The Zoom H2 promises “brilliant stereo recording in an easy-to-use, ultra-portable device.” So everyone from musicians to podcasters can record high quality audio on the go.
The H2 features 4 mic capsules for 360° recording and the ability to “record from the front of the H2 in a 90° pickup pattern or the rear of the H2 in a 120° pickup pattern at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution as a WAV file, or as an MP3 file at bitrates up to 320 kbps. Additionally, you can record in a 360° pickup pattern at up to 48kHz/24-bit resolution which will allow you to convert your recordings to 5.1 Surround.” I’m no audiophile, so much of that is Greek to me, but it’s one touch recording feature ensures that even noobs can use it – and the price point isn’t half bad either. Available for $199. — Sean Fallon