H6 is a very famous portable recorder right now produced by Zoom, thanks to its superb performance and versatile features. However, it is not precisely for everyone, since not everybody actually will use its potential to the wholest, and hence, the money will only go to waste. We have compared the H6 with its younger brother, H5, in our previous article. This time, we are going to compare the H6 with its ancestor, H4N. Is the H4N sufficient for you? Is the model a total no? Read also : Tascam DR-40 Vs Zoom H4N.
Zoom H4N can be defined as simple, handy, cheap, and reliable for light recording usages. The model has four available record tracks that you can use, but unfortunately there are only two inputs. They are enough for recording an interview between two people, but for four people, you need to do some extra work and handling. Zoom H4N does not use interchangeable capsules like Zoom H5 and Zoom H6. The maximum size of SD card that can be inserted here is 32 GB. There are 2/2 USB audio interface ins/outs. This model does not work best with gain-hungry microphones as it may produce some hissing noise. However, it is much cheaper than H5 and H6.
On the other hand, Zoom H6 provide high level performance. It has four inputs, which is expandable to six, and uses interchangeable capsules. Thus, you can handle recording even up to ten mics at once. The six tracks available will always be handy when you need to manage multiple channels separately for optimum control. Zoom H6 supports SD card up to 128 GB in size, and features 6/2 USB audio interface ins/outs. Zoom has eliminated the hissing issue here, so this product works well with just any mic. Also, it has much longer-lasting battery life than H4N. The most convenient feature is probably the on-board editing for busy users who don’t have time to do editing on a computer. But, Zoom H6 takes some more money than Zoom H4N.
Zoom H6 Vs H4N
|Zoom H6||Zoom H4N|
|Key features||- Direct recording to SD cards up to 128GB
- Gain knobs, pads, and phantom power for each input
- Newly redesigned preamps with an ultra-low noise floor, up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in wav or MP3 format
- Multichannel USB Audio interface
- Includes: owners manual, SD card (2 GB), XYH-6 X/Y capsule, MSH-6 MS capsule, AA size LR6 battery x4, USB cable, sponge windscreen, cubase LE software, case||- Onboard X/Y Mics: High quality with easy to set selectable recording width (90 and 120 degrees)
- 2 XLR/TRS Inputs: Connect mics, instruments, and line level devices for added possibilities
- 24-bit/96kHz Recording: High resolution audio
- Expanded Capabilities: Built-in effects, audio interface mode, and onboard speaker make it the recorder of choice
- Included Accessories - old version|
|Customer ratings*||4.7 out of 5.0 stars||4.6 out of 5.0 stars|
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Finally, is Zoom H4N a viable option? Hm, I would say yes only if you are very limited in budget and need something to work with two tracks only. I would suggest Zoom H5 for professional needs. Zoom H6 is your best bet and a must if you are travelling a lot with your job and you often handle more than four tracks at once.