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Old March 9th, 2009, 09:47 PM   #1
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Zoom blew up from static electricity!

Ok, I had my Zoom H2 plugged into the board at the church, and it was recording. I went to check it before the processional was starting to make sure the levels for the processional music would be fine, and when I picked it up, a static shock killed it. It won't even power on now. It's dead. Fortunately it costs less now than when I bought it, so replacing it won't hurt quite as bad.

This happen to anyone else?
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Old March 9th, 2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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Wow, that's terrible. I've never heard of that happening before. I realize that they are not THAT expensive, but that's still $160-$180 or so that you really weren't planning to spend.

Out of curiosity, was it under warranty? I realize that this would be considered accidental damage by most companies and therefore not covered, but its worth a try to call them and tell them what happened. Some companies will go the extra mile with their customer service.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 01:04 AM   #3
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I did wonder if they would fix it just to be nice, or for a lower price than buying new, but my warranty has expired. So, no go.

And right now, with wedding season just shy of kicking into gear, $160 is a lot of money now. But, it's such an awesome tool I can't do my next wedding without it. So, I'll be ordering likely this week.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 01:40 PM   #4
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What a bummer!

They do have them at Guitar Center if you have one nearby.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 04:21 PM   #5
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Wow, didnt even know static shock could do something like that to the zoom.

I guess ive gotten lucky in the past when ive accidentally plug in mics to 48v phantom without any damage. I thought something as severe as 48v would kill it, but static shock? Amazing.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #6
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I think something similar happened to me when I was filming in New Zealand; I plugged the Zoom into the wall when the batteries ran out, without thinking that maybe the AC adapter wouldn't be able to handle the load...

Completely fried.

I'm thinking about whether I should replace it with another H2 or get an Edirol or something.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 01:33 AM   #7
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I haven't had any of mine blow up, but one did go "poof" as somebody's five-finger discount!
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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:28 AM   #8
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Yeah, I always worry a little about the 5-finger discount, but we don't have much choice but to leave things sitting around unattended. When I take my laptop on a shoot, I always use my Kensington cable lock, but everything else is out in the open.
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