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Zoom H6 (H-6) Portable Handheld Digital Field Recorder with interchangeable Capsules

At Zoom they've been building innovative, great-sounding products for the past thirty years. But with the revolutionary H6—the most versatile portable recorder ever—the bar is raised further still.


Four interchangeable input capsules—X/Y, MS, Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo—make the H6 the ultimate chameleon of the audio world, and its advanced preamps make it the best-sounding one too.


Whatever your application—live recording, professional film/video work, or broadcast ENG (electronic news gathering), etc.—the H6 can handle it with ease.




  • 1x H6 Hand Held Recorder

  • 1x Operation manual

  • 1x XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule

  • 1x MSH-6 MS mic capsule

  • 1x SD card

  • 1x WSH-6S Foam Windscreen

  • 1x USB Cable

  • 1x Case

 [requires AA size (LR6) battery x 4]




Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera

• Six-track simultaneous recording

• Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors

• Gain controls (real knobs!) and -20dB pads for each input

• Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V

• Large full-color LCD display, angled so it's easy to read in all environments

• 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

• Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown

• Independent monitor and playback mixes

• Virtual VU meters

• Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording

• Overdubbing, up to 99 takes

• Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting

• Onboard MS decoding

• Normalize, Divide and Trim editing

• Chromatic tuner and metronome

• Loop Playback with user-defined start and stop points

• Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150%

• Variable pitch per track without affecting playback speed

• USB port for data exchange to and from computer

• Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad

• Camera strap mounts

• Mounts directly to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter

• Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries

• Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries




Recording media

16MB–2GB SD cards

4GB–32GB SDHC cards

64GB–128GB SDXC cards


Inputs L/R

XY mic (XYH-6)

Mic Type:



–41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa

Input Gain:

–∞ to 46.5 dB

Maximum Sound Pressure Input:

136 dB SPL




1/8" stereo mini jack

Input Gain:

–∞ to 46.5 dB

Input Impedance:

2 kΩ

Plug-in Power:

2.5V supported


MS mic (MSH-6)

Mic Types:

Unidirectional and bi-directional


–37 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (unidirectional),–39 dB,1 kHz at 1 Pa (bi-directional)

Input Gain:

–∞ to 42.5 dB

Maximum Sound Pressure Input:

120 dB SPL (unidirectional),122 dB SPL (bi-directional)


Inputs 1 to 4


XLR/TRS combo jacks


2 hot / TRS: TIP hot)

Input Gain (PAD OFF):

–∞ to 55.5 dB

Input Gain (PAD ON):

–∞ to 35.5 dB

Input Impedance:


Maximum Input Level:

+22 dBu (PAD ON)

Phantom Power:

+12V / +24V / +48V

Equivalent Input Noise (EIN):

–120 dBu or less  




Line Out


1/8" stereo mini jack

Rated Output Level:

–10 dBu (when output load impedance is 10 kΩ or more)   


Phone Out


1/8" stereo mini jack

Output Level:

20 mW + 20 mW (into 32Ω load)   

Built-in Speaker:

400 mW/8 Ω mono speaker


Recording Formats

[WAV setting]

Sampling Frequency:


Bit Rate:

16/24-bit (Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant)

Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks:

8 tracks (6 tracks + L/R backup)

Backup recording:

12dB lower than set L/R input gain


[MP3 setting]

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz Bit Rate:

48–320 kbps

Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks:

2 tracks


Recording Time:

(with 2GB card)

03:08:00 (44.1kHz/16-bit WAV)

34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)



2.0-inch full-color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)



[Mass Storage Class operation]


USB2.0 High Speed


[Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode]


USB2.0 High Speed

Inputs / Outputs:

6 / 2

Sampling Frequency:


Bit Rate:



Use with Windows requires a driver, but Macintosh does not.


[Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode]


USB2.0 Full Speed

Inputs / Outputs:

2 / 2

Sampling Frequency:


Bit Rate:

16 bit


iPad operation supported in stereo mode only.


Battery Life

(with alkaline battery)

XY mic, 44.1kHz/16-bit (stereo x 1):

21 hours

XY mic and Inputs 1, 2, 3 and 4 used,96kHz/24-bit(stereo x 3):

9 hours 45 minutes


The above times are estimates. Approximate continuous recording times when using battery power were calculated using our own testing method. They may differ greatly depending on operating conditions.



