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Zoom H5 Recorder


The Standard in Portable Recording

The H5 offers the same substantially improved low-noise, high-gain mic preamps as used in their flagship H6 multi-channel recorder, and includes a unique interchangeable mic capsule assembly and includes an X/Y capsule with advanced shock mounts and 140dB capability. Five mic capsules are available, including mid-side, shotgun and additional combination inputs. Connect the highly-directional shotgun mic capsule for zooming in on surface sounds while connecting one or more hydrophones to the XLR inputs for simultaneous surface and underwater recording. The H5 can also be used without an attached capsule, making it very compact and rugged for use with only hydrophones or other external signals. Battery life with two AA alkalines is rated at 16 hours. The H5 can also be used as a USB audio interface for doing real-time audio analysis with your laptop or iPad. Truly an exceptional value in this price range!

Aquarian Notes: We recommend using our H2dX hydrophone to take advantage of the H5's low-noise, high-gain preamps and to provide the best connection integrity. Our standard H2dM will also work using the mic input on the included X/Y mic module and may be useful in applications where other channels are used.

Special use: Leak Detection - We highly recommend this product to leak detection specialists. It is compact, easy to use, looks professional, and offers a list of relevant features that can be compared to specialized tools costing many times more. Most importantly, its high-gain, low-noise amps will reveal the faintest sounds. Analog gain controls and push-button channel selectors provide easy and intuitive control. High-resolution metering gives the user an accurate visual representation of signal amplitude. Compression and limiter features will protect the user's ears from handling noise while still maintaining high sensitivity for small signals. Several low-cut filter options allow the user to focus on leak sounds, rather than mechanical and traffic noise. And because you have independent control of each input channel, you can set different profiles for each channel and switch between them by simply connecting to the desired input and pushing the corresponding selector button. Sound from all channels is mixed to both earphones for listening by default. You do not need to use the recording function to use the H5 as an amplifier. Sound from the hydrophone is monitored in real time through the headphones. Though the extent of recording features could initially confuse non-audiophiles, the user interface is easy to learn and it remembers your settings. The recording function can be used for making voice notes (with attached mic capsule) or for customer documentation or employee training. It is also economical to use with its long battery life and support for NiMH rechargeable batteries.


H5 Features

  • Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
  • Includes detachable X/Y capsule(XYH-5) with extended signal capacity andshockmounted micsfor reduced handling noise
  • Compatible with all Zoominput capsules
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Large backlitLCD display
  • Records directly to SDand SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Analog-style gain controls for each input
  • Protective "roll-bar" type covers prevent accidental movementof gain controls
  • Hold switch disables front panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording
  • Selectable phantom power for either or bothmain inputs: +12/+24/+48V
  • Plug-in power (2.5 volts)
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take
  • MS decoding
  • 20dB pads for either or both main inputs
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Unique mono mixfunction to eliminate shifts in perspective during live recording
  • Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
  • Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
  • A/B loop playbackVariable playback speed, from 50% to 150%
  • Variable pitch without affecting playback speed
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
  • Loop Back operation for combining live audio input with computer playback
  • USB port for SD card reader function and data exchange to and from computer
  • Mountable directly to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • Uses twostandard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Over 15hours of operation with alkaline batteries


Included with the H5:

  • Operation manual
  • XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule
  • USB cable
  • Foam windscreen
  • Case


Optional H5 accessories

  • PCH-5 Protective Case for H5 Handy Recorder
  • SGH-6 Shotgun Mic Capsule
  • SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Mic Capsule
  • EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo Capsule
  • XYH-6 X/Y Mic Capsule
  • MSH-6 Mid-Side Mic Capsule
  • ECM-3 Extension Cable for Zoom Microphone Capsules
  • HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount Adapter
  • MA-2 Tripod to Mic Stand Adapter for Handy Recorders
  • WSU-1 Universal Windscreen
  • APH-5 Accessory Pack includes RCH-5 wired Remote Controller,
AD-17 USB-type AC adapter, and Hairy Windscreen