A lightweight 'ultra-portable' device, aimed at broadcast, journalism and live performance applications, the H2n has an 'intuitive and hierarchical' user interface with common menu functions easily available. It has five microphone capsules, offering four recording modes; X/Y, Mid-Side (MS), two-channel and four-channel surround sound.
Recordings are made to SD or SDHC cards as either linear PCM WAV files at up to 24-bit, 96kHz or in MP3 format to maximise recording times. If no SD card is inserted, one audio file of up to one minute at 96 kbps MP3 can be recorded using the built-in memory. The maximum file size of any one recording is limited to 2GB.
An external microphone can be connected and 'plug-in' power is provided via a 3.5mm, 3-pole, stereo jack socket. This input also accepts stereo line-level. A second 3.5mm 3-pole socket provides line/headphone out. The integrated speaker can be used to check recordings and preview playback. A USB2.0 (Mini-B type) socket is provided for transfer of audio files to PC or Mac. Once connected, the user can choose to use the H2n as an SD card reader for file transfer or USB microphone for direct recording or live podcasting.
The directional condenser microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern for stereo imaging. Mid-Side (MS) stereo, is a technique for intentional recording of ambient surround sounds. During MS recording, a directional 'Mid' microphone captures sound from the front, and a bi-directional 'Side' microphone captures sounds from the left and right; adjusting the gain of the Side microphone makes it possible to adjust the width of the stereo image. Two-channel stereo mode combines the Mid, Side and X/Y microphones; the four-channel mode records two separate stereo files which allows for post production capability.
Two AA alkaline batteries give up to 20 hours of continuous operation; or an optional AC adapter may be used. The H2n can also operate on USB bus power.
Compatible media types: SD or SDHC card, 16MB to 32GB.
Approximate recording times in stereo mode:
Approximate recording times in four channel mode:
Included accessories: 2x AA battery, Wave Lab LE, operation manual.
Optional accessories: The APH-2n accessory pack contains a wired remote control, windscreen, microphone stand adapter, table-top tripod, padded case, AC power adapter and a USB cable.