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Old October 1st, 2007, 11:02 PM   #31
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Dan, do you get anywhere near the offset after an hour with the HiMD as you do with the H4? I don't with my Sony HiMD.
Not with the Hi-MD, but the two Sharp MDs I've used (MD-SR50 & MD-SR60) were out about 308ms and 280ms after an hour.
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Old October 9th, 2007, 10:14 AM   #32
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Zoom H2 stereo separation

Saturday night I recorded a concert by a local community symphony orchestra. I was seated in the fourth row, and the orchestra was well over 90 degrees in width from there. I recorded half the concert with the front mics and half with the rear mics.

Yesterday, I edited the recording to CD. I have listened to it several ways, including a good pair of headphones and a high end audio system. I am disappointed by the lack of stereo separation. Even with headphones, the stereo separation is minimal.

Other than that, the sound is quite good.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 01:58 PM   #33
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I'm receiving reports that there were (are?) some H2 recorders that only have 3 mics fitted rather than 4, so that the rear channel is recorded mono. Any news of this or just a myth?
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Old December 6th, 2007, 02:17 PM   #34
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Tim Prebble from NZ has a very glowing review of the H2 (with tons of samples) on his awesome blog "The Music of Sound" :
http://substation.co.nz/blog/?p=170

He's an accomplished sound designer for films (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695670/), so it's interesting to hear his take on it.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 02:53 PM   #35
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Davis, the Sony MZ-NH700 Hi-MD was the device that had the non-linear time change on this occasion. (Normally it's OK.) I presume it was due to mistracking which I've got often on my old Sharp MDs. Or perhaps I pressed Pause by mistake and then released it - it's too long ago now. A H4 would have been faster and a little easier to transfer than my Hi-MD (USB 2.0 through my card reader). I now use the H4 as the main ext. audio device now and the Hi-MD as the 2nd unit. On the big stuff I usually use 2 ext. audio recorders for mixing desk output & for a stereo M/S mic (Sony ECM-939LT) situated near the stage front as well as mics situated on both DV cams (Panasonic NV-GS400s) near the stage: Rode SVM & VM.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 03:29 PM   #36
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I'm receiving reports that there were (are?) some H2 recorders that only have 3 mics fitted rather than 4, so that the rear channel is recorded mono. Any news of this or just a myth?
I received one of the first units, and I have read quite a bit on the H2.
And that's the first I've heard of it.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 05:04 PM   #37
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Zoom H2 HAS 4 mics

I did read (I think maybe on the Zoom H2 and H4 Forum - just Google it) that when the unit was being designed this was one option being considered but it was superceded by the 4 mic design that was then launched and is now out there. Certainly, in 4 channel mode all 4 LCD meter bars move independently!

Got mine a few days ago and I really like it/having lots of fun with it!
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Old December 7th, 2007, 01:46 PM   #38
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I'm receiving reports that there were (are?) some H2 recorders that only have 3 mics fitted rather than 4, so that the rear channel is recorded mono. Any news of this or just a myth?
Some of the promotional stuff states that but it is out of date and they where launched with 4 mics.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 04:15 PM   #39
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Thanks guys. My H2 arrived today and although rather 'plasticky' looking it sure sounds good. And all for less than the price of a simple, mono Senheisser MKE 300D microphone. I can't get over it. It was only about 3 years ago when the included 512 SD card cost as much as the entire package. Love it. Bye-bye Minidisc.

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Old December 7th, 2007, 08:54 PM   #40
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Bye-bye Minidisc.

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I thought that but my old mini disc sounds much better. So hello again MD, bye bye H2.
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Old December 8th, 2007, 05:57 AM   #41
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Nothing wrong with the Minidisc apart from the real-time it takes to feed the (long) wedding speeches into my computer. And it's not really bye-bye as the Minidisc recorder is far slimmer and more groom-pocketable than the H2 ever will be.

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