Samson Zoom H4n

Updated April 30, 2014
Samson Zoom H4n
Bottom Line

The Samson Zoom H4n is the digital audio recorder of choice among many pro users, yet it's simple enough to operate that novices can make excellent quality recordings. Reviewers find its superior sound quality and multichannel features make it perfect for recording live music, layering compositions, conducting interviews and more.


Pro-quality recordings without the need for a studio. The Samson Zoom H4n's rotating stereo mics are a big draw among users who want to make quick high-quality audio recordings on the fly, but they're particularly powerful when paired with additional external microphones plugged into the recorder's dual quarter-inch and XLR-compatible inputs. Additionally, the H4n's four-track layering capabilities, albeit more limited than dedicated multitrack music-recording devices, give it greater flexibility than most recorders of its kind. The only downside is that some users report distortion issues when recording with a direct line-in from an external sound source without using an additional mixer or a special cable to equalize the signal.

  • Pro-quality audio
  • Multichannel recording
  • Four-track overdubbing
  • Bulky design
  • Awkward microphone-input jack
  • Limited battery life reported
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