or basses with active electronics (passive electric guitars or basses can also be connected with the use of a mixer or effects device). Internal switching contacts automatically detect the circuit of choice.

Audio connections: outputs
The H6 Line Out is an unbalanced stereo 1/8" phone jack, located on the bottom of the H6, beneath the LCD display. It carries the analog stereo output signal, as determined by the H6's internal mixer. The H6 USB port, located on the side panel to the right of the LCD display, provides a digital output of either a stereo mix or the six individual input signals, depending upon the setting of the "Audio Interface" function in the USB menu.

In addition, the H6 provides a headphone output with a dedicated volume control, located on the side panel to the left of the LCD display. Connect your headphones to the stereo 1/8" mini phone jack for private monitoring of the stereo output signal. The H6 even has a built-in speaker, located on the underside of the unit, for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections whatsoever. This speaker is automatically disconnected when connection is made to either the Line Out or Headphone output.

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  • Recording media: 16MB–2GB SD cards
    4GB–32GB SDHC cards
    64GB–128GB SDXC cards
    Inputs Inputs L/R XY mic (XYH-6)
    Mic Type: Unidirectional
    Sensitivity: –41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    Input Gain: –8 to 46.5 dB
    Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 136 dB SPL
    [MIC/LINE IN]
    Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Input Gain: –8 to 46.5 dB
    Input Impedance: 2 kO
    Plug-in Power: 2.5V supported
    MS mic (MSH-6)
    Mic Types: Unidirectional and bi-directional
    Sensitivity: –37 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (unidirectional),
    –39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (bi-directional)
    Input Gain: –8 to 42.5 dB
    Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 120 dB SPL (unidirectional),
    122 dB SPL (bi-directional)

    Inputs
    1 to 4 Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks
    (XLR: 2 hot / TRS: TIP hot)
    Input Gain (PAD OFF): –8 to 55.5 dB
    Input Gain (PAD ON): –8 to 35.5 dB
    Input Impedance 6.8kO
    Maximum Input Level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)
    Phantom Power: +12V / +24V / +48V
    Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): –120 dBu or less

    Outputs
    Line Out Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Rated Output Level: –10 dBu
    (when output load impedance is 10 kO or more)
    Phone Out: Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Output Level: 20 W + 20 W (into 32O load)

    Built-in Speaker: 400 mW/8 O mono speaker
    Recording Formats: [WAV setting]
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
    Bit Rate: 16/24-bit (Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant)
    Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 8 tracks (6 tracks + L/R backup)
    Backup recording: 12dB lower than set L/R input gain
    [MP3 setting]
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz Bit Rate: 48–320 kbps
    Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2 tracks
    Recording Time
    (with 2GB card) 03:08:00 (44.1kHz/16-bit WAV)
    34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)
    Display 2.0-inch full-color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
    USB [Mass Storage Class operation]
    Class: USB2.0 High Speed
    [Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode]
    Class: USB2.0 High Speed
    Inputs / Outputs: 6 / 2
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
    Bit Rate: 16/24bit
    Note: Use with Windows requires a driver, but Macintosh does not.
    [Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode]
    Class: USB2.0 Full Speed
    Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz
    Bit Rate: 16 bit
    Note: iPad operation supported in stereo mode only.
    Battery Life (with alkaline battery) XY mic, 44.1kHz/16-bit (stereo x 1): 21 hours
    XY mic and Inputs 1, 2, 3 and 4 used, 96kHz/24-bit (stereo x 3): 9 hours 45 minutes
    Note: The above times are estimates. Approximate continuous recording times when using battery power were calculated using our own testing method. They may differ greatly depending on operating conditions.
    Power AA size (LR6) battery x 4
    AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)
    USB bus power
    Dimensions H6: 77.8mm(W)x 152.8mm(D)x 47.8mm(H)
    Weight H6: 280g (without batteries)
    Included Accessories Operation manual, XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule, MSH-6 MS mic capsule, SD card (2GB), AA size (LR6) battery x 4, Cubase LE Software, WSH-6S Foam Windscreen, USB Cable, Case
    Optional Accessories SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule
    EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule
    HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount
    APH-6 Accessory Pack (includes RCH-6 wired Remote Controller, AD-17 USB-type AC adapter, WSH-6H Hairy Windscreen)
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