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The Pro difference
It was a bit odd to see how the H4n Pro and the original were
completely alike in features, although it did mean I had no learning curve at all. I could get straight into listening tests with the
new mics and preamps, and I have to
admit, that's where the fun began.
Zoom claims that the new mics and
pres can handle up to 140 dB SPL
without distorting, and claim an impressive -120 dB noise floor. The one
Achilles heel of the original H4n was
its comparatively low dynamic range,
and that failing is gone, gone, gone.
One of the things I enjoyed most about
the H5 when I reviewed it was just
how much better it sounded than the
H4n, and the H4n Pro now offers that
pristine sound quality as well.
I used the H4n Pro everywhere-on
field recordings of everything from
birdsong and buzzing insects to passing trains (common in this part of
Colorado), street fairs, buskers, airport
and rail terminals, and a live show in
a small pub where the artists were
kind enough to allow me to record
them. The lower noise and clearer, cleaner sound were obvious in
side-by-side comparisons of the old and new H4n models' XY
mics... but it was the difference in the XLR preamps that really
blew me away. I'd always considered the H4n's mic inputs to be
perfectly usable, but in comparison to the H4n Pro's, their recordings with the same mics sounded flat and relatively lifeless. Wow!

Final thoughts
I was quite pleased with how the H4n Pro combines superb
audio quality with the features of one of the most popular
field recorders ever made. I have no serious issues with the
new design... I prefer the old backlit buttons, but making the Record
button the only round one is handy
for working by touch in dark environments.
My only complaint stems from
how skimpy the H4n Pro's included
accessories have become. You get
a hardshell case and batteries, but
the original also came with a foam
windscreen, a 2 GB SD card (tiny
but useful for quick tests and file
transfers), a mic stand adapter,
and an AC power supply. Not having them when you open the box is
frustrating... you can't even test the
H4n Pro to see if it works.
Once you get past that, though,
the sound quality of the H4n Pro is
pretty darned impressive, and really
does put a professional spin on a
well-respected recorder. If you own
an H4n already, it'll be a pleasant step up, and if you've been
holding off on getting one, you can stop waiting.
Price: $219.99
More from: Zoom North America, www.zoom-na.com


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