AA size (LR6) battery x 4

AC adapter:

AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)

USB bus power  



H6: 77.8mm(W)x 152.8mm(D)x 47.8mm(H)

XYH-6: 78.9mm(W)x 60.2mm(D)x 45.2mm(H)

MSH-6: 58.0mm(W)x 67.6mm(D)x 42.1mm(H)   


Weight H6:

280g (without batteries)













The H6 offers four main inputs (1-4), plus two additional inputs (L, R) that are derived from whichever capsule (X/Y, MS, Shotgun, or Dual XLR/TRS Combo) is plugged into the unit. The supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting an external mic- or line-level signal via a stereo 1/8" Mic/Line In mini phone jack. When a connection is made to that jack, signal from the X/Y microphones is muted.


All four main H6 inputs (inputs 1-4) are combo connectors that can accept either XLR or 1/4" balanced or unbalanced phone cables. They can handle both micand line-level signals, which means that you can connect either external microphones or line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, electronic keyboards, or electric guitars or basses with active electronics (passive electric guitars or basses can also be connected with the use of a mixer or effects device). Internal switching contacts automatically detect the circuit of choice.


Each of the six inputs (that is, 1-4 as well a L, R) has a dedicated gain control knob. In addition, the four main inputs and the EXH-6 capsule feature a -20dB pad, allowing you to prevent distortion even when high-level signals are introduced. In fact, with the use of the Pad switch, the H6 can input a signal 30dB louder and 14dB softer than any other Handy Recorder model. In addition, all capsules utilize higher voltage preamps (5 volts instead of the more commonly used 3 volts) for distortion free recording, even at high volumes. A built-in instrumentation amp allows signals to be transmitted with minimal noise even when long cables are used.


If you're using high-quality condenser (powered) microphones with the H6, no problem—a simple menu option allows the unit to provide Phantom Power (either +12, +24, or +48 volts) to any or all of the main inputs (inputs 1-4). Inexpensive condenser microphones requiring Plug-In Power (2.5 volts) can be connected to the X/Y capsule's stereo 1/8" Line In jack.


The H6 Line Out is an unbalanced stereo 1/8" phone jack, located on the bottom of the H6, beneath the LCD display. It carries the analog stereo output signal, as determined by the H6's internal mixer.


The H6 USB port, located on the side panel to the right of the LCD display, provides a digital output of either a stereo mix or the six individual input signals, depending upon the setting of the "Audio Interface" function in the USB menu.


In addition, the H6 provides a headphone output with a dedicated volume control, located on the side panel to the left of the LCD display. Connect your headphones to the stereo 1/8" mini phone jack for private monitoring of the stereo output signal.


The H6 even has a built-in speaker, located on the underside of the unit, for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections whatsoever. This speaker is automatically disconnected when connection is made to either the Line Out or Headphone output.

File types supported.


The H6 can record audio in two different basic file types: WAV and MP3. The main difference between the two is that WAV files are uncompressed; that is, they contain all the recorded data without any "bits" (digital words) being removed. Thus, they provide full fidelity without compromise. The H6 can record up to six monophonic WAV files (or up to three stereo files) in any of the following formats:


44.1kHz / 16-bit44.1kHz / 24-bit48kHz / 16-bit48kHz / 24-bit96kHz / 16-bit96kHz / 24-bit


All WAV files recorded by the H6 are automatically time-stamped, making them fully compatible with the Broadcast Wave Format (BWF); in other words, they are "BWF-compliant." This is especially important when recording audio for video, because it allows the audio to be precisely synchronized with the onscreen action in postproduction.


MP3 recordings are compressed, which means that some unnecessary data is removed prior to storage, making them much smaller than WAV files, and thus much easier to upload and download. Some MP3 files exhibit a slight loss of audio fidelity as compared with the original signal; however, this is not noticeable in all circumstances.


NOTE that when the MP3 file type is selected, the H6 only records in stereo; if you want to record in multitrack, you must select a WAV file type. The H6's internal mixdown function allows multitrack WAV projects to be easily reduced down to stereo MP3 or WAV, with independent control over each track's level, panning and pitch.



£265.83 excl. VAT and Shipping (CVP List Price April 2016)