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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 2 Dec 2019 11:52 am    
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It's time to retire our old Zoom H4 recorder. Looking for one that has easier to read font in the window and where you don't have to drill down 2 or 3 levels to access common functions. I see Tascam has a few models. As anybody used one of those or a newer Zoom or any other brand and model to recommend?

Thank you in advance.
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Bill Terry


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Post  Posted 2 Dec 2019 11:57 am    
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I can't speak for the most recent Tascam recorders, but I had a Zoom H4 that burned in a house fire, so I replaced it a few years ago with a Tascam (DR05 maybe??) that was on sale.

It never sounded as good as the Zoom to my ears.. very 'artificial' and bandwidth limited.

It might be the mics I suppose, but I retired the Tascam and bought the newest version of the Zoom H4 again, and the sound is definitely better.

YMMV...
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 2 Dec 2019 11:57 am    
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Thanks Bill.
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J Fletcher


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Post  Posted 2 Dec 2019 12:21 pm    
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My Zoom H1 is very user (dummy) friendly , and sounds good to my ears. Don't know if they are still available.
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Howard Parker


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Clarksburg,MD USA
Post  Posted 2 Dec 2019 3:01 pm    
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Jim,

I have 2. Recommended depending on your needs.

The mentioned DR05 is simple, handy and sounds great.

I also have the Tascam DR40X that adds 2 XLR mic inputs (phantom power as well) to the internal mics. VERY flexible. I'll often use the 2 pairs to record gigs, sans mixer. I think I paid approx $169.

ymmv

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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 2 Dec 2019 3:07 pm    
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Thanks, guys!
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Jon Light


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Post  Posted 3 Jan 2020 10:08 am    
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Don't know if you're still looking but I thought of you when I saw this. Wish I needed this H1N....at $80, the price is right and it look more user friendly than my H2 and it's red. But my H2 refuses to die, dammit.

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Tony Prior


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Post  Posted 4 Jan 2020 4:02 am    
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I think its highly probable that they all have a bunch of WINDOWS to dig deep. I don't find that an issue for me, I record with an H2 in 128 MP3 mode , rarely do I change it.


I also have a Tascam DR-03. The mics are not near as good as the H2, same deal though, once it is setup I rarely change it.

One thing I do not do is listen back using either. The SD cards are plugged into the PC where I use another PC based program to edit, cut, save, delete, etc...

IF I had to replace the Zoom H2, I would replace it with

DRUM ROLL PLEASE ...............


Another Zoom H2 ! Very Happy
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Bob Hoffnar


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Post  Posted 4 Jan 2020 7:25 am    
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Zoom H2 ! I use a high end remote recorder by sound devices and it is complicated to read with all the drop down menus also.
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Greg Lambert


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Post  Posted 4 Jan 2020 11:25 am    
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For simplicity and great quality I use the Tascam DR-05.
I also have the Tascam DR 44WL 4 channel portable. ITs a great recorder but I use the DR-05 due to its simplicity.
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