Review: H4N Handy Recorder

H4n Handy RecorderThe H4n Recorder is a truly remarkable piece of technology. With its built-in X/Y stereo mics it can record at either 90° or 120°. It is capable of four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics has digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp for improved audio quality. The large 1.9-Inch LCD screen and improved user interface make for easy operation. To top it all of a 24bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording makes the recording very pristine.
In my opinion I’d give this product an eight out of ten. I use the H4n for making podcasts and it is an invaluable asset. The mics pick up clear and detailed sound and being able to convert files to mp3’s before they reach the computer helps to save time that can be used to help create the final podcast.This XY microphone, which is built into the unit, captures a very natural stereo sound. You can even get a clear sound with the built-in microphone 15 feet away from the source of the sound. The AKG 414’s are just as wonderful when positioned towards you when you’re speaking during your podcast, however these are sold separately and must be bought to experience. With the microphones close to the sound source, there is significantly less “room” sound. This would be more suitable for a studio recording, while the built-in sound would be more appropriate in perhaps a classical or field recording. One of the only real problem that I see is that it’s bass response isn’t as good as it could be. Also the windscreen that comes with the recorder doesn’t do much for wind noise outside but a different windscreen would probably do the trick in reducing that.All in all this recorder is a must have when creating a podcast. It’s many benefits overshadow it’s too few flaws and makes it worth the extra money to buy.


  • Microphones’ unique design allows for greater range of sound capture.
  • Clear and detailed sound that shuts out outside noise.
  • File conversion on device.


  • Poor bass response.
  • Windscreen does not protect against wind noise too well.
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