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Zoom H6 Handy Portable Recorder in Black

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Sam Beattie

Zoom's H6 is the ultimate portable recorder. It comes loaded with advanced preamps, interchangeable capsules, up to 6-track simultaneous recording, over 20 hours of AA-battery operation - and much more.

Key features

  • Interchangeable input capsules
  • Six-track simultaneous recording
  • Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Gain control knobs and -20dB pads for each input
  • Supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule provides secondary input via a stereo ⅛” Mic/Line In mini phone jack
  • Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
  • Large full-color, angled LCD display
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB
  • Up to 24-bit /96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
  • Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries

Professional recording anywhere

The H6 is designed to be the perfect portable recording companion for any application. It has 2 x jack/XLR inputs with phantom power for easy connection of instruments, mics and other sound sources. Built-in gain control and compression/filter/limiter effects ensure a crystal-clear sound.

You can record up to 24-bit 24kHz audio onto SD, SDHC or SDXC cards up to 128GB, meaning pro-quality sound - no matter where you are. It even has a built-in screen displaying multi-track recording in real-time, and can be used as a USB interface for your computer or iOS device.

Great for podcasting, sound design and sampling

With such a useful set of features, the H6 ticks all the boxes for modern requirements. Podcast on the go with multiple inputs, capture inspiring sounds wherever you are, or create unique high-quality samples when creativity strikes.

Better still, the H6 can be expanded to have 6 discrete line/mic-level inputs with an optional EXH-6 capsule. And thanks to overdubs and the ultra-useful auto-record/backup-record functions, you'll be able to nail the perfect take without hassle.


Card Compatibility

  • SD Card: 16MB to 2GB
  • SDHC Card: 4GB to 32GB
  • SDXC Card: 64GB to 128GB

XYH-6 X/Y mic inputs

  • Mic type: Unidirectional
  • Sensitivity: -41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • Input gain: -∞ to 46.5 dB
  • Max sound pressure input: 136 dB SPL

XYH-6 mic/line inputs

  • Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
  • Input level: - ∞ to 46.5 dB
  • Input impedance: 2 k Ω
  • Plug-in power: 2.5V supported

Inputs 1 to 4

  • Mic Connectors: XLR / TRS combo jacks (XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)
  • Mic Input gain: (PAD OFF) -∞ to 55.5 dB
  • Mic Input gain: (PAD ON) -∞ to 35.5 dB
  • Mic Input impedance: 1.8kΩ or more
  • Mic Max input level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)
  • Mic Phantom power: +12V /+24V /+48V (Phantom power can be turned on/off independently for Inputs 1 - 4)
  • Mic Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -120 dBu or less

Line Out

  • Jack type: 1/8" stereo mini jack
  • Rated Output Level: -10 dBu when output load impedance is 10k Ω or more

Phone Out

  • Jack type: 1/8" stereo mini jack
  • Output Level: 20 mW +20 mW into 32 Ω load
  • Built-in speaker: 400mw 8 Ω mono speaker

WAV recording formats

  • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz
  • Bit rate: 16/24 (Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant)
  • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 8 (L/R + INPUT 1 to 4 + L/R backup) (Backup recording: -12dB lower than set L/R input gain)

MP3 recording formats

  • Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
  • Bit Rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps
  • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2


  • Mass Storage Class operation: USB2.0 High Speed
  • Inputs / Outputs: 6 / 2
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz/96kHz
  • Bit rate: 16/24 bit
  • USB bus powered operation possible

Other specs

  • LCD Display: 2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Battery life (with alkaline battery, continuous recording) Over 20 hours
  • H6 dimensions: 77.8mm (W) x 152.8mm (D) x 47.8mm (H), 280g
  • Dimensions with XYH-6: 78.9mm (W) x 60.2mm (D) x 45.2mm (H), 130g

Here's what comes included with the H6.

  • H6 Handy Recorder
  • XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
  • 4x AA batteries
  • Quick Guide
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