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Zoom H4 Mobile Recorder: Hotshot Audio in the Palm of Your Hand

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The Zoom H4 mobile recorder packs a lot of recording punch into its six-inch size, with professional features such as four track recording, two XLR inputs and phantom power.

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It has two internal condenser microphones and can record 24-bit/96 kHz uncompressed digital audio, or if you're running out of disk space on your SD memory card, save room by recording direct to MP3 with bit rates up to 320kbps. And hey, in a pinch it even acts as an audio interface for recording directly to your PC. Its most amazing attribute is the price, $299.

Podcasters will love this. Its price will undercut competitors in this market such as Marantz, Edirol and M-Audio, all costing at least $100 more. This one we gotta hear. See a much bigger pic of the Zoom H4 after the jump.

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I'm curious if anyone has compared this to the M-Audio Microtrack?

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us…

The preamps in the MT are very good for a portable recorder, although the case is cheap feeling, the internal Li batt is not great, and levels must be taken while recording (not in standby). The included stereo electret

As far as I can tell the H4 is not usb powered. Is there true phantom power available? The MT has semi-phantom power. Is there a constant battery meter? How fast does it start up? Is there an auto-save function for battery shut down? I would expect any heavy users such as myself to want to use rechargeable NIMH batteries, which drop off very quickly at the end of their charge.