Zoom H4N PRO Handy Recorder - Handheld (Pre 2020 Model - Discontinued)


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Zoom H4N PRO Handy Recorder - Handheld

The H4N lets you record four tracks simultaneously (2 stereo or 1 stereo plus 2 mono) and includes overdub and punch-in features.

You can also use it in plain stereo mode as well with its XY microphone configuration.

Four-channel recordings can be mixed down to mono or stereo with independent control over each track level and panning.

It also provides audio effects and processing including a compressor, limiter, and reverb.

In addition to these, the unit can also be used as a 2-in/2-out USB audio interface.


  • Inputs: 2 XLR/TRS combo jack, Stereo 1/8 plug-in power mic input
  • Outputs: 1 Line/Headphone out 1/8" stereo jack
  • Built-in Mic: XY Stereo
  • Recording / Playback Format:WAV, BWF, MP3
  • Simultaneous Recording / Playback 4 channels (2 stereo or 1 stereo plus 2 mono)
  • Storage capacity: Comes with 2GB microSD card; Expandable to 32 GB
  • Power Requirements: 2 AA batteries (IEC R6)
  • Battery Life: 6-10 hours
  • Weight: 10.37 oz.
  • Dimensions: 2.87"(W) x 6.19(H) x 1.46"(D)


Many reviewers continue to praise its phenomenal quality. It's very handy with multi-track recording because of its 4 channels (including X/Y stereo microphone and 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs), which is useful for capturing room ambiance and in-field recordings. The preamps of its XLR inputs have been well received in customer reviews. It also has phantom power that is used to power external condenser microphones. The sound quality of its built-in microphone is well-liked and provides a natural stereo sound reputed to be as good as using studio microphones. It also has a menu that is straightforward and easy to operate.


Minor issues users have come across include having a lower battery life compared to other recorders and a slow boot time when turning it on.


For its price, this recorder is a good investment if you want a flexible unit with multiple features useful in live settings.

Unfortunately this is no longer available new in stores, but you can see excellent alternatives in our guide to The Best Portable Digital Audio Recorders - Handheld.