Zoom H5 Handy Recorder - Amazon £157
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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder - Amazon £157

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Found 26th Dec 2015
One of the best professional portable audio recorders around. Four channels, swappable mic capsules (comes with stereo pair as standard), fits on an SLR body. Serious bit of kit!

Excellent for videographers, location recording, podcasting etc.

Cheapest price it has ever been (was waiting for it to drop) - uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Zoo…59W

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Original Poster

If it's cold please enlighten me as to where it can be found cheaper, as I've
ordered one at this price.

rippyuk

If it's cold please enlighten me as to where it can be found cheaper, as … If it's cold please enlighten me as to where it can be found cheaper, as I've ordered one at this price.


I had the same problem when I posted a deal for an SSD (the fastest available for the money). Just because someone has no use for a particular deal, that's no excuse for voting it cold IMO.

However, in this case, as far as I can tell there are recorders available with similar specs for less - such as the Zoom H2n which has recently been reduced from £139 to £89.

Or there is the Olympus LS-14 at just under £100 (was £122) which I just bought a few weeks back. I think most people would be fine with these two recorders, and spending more would be pointless.

Original Poster

Fair enough. For anyone actually shopping for these:

H2N is vastly inferior, with handling noise a real problem in handheld operation for starters. Specs are completely different.

Olympus is fine if all you want is a glorified dictaphone or a sketchpad for musical ideas, but isn't in any way comparable to the H5 either. No XLR inputs, mic capsule not replaceable, less sensitive, noisier preamps, etc.

Horses for courses. If you just want to record interviews or throw down some really rough demos by all means get something cheaper. If you want a professional bit of kit, buy the Zoom H5, which was already a great buy at full RRP.

Not trying to be a douche, just trying to help.

rippyuk

Fair enough. For anyone actually shopping for these:H2N is vastly … Fair enough. For anyone actually shopping for these:H2N is vastly inferior, with handling noise a real problem in handheld operation for starters. Specs are completely different.Olympus is fine if all you want is a glorified dictaphone or a sketchpad for musical ideas, but isn't in any way comparable to the H5 either. No XLR inputs, mic capsule not replaceable, less sensitive, noisier preamps, etc.Horses for courses. If you just want to record interviews or throw down some really rough demos by all means get something cheaper. If you want a professional bit of kit, buy the Zoom H5, which was already a great buy at full RRP.Not trying to be a douche, just trying to help.



No, those are fair points too IMO, although I would argue that two alternatives I mentioned are just as professional, and which ever recorder you pick depends on the specs/features you need as you mentioned. I do admit I have not really studied/compared the specs on most of these recorders so thanks for pointing out some of differences. I did vote hot since it is a good deal if you need those particular features.
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