Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

The key features of this portable audio recorder/podcast recorder include:

1. Live/Location Recording & Podcasting: The device is designed for recording high-quality audio in real-time, making it suitable for live events, podcasting, and location recording.
2. Swappable Stereo Mic: The recorder comes with a built-in speaker and a swappable stereo microphone, allowing for flexible recording options.
3. Dual XLR-1/4″ Mic/Line Inputs: The device has two input options for connecting microphones or line-level sources, such as instruments or mixers.
4. Fast, User-Friendly Operability: The recorder is designed to be easy to use, with a user-friendly interface that allows for quick setup and recording.
5. Records in WAV up to 96 kHz: The device can record high-quality WAV files at up to 96 kHz, providing a high level of detail and clarity.
6. 3.5mm Line & Headphone Outputs: The recorder has both line-level and headphone outputs for connecting external equipment or monitoring your recordings.
7. Onboard Compressor & Low-Cut Filter: The device features an onboard compressor and low-cut filter to help reduce noise and improve the overall sound quality.
8. Powered via Batteries, AC, or USB: The recorder can be powered by batteries, an AC adapter, or connected via USB for charging and data transfer.
9. Supports SDHC Cards up to 32GB: The device uses SDHC cards for storage, with a maximum capacity of 32GB.
10. Stereo Safety Track Recording: The recorder allows for stereo safety track recording, which is useful for capturing redundant audio tracks to ensure backup recordings.


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Here are the specs for the Zoom H5 portable recorder:

Audio Specifications

Number of tracks: 4
Number of input channels: 4
Maximum sampling rate: 96 kHz / 24-bit
Microphone: Interchangeable cardioid condenser stereo pair, X/Y configuration
Number of microphone inputs: 2
Built-in speaker: Yes, 400 mW mono

Recording Specifications

Audio file formats: BWF, MP3, WAV
Sample rates: WAV: 44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (stereo), MP3: 44.1 kHz
Bit depth: 16 / 24-bit
Bit rates: 48 to 320 kb/s

Signal Processing & FX

Compressor, limiter, low-cut filter, pitch control


Analog I/O:
+ 2x combo XLR-1/4″ TRS female balanced/unbalanced line/mic input
+ 1x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS female unbalanced line/mic input
+ 1x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS female unbalanced line output
+ 1x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS female unbalanced headphone output
Digital I/O: None


Power options: Battery, USB bus power, AC/DC power adapter
Battery type: 2x AA (not included)
Approximate battery life:
+ WAV 44.1 kHz/16-bit: 15 hours (alkaline, 2 channels)
+ WAV 48 kHz/24-bit: 7.2 hours (alkaline, all channels)

Physical Specifications

Dimensions: Recorder – 2.6 x 1.7 x 5.3″ / 66.8 x 42.1 x 135.2 mm; X/Y mic – 2.6 x 1.6 x 2.4″ / 65.5 x 41 x 62.2 mm
Weight: Recorder – 6.2 oz / 176 g; X/Y mic – 3.3 oz / 94 g

Other Features

Pre-record buffer, remote control capable, voice activation
Included software: None
Timecode support: No